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  • BARN Podcast 2/22/19
    We start our look ahead to the weekend stakes action and welcome in the Original BARN Jury for their final Jury segment with this group.  The post BARN Podcast 2/22/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 21, 2019 9:56 pm
  • Racing hierarchy still confuses those who should know better
    If you spend a lot of time on the internet, or even chatting to like-minded racing aficionados, you are going to come across a lot of confusion as to who does what when it comes to racing hierarchy. Somewhat surprisingly, many of those with not even a vague idea of
    via Racing Thoughts on February 21, 2019 9:15 pm
  • Get used to post drag, it isn’t going away
    Tim Ritvo, who instituted Gulfstream's post drag, offered creative explanations for the frustrating practice on a recent Ron Flatter podcast. Gulfstream does it for the fans and horsemen, the COO of The Stronach Group said. His concern is fans getting shut out and giving horses enough time to properly warm
    via Ante Post on February 21, 2019 4:14 pm
  • Taking Stock: Stallions by Non-Elite Sires
    Two columns back on Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), I wrote this: “There’s been a bit of a trend lately for farms to stand accomplished horses by stallions that aren’t ‘big names.’ WinStar’s Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy, by Relaunch) and Lane’s End’s Candy Ride (Arg) (Ride the Rails, by Cryptoclearance, by Fappiano)
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on February 21, 2019 3:56 pm
  • Spike In Corticosteroid Tests Highlights Growing Pains In New Mexico
    Change is never easy, even when it's for the better. Horsemen and officials in New Mexico have been learning that the hard way over the past few months. In June 2018, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) began a new drug testing contract with a new laboratory and, almost immediately,
    via Paulick Report Features on February 21, 2019 3:14 pm
  • Winning Without Lasix In 2018: McPeek, Rivelli Top All U.S. Trainers
    In 2018, according to records maintained by The Jockey Club, 10,146 starts were made by horses without Lasix in the U.S. out of a total of 279,774. That equates to only 3.6%. Lasix is the commonly used name for the potent diuretic furosemide (though its trade name was changed to
    via Paulick Report Features on February 21, 2019 10:56 am
  • Resolutions
    The gym is packed. Fourteen machines, most in use, grind and groan like old cars on cold mornings. Old men, mostly, grind and groan with the machines. Knee braces and wrist bands, sore hips and new hips, cotton Polo shirts and 90’s Reebok sneakers, belly fat and gray heads.
    via This is Horse Racing on February 21, 2019 5:05 am
  • BARN Podcast 2/21/19
    It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're excited to welcome in Bobby Shoemaker to talk about his recent run at NHC, his handicapping process, playing the races while raising a family, and much more! We also talk a bit about the Thursday Aqueduct card. The post BARN Podcast 2/21/19 appeared first on
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 20, 2019 9:16 pm
  • Optimism, Forgiveness Prevail As Carmouche Eyes Return To The Saddle
    Noted orthopaedic trauma surgeon Philip Kregor was blunt when he met with jockey Kendrick Carmouche and his wife, Whitney, following a horrific accident at Kentucky Downs last Sept. 8. According to Whitney, he told them Carmouche's broken right femur was one of the two worst he had ever seen and
    via Paulick Report Features on February 20, 2019 5:13 pm
    The National Museum and Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, are popular places to visit.  One can stroll through the exhibits and see artifacts of famous horses and people from the 19th century up until the present. Sports
    via Horse Racing Business on February 20, 2019 6:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 2/20/19
    We look back on the big Southwest Stakes card from Oaklawn on Monday and welcome in owner/breeder Jaime Roth from LNJ Foxwoods to talk about her story into racing, partnering with Jim Rome, just missing in a Breeders' Cup race, naming horses, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 2/20/19
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 19, 2019 8:28 pm
  • Derby Dozen – February 19, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Game Winner Bob Baffert Candy Ride (ARG)—Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy Baffert worked him in company with a tough older horse in Dr. Dorr and I like the way he laid off him early, hooked him and ran toe to toe with him, finishing on even terms in
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on February 19, 2019 12:57 pm
  • BARN Podcast 2/19/19
