• Bret Calhoun and Cowboy Dan
    As David Allen Coe’s friend Steve Goodman wrote, the perfect country and western song says something about mama, trains, trucks, prison and gettin’ drunk. Well, David (and Steve) never met Cowboy Dan. He was a cheap Texas-bred Thoroughbred, a $1,600 yearling, whose life ought to play at Ryman Auditorium. He’s…
    via This is Horse Racing on February 11, 2016 9:07 pm
  • Drug Allegations Shock Industry ; Hold the Horses
    The entire harness racing has been shocked by a report in Harnesslink which alleges leading trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller with having had horses testing positive for the drug Glaucine.  Making these allegations more interesting is these are Meadowlands-based trainers who train or have trained horses for Jeff Gural…
    via View from the Grandstand on February 11, 2016 6:44 pm
  • Karon: A.P. Indy, full speed ahead at 27 | Running Rough Shod
    Much has been written on the life and times of A.P. Indy, but a recent visit to the retired 27-year-old stallion at Lane's End -- where he was born and raised, stood his entire stud career, and will live out his days -- got me thinking about his legacy as…
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 6:35 pm
  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez’es Top 5 Rides
    According to an article from ESPN.com, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has decided that jockey Ramon Dominguez can be considered for induction into the Hall even though he hasn’t been retired for the required 5 years. Dominguez had to retire do to an injury he sustained in 2013.…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on February 11, 2016 2:29 pm
  • Super Saturdays wouldn’t be hurt if some stakes were spread out
    Super Saturdays are becoming regular occurrences at Gulfstream. They're great. But in packing these cards with stakes, non-Super Saturdays are suffering. The next two weekends feature a six-horse stakes for older females and a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies. This is not what racing fans have come to expect…
    via Ante Post on February 11, 2016 1:01 pm
  • Here & There – February 11
    Full on winter is finally gripping essentially the entire Northeast, with biting temperatures, snow and strong winds whipping down city streets and across the farm fields and paddocks. The Super Bowl is over and winter festivals are in full swing. We’re a day late again posting our (mostly) weekly hodge…
    via This is Horse Racing on February 11, 2016 12:55 pm
  • Fornatale: Chances for qualify for CyberTour, Rookie contests
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Thomas Fornatale </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some important changes in this week&rsquo;s contest on <a href="http://NHCQualify.com">NHCQualify.com</a>, where the buy-in is $162 and up to five NHC…
    via Peter Thomas Fornatale DRF Blog on February 11, 2016 12:50 pm
  • 2016 Kentucky Oaks: Zipse’s Big Ten
    1. Songbird 5-5-0-0 (Medaglia d'Oro--Ivanavinalot, by West Acre) Trainer - Jerry HollendorferWhether we agree with their decision or not, Rick Porter and Jerry Hollendorfer, seem to be pretty confident in their decision that the Kentucky Oaks, and not the Kentucky Derby, will be the best plan as Songbird's first major…
    via Zipse at the Track on February 11, 2016 12:29 pm
  • Simon: Is Songbird the Next Ruffian? The Numbers Might Surprise You! | US Racing
    Ruffian was unquestionably fast. She set eight stakes records and two track records, despite starting just 11 times in her star-crossed career. However, it needs to be noted that the daughter of Reviewer never left the East Coast and competed at a time when speed reigned supreme. For instance, Ruffian…
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 12:13 pm
  • Brittany sells significant portion of acreage
    Brittany Farms owner George Segal announced today that a significant portion of the acreage that comprises Brittany Farms has been sold to Maurice Regan of New York. Regan, an Irish native who owns thoroughbreds through his Newtown Anner Stud Ltd. located outside Clonmel, County Tipperary, purchased 565 acres of Brittany’s…
    via Harness Racing Update on February 11, 2016 10:20 am
  • BARN Episode 2/11/16
    Jason is joined by Jeremy Balan of the Bloodhorse to talk about the stakes action coming up this weekend at Santa Anita.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 11, 2016 9:54 am
  • From the archives: Let’s honor the birthdays of two heavyweights of the antebellum turf!
