• Espinoza recounts hairy ride on ‘Chrome in World Cup:’I didn’t want the saddle to go any back further’
    (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was the lead item in Santa Anita Park’s daily ‘Stable Notes’ and is reprinted exactly as it was written March 31, 2016. We run the item with the permission of the track’s publicity department because it reveals how everything went down when California Chrome’s saddle…
    via Price Horse Central on May 31, 2016 5:15 pm
  • Weekend Derbies: Who’s Who?
    You’ve probably heard the news bulletin that Saturday’s G1 Epsom Derby is still pretty much a race without a favorite–well, let’s put it this way: yesterday afternoon on Betfair G2 Dante winner Wings of Desire (Pivotal) was favorite at 5-1. Aidan O’Brien has seven of the 18 entered at the…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on May 31, 2016 2:28 pm
  • Not Just a (North) American Dream
    The expansive castle-like grandstands of the Club Hípico de Santiago racetrack cast shade over the crowds as the early evening sun began to lower in the west, in turn illuminating the snow-capped Andes Mountains jutting from the horizon farther to the east. Murmurs of “el clásico” floated among the masses…
    via This is Horse Racing on May 31, 2016 1:22 pm
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Illuminant 2. Enola Gray 3. Are You Kidding Me
    via Racing Dudes on May 31, 2016 1:00 pm
    The (Investec) Epsom Derby, also known as the English Derby, is the middle jewel of the English Triple Crown.  The 2016 running is Saturday, June 4 at 16:30 PM BST (11:30 AM EST in the USA). Epsom Downs, the site where the race is run, bills it as “the greatest…
    via Horse Racing Business on May 31, 2016 9:00 am
  • BARN Episode 5/31/16
    Jason recaps the racing action from a busy Memorial Day holiday weekend including his own visits to Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on May 31, 2016 8:58 am
  • The rookie trainer, a generous sheikh and a live contender for the Derby
    Owen Burrows: "While it’s not definite Massaat will stay one and a half miles, I’d say it was likely." Photo: greatbritishracing.com Julian MuscatMay 31, 2016As Owen Burrows fine-tunes Massaat’s preparations for the Epsom Derby on Saturday, he is fortified by the knowledge that a prTags: Epsom Derby Massaat Owen Burrows…
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on May 31, 2016 4:57 am
  • ‘Breaking’ in a New Fan
    Sometimes I like to devote this space to the racing fans who pour so much passion into the sport or a particular horse. With the Belmont Stakes coming up, there will be a mother and her young daughter who will be cheering wildly for Suddenbreakingnews even though they’ve never seen…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on May 30, 2016 5:07 pm
  • Ten Things You Should Know: Gamely Stakes
    First run in 1939 and then not again until 1968, this turf race has produced notable Hall of Famers, dams and dam sires.
    via Hello Race Fans! on May 30, 2016 11:30 am
  • Keeping It In the Family: Sirelines in the 2016 Investec Oaks
    Fastnet Rock (Coolmore photo)After staying in Australia and skipping the 2015 northern hemisphere breeding season, Fastnet Rock seems to be making sure he won’t be left off the shuttle plane in coming years. A number of Fastnet Rock’s runners won at least one stakes race in Europe in 2015 while…
    via All Equine All the Time on May 30, 2016 10:03 am
  • Wiggle It Jiggleit, and what more can you say?
