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  • HANA Horseplayer Advisory
    Thursday June 21, 2018 marks the first day of Summer. Normally that might mean I'd be writing about some of the great summer racing that's just around the corner. For instance opening day at Del Mar or maybe how much I'm looking forward to this year's meet at Saratoga. But
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on June 18, 2018 10:07 pm
  • BARN Podcast 6/19/18
    We discuss the news of the day including where Justify might make his next start. We also welcome in Grade 1 winning jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. to talk about Stephen Foster night, leading the Churchill standings, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 6/19/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 18, 2018 9:00 pm
  • Trainer Neil Morris: 4 1/2 furlongs to 4 miles
    As far as we know, he's the only trainer ON EARTH to win races at 4 1/2 furlongs (at Charles Town) and 4 miles (in the Virginia Gold Cup) this year. Based in Virginia, English native Neil Morris is off to a great start to 2018 with Thoroughbreds of
    via This is Horse Racing on June 18, 2018 8:15 pm
  • Royal Ascot: Yoshida in Breeders’ Cup WAYI Queen Anne; Lady Aurelia, Bucchero tackle King’s Stand – Brisnet
    The world-class action begins right off the bat with the first race, the Queen Anne (G1), newly added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge program as a “Win and You’re In” for the Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs. If the European mile division is currently in search of a superstar, a
    via Pinboard on June 18, 2018 7:18 pm
  • Father’s Day
    To the barn early. Hot, the air is stifling, like a carpet draped across the doorway as you open it. Bugs are out already. Horses – my other eight sons – glad to see me.
    via This is Horse Racing on June 18, 2018 12:26 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Laurens
    If I heard correctly–and I think I did–brash presenter Matt Chapman of At The Races described Sunday’s G1 Prix de Diane heroine Laurens as “big, buxom and butch.” In this quest for alliteration, Chapman could justifiably have added bold, brave and brilliantly bought to his rather non-p.c. accolade. “Bold” because
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on June 18, 2018 11:51 am
  • Horse Racing Attendance Facts,….. or Myths?
    Monmouth was humming on Father's Day with attendance up over 5,000 from last year.  The prevailing reason given - and it makes sense since the lineups were long - was the introduction of sports betting.With all those people with stuffed wallets looking to wager, it's supposed to be a good
    via Pull the Pocket on June 18, 2018 11:10 am
  • Royal Ascot juveniles — beware RPRs – The Helpful Punter
    Some of the toughest puzzles to solve at Royal Ascot are surely the juvenile races, because they bring together inexperienced, rapidly improving horses representing British, Irish, French and US form – the majority of which has yet to be tested.
    via Pinboard on June 18, 2018 7:56 am
  • BARN Podcast 6/18/18
    We look back at a busy weekend including the Stephen Foster card that was loaded with upsets from Churchill Downs. Plus action from Santa Anita and Belmont Park. The post BARN Podcast 6/18/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 17, 2018 8:26 pm
  • The Justify Triple Crown Tour Is On
    Yes Virginia, and Kentucky and New York and Maryland and California, there very much is racing life beyond the Triple Crown. But the burning question that remains is where will Justify run next? The sub-text promoted by cynics was whether he would ever run again. On the NBCSN telecast from
    via Pricci’s On the Line on June 17, 2018 6:12 pm
  • without the quick thinking and action of representatives for don alberto, champion unique bella might have gone unsold
    Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 17, 2018 8:04 am
  • Thank You, Dad, For Guiding My Way
    This column is for me. Because of its length I don’t expect many to make it to the end, and I am fine with that. Some may find it self-absorbed, but not only is it a much-needed cathartic experience, it needs to be in print, whether anyone reads it or
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on June 17, 2018 6:00 am
  • Riding in the Hills
    I’ve been trying to write every day, good or bad, something to say or not. Somebody told me Saratoga started in five weeks, better start up the engines. Missed yesterday while spending the morning at Fair Hill, the afternoon on I-70 west and the evening riding bikes with Miles and
    via This is Horse Racing on June 16, 2018 7:10 am
  • Minister’s Cup Sunday: 2018 Korean Triple Crown Final Leg – Race-By-Race Preview (June 17)
    Sunday sees the final leg of the 2018 Korean Triple Crown and while there is no clean-sweep on the line in the Minister’s Cup at Seoul Racecourse, there is still plenty of anticipation for what should be a very good race. Derby winner Ecton Blade heads the field for what
    via Horse Racing in Korea on June 16, 2018 4:30 am
  • Paulick Report 6/15 News Minute Presented By Woodbine’s North America Cup June 16
    Keep on top of the latest developments in the world of horse racing with the Paulick Report's News Minute. In today's edition with Scott Jagow, a pair of U.S.-based runners who are competing at Royal Ascot have arrived in England, plus a life-changing jackpot score last night. Watch below. The
    via Paulick Report Features on June 15, 2018 3:29 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Controversy And Celebration
    The 150th Belmont Stakes is in the books, and it provided a rare outcome with Justify becoming only the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. But of course it did not come without controversy. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick
    via Paulick Report Features on June 15, 2018 9:22 am
  • Did bettors get a fair shake in chaotic race at Monticello?
