• Blingismything wins a wild photo in the Wilshire at Santa Anita.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Irish Jasper comes from last to upset the Belle Harbor at the Big A.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Big Looie upsets Social Inclusion in the latter's first race since the Haskell.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 1 day ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 1 day ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 1 day ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 1 day ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 1 day ago

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Has anyone heard anything about OK ? Has Stonestreet in all there racing wisdom decided to retire him ? ?
  • oj via Disqus · no offense but that side comment about stonestreet was uncalled for. he is training at stonestreets farm on florida. · 3 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Something's up jimmy they won't respond anymore since I posted on their Facebook page asking them to tell us the truth · 15 minutes ago
Goblin, Does racing post give a number for AP's last race at oaklawn
  • Goblin · See my reply below. I find a number 121 for him, but not attached to a particular race. Look at the link below. · 3 hours ago
  • jayr · Goblin's 121 RPR = (roughly) 110 BRIS, 109 BSF according to this site: http://www.chef-de-race.com/pfs/comparative_speed_figs.htm But no one else has him that high. His figures are all over the place. · 43 minutes ago
I don't know if I'm the only one that has noticed..but It's pretty obvious that Baffert is keeping American Pharoah away from Dortmund until they meet at Churchill. I guess he wants to make sure AP will at least come to the starting gate for his whip down
  • tmallios via Disqus · Maybe he should run them in an overnite Allowance race on Thursday, then you won't accuse him of ducking him til the Derby. · 2 hours ago
  • Anthony Lopez via Disqus · Simple answer... Different owners, same goal! Separate them to get them both there! I'm picking Dortmund to win, but Bob knows that with two top talents it would be foolish to let anyone else get points and earnings that he can get with both! If BOB was ducking then he wouldn't run them both in the Derby!!! · 1 hour ago
the only stakes race I'm betting on this weekend before Derby weekend...going with Blingismything with T. Baze up!
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  • Mary Z. · Wow! Talk about suspense waiting for the photo. Was that close enough :) ? Congrats. Hope you made plenty of Derby money, jinlie · 3 hours ago
  • jinlie01 · I know right?! My heart was in my throat in that one! Thanks Mary! When #2 was scratched, I put a little bit extra on #4. Who do you like in the Derby Mary? · 2 hours ago
From Hronis Racing's twitter page: Stellar wind had arrived in Kentucky. She looks great!!!!!
  • DerekFisher · Yes! Bring on the KY Oaks! · 7 hours ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Looking forward to seeing her in the oaks. I think she can get it done · 2 hours ago
The lasix issue can be a catch 22. You don't know if it's going to help the horse or hurt the horse. I believe that "if it aint broke don't fix it". Let the horse run under the conditions he is used to.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · We tend to forget. European horses are much tougher. They don't need all that baloney to make the distance. They are already fit naturally · 2 hours ago
Anyone know the split times for the UAE Derby...specifically from the 3/4 pole in? That is where we can find out if Mubtaahij just 'looked good' or IS good. Cause American Pharoah, who is gonna be 2nd, has some pretty good speed. at least to the 1-1/16. Mub will destroy them. and prolly take with him a triple crown in the end. I dont see anyone with a bloodline like his (Dubai Millenium) that is bred for at LEAST the distance of the derby. He's already won 2 @ 10. Thats not just looking good
  • Goblin · Go to this link and click on race 4. As I said earlier this P.M., this entire thread is full of good conversation and information. I posted this link weeks ago. My information service is now closed for the day. http://www.dubaiworldcup.com/race/racing-info/trakus-chart · 2 hours ago
Anyone know the split times for this race...specifically from the 3/4 pole in. That is where we can find out if Mubtaahij just 'looked good' or IS good. Cause American Pharoah, who is gonna be 2nd, has some pretty good speed. at least to the 1-1/16. Mub will destroy them. and prolly take with him a triple crown in the end. I dont see anyone with a bloodline like his (Dubai Millenium) that is bred for at LEAST the distance of the derby. He's already won 2 @ 10. Thats not just looking good