    Today, Thursday, February 11, marks the anniversary of the birth of two men who dominated the Louisiana race tracks prior to the Civil War: Col. Adam L. Bingaman of Natchez, Mississippi (1793–1869), and Duncan F. Kenner (1813–1887). You can read more about Col. Bingaman’s success over the New Orleans Eclipse…
    via Antebellum Turf Times on February 11, 2016 9:33 am
  • Sheila Rosenblum: From Park Avenue to Belmont Park
    Photo credit NYRA/Susie Raisher. On January 16, Sheila Rosenblum stood on the stage at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, clutching a statue of Eclipse, the legendary 18th century racehorse for which Thoroughbred racing’s highest awards are named. Moments before, her six-year-old mare La Verdad had been named 2015 champion female…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on February 11, 2016 9:26 am
  • Indiana harness racing …
    by Peter Lawrence, Contributor to VFTRG... in a video apparently produced by Purdue University. Outstanding overall job, outstanding shots, outstanding interviews.Outstanding grasp of the nuances of the sport and business. Outstanding production and story line.Also, good to see faces - Eash, Wilfong, etc. - of people I've only previously known…
    via View from the Grandstand on February 11, 2016 9:00 am
  • Still lithe at 15, Smarty Jones is all set for his second chance in Kentucky
    Still light on his feet: Smarty Jones at Calumet. Photo: Michele MacDonald Michele MacDonaldFebruary 11, 2016Hearing footsteps approaching his stall, the compact chestnut contentedly munching hay in a shaft of afternoon sunlight lifts his head and listens for a moment before boldly striding through deep straw bedding to see…
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on February 11, 2016 4:57 am
  • Uncle Mo and the pedigree landscape 
      
    via Sid Fernando + Observations on February 11, 2016 12:06 am
  • New Stallion Conveyance
    ConveyanceResiding at the historic Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Ky., Conveyance joins the new stallion ranks this year at 9 years old. Sold to Legends Racing at the Keeneland September Yearling sale for $240,000 in 2008, Conveyance debuted on Halloween day in 2009 for trainer Bob Baffert. He won that first…
    via All Equine All the Time on February 10, 2016 10:01 pm
  • How About a Trainer Derby Future Wager?
    It’s time for another Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which in February still has a pretty low percentage, which is why Mohaymen is the only horse in single digit-odds, while the mutual field is an unappealing 4-5. It shows that there is still a huge chance that the Derby winner is…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on February 10, 2016 6:14 pm
  • Donworth to Dubai
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <p>It's on to Dubai for several notable American-based runners, but one under-the-radar sort that might get lost in the CALIFORNIA CHROME, FROSTED, MSHAWISH,…
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on February 10, 2016 4:37 pm
  • Jerardi: Nyquist’s numbers say it could be a rocky season | Daily Racing Form
    Over the last 20 years, there are four clear comparisons, the most obvious being Shanghai Bobby in 2012 and 2013. The colt was an unbeaten 2-year-old champion who raced five times, with a Grade 2 win and two Grade 1 wins, including the BC Juvenile. Shanghai Bobby’s 2-year-old Beyers were…
    via Pinboard on February 10, 2016 2:46 pm
  • Halvey on Horseracing: Gary Contessa
    If it sounds like not much cocaine to have in a 1,400 pound racehorse, that’s right. Of course, given the current standards and the absolute insurer’s rule, the amount of cocaine measured is irrelevant. It is a zero tolerance substance in Florida and Contessa is presumptively guilty for its presence…
    via Pinboard on February 10, 2016 2:28 pm
  • 2016 Kentucky Derby Under the Radar Spotlight: Matt King Coal
    One of the joys of life is discovering that a horse you’ve been waiting to return, has finally made it back to the work tab. Crazy, right? But passionate fans of racing know exactly what I am talking about. As such, I was very pleased to see Sunday’s five-furlong breeze…
    via Zipse at the Track on February 10, 2016 2:25 pm
  • Beautiful Song
    Mike Smith let the question dangle, let it roll around in his head, let it swim like a whiskey over ice. Over the phone, it’s hard to see, but there’s no doubt, Smith looked up at the sky, squinted his eyes like mail slots and blew a kiss in the…
    via This is Horse Racing on February 10, 2016 2:05 pm
  • Does Anyone Pay Attention or Care?
    In the traditional winners circle photo, you get your usual visitors to celebrate the victory.  Only problem is the people are allegedly owners of a different horse in the race.  Doesn't this strike you as weird?Supposedly this has happened more than once.  At the best, this is poor judgement by…
    via View from the Grandstand on February 10, 2016 1:52 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast, February 10, 2016
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DRF Players Podcast </div> </div> </div> <p>Songbird in the Las Virgenes, Mor Spirit in the Robert Lewis, and strategy in tournaments and at the windows were the key…
    via DRF Players Podcast on February 10, 2016 1:43 pm
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