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  • tom’s d’etat defies age and convention with continued and rising success
    The career profile of Tom’s d’Etat, winner of the Grade 2 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 27, is …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on July 6, 2020 10:10 am
  • Taking Stock: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Game
    Is it even possible to be inclusive in an exclusive game? Kudos to Sue Finley and this publication for its series on diversity and inclusion, featuring several notable individuals who’ve made poignant cases for the benefits of opening racing’s upper-echelon doors to Black people, people of color, women and other...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on July 2, 2020 4:31 pm
  • Experts Say Arkansas Derby Split Sample Still On Schedule–The Only Difference Is The World Is Waiting On It
    Ever since word leaked out that Charlatan tested positive for a substance widely reported to be lidocaine following the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on May 2, one of the biggest questions on the minds of readers is – isn't this an inordinately long period of time to wait for the...
    via Paulick Report Features on July 2, 2020 3:31 pm
  • belmont stakes victory pushes tapit’s son constitution to the top of the second-crop sires’ list
    Tiz the Law’s victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 20 made him the first grandson of multiple …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on July 2, 2020 3:08 pm
  • Forego May be Most Remarkable Horse Ever
    The word 'remarkable' is defined as: "notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary." The first horse that comes to mind that fits that description is Forego. As you will read, his races, his combination of speed and weight-carrying ability over a prolonged period of time, and his statistics are truly remarkable. On...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on July 1, 2020 11:13 am
  • July 1, 2020
    Poshsky Old Friends welcomes Poshsky! Meet the 10 year old veteran of many years of racing and winner of a graded stakes in this week’s Old Friends Blog Visit video below. Poshsky arrived at Old Friends just a week after … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on July 1, 2020 8:47 am
  • WHY A 2020 KENTUCKY DERBY WITH SPECTATORS IS ILL-ADVISED
    Greg Cote of the Miami Herald just published an article titled “Is MLB Walking into a Mess it will Regret,” which discussed whether the 2020 season should be played at all. He asked a troubling question: “Should it be happening…in the midst of a pandemic that has taken more than...
    via Horse Racing Business on July 1, 2020 6:00 am
  • June 28, 2020
    The biggest news on the farm is the arrival of Poshsky. I’m putting together a video showing him settling in, which I expect to post here in the next few days. He’s a good looking, refined, 10 year old bay … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on June 28, 2020 4:57 pm
  • TV or Not TV
    One thing you have to say for racing today, there is plenty of TV coverage, from TVG and MSG to several of the major networks. And the on-air talent comes not only from the broadcasting industry, but from all walks of the sport.We saw the roots of racing’s TV coverage...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on June 28, 2020 3:03 pm
  • PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale: Boyd Browning On The Changing Auction Calendar
    CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL Whether you're on the sales grounds or following along from home or the farm, the Paulick Report has reading material for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale with a jam-packed online-exclusive edition of the PR Special. In this issue,...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 28, 2020 1:16 pm
  • Do Kki Blade Downs Gaon Champ In Busan Sprint Duel
    Gaon Champ gave everything but ultimately Do Kki Blade was just too strong as the sprinting pair turned the Busan Ilbo Cup (KOR G3) into a two-horse war on Sunday afternoon. Do Kki Blade and Gaon Champ finished 2nd and 3rd behind Simjangui Godong in a blanket finish to January’s...
    via Horse Racing in Korea on June 28, 2020 10:44 am
  • Derby Sweet Sixteen: A Two-Horse Race Right Now
    1. Tiz the Law: Although the competition in the Belmont Stakes (G1) was suspect and several of the leading contenders just didn't show up, he again put on a stunning visual performance, and many trainers have to be figuring out a way how to beat this machine of a horse....