    We're back from the holiday weekend and discussing all the action that happened including the Risen Star card at Fair Grounds, a stacked Santa Monica at Santa Anita, the El Camino Real, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 2/19/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 18, 2019 8:50 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Blue Point
    In view of breeders’ seemingly unquenchable thirst for fast and precocious stallions, I half-expected Godolphin to add not only Harry Angel (Dark Angel {Ire}) but also Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) to its Darley stallion roster for 2019. However, Charlie Appleby, the trainer of Blue Point, clearly thought that Blue Point,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on February 18, 2019 1:20 pm
  • Sport, Centeno. Escape Possible Scandal, Injury at Tampa Bay Downs
    By John Pricci When it comes to horse racing, Twitter is the social media of choice. It’s fast, informative and engaging, everything you want to stay connected to your vocation or avocation of choice. Too often, however, issues arise too quickly, the message is under-informed and engagement quickly goes off
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on February 17, 2019 2:41 pm
  • Kentucky Derby Trail 2019
    It’s been far too long.  Life and a profession have consumed free time which I would use to follow the Sport of Kings as well as write friends (George, if you’re reading this I’m sending you a reply tonight). This is the time of year when 3yo’s give us new hope,
    via Amateurcapper on February 17, 2019 1:54 pm
  • sparky ville heats up the slop at santa anita, adds another good racer for sire candy ride
    At the finish of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, Sparky Ville (by Candy Ride) was the upset winner, fourth choice in a field of five, but he wasn’t a wild longshot, starting in the race at odds of only 7.4-1. The chestnut’s form was respectable, with
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on February 17, 2019 7:51 am
  • ‘Deja Vu All Over Again’; TOBA Drops Ball On Sales Integrity Website…Again
    Oops. They did it again. In August 2014, I discovered that the website formerly devoted to the Sales Integrity Program, an initiative designed to protect Thoroughbred buyers at public auction, was deactivated and the URL address had been purchased by someone who was apparently in the business of domain squatting
    via Paulick Report Features on February 15, 2019 3:17 pm
  • BetAmerica Radio Network How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast: The Risen Star Stakes
    The How To Bet Horse Racing podcast moves to the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week, host Ed DeRosa talks to BetAmerica analyst Scott Shapiro about the Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby Championship Series part 1 race of the 2019 season. For FREE Ultimate Past Performances, CLICK HERE. For
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 15, 2019 9:48 am
  • Stakes Profile: Risen Star
    What kind of running style historically wins the Risen Star? How have favorites performed? What are the average & median win payouts? We look at a cross section of chart data since 1991 to find out this and more.
    via Hello Race Fans! on February 15, 2019 9:00 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Indiana Racing & Breeding: The Future Looks Green?
    The New York Racing Association announced a couple of new initiatives this week, including a $5 million-plus Triple Crown-like series for 3-year-olds colts and fillies racing on the turf. In today's edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the Turf Triple Series and what it might
    via Paulick Report Features on February 15, 2019 8:12 am
  • Hitchcock Woods
    After a conference call, I find the Hitchcock Woods and run. Run it out. Run off the frustration. Run off the fear. Run off the stress.
    via This is Horse Racing on February 15, 2019 5:59 am
  • BARN Podcast 2/15/19
    We're helping getting you ready for the weekend as we preview stakes action from Santa Anita, Laurel, and the El Camino Real Derby from Golden Gate Fields. The BARN Jury join us to discuss their favorite sports moments that they've seen in person. The post BARN Podcast 2/15/19 appeared first
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 14, 2019 8:12 pm
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 2/14/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Dave Weaver, Dave Little, and Melissa Keith. The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 2/14/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 14, 2019 3:59 pm
  • It’s time for some colt to attack the Baffert inevitability
    The traditional ‘who do you like in the Derby?’ conversation that dominates racing conversation this time of year is being replaced by ‘which Baffert horse do you like?’ Baffert has the top two contenders in Game Winner and Improbable and Mucho Gusto might not be far behind them. It’s time
    via Ante Post on February 13, 2019 9:47 pm
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