• Positive Tests for Dummies
    By now you've heard that trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller (and apparently others who have not been named) have been slapped with positive tests for a class 2 drug called Glaucine.Glaucine - a medication that supposedly helps with breathing and/or bleeding - is reported by Harnesslink as a drug…
    via Pull the Pocket on February 12, 2016 9:43 am
  • Why a Separate Out of Competition Policy?
    It is no secret many in the industry are not thrilled with the way horsemen are excluded from the three Gural tracks based on some 'secret' criteria which they claim allows track management to toss some trainers while allegedly allowing others to continue on their happy way for similar records…
    via View from the Grandstand on February 12, 2016 8:09 am
  • Hall of Famer breeder Bill Weaver dies at 79
    by Dean Hoffman photo: Bill Weaver and Valley Victory William B. Weaver, a Hall of Fame harness breeder with monumental influence on trotting, died on Wednesday (Feb. 10) at age 79. Weaver died after a series of health woes in recent years. He was a longtime resident of Freehold, NJ.…
    via Harness Racing Update on February 12, 2016 5:45 am
  • In the latest edition of Harness Racing Update
    Hall of Famer breeder Bill Weaver dies at 79 Morrisville Yearling Sale set for Sept. 17 Rumors swirling about Glaucine positives in New York Bresnahan, Jr. responds to EPO positive Joe Bongiorno: Triple Track Threat Tetrick is youngest driver to record 9,000 wins photo: Bill Weaver and Valley Victory (USTA)…
    via Harness Racing Update on February 12, 2016 5:45 am
  • Racecourses that played a vital role during the Great War
    Acrobatic display by German internees at the prisoner of war camp at Newbury Racecourse in October 1914. Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum Paul Roberts and Isabelle TaylorFebruary 12, 2016To its participant nations, the exigencies of the First World War brought hitherto-unknown sacrifice and change to all aspects of…
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on February 12, 2016 4:57 am
    So far, there are 368 nominees for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, consisting of 335 colts or ridglings, 30 geldings, and 3 fillies. With the point system making it difficult for fillies to qualify, it is a wonder that any were nominated. Seventeen nominees were bred in countries besides the United…
    via Horse Racing Business on February 12, 2016 3:00 am
  • The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine
    Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but we've seen recently break-ups that have turned ugly. Florida appears on the…
    via Paulick Report Features on February 12, 2016 12:37 am
  • congratulations, Always Sarah and Cced!
    Two daughters of Curlin broke their maidens today. One, few saw coming.  Another, nigh on everyone did. Both prevailed by daylight. First came Always Sarah (Treasure Always, by Summer Squall).  This four-year-old filly was racing for the first time since June, and only the fifth time in all.  She faced…
    via Blinkers Off on February 12, 2016 12:10 am
    By Hans Ebert GAI WATERHOUSE STABLES TO BE SOLD TO HONG KONG CONNECTIONS? WELL, KUNG HEI FAT CHOY, DIM SUMS!‏ That’s the word, and we believe it. After almost a year of negotiations involving Lady GaiGai- and Lord Rob, of course- along with her very savvy Racing Manager Adrian Bott…
    via RacingB*tch on February 11, 2016 11:43 pm
  • Congrats has another stakes filly in Polar River
    The conversation and observation above on Twitter on Jan. 17 was a result of the way Congrats had started off the year near the top of the General Sire List (alongside his brother Flatter and in the mix with Tapit and Candy Ride). His top runner this year is the…
    via Sid Fernando + Observations on February 11, 2016 11:15 pm
  • Scully: Remembering the 1997 San Vicente – the beginning of a terrific rivalry | TwinSpires.com
    Kentucky Derby winners Swaps (1955), Lucky Debonair (1965) and Majestic Prince (1969) all prepped in the San Vicente, but the race hasn’t been relevant to the Triple Crown since 1997. That’s when a pair of up-and-coming titans, Silver Charm and Free House, met for the first time.
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 11:02 pm
  • Derek’s Derby Doings: A Great Future Bet | US Racing
    Well, since US Racing does, in fact, offer trainer odds on the Run for the Roses, I thought I would add my two cents to Haskin’s and see if, between us, we can make readers some dollars on the first Saturday in May.
