FLORIDA DERBY , LOUISIANA DERBY, Saturday Will a strong, Kentucky Derby favourite emerge?   It has been  a convoluted winter and spring for American 3-year-olds trying their hands on the Kentucky Derby trail. With early favourite and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Classic Empire having a stutter-step start to his season,
    via Thoroughblog on March 30, 2017 10:05 am
    Horse racing is financially supported by bettors who deserve race outcomes not decided by pharmacology.  As a result, there is understandably criticism when lab tests discover drug violations after bettors have been paid off. The drug issues in horse racing, including the indiscriminate race-day use of furosemide, are detrimental to
    via Horse Racing Business on March 30, 2017 9:00 am
  • Gulfstream, Fair Grounds could produce a leader of 3YO pack
    This year's Kentucky Derby crop is still without a clear leader. This could change after Saturday's Florida and Louisiana Derbys. But there are reasons to proceed with caution before going all in on early favorites Gunnevera and Girvin. Not the least of them is both have sufficient points to guarantee
    via Ante Post on March 30, 2017 7:01 am
  • Now Bowman has a huge chance of ending Moore’s reign as world #1
    Ryan Moore’s reign as the world’s number one jockey is likely to come under serious pressure this weekend with his chief rival, Australian Hugh Bowman, in the thick of the action at one of the biggest racedays anywhere all year and Moore himself confined to relatively lowly fare on the
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on March 30, 2017 5:00 am
  • Deep Impact replaces Galileo as the world’s top-ranked stallion
    He’s been the world’s #1 stallion since we launched the TRC Global Rankings back in October, but now Galileo has been overtaken by Deep Impact. The mighty Japanese supersire goes top in the new updated standings after three big winners last week. Also closing in is Dubawi in third place.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on March 30, 2017 5:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 3/30/17
    Jason previews the Florida Derby and is joined by Racing Editor from the Bloodhorse Alicia Hughes to discuss her trip to Dubai, racing journalism, and much more! Plus a new song about the Kentucky Derby!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on March 29, 2017 11:02 pm
  • Judge Rules Dickinson Lawsuit Against Keeneland Can Proceed
    A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Keeneland Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Michael W. Dickinson Inc., stemming from Dickinson's attempt to collect $395,874.18 (plus interest) from Keeneland in a breach of contract judgment against Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, a limited liability company co-owned by
    via Paulick Report Features on March 29, 2017 3:57 pm
  • Throwback Thursday: Good Night Shirt Part II
    Good Night Shirt, Part 2. Last week’s Throwback Thursday reviewed the new Hall of Famer’s early steeplechase days – from 2005 maiden win to 2007 championship. As good as that climb was, Good Night Shirt’s 2008 campaign rivaled that of any steeplechase champion in history.
    via This is Horse Racing on March 29, 2017 2:22 pm
  • Racing’s Unhealthy Obsession With Cannibalization
    In racing we often hear about cannibalization. This "refers to a reduction in sales volume, sales revenue, or market share of one product as a result of the introduction of a new product by the same producer."Horse racing contests, more exotics, Derby futures wagering, exchanges, internet wagering, fixed odds --
    via Pull the Pocket on March 29, 2017 12:22 pm
  • Spiral Stakes Provides Important Road to Kentucky Derby Option
    Of the dozen horses entered in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25 on the Polytrack at Turfway Park, nine had never won a race on dirt. That group included winner Fast and Accurate, who entered off a maiden-claiming race win at Turfway Park and a win
    via Keeping Pace on March 29, 2017 11:42 am
  • Reader poll: is Arrogate really better than American Pharoah?
    After Arrogate’s win in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday a clearly emotional Bob Baffert exclaimed: “That’s the greatest horse I’ve ever seen run. It’s unbelievable.” But is he really better than Baffert’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah?
