• Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 2 hours ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 1 day ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 6 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 7 days ago
  • Stanford finds his way back to the winner's circle in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 7 days ago
  • Rose Brier sets new course record in the Henry S. Clark.Posted 7 days ago
  • Da Big Hoss lives up to his name with the Dixiana Elkhorn win.Posted 7 days ago

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Uncle Lino looked terrific today in winning the California Chrome Stakes
yes she always looks fantastic she is an amazing horse...
y are they gonna run her sunday they weren't gonna till she was a 100%... not gonna run her till june
I will say this...Most of the time NOT even the trainers know if a horse can race a distance of grounds or if they are superior on grass or slop until they try them!! What many folks don't understand is breeding or pedigree DOES NOT guarantee that a horse will be a distance runner or a sprinter, because you just never know if a horse gets his qualities from sheer determination, parents pedigree or great great grandparents pedigree. Therefore, base on these facts, I believe one should not knock a horse until you have fully taken into account their current performance, running style, class competition, health condition, and track they will be running on!! So even though nothing is guarantee in horse race, In my book I seriously think they have not yet seen the best of this monster named Nyquist and I am looking forward to some good racing!!! Good luck in your rethinking and handicap analysis!!
so the horses I will be playing are Nyquist, SuddenBreakingNews, Brody's Cause, Mor Spirit, My Man Sam, and MoTom
and Brody's Cause
But with inside posts these two have no chance to win, so we have to wait til post draw.
Still like MO Tom, but not the most. I do not like Outwork at all. SuddenBreakingNews, Mor Spirit, My Man Sam, Nyquist are the ones that are intriguing to me. And I do not think Mor Spirit is good enough to win. My 2 favorite are MoTom and SuddenBreakingNews. SBN is working out really well. I mean really well. And has that Storm Cat in his pedigree.
thank you ross..lol..now where are his posts ..lol
when is he racing?
Anyone know where I can find dougs picks...???????????
  • Ross via Disqus · Just ask him on one of his posts here and more than likely you'll get a response. · 5 hours ago
Wins Belmont's 7th vs older today!
where is douglas and his picks
Salutos Amigos to skip the Weschester in favor of Churchill Downs Handicap.
Lexie Lou is entered in Woodbine race 8 today, 4/30/16. 4:53 post time. Aoc, none up for claim. F&M, 8.5f on the tapeta. Faces Strut The Course and only three others
Has arrived at Churchill Downs just before 2 pm today. He traveled great and was greeted by a large crowd despite the rain. He is expected to train over the Churchill track up to the K Derby starting tomorrow at 8:30 am. He couldn't come out of his final work at Keeneland yesterday any better than he did. He had a new pair of shoes put on him just this morning.
People CONSTANTLY look at the WRONG END of a horse race in developing an idea whether it was a good effort or not. ONCE a horse is beaten, the rider does not persist and the final fraction has little to do with the early pace effort.
  • hoof_hearted666 · I will tell you of two racehorses who CONSTANTLY look at the WRONG END of a race horse. Swipe who ALWAYS looks at Nyquist's butt, and then Land Over Sea, who constantly looks at Songbird's butt.............. JUST POINTING OUT THAT FACT, as funny and true as it is!!!!! :-) · 8 hours ago
1) Sunny Ridge 2) Nyquist 3) Hint of Roses 4) Whitmore
  • Pedro Fernández via Disqus · It would be a shame if a gelding colt wins the Kentucky Derby. · 9 hours ago
Thanks to someone for updating!
From the Irish Field News: "The odds-on favourite Air Force Blue was never a threat and finished well down the field." ..... "Aidan O'Brien's commented: "Ryan said he just didn't feel like the same horse as last year." ... http://www.theirishfield.ie/galileo-gold-claims-2000-guineas-as-air-force-blue-disappoints-207509/#.VyTl9xMsn9U.twitter
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Ran like a horse that could've used at least one run under his belt before heading to Newmarket for the Guineas, IMO. · 9 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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