• Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 17 hours ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 17 hours ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 2 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 2 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 3 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 3 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 3 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 3 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 3 days ago
  • There will be a carryover of $59,132 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos.Posted 3 days ago

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how do think souper colossal agaainst competitive edge or american phaoroas. I forget tony dutrow colt.
Love to see Kingman in BC Mile v. Wise Dan
I guess that's the end of Suffolk Downs. This idiotic state giving the license to Wynn instead.
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  • Sullivan · We only have three or so big breeding farms at the moment, the rest are mostly private owned horse people branching out. · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · why am I NOT surprised? The ultimate goal of a casino is GET IN THERE steal their clientele or, if we can't, make sure it closes down to spite them · 5 hours ago
standard is, if a horse wins at 11 12 or whatever, he can run the next year IF SOUND.
Multi-graded stakes placed, and earner of over $750,000, 12 yr old Porfido ran 5th on Saturday in a $7500 claimer at Canterbury Park and earned $145. I see he breezed today, 4F in :51, preparing for another race. 15-10-14 from 77 starts...Wish his connections would find him his retirement home.
  • Mary Z. · Do you know if they ever tried to breed Porfido? He is not a gelding. I'm hoping to see him again if he races at Turf Paradise. He'd be officially 13 if he runs in their closing day Hasta La Vista. See his two photos? I uploaded those a while ago. Tried just now to upload this photos of him from this year. Went through all of the usual steps and there are the blank photo "frames" No idea why it won't work. Have not been able to upload photos since the website change. · 5 hours ago
A recent article by Andy Scoggin(Matt Shiffman) on the Breeder's Cup Turf really peaked my interest coupled with some back and fourth on this thread about Euro's vs American horses prompted me to do a bit of research. In Breeder's Cup races on the turf Americans have 50 wins whereas Europeans have 42. Here is a breakdown. BC Turf :Americans 13 Euros 17, BC Mile :Americans 17 Euros 12, BC Filly& Mare Turf :Americans 8 Euros 6, Turf Sprint: Americans 6 Euros 0, BC Juvenile Turf Americans 2 Euros 5, BC Juvenile Fillies Turf: Americans 4 Euros 2. Despite common misconception of Euro dominance in turf races America has a better record overall and a better record in each race other than the Turf and Juvenile Turf. A common point made is that Europeans do not often send their best horses and that their 2nd and 3rd tier often come to the Breeder's Cup. The same can be said for the Americans though as America's most talented "top tier" horses often run on the dirt surface. Just for fun lets take a look at a list of some Euro A/B teamers which have run and lost in turf races; Olympic Glory, Excelebration, Moonlight Cloud, Excellent Art, Goldikova, Spinning World, The Fugue, Midday, Ouija Board, Banks Hill, Dylan Thomas. Carnegie. Now when the Euro's face up against America's "top tier" in the Breeder's Cup Classic(granted it is on our preferred surface) American has 28 wins the Euro's have 2. Here is a list of some Euro's whom have tried and failed in the Classic; Declaration of War, So You Think, Twice Over, Rip Van WInkle, George Washington, David Junior, Oratorio, Hawk WIng, Sakhee, Galileo, Giant's Causeway, Swain, Halling.
  • amino998 · Of the 10 Irish-breds Andy’s alphabet mentioned winning 12 BC Turfs, all won the biggest turf race in America on firm ground except Pilsudski, Daylami and St Nicholas Abbey who won over ground rated good. Daylami’s final time of 2:24.73 sounds firm to me :) · 6 hours ago
I don't care what the trainer says about the horse. I go by what the HORSE says about the horse. Getting earlier and earlier means "GIVE me some time off!" Always has probably always will. and, by the way, WHO is this "dude" person you refer to?
dont know why he cant get that distance.example travers 10.s.b wins going away
i like her very much in this race
His half brother yearling by Tapit sold for 775K...
Her half brother yearling by Tapit sold for 1.2 million..
His half brother yearling by Tapit sold for a mere 2.2 million....
is she in foal again? has he had any other foals by Tapit?
has she had any other foals by Tapit?
what seems to have happened to Pablo Del Monte...been away from the track for a long period of time...I was wondering if he came out of the grade 1 test against older at Delmar...hurt or something....
Now three or is it two? late scratches and same animal is running earlier and earlier against weaker 2nd call paces of race. Suggest going off form or, lets hope not, INJURY.
  • Jbyrnes1 · dude did you not see my post a few hours ago on him, is currently training over the dirt at Churchill Downs, if he trains well, he will be pointed to possibly the Breeders Futurity or point to turf stakes somewhere, but, all this depends on how well he trains over the dirt · 10 hours ago
Undefeated Shared Belief works three-quarters in 1:15.20 this morning at Golden Gate Fields in prep for Awesome Again on Sept. 27.
Due to the nature of his injury, Sea the Moon has been retired
  • Ash via Disqus · Ugh. No. This just ruined my week. · 13 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Noooooooo! But thanks for letting us know. · 13 hours ago
Olympic Glory will join the Al Shaqab stallion roster in 2015 at Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy after signing off his racing career in either the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or Prix de la Foret.
She's nominated to the Vosburgh. That's a bit ambitious.



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.