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on March 29, 2017 5:00 am
  • Road to the Kentucky Derby: how the trials compare on TRC Global Rankings
    The table shows how each of the races has fared over the past three years, and what RPR should be required to win the next running in each case, according to the TRC Global Rankings algorithm.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on March 29, 2017 1:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 3/29/17
    Jason discusses all the news around the Derby Trail and is joined by Gulfstream television host and analyst Acacia Courtney to talk about the upcoming Florida Derby and more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on March 28, 2017 11:15 pm
  • March 28, 2017
    We have a winning Old Friends Silks design! All of us at Old Friends send a warm thank you to everyone who mailed in the 112 wonderful Silks Contest entries. I’ve never judged a contest where choosing a winner was so  hard. There were many, and I do mean many,
    via Old Friends on March 28, 2017 10:14 pm
  • Raleigh Colston, Jr.: The Last African American Trainer of an Era, 1911
    Raleigh Colston Sr. trained Kingfisher, the 1870 Belmont Stakes and Travers winners, and the 1883 Kentucky Derby Leontus. Like many successful horsemen of his era, Colston was African American. His son, Raleigh Colston Jr., rode as as a jockey for his father. He was listed as such in the 1880
    via Colin’s Ghost on March 28, 2017 8:37 pm
  • Updated Blog: Top 5 Horses to Never Win the Kentucky Derby
    Photo: Matt Carter After Arrogate's unbelievable Dubai World Cup win this past Saturday, I must update my Top 5 Horses to Never Win the Kentucky Derby blog that I wrote a couple of years ago. Arrogate immediately goes to the top of the list. I also set up a major
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on March 28, 2017 7:07 pm
  • 17 ‘win and you’re in’ races now included as new Irish Derby initiatives are announced
    The Curragh Racecourse in conjunction with Dubai Duty Free are delighted to announce a variety of initiatives to attract the very best field for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, which takes place on Saturday July 1.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on March 28, 2017 3:05 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast Show 224, March 28, 2017
    0 DRF Players Podcast Arrogate, his dominant performance in the Dubai World Cup, and his place in history are the topics discussed by Peter Thomas Fornatale, Mike Hogan, Jonathon Kinchen, and special guest Marcus Hersh. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s
    via DRF Players Podcast on March 28, 2017 1:08 pm
  • Oppenheim: Second-Crop Sires: Darby Dan Time
    Once again this year, sires with their first potential Classic crops of 3-year-olds (referred to as “second-crop” sires as their second crop [of 2-year-olds] have now reached racing age) are competing to muscle their way into breeders’ consciousness, and some are succeeding; quite a few, in fact, so much so
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on March 28, 2017 1:01 pm
  • Sires to Watch: North America’s First Crop Stallions
    One of Animal Kingdom's first yearlingsWith multiple classic and Breeders’ Cup winning racehorses retiring to stud in 2014, there were many choices for breeders when making breeding decisions for their mares. This year, they’ll be able to see if they made the right decisions when that group of stallions have
    via All Equine All the Time on March 28, 2017 12:41 pm
  • Arrogate and How We Define Greatness
    In the emotional frenzy of Arrogate’s incredible victory in the Dubai World Cup, social media, as if often does, has run amok with comments, running the gamut from Arrogate being the greatest horse of all time to the greatest horse since Secretariat to the greatest horse of the 21st century
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on March 28, 2017 12:28 pm
  • Running & Hiding Isn’t Preparing for Racing’s Future
    Technology breeds change, and at times, this change can be felt (by some demographics and geographies) intensely. Take the recent adoption of robotics and its influence on the rust belt. That - in itself when we look at the electoral map - is a big reason Donald Trump is President.The
    via Pull the Pocket on March 28, 2017 11:00 am
  • Handicappers’ Opinions Sought
    A discussion is being held whether the inside passing lane attracts or deters bettors. Do you have an opinion regarding the inside passing lane on a 5/8ths mile track?  Do you like it or hate it?Please provide your responses in the comments section.
    via View from the Grandstand on March 28, 2017 8:01 am
  • BARN Podcast 3/28/17
    Jason discusses the recent Turf writer wars and is joined by chartcaller Heath Belvoir to discuss the big weekend coming up at Fair Grounds and much more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on March 27, 2017 11:20 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Thunder Snow
    With the Kentucky Derby’s history dating all the way back to 1875, it has featured just about every conceivable twist and turn in its storylines. For example, the 1971 contest produced a shock when the Santa Anita Derby winner Jim French was totally outpointed by Canonero II, a raider from
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on March 27, 2017 3:02 pm
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