    via Hangin' with Haskin on June 26, 2020 3:41 pm
  • Using Data & "Free" to Engage Players
    Think With Google has been sharing some excellent case studies recently via their partnership with MIT's Sloan. One that caught my eye was Electronic Arts, the video game maker. EA, which makes FIFA World Cup Soccer, earns some major hay when the World Cup comes around. They drop a new game...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 25, 2020 3:58 pm
  • At Arm’s Length: Wild Stretch Run At Parx Racing
    Asbury Ave was declared the winner of the second race at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., Wednesday after a stewards inquiry and two jockey claims of foul stemming from an incident in the stretch that included one rider reaching over and appearing to push or grab one of his rivals...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 24, 2020 10:27 pm
  • Joe
    On Monday, via trainer Paul Kelley, we learned harness racing's defacto Chief Historian Joe Fitzgerald passed away.@Jaf3Joe RIP..Sad news. Joe was a great historian not only to harness racing but of sports and the world. I know our lives intertwined through both sports and music in the Boston area. I...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 24, 2020 11:57 am
  • June 24, 2020
    If you read the racing news and keep up with the rumor mill you may have picked up hints that Old Friends is seeing some arrivals over the next weeks. Watch this spot, our Facebook page, and Twitter for developments. … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on June 24, 2020 10:38 am
  • A NEW VEHICLE FOR INVESTING IN PREMIER ONLINE BETTING AND SPORTS WAGERING COMPANIES
    Legalization of sports betting by state legislatures is spreading across the United States, with casino/racetrack companies Churchill Downs, Inc, and Penn National Gaming already in on the action.  Individual investors are able to play this trend, as well as capitalize on wagering at established foreign sports books, by buying a...
    via Horse Racing Business on June 24, 2020 6:00 am
  • Remembering the Summer of '69
    Over the next month I will be waxing nostalgic on occasion, whether racing-oriented or personal. This one is both. Portions of this column I am rehashing from old columns, but most of it new and it is an opportunity to link all the pieces together. Let’s just say it is...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on June 23, 2020 10:51 am
  • siskin outmaneuvers football team to win classic for juddmonte and for foundation mare monroe
    An acrobatic little bird of the finch family, a siskin weighs about half an ounce and prefers the seeds of …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 22, 2020 10:15 am
  • Tiz Nobler in the Mind…
    There is no doubt people are going take different views of this year’s makeshift Belmont Stakes (G1) when assessing just how impressive Tiz the Law was dominating his field to capture the mile and an eighth event by nearly four lengths.First off, let us look at how the skeptics will...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on June 21, 2020 2:27 pm
  • Sensational Cheongdam Dokki Silences Sceptics In Herald Business Hat-Trick
    Cheongdam Dokki rolled back the years, crushed all-comers and silenced the sceptics by completing a sensational hat-trick in the Herald Business Cup at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. The six-year-old’s most recent win prior to Sunday was the exact same race, run in April last year with the race being re-scheduled...
    via Horse Racing in Korea on June 21, 2020 11:50 am
  • Belmont Unplugged: Without Fans, The Essence Of The Sport Was Absent
    I am proud to say I have covered every Belmont Stakes since 1998. I watched in awe as American Pharoah emphatically ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought and the roar of a Belmont Park crowd capped at 90,000 all but carried him to a gate-to-wire 5 ½-length triumph in 2015....
    via Paulick Report Features on June 20, 2020 10:53 pm
  • Belmont Stakes Pick: Tap It to Win Over Pneumatic
    A bit pressed for time ahead of a graduation-birthday-Father's Day cookout at home, and after spending a few hours with my Pick 5 consigliere Coach Dan mapping out our group ticket for races 6-10, here's a few thoughts on playing today's Belmont Stakes.A little on each horse, ranked in my...
    via NJ Horseplayer on June 20, 2020 12:09 pm
  • Harness - Track Size or Track Culture, The Differences in Driver Strategy Are Real
    Harness racing is a unique bird when it comes to driving styles and driving colonies. Whereas in Thoroughbred racing, a jock does not race a turf horse too much differently in various states, in harness racing we see drivers do just that. It's something that's been talked about since forever,...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 19, 2020 12:05 pm
  • henry of navarre won the last nine-furlong belmont in 1894, proved top class at longer distances too
    In looking forward to the first Belmont Stakes to be raced at nine furlongs in more than a century, I …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 19, 2020 10:55 am