• Pure Tactics score down the hill in the Clocker's Corner. Posted 29 minutes ago
  • California Chrome breezes a mile in 1:41 2/5 at Los AlPosted 1 hour ago
  • El Kabeir worked 5F at Belmont in 1:01.59 (2/19)Posted 4 hours ago
  • Cassatt hangs on to win the Houston Ladies Classic.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Alert Bay skims the rail to win the California Cup Turf Classic. Posted 1 day ago
  • Mischief Clem edges Pulmarack in the California Cup Derby. Posted 1 day ago
  • Birdatthewire rolls to a powerful victory in the Forward Gal. Posted 1 day ago
  • Singing Kitty proves best in the California Cup Oaks. Posted 1 day ago
  • Upstart begins his Kentucky Derby trail with an impressive win in the Holy Bull! Posted 1 day ago
  • Consumer Credit rolls late in the Sweetest Chant.Posted 1 day ago

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Hey Buds, Curlin started his Derby campaign in Feb!
In todays 8th at GP are some very nice firsters.Spirit is a half to Dream Rush,and working much better than his odds suggest. Regia Marina is a half to Midshipman . Pin Up is a half to Bernadini,also in her last she worked even with WISECRACKER(Colt who ran 2nd yesterday to future Monster Khozan). With all these hot shot Debs in the race, the one that just might be the one is Todds Fast Moon.In the Mornings ,she is doing it the right way.
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  • travel_vic · so much to pedigree (aka fantasyland) handicapping. Zia, Chiding,Fine Instincts and Fast Moon · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · I worked the gate for two years and became very close to our retiring vet (even visited him over the winter when he had a hip replaceable) and he pointed out, with GREAT recurrence; "You can usually tell the first time starter as they haven't a clue as to what is going on." There is SO much for them to experience in the cacophonous, frightening experience of the gate and the crow, that racing is one of the last things on their mind · 1 hour ago
In the upcoming 6th at GP on the weeds. In a race featuring Chads hot firster AYAADY and a nice horse in Broken Border. I think i will be taking a flyer on Kitty and her First Lasix. Turf workout was better than it looks on paper.
  • travel_vic · Another outstanding example of using EVERYTHING BUT the horse to TRY and evaluate a race.....She must have read the program to come in 6th in the 6th. I have talked to the teletimer fellow here and he says NOT to trust a single intermediate time at that oval. · 1 hour ago
Im so happy he is making a mark, it took a bit, but his colts and fillies are becoming better and better
with the timeing of his debut it looks like there gonna give him 1 chance to make the derby. If he dosent break his madein first out I dont see him trying any derby preps cause if he is a late bloomer like his mom why risk it now
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  • tmallios via Disqus · I hate to say it Buds, but finally the voice of reason has stepped up to the plate. The way this one is supposedly working. If you and i were in Shirrefs barn,we would be higher in the Totem Pole for Derby Contenders. I said it before,just let him break his maiden or even get to the track first. Next Month seems to be the only consistent thing in this guys profile to date. · 4 hours ago
  • travel_vic · One do the very basic concepts one learns in this game, IT WILL SURPRISE you, and logic (as we think we know it) is often chucked out the window. · 1 hour ago
Can you please update me on the physical condition of Teardrop? Issue 3 2014 of the Peta magazine indicated that Teardrop is heavily drugged to mask the pain of her true injuries. Did the chemical treatment actually help or fuether injure Teardrop?
  • Mary Z. · They have their own magazine? This filly hasn't raced since January. No current workouts. Doesn't PETA have another homely girl willing to sleep with an assistant trainer so she can spy on the condition of this filly? · 77 days ago
  • rpjarman11 · I understand that Teardrop is now back in training and doing well. Expected to make her return to racing during the current Oaklawn winter season. I'll never forget her stunning two year old debut. · 1 hour ago
Jacinto Vasquez was aboard Quebec, the horse who plowed into Secretariat in his maiden race to produce the fourth place finish. Coincidentally, trainer Lucien Laurin was French-Canadian from Joliette, Quebec. Vasquez was also the only jockey to defeat Secretariat twice: in the Wood Memorial with Angle Light, and in the Whitney Handicap aboard Onion.
Any news on stud status?
Conformation: http://www.rockridgestud.com/honorable-dillon/images/hd-con.jpg
He's not active is he?
  • https://www.facebook.com/rache · He just raced 8/10 in an allowance optional claimer at Saratoga. Came in 5th. He's had two very long breaks. http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=8558715®istry=T · 143 days ago
  • JerseyGirl via Disqus · WtDW just won an allowance at A. He's been off a very long time. Still a contenda'!! · 3 hours ago
I was told he could not cover any mares? What's up
Ok, I was wrong, The Great War has been entered in the 96Rock stakes at Turfway Park for Saturday 1/31, post 6 out of 12, will use this race as a prep for the Sprial Stakes
Kiaran McLaughlin tweets that Frosted came out of the Holy Bull in great shape and is projected to make his next start in the G2 Fountain of Youth on February 21st at Gulfstream Park
My boy is making it big. Good run yesturday
I guess Upstart's win just flatters Texas Red alittle bit more...very interested to see if he's progressed in the 3 months since the Breeder's Cup.
DRF's Brad Free says on HRTV that Lady Eli is starting to train again and Chad Brown says that she will make her three year old debut in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland on April 12th, according to DRF
Unfortunately Cozmic One does not appear ready to race. His last work was not very impressive at all. At this point it's not realistic to expect him to make any derby prep races.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · You aren't Shirreffs, how do you know, so what he ran slow, he hasn't run in a real race, you can't judge him off of 1 work · 8 hours ago
After her victory last night in the Houston Ladies Classic Jones told Sam Houston officials that Cassatt could make her next start in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita on March 14. According to DRF
Able Friend makes it 3 straight wins and back to back G1's winning the G1 Stewards Cup barely breaking a sweat under a hand ride by Joao Moreira. This year's renewal of the Stewards Cup upgraded from a domestic Hong Kong G1 to international G1 status.
  • Ambitiousd · I wonder what the next move will be? Staying in Hong Kong for the owners is like printing money, but this type of talent is begging to go international. · 15 hours ago
He's stamping himself as the finest turf miler in the world. Amazing performance in the Stewards Cup. What a racehorse.



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.