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- Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Stonerside Helped Deliver On McNairs’ Lofty GoalsIt isn't uncommon in the Thoroughbred business for a newcomer to arrive on the scene, bank account loaded from another business, with their checkbook out and ambitions set on winning some of America's best races. It is a little uncommon for such a newcomer to actually accomplish their goals in
- November 14, 2018Goof-off time at the farm. Summer is over. The Breeders’ Cup hoopla is done. The Georgetown Farm is now on its winter schedule, doing one regular tour a day at 11:00. Not all the horses necessarily approve of this. Johannesburg Smile. (No pun intended.) This year’s new option to schedule
- MIDEAST ROYALS AND WALL STREET INVESTORSThe most recognizable Thoroughbred owners in both Europe and the United States once hailed from socially prominent families of mostly inherited wealth in Great Britain, France, and the United States. No longer. Nowadays, many owners at the top level of horse racing come from the royal families of the Mideast
- Troye’s Undated Portrait of Stallion Richard Singleton, “the Greatest racehorse in Kentucky”–For Sale!Dear Readers: We love it when the annual Sporting Art Auction rolls around—another chance to scour the catalogue and see which equine portraits are up for bid by our favorite nineteenth-century artist, Edward Troye. The 2018 auction taking place this Sunday, November 18, features one Troye consignment: Lot #32 Richard Singleton,
- BARN Podcast 11/14/18We discuss the new racing week getting started at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs and welcome in apprentice rider Declan Carroll to talk about his career getting underway, riding his first races, heading to Fair Grounds, and more! The post BARN Podcast 11/14/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
- Lest we forget: Chantilly remembers the torment of World War IThe 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War was marked the world over on Armistice Day last Sunday. It was an especially poignant occasion for the town of Chantilly, the leading racehorse training centre on the outskirts of Paris, which feels the effects of the Great War
- The Gambler’s CurseWe can remember with incredible detail about bad beats. – Can you say the same about your big score? – Oh, you remember how it went down and the crisp cash you held in your hand. But the loss is like a color photo in your noggin. – For me,
- Making the Case for ConsistencyLast week, the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation [TIF] issued a 24-page report: “Changing the Rules: Clarity and consistency in the adjudication of North American racing is possible with a shift [in] philosophy.” Arguments on both sides of the disqualification issue come down to what the standard that guides American stewards in
- LEAD UP TO CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL IS UNDERWAYFor horse racing fans domiciled outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland, it can be difficult to appreciate how the focus of British racing flips in autumn. Gone are the long, intoxicating summer days at Ascot and Epsom. Memories of the Derby and the Oaks slip away, and familiar names
- I do not agree with WatchmakerIn his review of the Breeders’ Cup, DRF’s Mike Watchmaker had this to say about City of Light and the Dirt Mile itself: While I am in full agreement that City of Light was sensational, I disagree with the overall tone and some of the specific points Watchmaker made here.
- breeders’ cup juvenile comes up a ‘winner’ for wests and summer windUnbeaten in four starts after a clear victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a near-certainty to be the Eclipse Award winner as the leading colt of his division, the 2-year-old Game Winner will be the second juvenile champion by his sire, the Argentine-bred Candy Ride (by the Cryptoclearance stallion
- BARN Podcast 11/13/18We welcome in the voice of Pompano Park Gabe Prewitt to talk about the Florida harness season getting underway, the recent Harrisburg sale, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 11/13/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
- Pedigree Insights: JaywalkFrom a stallion viewpoint, the results at the recent Breeders’ Cup were remarkably even-handed, with the 14 Breeders’ Cup contests falling to the progeny of 14 different stallions. Several of these stallions have built enviably good records at the Breeders’ Cup contests, none better than the evergreen More Than Ready.
- ‘We Believe In The Future Of Horse Racing’: Belinda Stronach Outlines Plans For Company’s AssetsWhile the lawsuit filed Oct. 1 by Frank and Elfriede Stronach against their daughter Belinda over her management of the family's privately held business and various trusts plays out in Ontario Superior Court in Canada, Belinda Stronach and the management team she has assembled at The Stronach Group are moving
- Fifteen Years of Old Friends FarmShare This:Old Friends Farm is celebrating its 15th year of rescuing retired Thoroughbreds. Operating at 3 locations and home to hundreds of horses, the Georgetown, KY farm is full of famous champions and a broad spectrum of former Thoroughbred racehorses. On a beautiful Kentucky Fall day I paid the farm
- PR Special Keeneland November: The Rise Of Stonerside FarmThe Keeneland November Sale resumes Monday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report is happy to offer a print publication available here and on the sales grounds. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss takes us inside the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule to learn about the evolution of
- To Whip or Not to Whip, Those Are the QuestionsDespite a formful, championship-crowning, and dramatic-finish excitement of last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, it wasn’t the greatest week for the rest of the racing world, practically or optically. On the same day Christophe Soumillon was beating on Thunder Snow with a Gatling-style machine gun right handed whip, Turffontein Race Course in
- BARN Podcast 11/12/18We look back at the weekend racing from Aqueduct, opening weekend at Del Mar, Laurel stakes, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 11/12/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
- Tourney Talk- “Scott C” leads BetPTC Finals after Day 1Based on his social media posts, I can only assume that the Scott C. atop the BetPTC leaderboard after Day 1 of the Cash Is King contest is none other than Scott Carson, known on Twitter as @CarsoniPH. Carson tweeted on Saturday that he rode Risky Proposition and his 22.5-1
- A Tale of Two DanzigsLet us not take anything away from Accelerate’s smashing victory in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic–he was a worthy and basically easy winner. Yet there was a horse missing from the starting gate who might have had some kind of impact on the event because he could have outrun the
- #YouCantJustifyFull disclosure: I felt Blame was robbed of the Horse of the Year title in 2010 when voters gave it to Zenyatta. To me, it was a no-brainer. But too many others didn’t agree. I bring this up so that the opinion expressed below can be read with additional context.
- DRF Players Podcast: November 9, 20180 DRF Players Podcast It’s more Breeders’ Cup review from PTF and JK? Who gave the best ride? Who had the worst trip? Who are some sneaky bet backs going forward. Tune in to find out! The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the
- Once a Day, Once a Week…I admire and respect a daily blog. I just can’t seem to fulfill one and I also wonder how I could possibly have anything interesting to say every day. As one of my great editors once said, “Quit apologizing for not writing and write.”
- The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Who Gets The Hardware?The 35th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships is in the books, so now the annual conversation about year-end awards begins. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the various Eclipse Award categories, starting with Horse of the Year, which became intriguing with
- Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (November 10)There are 12 races at Seoul on Saturday running from 10:45 to 18:00. Here are the previews: Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million Very ordinary maiden to begin with. (8) FINAL CAPTAIN and (5) CHANGSEONG ILHO have come the closest of these with both having a