• Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 5 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 5 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 5 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 6 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 6 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 6 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 6 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 6 days ago

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GO HONOR CODE!!!! This is a really tough looking field so far! So many horses I love, but I really have to go with Honor Code! I also want PZ, WS, and PoF to do well.
Any pedigree info on this horse?
Howe Great worked 3f today (2/27/15) in 39:55, fastest of one work at that distance.
Moreno worked 6f today (2/27/15) in 1:13:60. It was the ninth fastest of 11 works at that distance.
Blueskiesnrainbows worked 3f today (2/27/15) in 36:80, second fastest of 18 works at that distance.
Growing up in the Playgrounds of New York City, and playing Basketball. There were always some guys that would hit shots that were beyond Lucky. We would say that these guys, had the lucky horse shoe wedged up their butts. Well you can put Daredevil into that grouping. This confirmed MUD MONSTER ,is entered to run on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Swale Stakes. Not that this speedball needed any help. They are expecting overnight Rain tonite in the SUNSHINE STATE. Do not know if it is the horse shoe or he has his own Rain Dance pro. But he will of raced 4 times in his career,and 3 of them will be over a wet track.
  • Sullivan · Mud is a coincidence. Horse runs 10x better on dry land. What happened in the BCJ, I have no clue. · 2 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · TEN TIMES BETTER you say. First of all,where did you hear that and what proof has he shown.Second and more important. If he can run TEN TIMES faster than he did when he won The Champagne. That would make him the fastest race horse to ever set hoofs on a Race Track. Somehow i find that hard to grasp. He did not have an off day in the BC, he was absolutely awful on a dry track. Forget his final finish,he never lifted a hoof, as though the surface was foreign to him. · 2 hours ago
LVR just had a 2015 filly by Bernardini! Another little beauty! Mom looks good too! (Go to LVR's FB page to see photo.)
Speedball sharpening up at TuP.
King T. Leatherbury's evergreen Ben's Cat has been named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, for an unprecedented fourth time, in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. The son of Parker's Storm Cat also earned divisional titles for older male, sprinter, and turf runner. Article on Bloodhorse
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tough-Sunday/421641847992054 Visit & like his FB Page to follow his progress
I am very sad to hear the news of his retirement today. He was a very special horse on the track and made my heart race every time he did. Whether he ran on the lead, pressed the pace, stalked, or closed, Bern always showed up. He ran his heart out every time he stepped on the track. I will miss seeing him run dearly, but this was for the better. Such a shame he was never 100% in soundness after the Holy Bull. I sure hope he is a success at stud! BTW, his half brother Battle Of Evermore ran today at SA. First time dirt, ran third beaten 3 lengths. Race 6. I'll be watching him now, and soon enough his half bro by Uncle Mo!
At this point the Rebel looks a little easier spot than the San Felipe. Even Lukas is considering putting in filly Take Charge Brandy in the Rebel.
Curlin’s Fox to scratch from G3 Santa Ysabel on Sat at SA, per trainer C. Gaines. Will nominate to China Doll on turf March 7. According to DRF
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  • MarkKennedy · Dang but she is better suited to the turf · 1 day ago
  • MarkKennedy · Hey j I went to Carlas page and they still show her as entered I also read two articles today that had her bet as the favorite. Are they sure she's not racing. Went to curlin's bloodhorse page with entries and they still have her entered for tomorrow. · 6 hours ago
2/27/15 (today, now) tries 10f T again in SA r7, after finishing second(DQ to 4th) in the San Marcos.
Did you see how big that hose is??
Wabel finally gets two turns in r6 this Saturday. Should be interesting to see what he does, and it would be nice to have a derby horse
  • MarkKennedy · What's funny to me being a Curlin Fan that very few people are recognizing what a great sure this horse is becoming We all know he sited a classic winner first time out. A classic Placed horse second time but has anyone noticed he has 4 solid colts and one filly that are dam good this year. Wabel, Keen ice, curlin's fox, oceans knight and bold conquest. He was the number one ranked third crop sire and is sitting seventh on the dirt all sites list and 8 th on turf this year. If that's not versatility I don't know what is. He seems to cross great with the storm cat line. I think it's only a matter of time before he sires a derby winner · 8 hours ago
There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms. The on-again, off-again, complex deal for the horsemen to lease the track that has been negotiated over the last several months was finalized Feb. 27 with the approval of both boards of directors. Article on bloodhorse
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Really happy to hear this. I hate it when a storied venue dies. · 9 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Not true and bittersweet. First, deal has to be approved by gov. seeing as the funding still has not been appropriated for the continuation of racing. Second, the HBPA's plan is to lease for two years and then build a new track in 2017. · 9 hours ago
Every time there is a 3yo on the verge of winning the Derby,that has never raced as a 2yo. The ghost of Apollo makes an appearance. I am not a Red Sox fan, but try telling them that the curse of The Bambino exists. I am far from a historian or statistician in the Racing game. But i am curious if anyone knows the answer to this.Of the so called 62 horses to have attempted this,can anyone tell me who the 10 most high profile colts of the group were.Also what were the odds of these horses in the Derby. The only thing that 62 means to me,is that it is 1 more than the number of homers the real HR King.......Roger Maris had in 1 season. If the majority were at high odds,what difference does it make if they ran at 2. A horse with no shot is the same,regardless of how many races they had. Many will point out Verrazano as the poster boy to this failure.But that is not fair, he went into the Derby a very tired horse. I will not use his health issues as an excuse. The Derby was his 5th race,they were playing catch up the entire process. But even through all the negatives. It is amazing how horses like Palace Malice and Oxbow got a pass for attending the fastest early pace in Derby History. But Verrazano was left out in the cold.Does anyone not remeber that he was sitting 2nd,about 2 lengths off of these torrid fractions. I could care less about Apollo,and for that matter being of Greek descent,Zeus and any other God you may throw my way. Only thing for me is that if you do not win the Kentucky Derby or any other race for that matter.All it tells me is that you were not good enough or lucky enough(if you had a trip excuse. FOR THAT DAY ONLY.
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  • hannahWTC1 · The only 2 I can think of that had a legitimate chance of winning the Derby is Bodemeister, and the pace did him in more than anything. And the second is Coaltown, all the way back in 1948. Him running into one of the best thoroughbreds in history did him in more than lack of racing at 2 · 10 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Thanks Hannah, but lets be honest. Even if there were 10 horses with a legitimate shot. Over the course of time,that is a miniscule sampling. People love to sensationalize it as though it can never happen. Like i said in my other posts.What then was the excuse of all the other top contenders with legitimate shots to win and did not that raced at 2. This is just another topic in a long line of irrelevant topics,that makes people think they know what they are talking about. · 9 hours ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos, who won the Grade 3 Toboggan on Feb. 7, has missed training time due to a recurring foot issue. Article on DRF
Bummer. I always wanted to see him run now I wont get the chance. It least he will be ok.



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.