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  • Taking Stock: Oddballs in Kentucky
    There’s a 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred horse in the Gll Kelso H. Saturday at Belmont Park by the name of Monongahela (K One King), which is the name of a river that flows through Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania. It’s also the name of a small city–called “Mon City” for short–about 17 miles
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 20, 2019 4:01 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Racing’s Future In Illinois, Stud Limits?
    In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle several topics. They begin with a discussion of the latest developments in Illinois, where horsemen are at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. for its decision not to seek a casino license for Arlington Park. The discussion then
    via Paulick Report Features on September 20, 2019 9:53 am
  • The Unforgettable Kelso
    It is appropriate that the New York Racing Association moved the Kelso Stakes from its fall Super Saturday card, where it was pretty much lost, to its own weekend. Now the focus is not only on those versatile horses prepping for either the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or the Classic,
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 20, 2019 9:25 am
  • When Horses Fly: The Beginnings Of Air Travel In The Racing World
    There are 20 horses cataloged for this year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale that were born overseas and arrived stateside by airplane, and considerably more of the auction's 4,644 entries will travel through the sky to destinations in different states and different hemispheres after selling to far-flung buyers. When stacked against
    via Paulick Report Features on September 19, 2019 5:56 pm
  • A FACTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE JUSTIFY SCOPOLAMINE POSTIVE IN THE SANTA ANITA DERBY
    The recent New York Times story by Joe Drape pertaining to 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify testing positive for scopolamine in the Santa Anita Derby drew international attention to the incident…and a plethora of almost entirely negative commentary outside horse-racing circles. Most of the media accounts (starting with the New
    via Horse Racing Business on September 18, 2019 5:00 am
  • View From The Eighth Pole: The Sting Left On Illinois Racing By Churchill Downs Inc.
    You've probably heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but needs help getting from one side to the other. He sees a frog and tells him of his desire, asking if he can ride across the stream on the frog's back.
    via Paulick Report Features on September 17, 2019 5:32 pm
  • jockey club’s proposed rule to limit stallion books is provoking comment and analysis
    Those wild revolutionaries at the Jockey Club lobbed an incendiary device into last week’s news with the announcement that their board of stewards was considering a “rule to limit the annual breeding of individual stallions starting with the 2021 breeding season.” In the final days leading up to the world’s
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 16, 2019 11:24 am
  • Jason Beem’s Racing Life Has Seen Highs, Lows, And A Twitter Joke That Went Viral
    You may know Jason Beem as the part-time announcer at Monmouth Park, or from the recently-ended Colonial Downs meet. Or, you may know him for his weekly racing podcast, broadcast first from BetAmerica and now by TwinSpires. Or possibly you've read his debut novel Southbound which he's currently converting into
    via Paulick Report Features on September 16, 2019 10:52 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with The Little Guys
    Oklahoma? Check. Horse Haven? Check. Around the turn? Check. Main Track? Check. Clare Court? Check. Harness side? Check. Gridley Street? Check.
    via This is Horse Racing on September 13, 2019 3:55 pm
  • PR Special Keeneland September Sale: Questions About Video Endoscopies?
    The Paulick Report is back at it for Book 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, with the fourth edition of its special print publication for the bellwether sale. This edition of the PR Special focuses on another hot topic on the sales grounds: the push for video endoscopy to
    via Paulick Report Features on September 13, 2019 11:31 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: California Conflicts?
