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Any chance she loses next out? Second bullet fired this past weekend since she resumed working mid summer... (1/54) 59 1/5 at Los Alamitos. To the La Brea?
After the win on Friday, anyone have any idea of what is next race will be? Breeders Cup Mile? What was the Beyer on this last race? Thanks
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  • tmallios via Disqus · More than likely Baffert will get him ready for the opening day sprint at Santa Anita on the day after XMAS. · 1 hour ago
  • hector15 · Kaitlinfree has confirmed california chrome has been retired · 37 minutes ago
Hi im new to this I use to breed at a camp in lower part of NewYork mostly stalions and I use to work for privately own saddle company in Hartford in the 70s
Almost lost among the big races was Pepper's 1st timer Punctuating the day as the 'other Baffert' with Rosie
  • Goblin · Really wonderful of you to mention---I wanted to post it yesterday, but tried to wait until the commotion died down, and it didn't. Distorted Humor x Peppers Pride looked very nice coming from behind and winning first time out. HRTV anchors took notice! Thanks, amino. · 2 days ago
  • duchess via Disqus · Good to see one of her offspring on the track and winning. :-) · 11 hours ago
Here's Rachel's little filly all grown up!
This is the ONLY arena I think where a trainer REALLY can make a difference: keeping an animal OUT of contests that will negatively effect HIS running style.
  • amino998 · ONLY... lol... and the jockey's still a passenger, right? Even given your lowly opinion of them, putting an animal IN a contest {think 'rabbit' or Sky Kingdom :)} that will negatively effect ANOTHER'S running style is another · 15 hours ago
  • travel_vic · yes the jockey was, is and forever with be a passive force in the running of a race horse. They sit on their backs and never run, never have, never will · 13 hours ago
Candy boy hmmmm????when it was derby time I omitted him in my wagers.i am starting to think he could make some serious noise in the bc classic and go unnoticed at 12-1!!! Maybe the other candy ride pulls a shocker!!!
what is wrong with midnight transfer?i
bayern is a monster i just cant get that travers result out of my mind.s.b.will have a huge bullseye but with moreno at the lead with bayern i just dont see him getting the1/1/4.
is fed biz going to make the classic or is he going with bayern???
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  • michael via Disqus · nah let me make myself very clear fed biz is not a great horse bayern maybe im not a raceing expert but if that race was not what it was s.b.would have won by 7 lengths at least thats how i saw it. · 15 hours ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Fed Biz is pointing to the Dirt Mile, per Baffert · 15 hours ago
Seek Again the new champion turf miler
I believe Game On Dude was the last active past Triple Crown runner from the Super Saver-Lookin' At Lucky crop. Could be wrong though...
Eddie Plesa said no Breeders' Cup for Itsmyluckyday. Horse leaves MTH today for Florida where he will train up to Cigar Mile at AQU on 11-29, per DRF
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  • tmallios via Disqus · What are you talking abot with "ALL". The only major loss was WTC. After him, there really was not an Elite bunch. Just alot of nice horses. · 17 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Good choice. He could win that. Is Alpha still in training? I haven't given up hope,ha,ha. · 16 hours ago
Palace Malice if healthy would have given any of the Classic horses a run for their money. No doubt about it.
this horse seems to have some potential.
In the barn at Keeneland, doing GREAT!!
Wonderful, I was wondering if she was ok, she dropped to 5-1 in the futures ( of coarse I bet her) I thought that was a nice price. Probably 3-1 at BC.
Rosalind, who finished in a dead-heat for first in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) last spring, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 in Lexington. Article on BloodHorse
Trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post today that Ruler of the World and Chicquita are the 2 horses he's likely sending to Longchamp this Sunday for the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe. O'Brien said he's been really pleased with the work that Chicquita has done at home since her 2nd place finish in the G2 Blanford Stakes coming off a year+ layoff, and she stays the trip thoroughly, having won the G1 Irish Oaks in 2013. O'Brien said Australia is doing fine and will likely go to Ascot next for the G1 Champion Stakes on October 18th. On a personal note, I think it's big time disappointing that an Epsom & Irish Derby winner with as much talent as Australia has, and proven over the trip at Group 1 level, isn't running in the Arc. In the Irish Champion Stakes, Australia didn't get beaten by a better horse, Joseph O'Brien got out-ridden by a better jockey that day, IMO.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I am trying to understand the choice of the Arc for Chicquita. I liked her last year, quirks and all, but she has been missing in action until this last race, where she finished second to a field that has none of the quality the Arc will. Off that race and her works at home, he is going to run her in the Arc? Wouldn't logic tell you that she needed to be very impressive in her last race to even warrant the Arc? She may surprise me, but I cannot look at this in a positive light. As far as Australia is concerned, I do feel that they are avoiding 1m4f races with Australia for a reason. The Arc, with it's difficult trip and the tendency for the race to be roughly run, is not quite ideal for Joseph and Australia. That is my interpretation. · 20 hours ago
  • amino998 · First Frankel and now Australia, the Champion Stakes continues to provide a new, less arduous path {to the top of the Longines/IFHA World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, por ejemplo} and detracts from the Arc like, albeit to a lesser extent, the BC Classic/JCGC >> on a side note, Nathan, if Dinny is in the Belmont Dining Room to see one of his this weekend, it’s probably very live because he’s due in Paris, Euroland early Monday morning EDT to be the keynoter @ the 48th IFHA Annual Conference :) · 20 hours ago
Wildcat Red, third as fave in Oklahoma Derby , came out of race well, to be freshened, and candidate for 2015 Sunshine Millions, per Garoffalo.



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.