• Game On Dude has been retired. Posted 1 day ago
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  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 3 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 5 days ago
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  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 6 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 6 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 6 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 6 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 6 days ago

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Princess of Sylmar is the perfect example of a horse dancing almost every dance.Why i always preach a conservative approach instead of the constant Running. I am not saying this had anything to do with the reasons she is being retired prematurely. Two examples of how the trainers get it are arguably the 2 best at their division. First i will take Lukas, with him it was more by necessity and almost needing a bad situation occur to get it. He was running WTC into the ground,he believed the nonsense that he was an iron horse and kept the foot to the peddle. He finally got it and spaced him towards his ultimate goal. The other os Close Hatches. Mott has been a master at spacing her. Look at last year,he gave her a break and came back for a Fall Campaign that just missed. This year he brought her out early and gave her 3 races. Then he gave her time off and ran at the Spa. Now he has her set up for the Fall Run. Why i always say,horses will never show the stress immediately,they will feel it down the line. You have to take care of them.Can't run them into the ground if you want them for the long run.
It's been a great run,Princess!
Now confirmed, Princess of Sylmar officially retired, per owner Ed Stanco. Now she will enter the next phase of her life." No decision yet on to whom she will be bred.
  • ekindy · I'll ditto what TV and tmallios and a few others have said on the GOD thread. She had a great run and is retiring in one piece. All smiles. · 1 hour ago
Lava Man tweeted,saying he was looking for an assistant and would be happy to teach Dude!I hope Lava Man gets his assistant...
Love you Dude! VP award!
From Santa Anita: "Corey Nakatani would like nothing better than a repeat victory aboard Unbridled’s Note in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, opening day feature next Friday at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Nakatani hopes to capture the race named for the retired Hall of Fame jockey, arguably the most popular rider ever to compete in Southern California. “First and foremost, he’s a class act,” Nakatani said of Delahoussaye, who recently moved back to his home state of Louisiana. “He’s a great ambassador for the sport. Even though he’s retired, he’s got a love for the sport . . . He’s a great guy all the way around. “What more can you say? He’s a Hall of Famer. I won the Eddie D. last year and it was an honor because to me he’s one of the all-time greats.” Delahoussaye will be at Santa Anita next Friday to present the Eddie D. trophy to the winning connections."
  • amino998 · Artest, Big Bane Theory, Dimension, Enterprising, Marchman, No Silent, Schoolofhardrocks and comebacking Cali Surfcup all nominated. · 3 hours ago
Ran today for Mott and did the same thing he did for Tagg,he ran 6th. This horse is in need of a drop in class.
From Santa Anita: "Trainer Neil French is in Arcadia Methodist Hospital after suffering a serious injury to his left leg in a fall at his barn early this week. “I saw him two days ago, just a day after surgery,” said trainer Richard Mandella, “and he was pretty comfortable and doing well that evening, but he said he was in intensive care the day before.” French stable foreman Tomas Nunez said Friday morning that he had visited his 62-year-old boss yesterday and he was talking and in good spirits."
In tommorrows Pennsylvania Derby, i think that this guy has a huge shot to get 2nd. Should Chrome not be at his best, Moon can light up the tote board. Lets be honest about the race. CC at his best is not only much the best in this race,but also much the best 3yo in the Country. Allow the dreamers their day in the sun. We can speculate all we want as to the fitness of CC,especially against a quality group of 3yos. But just ask yourself this question.Assuming you owned CC (arguably worth in the neighberhood of 15 Million and higher). Would you do something stupid and run a short race horse. I know i would not. So i have to go into the race with the mindset that he will be as good as good. Being that i am not in it for the rooting aspect,i need to come up with a horse who i not only feel confident will get the job done,but will add extreme value in the process. Noble Moon sticks out like a sore thumb. In his last race,coming off of an extended an extended layoff ,and still wearing the bar shoe. He ran avery impressive and buried race against everyones new found monster .....The Big Beast. Pace wise he flew home in his last furlong.It may not of looked it via the eye test,but he was running against fresh horses. In a race that was loaded with potential front ened speed, the leaders got away with 23/46. As they say,that is all she wrote for the deep closers. Moon is finally stringing up back to back races. This guy will be a major factor in the Pa. Derby.
After his workout, McLaughlin said he didn’t rule out Jess’s Dream making his debut at Aqueduct.
Where is he?
  • Northport · Back at Belmont and has had 7 works since August 12th, the most recent being a 5F move today in 1:01:30 (3/16). I wouldn't be shocked to see him entered in something soon. · 5 hours ago
Jess's Dream worked today at Belmont going 3 furlongs in 36.9 . Ocean Knight also worked at Belmont going 4 furlongs in 47.3 . Both were good works and hopefully both will start SOON. jlp
Honor Code returned with a published work at Fair Hill this A.M. per DRF---3f in 37.2. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening
Shackleford getting his daily exercise under tack. He is ridden by stallion manager Ryan Watson. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bx6E9jUCUAAj9vQ.jpg:large
This is a sad day for me :( One of my favourites of all-time is retired now.. All the best to ole'man! He was such a warrior that was all heart & guts! I'm so happy that I was there at Santa Anita this past winter to watch him win the SA Handicap for a record 3 time at 7 years old! And to win it by beating the 35 year old stakes record held by Affirmed and just 2 ticks off the track record held by Spectacular Bid, both considered to be in horse racing top 10 of all time! Goes to show how great "The Dude" was! Even though he'll be retired I'll never stop following him! Thx for the memories champ!
Is Divine Fortune and jockey okay after fall in the Lonesome Glory?
  • Goblin · Divine Fortune walked off the course--that's all I could find. http://www.drf.com/news/demonstrative-scores-lonesome-glory · 11 hours ago
YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Jess's Dream, Rachel Alexandra's first foal, worked 3-8ths in 36,84 over BEL main, her first breeze since coming to McLaughlin
Am I the only one that sees her as a cinch in this race?
  • travel_vic · Gallant Fox was a "cinch" in his Travers, So was Native Dancer in his Derby, etc etc etc · 1 day ago
  • ekindy · It would be a cinch for the Untapable of January-June of 2014. The problem is that when you run a filly against the boys and they fail things usually change, and not for the better. She's still by far the most talented, the question is whether or not her head is still in the game. Like the PA Derby, this is one where you lay off of the win bet unless you are going for an upset. The odds for the likely winners will be a much lower price than they are worth. There should be decent value in the exotics though. · 11 hours ago
Why would one of the best dirt milers in the country experiment with grass on the final BC prep? This really make zero sense. (and Im all for experimenting with grass!!! but not now)
  • travel_vic · for the BREEDING SHED P R...Did the same thing for a few here so that prospective breeders can see the POTENTIAL on both surfaces. · 12 hours ago
  • buds · understandable, but 2 dirt victories and then go to grass makes more sense · 12 hours ago
With REAL betting opportunities to make a good profit on the card and you are choosing to back an entry that will assuredly go off a HUGE underlay, you expose the fact that, parimutuelly, you have NO IDEA what you are doing!



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.