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  • BARN Podcast 1/18/18
    We discuss night racing at NYRA, the Pegasus World Cup, and welcome in Gabe Prewitt from Pompano Park to talk some Pompano, harness, and the legendary career and life of Somebeachsomewhere.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on January 17, 2018 9:11 pm
  • Hovdey: Former apprentice gets back riding bug
    The son of former jockey Jay Frey was on his way to a successful 2012, despite a cluster of riding suspensions, when he sustained a fractured right femur in an accident at Parx. He returned to action at Golden Gate Fields just four months later – a very short time
    via Daily Racing Form on January 17, 2018 3:03 pm
  • Tony Keenan: Making Racing Better in 2018
    It is easy to get defeatist about all this but perhaps it is better to look for ways in which the sport could improve interest levels and in turn betting volume.
    via Pinboard on January 17, 2018 11:20 am
  • Ihearuknockin may take trainer Coker, owner Hemp to uncharted places * The Racing Biz
    Neither trainer Gerald Coker, Jr. nor owner Gary Hemp has ever won a stake. But undefeated Ihearuknockin has given them reason to dream. The post Ihearuknockin may take trainer Coker, owner Hemp to uncharted places appeared first on The Racing Biz.
    via Pinboard on January 17, 2018 8:10 am
  • European Breeders’ Fund becomes an official partner of Britain’s Jockey Club
    The British arm of the European Breeders’ Fund (EBF) has become an Official Partner of the Jockey Club, it was announced today, in recognition of the major investment domestic stallion studs make into British racing via the British EBF.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on January 17, 2018 5:53 am
  • Why all of American racing loves John Velazquez
    When an athlete is compared with both Tom Brady and Derek Jeter it usually fits quite neatly into the realm of hyperbole. Except if you’re talking about John Velazquez.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on January 17, 2018 5:00 am
  • Huge increase in trainers applying to enter retired horses for Thoroughbred Makeover
    Organizers of the Thoroughbred Makeover saw a 38 percent increase in the number of trainers who applied for the 2018 competition, now in its fourth year in its current format at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The application period ran from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on January 17, 2018 4:55 am
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Trip Notes 1/17/18 There was plenty of thoroughbred action this holiday weekend, and unfortunately, plenty of tough trips. We’ll go over a trio of those here, working west to east from Santa Anita to the Fair Grounds. Thursday Santa Anita Race 1: #10 JUMP THE TRACKS JUMP THE TRACKS bobbled
    via Danonymous Racing on January 16, 2018 11:26 pm
  • BARN Podcast 1/17/18
    We look back over the career of Lady Eli who was retired on Tuesday and welcome in new Fair Grounds analyst Joe Kristufek to talk about his new job in the Big Easy and Lecomte weekend. 
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on January 16, 2018 9:45 pm
  • To Save a Life: The Greatest Feeling in Racing
    I am about to start the 2018 Derby Dozen. As I have for the past 40 years, I will be writing about all the beauty and elegance that has defined Thoroughbred racing from the beginning of its inception centuries ago. It gives one a cathartic feeling to capture the royalty
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 16, 2018 4:14 pm
  • Delaware Park: Summertime meeting still requires year-round effort * The Racing Biz
    Even though live racing is still almost five months away, folks at Delaware Park are already hard at work in preparation for the 2018 meet. The post Delaware Park: Summertime meeting still requires year-round effort appeared first on The Racing Biz.
