• BARN Podcast 6/28/17
    We discuss the retirement of Ben's Cat and welcome in Gulfstream Analyst Jason Blewitt to talk about Summit of Speed Day, his new job at Gulfstream, his time at NYRA, and much more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 27, 2017 10:53 pm
  • Three Decades
    The scrap of paper, torn from one of those desk calendars you buy at Staples and jot notes on every month, passes from training log to training log every year.
    via This is Horse Racing on June 27, 2017 7:22 pm
  • Is Summer the New Time for Baffert Three Year Olds?
    For years, pretty much since 1996, Bob Baffert has been known as the King Trainer of the Triple Crown. Cavonnier finished second in the 1996 Kentucky Derby. In 1997, Baffert won the Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm. He repeated the feat in 1998 with Real Quiet. Baffert's Triple Crown
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on June 27, 2017 2:47 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: June 27, 2017
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK are back with a look at Pete's Royal Ascot trip and an overview of recent races from around the globe. JK describes his "Kinchen Slam" and Aidan O'Brien is compared to Bill Belichick. Plus, what's next for Yoshida? The DRF Players’ Podcast
    via DRF Players Podcast on June 27, 2017 2:25 pm
  • Fixing Odds is a Fix, But it’s an Impossible One in US Racing
    I watched a youtube interview with long time horseplayer Dave Gutfreund today. Dave decided to hang it up with horse race betting and concentrate on poker. He believes (among other things) late odds drops through money jamming the pools at one minute to post (via computer batch wagering and off-track
    via Pull the Pocket on June 27, 2017 11:50 am
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing
    Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I'm
    via Paulick Report Features on June 27, 2017 10:53 am
  • Oppenheim: The Greatest Show on Earth
    About Royal Ascot, you don’t use the phrase “at the end of the day”; rather you have to say “at the end of the week”. It is the sustained level of top-level racing, 30 races over five days, which sets Royal Ascot apart as the world number one horseracing
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on June 27, 2017 10:03 am
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Trip Notes 6/27/17 Fillies and mares are in focus in this week’s column, as all three featured races were restricted to females. We’ll take a look at a turf trip from Belmont and two main course misadventures at Santa Anita. Thursday Belmont Race 8: #8 BROWSE BROWSE had a slow
    via Danonymous Racing on June 27, 2017 8:59 am
  • Triple Crown Change? Time for Horsemen to Walk The Talk
    Horses are not machines! Write that on the blackboard 500 times—and write it across, not down. This assignment should be at least as hard as, say, winning the Triple Crown. I jest, of course, but it’s kidding on the square. With 2017 Kentucky Derby horses ducking this year’s Preakness and
    via Pricci’s On the Line on June 27, 2017 7:06 am
    BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers RacewayYONKERS, NY, Monday, June 26, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Tuesday evening’s (June 27th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,368.42.  The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program.  It
    via View from the Grandstand on June 27, 2017 6:37 am
  • Why California Chrome is getting top marks for his work in the breeding shed
    The soft sounds of song warm the chilly air of a late spring morning. Stallion groom Jose Cruz is singing along with a chorus of birds as the first rays of the sun reach over the horizon, and the blaze-faced chestnut waiting at the gate pricks his ears at the
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on June 27, 2017 5:00 am
    By Hans Ebert@hanseberthk They would always say that he had a built-in clock in his head, which is why he was such a master of pace. Like his fellow South African jockeys -Jeff Lloyd, almost South African, and Basil Marcus, once Felix “The Cat” Coetzee was allowed to bowl along
    via RacingB*tch on June 27, 2017 12:37 am
  • BARN Podcast 6/27/17
    We welcome in Indiana Grand leading rider Katie Clawson to discuss her big start to the IG meet, her young career, and more. Jason also gives his takes on public handicappers and tracking their success.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 26, 2017 11:04 pm
  • Jumping Around Podcast: Jockey Hadden Frost
    Englishman Hadden Frost, 26, came to the United States this spring and rode several jump races. He picked up wins at My Lady's Manor and Willowdale and nearly won the Maryland Hunt Cup. Before all of that, he won "50-odd" races on the flat and another 70 or so over
    via This is Horse Racing on June 26, 2017 7:26 pm
  • VFTRG Lives!
    Coming in the first half of July, I will be transferring ownership of the blog to a new blogger who will continue writing from where I left off.  I can't say who the new blogger will be but they are well informed in the sport of harness racing and I
    via View from the Grandstand on June 26, 2017 7:25 pm
  • There’s No Joy in Toutville
    I read an interesting thread on the twitter about public handicapping.Scott and others make an interesting point when it comes to handicapping the horses for everyone to see - does one pick winners, or try and make money? As most who play this game know, there isn't that big a
    via Pull the Pocket on June 26, 2017 2:41 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Galileo & Scat Daddy
    The magnificent four-timer by the much-lamented Scat Daddy ensured that the Royal Ascot meeting wasn’t all about Galileo, but the eight-time champion sire still enjoyed a terrific time–in more ways than one. Galileo was directly responsible for a one-two-three in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S., with the teak-tough Highland
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on June 26, 2017 12:17 pm
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    There is nothing better than seeing our horses win on the international stage, and this week we were victorious twice at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting! See if those winners made our Three Stars of the Week, as well who made the list from a busy weekend at Santa Anita
    via Racing Dudes on June 26, 2017 7:00 am
  • Inflexibility stretching out for Queen’s Plate
    Trainer Chad Brown enjoyed a monster season in 2016 leading North America in earnings ($23,153,084) and graded stakes wins (42) while capturing his first training title at Saratoga. For his efforts, Brown earned his first Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on June 26, 2017 5:10 am
  • Great fillies, Breeders’ Cup stars, a 190-1 winner and Northern Dancer: who’s next on this amazing roll of honour?
    It would be easy to dismiss the Queen’s Plate as Canada’s ‘attempt’ at a Kentucky Derby-like contest, but in reality the Queen’s Plate is not only the longest consecutively run stakes race in the whole of North America, but also an historic event older than the country of Canada itself.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on June 26, 2017 5:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 6/26/17
    We look back at the weekend of racing including the Ohio Derby and a pair of stakes at Santa Anita. Jason also pays tribute to Roger Stein who had his final broadcast after nearly 30 years on the air.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on June 25, 2017 10:28 pm
  • Cheery Bye to Royal Ascot’s Jolly Good Show
    It was just past 8:30 a.m. Sunday when I clicked on the keyboard and turned on the NBC Sports Network only to find that Royal Ascot race meet from Berkshire, which I now know is in the English countryside 26 miles west of London, is no more until June, 2018.
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on June 25, 2017 7:46 pm
  • Observations from the 2017 Royal Ascot Meet
    One of the biggest weeks on the racing calendar has come and gone with the five day Royal Ascot meeting concluding on Saturday after 30 entertaining – and interesting – races. From stallions dominating throughout the week to broodmares making their mark on the meet and racehorses running more than
    via All Equine All the Time on June 25, 2017 5:54 pm
    Genuine Risk in 1980 became the second of three fillies to ever win the Kentucky Derby.  Following her racing career she had only two foals that lived…and neither of them made it to the races.  One of the offspring was named Genuine Reward, a colt by Rahy. Genuine Reward, born
    via Horse Racing Business on June 25, 2017 1:45 pm
    By Hans Ebert@hanseberthk When Douglas Whyte rode the first winner of the day at Sha Tin yesterday, it was one of those moments in time that made my mind wander. It was a lowly Class 5 event, but it was a reminder of not only everything Douglas Whyte has accomplished
    via RacingB*tch on June 25, 2017 12:31 pm
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