• The straight-talking jokester who drives a great racing success story
    These days, Jim Diorio laughs when he talks about the “humiliating” time his West Point Academy roommate, Terry Finley, signed him up for a jazz dance class.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on July 27, 2016 5:00 am
  • Chris Evert, The Racehorse
    Past the Wire Chris Evert By Amy Nesse   As we watched Songbird cruise home in the Coaching Club American Oaks, proving her dominance in the 3 year old division, it reminds many of us of other past 3 year old fillies that brought the same feelings of awe and…
    via Past the Wire on July 26, 2016 7:47 pm
  • Pacific Overtures
    We haven’t seen anything quite like this in a long time…at least the beginnings of it. But on Aug. 20, California Chrome and Dortmund, who put on quite a show in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap, which could signal a terrific rivalry in the making, will hook up again, with the…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on July 26, 2016 1:17 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast, July 26, 2016
    0 DRF Players Podcast Steven Crist joins Peter Thomas Fornatale, Mike Hogan, and Jonathon Kinchen to talk about his career as a horseplayer, author, and Daily Racing Form executive, just days after retiring from DRF. Also, Pete, Mike, and Jonathon discuss the performances of California Chrome and Songbird, as…
    via DRF Players Podcast on July 26, 2016 11:46 am
  • Bill Oppenheim: Sire-Morgasbord (Lots To Choose From)
    One of the main objectives of APEX ratings is to describe ‘the frequency with which’ sires get runners which rank in certain percentile groups of earners in a calendar year or racing season: ‘A Runners’ rank in the top 2%; ‘B Runners’ in the next 2%; ‘C Runners’ in the…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on July 26, 2016 10:56 am
  • Saratoga opening weekend: smiles and suggestions
    Opening weekend at Saratoga brought many reasons to smile, not the least of which were two terrific stakes races in the Diana and the Coaching Club American Oaks. The blanket, competitive finish in the Diana contrasted with Songbird’s romp in the CCAO, each stirring the racing fan’s heart in its…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on July 26, 2016 10:31 am
  • BARN Episode 7/26/16
    Jason recaps the news of the day and is joined by BetAmerica team member Merv Huber-Calvo to talk about some big “BetAmerica Babe” news. Then Doug McPherson from Woodbine and Ajax Downs joins us to talk about the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on July 26, 2016 8:50 am
  • Whips in the Bullseye
    Reports from NSW Australia suggest whips in harness racing may be on the way out; this coming from the head of Harness Racing NSW, ​John Dumesny.  No doubt these comments come as a result of the state banning greyhound racing starting in 2017.Dumesny is probably right about whips eventually being banned…
    via View from the Grandstand on July 26, 2016 6:55 am
  • Laden with riches: the rise and rise of the Sussex Stakes
    It’s not only the race of the week at what used to be known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, it could quite likely be one of the races of the season. Tomorrow’s £1 million Qatar Sussex Stakes, a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on…
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on July 26, 2016 5:00 am
  • PRINCE OF WALES
          DIGGIN’ IT – SIR DUDLEY GOES FOR SECOND JEWEL OF THE TRIPLE CROWN   1 Leavem In Malibu Gary Barber and Conrad Farms Mark E. Casse Gary Boulanger 5-1 2 All On Red JMJ Racing Stables LLC Sid C. Attard Eurico Rosa Da Silva 7-2 3 Narrow Escape JMC’s Racing Stable, Z.W. Dehan and J. Nixon Justin…
    via Thoroughblog on July 25, 2016 11:11 pm
  • good days, bad days, and the San Diego
    I have never had such a hard time watching a race as I did Sunday’s showdown in the San Diego Handicap (GII) between Dortmund and California Chrome. It had nothing to do with what happened during the race itself.  Though Dortmund could not get the best of California Chrome (this…
    via Blinkers Off on July 25, 2016 9:44 pm
  • Time Counts on the Track, Too
    "Time only matters in jail" is a familiar statement, often heard in the sport of horse racing.In many ways this statement is a statement of fact. The fastest horse does not always win; the teletimer can flatter some horses based on trip, pace, and energy distribution and track bias. The…
