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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 2 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 3 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 9 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 9 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 9 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 10 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 10 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 10 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 10 days ago

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Had another really good work at gulfstream on Feb. 27th, 4f 48.96 (6th out of 31) Derby prep would be a longshot
G1 winner Joyful victory has foaled a filly by Distorted Humor last night at Taylor Made, both mare and filly are doing well! No picture yet, one will be out soon. According to Taylor Made farms.
On that SPEED favoring oval, if he is all alone, WATCH OUT!
Eric Guillot tells DRF'S Brad Free that Moreno is training well and will make his 2015 debut in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday. Looks like we got a pace setter, according to DRF
Rise Up worked 4f today, March 4th, in 48:40 (b). It was the third fastest of 33 works at that distance.
Being pointed toward the Met Mile according to Alex Solis; a "major mid-summer goal". Will likely have one more start after the Big Cap before heading east. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/13581/lennys-place-presidents-day-edition
Pulmarack worked 4f today, March 4th, in 50:60 (h). It was the seventh fastest of 11 works at that distance.
Wild Dude worked 4f today, March 4th, in 50:60 (h). It was the seventh fastest of 11 works at that distance.
Shared Belief should have one more start after the Big Cap before pointing to the Met Mile, a "major goal" according to Alex Solis.
It's official, Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. tells DRF'S Mike Welsh that he has opted to run Souper Colossal in Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby rather than come back again in the postponed Swale. According to DRF
Tampa is 10 percent chance of rain, 79 degrees, and partly cloudy. Aqueduct is clear and 49 degrees for Saturday.
Weather is predicted clear and 49 degrees for Saturday.
Prospect Park, Bolo, and even the Gomper may get part of the purse.
Without Ocean Knight or Carpe Diem this race comes up pretty light. Blame Jim will try to steal it, El Kabeir should be on the pace with Classy Class which may set it up for Tencendur, who's been working out pretty fast of late.
Super Colossal and Danzig Moon for a price. Top 2 look tough.
scanned in foal to Kingman on Monday!
This will probably be the last time Dortmund runs a race at 8.5 furlongs. I'd imagine at this point on all his races will be from 9 furlongs on.
I have to admit, I am a bit surprised by the lack of respect for Ocho. But that's ok I'll happily pick up the extra cash when he wins and proves ya'll wrong. ;)
  • Mary Z. · Oh, good! I do have the super-human power of invisibility! I will use this to my advantage. · 13 hours ago
  • Douglas Dean Sloter via Disqus · Love Trip8...got him 60-1 for a hundy to win KD...go Ocho go · 12 hours ago
President of our Hall of Fame sent me this recent Paulick report about Seabiscuit and his all Canadian jockeys. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/the-cougar-and-the-iceman-seabiscuits-two-canadian-jockeys/
  • Mary Z. · He did have other jockeys, but the one(s)from Canada did ride him to the big scores. · 12 hours ago
sir fever is a great hore i dont if is like invasor. ..invasor here in uruguay won the triple crown and the only lost was in dubai...sir fever has stamina and speed i believehe will win this saturday :)
  • Mary Z. · Good luck to Sir Fever. Yes, he has speed, stamina, and is unfazed by crowds. Hopefully he has adapted well to his new home. · 12 hours ago

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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.