    by Pete Lawrence, VFTRG Contributor Back in the days when I covered lots of big races live, there were two horses I saw win so many times, I just ran out of things to say about them.One was Jake And Elwood, whose era was the early 1990s, and the other…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 30, 2016 8:27 am
  • Nuncio Wins Elitlopp in 1:09.2 KM Rate
    by Pete Lawrence, VFTRG Contributor ... which is a 1:51-2/5 mile.(Ironically, the Elitlopp IS raced at a mile, then converted to a kilometer rate, then converted back to a mile rate.)The historic Elitloppet ("Elite Race") is raced, in case it needs to be said, at Solvalla in Stockholm, Sweden.Anyway, driver…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 30, 2016 8:17 am
  • Excellent Racing TV Coverage (With No Fluff), Nuncio & the Canterbury Biz
    In North America, we are used to watching the big races covered by the networks in a certain way. Of late, that means celebrities, parties, clothes and interviews about celebrities, parties and clothes. Despite hard-core fans despising it, it does seem to work well for ratings.And of course, if you…
    via Pull the Pocket on May 30, 2016 7:57 am
  • Homeboykris ‘Will Remain In Our Hearts Forever’
    Often forgotten when a horse dies on the racetrack are the people closest to him or her – the grooms, exercise riders and barn staff that provide daily care, understand their personalities and build an attachment to the animals that non-horse lovers will never understand. Toiling behind the scenes in…
    via Paulick Report Features on May 30, 2016 7:07 am
  • Miso Wangja Easily Wins YTN Cup
    Miso Wangja was far too good as he dominated his rivals and claimed an 8-length win in the YTN Cup at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. Miso Wangja in the YTN Cup Winner’s Circle The three-year-old US import had won three of six coming into the race but was most recently…
    via Korea Racing on May 30, 2016 5:25 am
  • How Godolphin’s new approach has put them on the verge of Derby glory
    Moonlight Magic winning the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Trainer Jim Bolger rates him as good as his 12-length Irish Derby winner St Jovite. Photo: Healy Racing/Racingfotos.com Donn McCleanMay 30, 2016Just three weeks ago, on the morning of May 8, it looked like Godolphin were going to struggle…
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on May 30, 2016 4:57 am
  • Faith rewarded by Nuncio’s success
    The Elitlopp-winning trotter bred by Russell Williams has extensive ties to Hanover Shoe Farms. Everyone who knows Russell Williams rejoiced when Nuncio won the Elitlopp on Sunday in Sweden. Trainer Stefan Melander and driver Orjan Kihlstrom were saluted, too, but Russell Williams certainly celebrated as the breeder of Nuncio. Russell…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 30, 2016 12:59 am
  • Nuncio Takes Sweden
    U.S.-bred trotters finished first and second in the Elitlopp final as Nuncio edged Resolve on Sunday at Solvalla. by Joakim Lindqvist The “dark dream” Nuncio — a five-year-old, ever-growing star from the United States — won the 2016 Elitlopp Sunday at Solvalla Racetrack near Stockholm despite sitting outside the leader…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 30, 2016 12:45 am
  • Figs Don’t Lie: Canterbury and Pimlico Post Significant Gains
    HALLANDALE BEACH, May 29, 2016—Long term, the jury on the takeout experiment at Canterbury Park will be sequestered for quite a long time. But after reviewing the initial evidence, skeptics who questioned whether horseplayers would support a track in the hinterlands with their betting dollars against prime time rivals have…
    via Pricci’s On the Line on May 29, 2016 6:34 pm
  • Todd Pletcher Follows Belmont Script with Destin
    Todd Pletcher is following a past successful Belmont strategy with Destin. Pletcher has never had a ton of success winning the Kentucky Derby, and even worse success winning the Preakness Stakes. But he usually saddles competitive horses in the Belmont. Although neither Madefromlucky nor Materiality did much of note in the 2015 Belmont,…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on May 29, 2016 5:37 pm
  • Million winner Hardest Core returns Friday at Belmont
    In the condition book, Friday’s eighth race at Belmont Park is just another run of the mill allowance/optional claiming event for older grass males. For fans of the sport, though, especially those who appreciate turf racing, it offers so much more. The first horse on the list is a true…
    via Zipse at the Track on May 29, 2016 5:10 pm
  • Nuncio Wins the Elitlopp
    Nuncio put in a brilliant effort in winning the final of the 2016 Elitlopp at Solvalla, Sweden today.  The five year old son of Andover Hall went an overland route to win this year's edition of the prestigious race in 1:51.2  Resolve finished a fast closing second after taking cover…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 29, 2016 1:13 pm
  • Trouble in Referendum Land
    The move to have casino gaming in North Jersey via this year's referendum should be getting people in favor of it nervous.  The referendum would, if approved, allow two casinos to open in Northern New Jersey with likely sites being Jersey City and the Meadowlands.  The referendum calls for a…
    via View from the Grandstand on May 29, 2016 11:55 am
  • The Rest of the Story from the Irish Brigade
    As the spring steeplechase season fades and the summer season begins, we take a look back at the highlight of the spring. No doubt it was the Iroquois Steeplechase when Willie Mullins traveled the world with Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill May 14. With the $500,000 Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge…
    via This is Horse Racing on May 29, 2016 10:57 am
  • Bill O’Donnell: The Horse That Changed My Life
    by Dave Briggs, courtesy Ontario Racing (Editor’s Note: This item originally appeared on the Ontario Racing website in 2015 under a section called For The Love Of Racing which still adds new stories weekly. Harness Racing Update will periodically republish some stories from the archives and plans to add original…
    via Harness Racing Update on May 29, 2016 1:43 am
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