• Hoppertunity breezes 5F in :59.60 (4/131) at Santa AnitaPosted 3 days ago
  • Top Billing posts :38 2/5 for 3F work at Payson ParkPosted 4 days ago
  • Dortmund wins a thrilling three-way photo in the Los Alamitos Futurity!Posted 4 days ago
  • Sky Flight gets up late in the Tropical Park Derby Posted 4 days ago
  • Cinco Charlie wins the Sugar Bowl for his 4th juvenile stakes win. Posted 4 days ago
  • Grand Contender best in a sloppy Buddy DilibertoPosted 5 days ago
  • California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 5 days ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 6 days ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 10 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 10 days ago

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My Christmas present to you all DD......7th Race RED OUTLAW to 8th Race SHARED BELIEF..........2-8 MERRY CHRISTMAS and let a NEW YEAR bring winning tickets to all. My Christmas present is always the day after Christmas SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY !
  • travel_vic · front half is the more difficult with 7 Heart to Heart 4 Alert Bay 10 Long On Value 9 Home Run Kitten 1 Patriot's Rule as contenders and then the 8th only four: 8 Shared Belief 2 Chitu 6 Midnight Hawk 3 Indianapolis · 13 hours ago
Worked out. Payson Park Training Center 12/20/2014 Dirt 3F 38.40 Breezing 3/4
Worked on the 22nd. Belmont Park 12/22/2014 Dirt training 6F 1:15.36 Breezing 1/4
Just curious, does anyone know how tall he is?
My early DERBY selection. Next start 12/31 Santa Anita....
Just wanted to wish everyone on here a Very Merry Christmas!!!!I hope you all have a great holiday!
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Merry Christmas to you and to every one on HRN · 18 hours ago
  • Larry via Disqus · Merry Christmas to you too Jockey2be !! Merry Christmas to all ! · 18 hours ago
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Mele Kalikimaka from sunny, but cold, northern New Mexico!
And down the stretch they come!
My long shot pick for the Malibu. Undefeated until the Breeders Cup Sprint, he is one fast pony, running 1:08 1/5 for 6f. His Breeders Cup performance is better than it looks, after breaking sluggish, he went wide and was closing lots of ground in the stretch on the SA strip, which does no favors to closers. The extra furlong of the Malibu will also help him, giving the frontrunners more time to weaken, and giving Indianapolis more time to make his run. While looking unbeatable, Shared Belief has a few chunks in his armor. While seeming to have an incredible burst of speed in his races, those were at routing distances and he was only running to the beat of 12, not quite fast enough to compete with sprinters. The Malibu is also on dirt. In Shared Belief other 2 races over the SA dirt, he ran an uncharacteristically low Beyer and didn't appear to have the same explosive turn of foot. In his other start on the SA dirt, he suffered his first loss.
This Curlin is a very good horse, watch him this weekend Sat, Gulf- , race 9. jlp
  • Goblin · Thanks, jimmy; lots of Curlins running this weekend! I believe Little Curlin, Diversy Harbor, and Wabel are all running on the west coast, as well as the one you mention above. I'll try to watch them all. Merry Christmas! · 20 hours ago
Newly named the 223rd chef - de - race as an Intermediate/Classic >> Tapit's and Ice Box's, and to a lesser extent,Chrome's numbers just got prettier with the stroke of a pen.
  • Goblin · Thanks for bringing this info to our attention, amino; y Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano desde Tejas! · 22 hours ago
  • travel_vic · For about a golden 15 year period dosage actually was predictive, but alas, that is now history. · 21 hours ago
Our boy had a strong two min lick the other day, finished out 3/8ths in 37. He'll breeze Sat or Sunday, doing great! Should be ready to roll by the 17th...
I don't recall the names that much any longer just the numbers so 2 5 6 3 and 4 were the best. IN that time period only one name comes to mind, Wise Dan.....I remember that one. Most to the ones I might have named, never really got the chance to show how dominant they might have been.
I don't want anything to happen to this colt he has such "heart" when it comes to running.
Good thing I keep up with this fantastic colt…….I was planning on heading down to see him run in the Hal’s Hope. I’m not good on words but I think tmallios said it for me. I plan on heading to the BC next year and that would just be the cherry on top if I were to see him run! Just as long as he can stay healthy…….
nice easy breeze this am 3f 37.1 getting closer.
  • Kenneth nero via Disqus · Umm Mr.Jack Hi My name is Kenneth and I was going to ask you if I could come down to the horse racing stable and help out with cleaning, feeding and other stuff but yea Prayers and angels , Naval Command, Holiday Magic , and East hall!!! There all great! · 1 day ago
Travel_Vic, i am very curious . Over the past 25 years of Racing. Who have been the 5 most dominant Race Horses that you have seen. All inclusive in sex or surface. The answer can be predicated on 1 year o a career. But just who were the most dominant
Impressive maiden win at Gulfstream West in October....working well for Doug O'Neill at SA. Opened at 300-1 at Wynn for Derby....down to 125-1.
Wow, after announcing news that Zenyatta will be bred back to WAR FRONT per Jerry Moss--Santa Anita adds: SA Press Box @SAPublicity Jerry Moss on Cozmic One- "Victor was up the other day when he worked & we're thinking he might start in a matter of days"
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  • Sullivan · I guess you have to revisit War Front because Z'13 did well, but the mare has really max 10 more foals, why waste one? · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · ever ACTUALLY review the multiple medical problems that females encounter when they have too many pregnancies in a row without allowing their body to REST? Prolapse, urinary incontinence etc etc.....These are flesh and blood animals NOT machines. · 1 day ago
YOU or anyone are going to tell experienced sports writers and racing officials HOW they should vote? nutty suggestion. I voted several years for the Canadian equivalent, the Sovereigns, as well as new Hall of Fame candidates and YOU, as a voter, have already been vetted before you become eligible.



Meet Andrew Champagne


A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Andrew moved to Pasadena, Calif., in October of 2013, and now serves as an Associate Producer in HRTV's Digital Media department and Horse Racing Nation's Southern California writer. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne, and email him at andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.