    The U.S. horse racing industry is dealing with yet another controversy this year after the New York Times story about 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify's positive drug test following the Santa Anita Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the
    via Paulick Report Features on September 13, 2019 10:55 am
  • THE PARALLEL UNIVERSES OF THE NY TIMES EXPOSE AND KEENELAND: FOLLOW THE MONEY
    Follow the money.  That adage does not always prove true in discerning outcomes but it is often a reliable guide of things to come.  For instance, betting sites are usually a more accurate predictor of who is going to win an election than expert forecasts and public opinion polls.  Bettors
    via Horse Racing Business on September 12, 2019 3:00 pm
  • September 12, 2019
    This week has been moving week. We have one new guy on the block. Several longtime residents have changed paddocks. First, a big welcome to Slim Shadey, who moved into Old Friends two days ago. This grand old gelding (now 11 years old) from England ran in Great Britain, then
    via Old Friends on September 12, 2019 2:34 pm
  • California Racing Has Always Been an Island
    By now everyone's read the Drape story about Triple Crown winner Justify receiving an alleged (no one has disputed it yet, so maybe they'll drop the alleged part soon) positive test for the drug scopolamine.This drug is not new to horse racing, as over the years positives have resulted in
    via Pull the Pocket on September 12, 2019 1:46 pm
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/12/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness racing erraevery Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Darrell Wood, Mark McKelvie, and Joe Zambito. The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/12/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on September 12, 2019 1:18 pm
  • How The First Horse Van Shocked The Public And British Bookmakers
    The thresholds of Keeneland's property will be tread upon by an endless stream of horse vans during the two weeks and change of its September Yearling Sale, effortlessly bringing horses in from around the country and redistributing them to destinations around the world. It's easy to take for granted a
    via Paulick Report Features on September 12, 2019 9:00 am
  • PR Special Keeneland September Sale: Let’s Hear It From The Breeding Industry
    The Keeneland September Yearling Sale rolls on, and the Paulick Report is on the grounds with another special print publication for the auction. In this edition of the PR Special, The Jockey Club's proposed limitation of mares bred by a stallion during a season has been one of the hottest
    via Paulick Report Features on September 11, 2019 9:31 am
  • DEVELOPMENTS IN LEGAL SPORTS BETTING IN THE UNITED STATES
    For the first time ever in May 2019 New Jersey took in more money on sports betting than Nevada (Las Vegas has had sports betting since 1949). In May, New Jersey surpassed Nevada $318.9 million to $318.3 million. By July 2019, the disparity had grown with New Jersey taking in
    via Horse Racing Business on September 11, 2019 6:00 am
  • sky mesa gets third g1 winner with spinaway winner perfect alibi
    Sky Mesa (by Pulpit) got his third U.S. Grade 1 winner from 13 crops of racing age when Perfect Alibi won the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 1 after a game contest with the Into Mischief fillies Frank’s Rockette and Figure of Speech. On the same day, Sky Mesa’s juvenile daughter
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 10, 2019 11:03 am
  • Paddy Neilson
    I would not have become a jockey without Paddy Neilson.  Before school, my last two years of Unionville High School. Monday to Friday, one set. Eight dollars a horse, plus breakfast. Neilson’s wife, Toinette, toasted cinnamon rolls, I’d run up the steps, take a quick shower, pull on a slightly
    via This is Horse Racing on September 8, 2019 4:58 pm
  • Smarty Party Returns to Philly
    As the dark clouds moved in over Parx racetrack on Sept. 2 and with the predicted thunderstorms imminent, it threatened to disrupt the scheduled festivities to pay tribute to Philadelphia’s favorite hero of 2004, Smarty Jones. But fortunately the rains came and went before Smarty’s appearance. It’s hard to believe
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 6, 2019 4:14 pm
  • Can We Beat the Computer Horse Betting Models? At Times, Sure We Can.
    On an previous post I mentioned a book I read a couple of weeks ago called "Digital Marketing in an AI World" and promised a couple of thoughts on AI or big data models for horse racing.If you're interested I'll share a few of those thoughts below.First, I'm a believer in
    via Pull the Pocket on September 6, 2019 1:13 pm
  • BARN Podcast 9/6/19
    It's our final episode of the BetAmerica Radio Network. Jason discusses the show, says some thank you's, and talks about the exciting next thing. The post BARN Podcast 9/6/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on September 5, 2019 9:00 pm
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/6/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness racing every Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Blake Macintosh and Anette Lorentzon The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/6/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on September 5, 2019 3:37 pm
  • Taking Stock: New Era for Phipps Stable
    The iconic Phipps Stable is doing the unprecedented. For the first time, it is selling its entire crop of yearling colts. This is set to go down next week at the Keeneland September sale through Claiborne, as agent. No need to sound the alarm, however–Daisy Phipps Pulito, who co-owns the
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 5, 2019 3:22 pm
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