    via Pull the Pocket on July 25, 2016 1:39 pm
  • Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Frankel & Fair Eva
    Prince Khalid Abdullah has achieved a huge amount as a breeder, including an unusual double which would probably have escaped the attention of anyone who doesn’t work for Juddmonte. Having become the first person to breed a stakes winner by Galileo, when Innocent Air won the 2005 Washington Singer S.,…
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on July 25, 2016 1:04 pm
  • BARN Episode 7/25/16
    We look back at a truly memorable weekend of racing including discussing California Chrome and Songbird’s amazing wins and much much more.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on July 25, 2016 8:40 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Songbird 2. California Chrome 3. Dacita
    via Racing Dudes on July 25, 2016 7:00 am
  • Nick Luck: the enormous challenge for racing after Brexit
    In his regular TRC blog, Nick Luck, the six-times British racing broadcaster of the year, Channel 4 Racing anchor, and regular on NBC’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, examines the implications for the sport of the British public’s vote to leave the European Union.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on July 25, 2016 5:00 am
  • The Works and More
    Past the Wire By Jonathan Stettin The Works and More               Jonathan Stettin and Past the Wire are proud supporters of The Jockeys’ Guild For the most astute observations of horses in the mornings and afternoons, who’s working well, why, and who’s working not…
    via Past the Wire on July 24, 2016 9:52 pm
  • Trainer Updates Mid-July
    This trainer update compares stats from July 16, 2015 and those from the same date this year. Due to space considerations, many are not included.As of July 16 Ron Burke, 46, was number one on the trainer’s money list, just like he always is. He has 16 fewer wins than…
    via View from the Grandstand on July 24, 2016 7:52 pm
  • This Week at Saratoga, 2016: Week of July 25
    How about that Diana? Will admit that I was rooting for Recepta (how could I not, after writing about her trainer?), and she sure seemed to run too good lose…but Dacita got there by that tiny nose. What a way to kick off opening weekend. Much to look forward to…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on July 24, 2016 4:58 pm
  • Special Delivery: Fox Hill’s Barefoot Mailman finds a new career in show ring
    Photo courtesy of Cinthia Ane McGreevy Two years ago, on the advice of bloodstock agent Tom McGreevy, Fox Hill Farm’s Rick Porter entered the bidding fray in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale in Saratoga, trying to add a dark bay Medaglia d’Oro filly to his…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on July 24, 2016 12:58 pm
  • Ten Things You Should Know: Diana Stakes
    Named after a mythological figure, this race has produced several winners who've had races named after them.
    via Hello Race Fans! on July 23, 2016 2:45 pm
  • Q And A: Steven Crist | TDN
    The TDN sat down with Crist to discuss his career, his accomplishments, his disappointments and his thoughts about the future of racing.
    via Pinboard on July 23, 2016 9:18 am
  • HEAVY
    SIR DUDLEY DRAWS POST 8 IN SEARCH OF TRIPLE CROWN SIR DUDLEY DIGGES after his Queen’s Plate win over Amis Gizmo and owner Ken Ramsay – TERENCE DULAY PHOTO – HORSE-RACES.NET       Post Position Horse Owner Trainer Jockey Morning Line Odds   1 Leavem In Malibu Gary Barber and Conrad Farms Mark E. Casse Gary Boulanger 5-1…
    via Thoroughblog on July 23, 2016 9:18 am
  • OF NURSERY RHYMES AND GREEK HEROES: MOTHER GOOSE & ALCIBIADES
    Inspired by a pair of exceedingly rare photographs and the opening of Saratoga — a place of magic, history and imagining — comes this tale of two great fillies. MOTHER GOOSE wind-up toy by Marx from the 1920’s.   Most American readers know the association between the nursery rhymes of…
    via The Vault on July 22, 2016 6:22 pm
  • Updates on 2016 Kentucky Oaks Horses
    Updates on 2016 Kentucky Oaks Horses: Understandably, Churchill Downs implemented a new rule to make the Kentucky Oaks more fair for fillies not named Songbird. While the field breaks early, Songbird must spot the field five lengths while carrying 140 lbs. On a more serious note, Songbird recaptured the lead in…
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
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