• Champion Jockey: Kieran Norris
    Paddy Young walked that familiar walk, from Cathie Jackson’s clipboard at the scales in front of the Springdale Racecourse grandstand, through the narrow passage along the side, winding through the pine trees and back to the cold confines of the Camden jocks’ room. The five-time champion has won titles here,
    via This is Horse Racing on December 7, 2016 10:45 am
  • Bill Oppenheim: European Value Sires
    STALLIONS STANDING BETWEEN 10K AND 20K One difference between the European and American stallion populations is that the European population, combined, is a lot smaller, which tends to put more of a premium on proven stallions, especially the few true up-and-coming, affordable European stallions not named Frankel. This year there
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on December 7, 2016 8:43 am
  • Tuesday Briefs
    Ake Svanstedt has been handed a 30 day suspension and a $1,000 fine for a couple of positives over Hambletonian weekend, most notable the disqualification of Resolve from the John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot.  His suspension starts on January 2.Some question the timing of his suspension, feeling a suspension in January
    via View from the Grandstand on December 7, 2016 7:58 am
  • Hong Kong shows it has truly arrived as a world racing power
    A month ago we had the ‘World Championships’ (the Breeders’ Cup). On Sunday, it’s the turn of the ‘World Turf Championships’. While that might be pushing it a little, the Hong Kong International Races - four superb contests worth close on $10 million between them - have certainly attracted some
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on December 7, 2016 1:00 am
  • Problem Ponies – Horses to Watch – 12/6/16
    Nothing like a little something to keep your inner-handicapper warm and happy on the cold blustery days. – Trip handicapping is one of the oldest forms of handicapping, and can be traced back to the late-great Pittsburgh Phil. – Here are some runners who had a tough trip,  bad beginning,
    via Winning Ponies on December 7, 2016 12:10 am
  • BARN Episode 12/7/16
    Jason debuts a new song called “12 days of Horseplayer Christmas and is joined by jockey Mitchell Murrill to talk about his quick rise to the top of the Chicago and New Orleans circuit and more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on December 6, 2016 11:34 pm
  • ARCI Press Release – The Results are In…Stakeholders Support Central Rule Making for Drug Rules.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  DECEMBER 6, 2016Stakeholders Support Central Rule Making for Drug Rules.Lexington, KY -   The results of twenty-eight focus groups and an in-depth survey of a industry stakeholders reveal widespread support for the creation of a centralized rule making entity accountable to the existing racing commissions reorganized into a
    via View from the Grandstand on December 6, 2016 6:30 pm
  • Remembering Royal Academy
    In February, it will have been four years since Royal Academy died at twenty-five. An exceptionally successful stallion of an international repute was Nijinsky’s most successful son at stud and his blood is successful all over the globe. On Sunday, we had a chance to remember him again, this time
    via Blacktype Pedigree on December 6, 2016 5:37 pm
  • The Rise of Trainer Chad Brown
    Is Practical Joke Chad’s Derby Horse? He could be. First, he can run all day. Practical Joke’s sire is Into Mischief, who was sired by Harlan’s Holiday. On his dam’s side, the name Distorted Humor pops up. Practical Joke won’t have any issues with either the 1 1/4 miles of
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on December 6, 2016 2:55 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast, December 6, 2016
    0 DRF Players Podcast What happened with the Del Mar Pick 6 on Sunday, performances of Annals of Time and Miss Temple City, and listener questions are covered by Peter Thomas Fornatale, Mike Hogan, and Jonathon Kinchen. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from
    via DRF Players Podcast on December 6, 2016 12:36 pm
  • Bill Oppenheim: Value Sires 10k-20k
     The group of sires which went to stud in the U.S. in 2011 and had their first foals in 2012 (so we abbreviate as F2012) has been a very interesting group to follow, with as many as a dozen sires–maybe more–which have been jockeying for position at every signpost. While
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on December 6, 2016 12:24 pm
  • DeRosa: Touting Daily Participation Key to Solving Racing’s Identity Crisis | Twinspires
