• As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics
    In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster certainly thought so. The “Dancer” had carved 1.6 seconds off Whirlaway's 1941 mark, attracting the attention of horsemen…
    via Paulick Report Features on May 1, 2016 11:25 pm
  • Suddenbreakingnews to Have New Look in Kentucky Derby
    In 1992, Lil E. Tee finished second in the Arkansas Derby, after which he was equipped with a shadow roll for the Kentucky Derby by trainer Lyn Whiting. We all know how that decision turned out. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, another Arkansas Derby runner-up is being…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on May 1, 2016 6:43 pm
  • Viva Canonero…Again
    With Venezuela once again invading the Kentucky Derby in the form of Grupo 7C Racing Stable, Gustavo Delgado, and Emisael Jaramillo, owner, trainer, and jockey, respectively, of Florida Derby runner-up Majesto, I thought this would be a good time to once again re-tell the remarkable story of Canonero, especially with…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on May 1, 2016 5:44 pm
  • Weekend Interview: Barry Irwin
    Barry Irwin wrote a book, and you’re in it. OK, maybe you’re not but it probably made you take a brief pause. Irwin, head of the Team Valor racing syndicate, once said trainers lied to him – on national television – and has unabashedly spoken his mind for decades in the…
    via This is Horse Racing on May 1, 2016 5:17 pm
  • Blue Moon Stride: A Filly To Keep An Eye On
    Blue Moon Stride first caught the eye of Bob Marks, the former general manager of Perretti Farms, soon after she was born, in May of 2013. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, who passed almost two months to the day prior to her birth, and Classic Star, a full sister to…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 1, 2016 4:13 pm
  • ZATT’s Star of the Week, is … Ben’s Cat!
    Rare is the day when an allowance race at Laurel Park yields a performance worthy of ZATT’s Star of the Week, in fact, in better than seven years of doing this, today is the first time it has ever happened. Such is the power of Ben’s Cat. Sooner or later,…
    via Zipse at the Track on May 1, 2016 1:37 pm
  • Intent
    I find myself, as per usual, at odds with most of the general public when it comes to suspensions. I realize this happens time and time again, because my philosophy always lies in intent, and what said suspension accomplishes.Last evening - this was a hockey game, but could be football,…
    via Pull the Pocket on May 1, 2016 12:57 pm
  • Probable Kentucky Derby 142 Field
    By Frances J. Karon As of May 1st, these are the 20 expected starters, listed in order of qualifying points, in the May 7th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. All of the photographs are from Churchill except those of Nyquist, taken when he was in residence at Keeneland. Danzing…
    via Running Rough Shod on May 1, 2016 12:43 pm
  • A look at the expected field for Kentucky Derby 142, with Michael Beychok
    With a week to go until Kentucky Derby 142, the expected field has taken shape, with entries and post positions to be drawn on Wednesday, May 4. Bear in mind, though, that in recent years, the week before the Kentucky Derby has seen significant scratches, with high-profile horses dropping out…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on May 1, 2016 10:17 am
  • TOP UP
    It’s May! And the rain has been coming down and will be drizzling for the day it seems. That should help the Woodbine main track which was yielding slow times on Saturday but was playing fairly, albeit looking a bit loose. Today, the Lady Angela Stakes celebrates a top Canadian…
    via Thoroughblog on May 1, 2016 9:04 am
  • Rosecroft Raceway Sold
    There was no secret once the casino referendum attempt failed for Rosecroft Raceway, it was a matter of time until Penn National Gaming would get out of harness racing in Maryland.  The question of course was would their departure would be marked by a plant closing or would a new…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 1, 2016 8:53 am
  • NEEDLES, WINNER OF THE 1956 KENTUCKY DERBY
    2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the remarkable stretch-running win by Needles in the 1956 Kentucky Derby. Trained by WWI Ace, Hugh Fontaine, Needles won his debut at two in a 4 ½ furlong race in March 1955. He set a track record for 4 ½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park…
    via Horse Racing Business on May 1, 2016 5:00 am
  • Better Together
    Ontario’s Standardbred Alliance made great strides in its second year — including a nearly 10 per cent increase in all-sources wagering — indicating working together may just be key to harness racing’s survival. by Dave Briggs Jeff Gural said the industry could learn a lot from Ontario’s Standardbred Alliance. Gural,…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 1, 2016 2:25 am
