• La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 5 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 8 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 8 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 8 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 8 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 8 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 9 days ago

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Is he still on the sick list? What is the doubt that he will race anytime soon? He is one of a dozen Baffert entries in the Dec 9 Cash Call Futurity, so he would have to break his Maiden - BUT WHEN
Anyone know if this horse is in training - He is one of a dozen that Baffert nominated to the Dec. 9 Cash Call Futurity
2 consecutive bullets for Dabster @ Santa Anita.
Which filly is better, Clemmie or Happily? Which one can travel longer distances?
Just read Gunnevera is going to the Classic. Admittedly, I've never been a true fan of this horse, but if this pace melts, he could be closing late. Still, he's at a huge disadvantage because of his opponents' class and the fact that speed reigns supreme in SoCal.
My top pick probably long odds, Avenge. Top form, lost this race last year in last 50 yards but this year is 1/16 m shorter and her last out was a 1 1/4 win. Also look at her last two years seem to always be conditioned to the BC.
Lady Eli obvious top choice. Beware. She lost by a nose and won by a nose several times. Never crushes the field or dominates. Comes late in a stretch run. Del Mar has a short stretch run. In this field I would rate her a 6:1. So many choices in a wide open race.
If you are a pick 6 player this is a money race. This and the Filly and Mare Turf. Load you p6 tickets on these two races. Just look what happened last weekend at Woodbine.
Her bloodlines show one blue hen after another from Pure Profit, Clear Ceiling and the great foundation mare for the Phipps family, Grey Flight. Her sire Private Account had one of Buckpasser’s best stakes winning daughters who was also a top Broodmare, Numbered Account.
There is the outside chance that this track could be open again soon. http://www.theracingbiz.com/2017/10/11/sources-deal-bring-colonial-downs-back-life/
Icelocks and Cugel, I like ur thinking. If Diversify, Collected, Hun RUNNER set a to rid pace, that could play into KEEN Ices hands,Fletcher is teaching him not to fall so far behind, make Gunnevera a live long shot to hit the board.del Mar is deep, tight turns with no bank. They're changing it, a big intangible. I don't think it was Arrogates favorite. I think last yrs campaign, the shipping, getting out of shape from not racing, or aggravation from his shin splints are behind his problems, one of those. I agree Baffert and Mike Smith should have it solved by race day. We'll see, gonna be incredible. Keep up posted, icelocks
Always be aware of BC horses who were well bet in their last race, and beaten. Mind Your Biscuits was coming into the Grade I Forego at Saratoga a winner of 3 of 4, losing that one by only a neck in the Grade III Gulfstream Park Sprint with a 101 Beyer. At Saratoga, if you are not on or near the lead, it can be a tiring track and hard to get a hold of. Check his works, but if "Buscuits" is working well, look for a return to form at a price too.
One of a few of the BEST named horses ever to race. Good one too
BREAKING: WinStar Farm, in a press release, has announced that Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming WILL race in 2018 as a four year old. According to WinStar, the horse had been suffering from ulcers and is recovering at the farm, race plans for Always Dreaming will be announced sometime after the Breeders Cup.
BREAKING: In a press release, Claiborne Farm has announced that 1995 Breeders Cup Distaff winner Inside Information passed away on October 14th from natural causes. She was 26 years old.
  • Goblin · Her 1995 BC Distaff was one of those performances that you know you may never see again. Sad for her passing; fortunate to have seen her in person. RIP. Video of that tour de force in honor of her memory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD6HHzB1aJ0 · 16 hours ago
Right now, Harry Angel is all the rage in the ante-post betting in the UK for the G1 British Champions Sprint Stakes, but I really like Caravaggio's chances a lot in this race! He came back to near his best on his last outing at the Curragh in the G2 Flying Five Stakes, with Aidan O'Brien saying that day he thought they had solved the problem with his foot issue. He loves Ascot, and he's 2 for 2 there over the same course and distance as the British Champion Sprint Stakes. He won the G2 Coventry Stakes in 2016 and defeated Harry Angel at level weights there in the G1 Commonwealth Cup in 2017, and if I'm not mistaken, he be gets a little bit of weight from Harry Angel on Saturday.
another positive work today. 2 more they say!
Movin' right along!...Beautiful!!... https://twitter.com/TVG/status/919984749006999554
Per DRF Privman--Hoppertunity worked 6f. in 1:13 this A.M. (10/16/17) at SA. Current plan is to run in the Comma to the Top Stakes on 10/28 as a prep for a start in the Clark at CD later.
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · Well, GL to Hoppy. What a waste; shudda been the Classic. · 16 hours 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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