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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 2 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 2 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 2 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 8 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 9 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 9 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 9 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 9 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 9 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 9 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track
Posted Monday, March 02, 2015
I finally made it. After closing in on the big number the past few years, I finally attended my 50th thoroughbred racetrack for live racing. Just two days removed from my first ever visit to Sam Houston Race Park, I have to say that I could not be happier that I chose the Houston, Texas oval for the milestone. Besides seeing one of my favorite horses in training, Albano, win the evening's feature in scintillating fashion, I was treated to a memorable evening at a wonderful venue.
Posted Sunday, March 01, 2015
Albano dominated the Maxxam Gold Cup early and often on the way to a romping 6 ½-length victory, highlighting a big night for trainer Larry Jones.
Posted Friday, February 27, 2015
Like all people who have been bitten by the horse racing bug, Dennis Morgan has dreams of someday running in the Kentucky Derby.
Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015
For my first ever visit to Sam Houston Race Park, I will be treated to three stakes races this Saturday evening. I’m expecting a fun night at the races. Without further ado, let’s jump right into a preview of each...
Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Rival Clue #1 - Born the same year, both rivals were bred in Kentucky and bay in color. Rival Clue #2 - They became Grade 1 winners in September and October of their juvenile seasons respectively.
Posted Monday, February 23, 2015
If you didn’t happen to handicap the 96ROCK Stakes, or look at the oddsboard beforehand, you must have watched in shock as the winner romped home in the January 31 feature at Turfway Park just about as easily as a horse can win a race. It wasn’t so much the 7 ¼-length final margin that The Great War won by that evening, but it was the way he looked cantering down the stretch that really stood out. Truly a case of barely breaking a sweat, it appeared that he could have won by 20 if asked at all in the stretch of the 6 ½ furlong stakes race. Remaining on the Turfway trail to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, The Great War will be back to thrill the local fans once again when he breaks from the far outside in an eleven horse field for the $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Feb. 28 at the Kentucky racetrack.
Posted Sunday, February 22, 2015
Yesterday's return of Main Sequence featured an explosive run down the stretch, and came at the direct expense of Twilight Eclipse ... again.
Posted Saturday, February 21, 2015
For the second time in as many Fair Grounds’ preps, International Star pointed himself out as a major threat come the first Saturday in May.
Posted Friday, February 20, 2015
Saturday is not just a big day for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, it is also a big day for the girls, with several important stakes on the road to the 2015 Kentucky Oaks.
Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015
Changes to Older Dirt Awards were a few years late, but very much the right decision, according to Brian Zipse.
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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.