  • Stronach Group to take over Rosecroft Raceway
    by Bill Finley The Stronach Group, best known for its ownership of some of the top thoroughbred tracks in the U.S., is in the process of purchasing Rosecroft Raceway and will take over operation at the conclusion of the current harness meet. Penn National Gaming currently owns the track. The…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 1, 2016 2:23 am
  • Pennsylvania Power
    Ron Burke trainees won both eliminations for the inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at Pocono, while Dan Patch winner Pure Country had her career undefeated streak snapped in one of three eliminations for the $318,300 Miss Pennsylvania. courtesy Pocono / PHHA JK Will Power (1:51.1) and Check Six (1:50.4) both posted new…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 1, 2016 2:22 am
  • The 30 Day Challenge: Learn How to Bet Smarter Using One Simple Technique
    Creating a new positive habit can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. It all depends on the individual and how easy or hard it is for that person to condition themselves to follow through with the positive habit on a daily basis. As a child…
    via Equinometry on May 1, 2016 1:01 am
  • PTP’s Bathing Index ® Derby Handicapping Angles – This is Much Better than Dosage
    Good day racing fans!It's one week until the Derby, where drunk people, rich people, sororities at almost every University, and others get together to watch, wager, take molly, drink juleps, wear hats, have parking issues, and partake in the annual Kentucky horse racing tradition.I have scanned the big websites, read…
    via Pull the Pocket on April 30, 2016 2:45 pm
  • a.p. indy effect at the 2yo sales
    A top-class racehorse who began life with a first-rate pedigree and an imposing physique, A.P. Indy has piled honors upon honors through a long and uncommonly successful tenure at stud. Still residing in the stallion barn at Lane’s End Farm, where he is the most distinguished of pensioners, the big…
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on April 30, 2016 11:22 am
  • Simon: Having a top trainer trumps having best bloodlines | Daily Racing Form
    Gaines’s observation that a trainer is the key factor for success plays well against history. A number of great horsemen over the past hundred years or so begot breeding success for their owners, turning out great racehorses who went on to become top sires and broodmares. That was true of…
    via Pinboard on April 30, 2016 9:28 am
  • SQUARE
                                    IN THIS GATE – LEXIE LOU – TO HER INSIDE – STRUT THE COURSE! An intriguing little event highlights the Woodbine card today. It is not a stakes race but it could well as…
    via Thoroughblog on April 30, 2016 9:07 am
  • Report: Vitali Can’t Run His Horses At Maryland Jockey Club Tracks
    According to a published report, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to race horses at Laurel Park in Maryland after voluntarily relinquishing his occupational license in Florida, which allowed him to avoid sanctions after multiple medication violation complaints were filed against him by the Florida Department of Business and Professional…
    via Paulick Report Features on April 30, 2016 8:42 am
  • A Scandal Whimpering Out?
    Remember the big news of New York State ensnaring some big name trainers with Glaucine positives; a scandal which spread to New Jersey to see what would happen to trainers of a certain track operator?  Would this case provide evidence of equal justice or show favoritism being played out when…
    via View from the Grandstand on April 30, 2016 8:27 am
  • Kentucky Derby 2016: This is why I like Majesto (VIDEO)
    Majesto has become one of my top choices for Kentucky Derby 2016. No really, I kid you not. Favorites have had their day in the sun the past few years, but that streak will not last forever, especially in the days of 20-horse Derby fields every year. Can the son…
    via Zipse at the Track on April 30, 2016 8:09 am
  • Keeping It in the Family: Sirelines in the 2016 English 1,000 Guineas
    Zoffany's Illuminate has Danzig on both sides of her family.While Galileo took a step back and let War Front shine as the sire of the most QIPCO 2,000 Guineas entries, the stallion made sure to keep a firm hold on the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas this weekend.The 18-year-old Sadler’s Wells (Northern…
    via All Equine All the Time on April 30, 2016 1:57 am
  • Time stops for Maryland Hunt Cup
    The last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of April do funny things to hours, minutes and seconds on certain Thoroughbred farms in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It’s time for the Maryland Cup, North America’s oldest and most traditional steeplechase race.
    via This is Horse Racing on April 29, 2016 2:59 pm
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