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 10:21 pm
  • Bret Calhoun and Cowboy Dan
    As David Allen Coe’s friend Steve Goodman wrote, the perfect country and western song says something about mama, trains, trucks, prison and gettin’ drunk. Well, David (and Steve) never met Cowboy Dan. He was a cheap Texas-bred Thoroughbred, a $1,600 yearling, whose life ought to play at Ryman Auditorium. He’s…
    via This is Horse Racing on February 11, 2016 9:07 pm
  • Drug Allegations Shock Industry ; Hold the Horses
    The entire harness racing has been shocked by a report in Harnesslink which alleges leading trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller with having had horses testing positive for the drug Glaucine.  Making these allegations more interesting is these are Meadowlands-based trainers who train or have trained horses for Jeff Gural…
    via View from the Grandstand on February 11, 2016 6:44 pm
  • Karon: A.P. Indy, full speed ahead at 27 | Running Rough Shod
    Much has been written on the life and times of A.P. Indy, but a recent visit to the retired 27-year-old stallion at Lane's End -- where he was born and raised, stood his entire stud career, and will live out his days -- got me thinking about his legacy as…
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 6:35 pm
  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez’es Top 5 Rides
    According to an article from ESPN.com, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has decided that jockey Ramon Dominguez can be considered for induction into the Hall even though he hasn’t been retired for the required 5 years. Dominguez had to retire do to an injury he sustained in 2013.…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on February 11, 2016 2:29 pm
  • Super Saturdays wouldn’t be hurt if some stakes were spread out
    Super Saturdays are becoming regular occurrences at Gulfstream. They're great. But in packing these cards with stakes, non-Super Saturdays are suffering. The next two weekends feature a six-horse stakes for older females and a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies. This is not what racing fans have come to expect…
    via Ante Post on February 11, 2016 1:01 pm
  • Here & There – February 11
    Full on winter is finally gripping essentially the entire Northeast, with biting temperatures, snow and strong winds whipping down city streets and across the farm fields and paddocks. The Super Bowl is over and winter festivals are in full swing. We’re a day late again posting our (mostly) weekly hodge…
    via This is Horse Racing on February 11, 2016 12:55 pm
  • Fornatale: Chances for qualify for CyberTour, Rookie contests
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Thomas Fornatale </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some important changes in this week&rsquo;s contest on <a href="http://NHCQualify.com">NHCQualify.com</a>, where the buy-in is $162 and up to five NHC…
    via Peter Thomas Fornatale DRF Blog on February 11, 2016 12:50 pm
  • 2016 Kentucky Oaks: Zipse’s Big Ten
    1. Songbird 5-5-0-0 (Medaglia d'Oro--Ivanavinalot, by West Acre) Trainer - Jerry HollendorferWhether we agree with their decision or not, Rick Porter and Jerry Hollendorfer, seem to be pretty confident in their decision that the Kentucky Oaks, and not the Kentucky Derby, will be the best plan as Songbird's first major…
    via Zipse at the Track on February 11, 2016 12:29 pm
  • Simon: Is Songbird the Next Ruffian? The Numbers Might Surprise You! | US Racing
    Ruffian was unquestionably fast. She set eight stakes records and two track records, despite starting just 11 times in her star-crossed career. However, it needs to be noted that the daughter of Reviewer never left the East Coast and competed at a time when speed reigned supreme. For instance, Ruffian…
    via Pinboard on February 11, 2016 12:13 pm
  • Brittany sells significant portion of acreage
    Brittany Farms owner George Segal announced today that a significant portion of the acreage that comprises Brittany Farms has been sold to Maurice Regan of New York. Regan, an Irish native who owns thoroughbreds through his Newtown Anner Stud Ltd. located outside Clonmel, County Tipperary, purchased 565 acres of Brittany’s…
    via Harness Racing Update on February 11, 2016 10:20 am
  • BARN Episode 2/11/16
    Jason is joined by Jeremy Balan of the Bloodhorse to talk about the stakes action coming up this weekend at Santa Anita.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on February 11, 2016 9:54 am
  • From the archives: Let’s honor the birthdays of two heavyweights of the antebellum turf!
    Today, Thursday, February 11, marks the anniversary of the birth of two men who dominated the Louisiana race tracks prior to the Civil War: Col. Adam L. Bingaman of Natchez, Mississippi (1793–1869), and Duncan F. Kenner (1813–1887). You can read more about Col. Bingaman’s success over the New Orleans Eclipse…
    via Antebellum Turf Times on February 11, 2016 9:33 am
  • Sheila Rosenblum: From Park Avenue to Belmont Park
    Photo credit NYRA/Susie Raisher. On January 16, Sheila Rosenblum stood on the stage at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, clutching a statue of Eclipse, the legendary 18th century racehorse for which Thoroughbred racing’s highest awards are named. Moments before, her six-year-old mare La Verdad had been named 2015 champion female…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on February 11, 2016 9:26 am
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