    Racing has an identity crisis. It’s a gambling game; no, it’s about the animal; it’s a live sporting event; it’s the sport of kings; $2 bettors; Zenyatta. Of course, racing is all these things and more, but first and foremost from where I sit (which is an office at TwinSpires.com’s
    via Pinboard on December 6, 2016 12:22 pm
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    Trip Notes, 12/6/16 It was another terrific weekend of horse racing, but it was also a transitional one. We said ‘goodbye’ to Del Mar and to turf racing in New York and ‘hello’ to Gulfstream Park’s championship meet. In this week’s column we’ll jump from Aqueduct to Gulfstream in search
    via Danonymous Racing on December 6, 2016 9:15 am
  • Welcome Home, Charismatic
    It seems as if Charismatic has been gone for ages, but leave it to Michael Blowen to arrange for his return to the United States. It is only appropriate that a horse named Charismatic go home to one of the most charismatic dynamos the racing world has ever known.What better
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on December 6, 2016 8:32 am
  • 2017 Kentucky Derby Trail: McCraken Pedigree Profile
    McCraken  is the latest exciting addition to the early list of 2017 Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The son of Ghostzapper defeated eleven other rivals in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)  to retain his three-for-three race record.  McCraken and Classic Empire are the only undefeated colts on Triple Crown trail.
    via Pedigree Power on December 6, 2016 6:57 am
  • How Tepin’s exploits are helping ready Casse’s team for the Kentucky Derby
    Mark E. Casse is nearing the end of a year that would be a dream come true for most trainers. Through Nov. 28, he has already compiled a career-best $17,540,438 in earnings for the season, placing him third in North America behind only Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on December 6, 2016 5:00 am
  • BARN Episode 12/6/16
    Jason previews the Springboard Mile from Remington Park and then is joined by Jockey Drayden Van Dyke to talk about his big Del Mar Meet, life as a rider, and much more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on December 5, 2016 11:33 pm
  • ONE NIGHT
          RECORD WAGERING SET FOR WOODBINE’S LAST RACING DAY Bangkok upsets Valedictory A graded marathon stakes race highlighted a marathon card pf racing which wrapped up 2016 at Woodbine. The fields were large and thus the betting was
    via Feedly on December 5, 2016 12:47 pm
  • Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial
    Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for the roses on the first Saturday in May. That fact was
    via Paulick Report Features on December 5, 2016 12:18 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Miss Temple City
    As a faithful member of the Roberto fan club, I have long been intrigued by the battle for survival of his male line in North America and Europe. There have been many twists and turns along the way, with his male line effectively becoming an endangered species, even though
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on December 5, 2016 11:42 am
  • New Sire Series: Bobby’s Kitten
    After nearly a month hiatus, All Equine All the Time returns with the first new stallion blog of the season. Follow along in coming months as I look at new stallions hitting the sheds in 2017.Bobby's KittenA familiar horse to both American and Europeans is new stallion Bobby’s Kitten, who
    via All Equine All the Time on December 5, 2016 10:29 am
  • December 5, 2016
    Here are some much better pics from yesterday, with many thanks to the tireless Laura Battles. Did I say trot? Wow, look at this floating pace, too. Move over, Dan Patch! Afternoon Deelites has a ready answer. All 4 off the ground! Though the horses around him were more
    via Old Friends on December 5, 2016 8:49 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Miss Temple City 2. Annals of Time 3. Vale Dori
    via Racing Dudes on December 5, 2016 6:00 am
  • BARN Episode 12/5/16
    Jason recaps a busy weekend including the Claiming Crown from Gulfstream, a pair of Grade 1’s at Del Mar and much more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on December 4, 2016 11:42 pm
  • Pride, stress, pure joy – it’s all in a day’s work for those closest to the world’s third best racehorse
    Ben Cadden stood just behind Umut Odemislioglu as 10 of Australia's best weight-for-age horses loaded into the gates for the running of the 2016 W.S Cox Plate. There were of course, nerves. But not of the hopeful nature. More of the confident. For the horse they were there to see,
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on December 4, 2016 9:00 pm
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