    via Pinboard on January 16, 2018 2:31 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: January 16, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK review three Derby prep races and answer some listener questions.​​ The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s perspective. Join hosts Peter Thomas Fornatale and Jonathon Kinchen as they discuss recent races, upcoming races, top tournaments,
    via DRF Players Podcast on January 16, 2018 1:02 pm
  • Surviving Hurricane Maria: Toy Cannon Comes Home from Puerto Rico
    The frozen paddocks of upstate New York are a long way from the sweltering devastation of Puerto Rico. At the ReRun adoption and retraining facility in East Greenbush, New York, about 40 miles south of Saratoga Springs — where the temperature was 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 degrees C) on a
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on January 16, 2018 10:34 am
  • QUARTER HORSE NEWS JAN. 16
    **Coming up Wednesday, Jan. 18, the AQHA AWARDS for Quarter Horseracing, see what Canadian-breds are up for Canadian AQHA Horse of the year… **Canadian horsepeople are in OK for Heritage Place January Sale beginning on Thursday!                           CANADIAN
    via Thoroughblog on January 16, 2018 10:15 am
  • Export sanctions: South Africa may be about to make a major breakthrough
    After more than a decade of transportation torment for their Thoroughbreds, racing and breeding interests in South Africa are cautiously optimistic they are on the brink of a breakthrough over direct export to European Union countries, which could bring closer the additional prospect of easier links to such as the
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on January 16, 2018 5:00 am
  • January Mixed Sale average tops $30,000 for first time in 10 years
    Monday’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale in the paddock at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey confirmed what sale manager David Reid thought about the catalogue going into the sale — “Horse for horse, we thought it was the best book we’ve had.” The afternoon sale on the Martin Luther
    via Harness Racing Update on January 16, 2018 2:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 1/16/18
    We look back at the action from a busy three day weekend of racing including stakes action from Fair Grounds, Santa Anita, Aqueduct, and Gulfstream Park.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on January 15, 2018 10:01 pm
  • From out of the Past
    Creased, scratched, faded, turned up on the corners and with a dime-sized hole in the center of the cover photo, the magazine saw plenty in its 44 years. But nobody had seen it for five years, maybe more, until Jack Clancy opened a plastic container in an unused room in
    via This is Horse Racing on January 15, 2018 7:53 pm
  • Greatness from out of the Past
    Creased, scratched, faded, turned up on the corners and with a dime-sized hole in the center of the cover photo, the magazine saw plenty in its 44 years. But nobody had seen it for five years, maybe more, until Jack Clancy opened a plastic container in an unused room in
    via This is Horse Racing on January 15, 2018 7:53 pm
  • January 15, 2018
    Early Pioneer When a horse passes who’s been with us a long time, his or her going takes away part of who we are. Yet, Early Pioneer left behind a gift, a plentiful store of good memories. In his quiet way, “Earl” was an unforgettable character. Here are a few
    via Old Friends on January 15, 2018 7:21 pm
  • Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way
    Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the
    via Paulick Report Features on January 15, 2018 1:51 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Instilled Regard
    When a two-year-old son of Arch sold for $1,050,000 in Florida last March, the successful bidder, Lawrence Best of OXO Equine, commented that the youngster was “a very good-looking horse” and a hard, hard runner, while Mike Ryan, the underbidder, was sufficiently impressed to describe the colt as a “hell
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on January 15, 2018 12:48 pm
  • Get Ready for Another Great Oaklwan Park Meet
    One of the absolute best racing meets of the year had its opening day last week on Friday, Jan. 12. Anyone who's never wagered on races at Oaklawn Park, has missed out on some most competitive thoroughbred action anywhere in North America. Oaklawn is the place where the mighty American
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on January 15, 2018 10:39 am
  • Sparkman: Mo to come from Uncle Mo
    Mopotism is the first foal out of the Bernardini mare Peppy Rafaela, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Songster, by Songandaprayer, from a female line that has produced minimal black type since Mopotism's fifth dam, Elmendorf Farm's Rare Bouquet, by Prince John, produced Grade 
    via John Sparkman on January 15, 2018 9:48 am
  • KING
    In today’s news – plenty of racing on Martin Luther King day in the US today and the Rainbow 6 has a carryover of over $2 million; Rafael Hernandez to ride Shining Copper in Barbados; Canadians have a big weekend and Pegasus World Cup update   HOWG’S INSIDE STRAIGHT WINS
    via Thoroughblog on January 15, 2018 9:14 am
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