• La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 3 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 6 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 9 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 9 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 9 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 9 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 9 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 10 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

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Anyone know how many mares he covered?
BREAKING: Classic Empire, the 2016 Eclipse Award-winning Two-Year-Old for owner John Oxley, has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud. “Unfortunately, we just ran out of time to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Classic,” explained trainer Mark Casse. “I could never get him completely over his foot abscess and it wasn’t possible to train him the way I needed in order to bring him back at the highest level which is where he deserved to be. A fee will be announced at a later date.
Hey bill it's Scott from mountaineer hope you are doing well my friend
Hey Mark you don’t know anything more than I do but its a one or two horse BC Juvenile right now and this horse could win or come finish in the money. Also sure he wouldn’t be the first horse to enter the BC next out after breaking his maiden. He seems to be as fit as the top two. So what the F is so LOL? The most bitter and angry horse players blog this sight. I don’t understand the arrogance and anger. BTW Mark I won the Breeders Cup pick six 2015 and 2016 so maybe i have some intelligent thoughts to offer.
Whitecliffsofdover retired to stud to stand at Haras de la Haie Neuve
Liked this work ..I liked the way he got to the bit early being focused and showing good energy...For me it's a B +..Galloped out with Energy he started with..Bob has him in right direction.I can't wait to see next work.. Hopefully Arrogate pulls the boy around Bottled up..
While I ponder the strategy of this race and the condition of the horses and Track...does anyone know who Mike Smith is gonna ride in this race ?
Do we have any idea if PAVEL will pursue the BC Dirt Mile?
Anyone playing this race, any thoughts. I kicking around Some in Tieme, Canessar, Final Copy an Manitoulin
Won the 9f. Bulldog Stakes at Fresno on October 15, 2017. info added, if it updates. Bulldog was not a choice of the stakes listed for that date, so it would say Fresno stakes.
Mubtaahij worked 5f, Oct 17th, in 59.80 (h) finishing 1/33.
Cupid worked 5f, Oct 17th, in 59.80 (h) finishing 1/33.
Ashleyluvssugar worked 4f, Oct 17th, in 49.80 (h) finishing 19/22.
By the Moon worked 5f, Oct 17th, in 1"02.85 (B) finishing 4/7.
Stallwalkin' Dude worked 3f, Oct 17th, in 39.59 (b) finishing 6/9
One of the worst names ever but a very good horse
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · What is so bad about this name? Sounds like lightning and the d'Oro breeding, so it's fine. p.s., you said nothing about Dickinson. · 20 hours ago
Bolt's mama should pay a visit to candy ride or ap!
BREAKING: Madefromlucky, a multiple graded stakes winner and earner of $1,351,500, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced at a later date.
He ran some fast splits - although he was outrun in the stretch, there is a ton of upside as Casse has to be careful with a horse this price -
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · That was a strong race. Being inside and being a big colt definitely worked against him having to set the pace with pressure. I liken his first start similar to St Patrick's Day. Casse was on tv saying he liked this one but felt his colt running the same day in the last race who drew better had a slightly better chance (Curlin's Honor 1.5 million) and he was right CH won. Would think more distance is in his future · 1 day ago
BUT he is one of a dozen Baffert nominees to the Dec 9 Cash Call - We will see who Baffert runs there. He usually runs his best 2 year old to date in it as he has a winning streak in that race to protect-
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · He's not actively working so it would seem unlikely he'll run · 1 day 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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