Bred for the distance. Maybe he steps up. Somebody has got to.
  • Mary Z. · No pps, My tops scratched early. Took a look. Posted 7,6,8,4. Smove It's been running so well lately. GL I'm watching that speed 5. · 3 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Gonna be a fun photo · 3 hours ago
3 & 4 in the 6th. Think the 3 likes the stretch out and blinks added
We are missing one important thing. It's called The Dream of your horse prancing on Churchill track as they play my old Kentucky home. The rare opportunity to make the starting gate. Sometimes for a trainer it also gets ur client to spend more money. We are all forgetting 20 horses at a longer distance. Anything can happen. Insert Mine that bird So while we may see him as not the Ky derby winner. The owner may not get it. He sees his horse having a chance not to mention bragging rights that you have a horse in the Derby. We tend to forget just how really hard it is to have a colt make the gate. While the Belmont would be a wonderful thing to win To have 2 weeks of dreaming your horse wearing t he roses is priceless to some
Ran right by Dortmund at the top of the stretch in the Robert Lewis then proceeded to gawk into the grandstand for the last 1/16th while Dortmund kept to business.. Crushed nobody in Texas next out but got some good rail experience and when he headed for home he was all business. Maybe he's starting to get the idea.. Look Out.
another front runnerer to be on the or close to 1st turn,lets see the draw,use underneath only
  • Anthony Lopez via Disqus · So I guess I should only use AP underneath as well! Bad analysis my friend, needs more substance! · 5 hours ago
Slow work today 103.50 for 5 f. Guess he's saving it up for the Derby.
Time to admit that this hard working horse isn't in the top ranks. He should be in G3's where he has a chance for a nice career. 3 wins in 17 starts; a Maiden and two Optional Claimers. He obviously doesn't belong with the big boys.
  • Sullivan · New trainer and a bit of a mental case. How can he not belong when he runs 4th or better? · 6 hours ago
Where do you find his beyer speeds?
  • Goblin · To my knowledge he has only one Beyer, a 95, estimated for his UAE Derby win. (Lots of discussion on that subject below on this thread over the past few weeks.) He is rated by Racing Post at 118 for the same win; obviously a very different system. BTW, this entire thread is informative, with quality conversation and remarks; worth reading, IMO. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/prince-bishop-world-class-speed-kills-as-prince-picks-up-the-pieces/1846586/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews · 6 hours ago
his races are terribly slow ...and has beaten nobodies
  • Sullivan · At the time he beat his competition he has been facing top class horses. Pat Day Mile has the potential to show his talent. · 1 day ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Slow by whos' standards. In his return,he ran a speed figure that will win any 3yo sprint race this year. Add to it that he did it under a complate stranglehold. · 6 hours ago
This Colt's Top notch trainer is no stranger in grade 1 wins. Mike De Kock probably has just as many grade 1 victories in the last few years as any trainer in the world. I don't like this colt not running on LASIX. I know he ran well without it but why would you chance him bleeding in this prestigious race. I know he didn't beat much over there but last years winner(Toast of New York) ended up being a true stayer and ran really well against our competition. Does any one know who's riding him???
  • Goblin · Christophe Soumillon retains the mount. Lots of info on BH about de Kock's plans/reasons for decisions made regarding the colt. · 7 hours ago
  • buzzcat859 · thnx goblin Do u like him?? · 7 hours ago
If one takes a closer look at Frosted, one may think that they are looking at a mirror image of Wicked Strong. Both horses ran big races as 2 yos' in the Remsen. From there,both set off for Florida and the sunshine State. Both either had trouble with the surface or the heat. Upon their return to N.Y. , their training picked up noticebly. They both won the Wood Memorial with eye-popping performances and speed figures. Unfortunately for Wicked Strong, the effort was so draining of his power. He had nothing to offer on Derby Day,but a workmanlike performance.Something tells me that the comparisons just may continue with these 2.
  • amdaman via Disqus · The comparisons will end when Frosted wins the Kentucky Derby. Hopefully he's not mired in traffic like Wicked String was. · 7 hours ago

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.

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