    by Garnet Barnsdale Race 10 at Monticello this past Tuesday was eventful and – to at least one reader that contacted us about the race – controversial. The first indication that this wasn’t your typical Tuesday afternoon winners over $4,000 pace was when Jim Deveaux – who was following along
    via Harness Racing Update on June 15, 2018 2:51 am
  • BARN Podcast 6/15/18
    We look ahead to the big Stephen Foster card at Churchill as well as stakes action from Santa Anita and Belmont Park. We also welcome in the BARN Jury to talk about their top moments of the first half of 2018. The post BARN Podcast 6/15/18 appeared first on BetAmerica
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 14, 2018 8:56 pm
  • Jockey Profile – Mike Smith
    Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography On June 9, Mike Smith got himself a Triple Crown. The hall of fame race rider has been winning since 1982. Smith only had 317 mounts that year. Not surprisingly, he scored with 36 winners. That's an 11% win
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on June 14, 2018 8:50 pm
  • Protectionism Doesn’t Work in Horse Racing Either
    Flipping on to twitter in this day and age and you'll see classical liberal economists up in arms about protectionism. It's not like they don't have a point; wealth is created when we do what we're best at. It's not 1930 anymore.It's more than that, however, because protectionism breeds more
    via Pull the Pocket on June 14, 2018 8:09 pm
  • Rowlands: Class of 2018 | At The Races
    Royal Ascot 2018 will, across its five days, feature many equine big-hitters who require no introduction. But half a dozen of the 30 races are for two-year-olds, some of whom will be less familiar or even not familiar at all. The following will take a look at the some of
    via Pinboard on June 14, 2018 7:55 pm
  • Sour grapes shouldn’t detract from another sweet performance
    Mike Repole's baseless complaint that Justify had help in winning the Belmont is another example of people, who should be promoting the sport, hurting it. Repole was probably embarrassed by how poorly his two entrants, Noble Indy and Vino Rosso, ran and was looking for an excuse. He should be
    via Ante Post on June 14, 2018 5:01 pm
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 6/14/18
    Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Clay Horner, Adriano Sorella, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder, and Ken Middleton The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 6/14/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 14, 2018 3:27 pm
  • Paulick Report 6/14 News Minute Presented By Woodbine’s North America Cup June 16
    It's been a banner day in New Jersey for advocates of sports gambling as Monmouth Park's sports book opened for business. Plus, an unprecedented deal was announced today in Kentucky involving purses and horsemen. Those stories and more in today's Paulick Report News Minute with Scott Jagow. Watch below. The
    via Paulick Report Features on June 14, 2018 2:26 pm
  • Gene Weymouth, one of a kind
    I owe my career to Gene Weymouth. No, really. Well, kind of. And if you spit out your coffee at that statement I’m sorry. Get a napkin.
    via This is Horse Racing on June 14, 2018 11:11 am
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