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  • BARN Podcast 1/11/19
    We're getting ready for the weekend and looking at the stakes for Saturday at Santa Anita. The BARN Jury tell us who they think will have a big 2019 and then John Piassek from the Daily Gallop joins us to talk about Laurel's four stakes on Saturday. The post BARN
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on January 10, 2019 8:42 pm
  • Ever wondered how many people the average racehorse employed?
    As well as being a great time waster the internet also occasionally throws up the odd gem. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had one graphic reappear in my various newsfeeds which demonstrated the number of people involved in getting just one horse to the racetrack. It’s a telling
    via Racing Thoughts on January 10, 2019 8:30 pm
  • BARN Special–MY BIG SCORE Ep. 1
    This is the premier episode of a new special series we're doing called "My Big Score" where we talk with players and look back at some of their biggest scores at the windows. In this episode we talk with Josh from Canada as he tells us about how a weekend
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on January 10, 2019 3:53 pm
  • Christie tells Uncle Sam, keep your hands off sports betting
    Former NJ governor Chris Christie, the driving force behind the legalization of sports betting, gave a speech this past week in which he urged lawmakers from gambling states to tell the federal government that it is not needed to oversee the newest form of gambling. In other NJ-related news, Monmouth
    via Ante Post on January 10, 2019 3:51 pm
  • Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer At Heart Of Jockey Club’s Revocation Of Stud Book Privileges To California Breeder
    Earlier this month, The Jockey Club announced it has permanently revoked all stud book privileges of owner/breeder Nadine Anderson based upon its determination she “knowingly misrepresented and/or aided in the misrepresentation of the eligibility for registration of foals and other information.” The organization also announced two registration certificates were revoked
    via Paulick Report Features on January 10, 2019 11:54 am
  • It’s Post Time by Jon White: The Top Performances of 2018
    Inasmuch as the 2019 racing season now has commenced, it is time for my list of the Top 10 performances by a Thoroughbred in the United States during 2018. This marks the 15th year that I have compiled such a list for A Thoroughbred’s performance can make my list
    via Feedly on January 10, 2019 12:00 am
  • 55-year-old Trudy Thornton puts female jockeys back in the spotlight
    The victory of 6-year-old mare Santa Monica in the Sistema Railway Stakes at Ellerslie in New Zealand on New Year’s Day provides an opportunity to take stock of the standing of the world’s leading female jockeys - and right now much of that is tied in with the fortunes of
    via Feedly on January 10, 2019 12:00 am
  • Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Castleton’s Prowess Touched Three Breeds
    Many subjects of our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series thus far have seen their development mirror that of Lexington as the top Thoroughbred nursery in the country. The oldest Thoroughbred farms may sometimes trace their roots to a family homestead in the late 1700s, maybe to use as pastureland for
    via Paulick Report Features on January 9, 2019 5:14 pm
  • eSports for Cultivating Young Fans?
    Attendance at horse-racing tracks long ago gave way to remote wagering.  Now college football and basketball are beginning to experience worrisome drops in the number of people showing up at games, also to some degree due to technology. It is not a coincidence that as real sports are having more
    via Horse Racing Business on January 9, 2019 6:00 am
  • PR Special Keeneland January: Yes, This TIme
    Book 2 of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale gets underway Wednesday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report once again offers a print publication online and on the sales grounds. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss takes the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule back in time
    via Paulick Report Features on January 8, 2019 10:06 pm
  • Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hertz’s Influence Felt Beyond Stoner Creek’s Paddocks
    The debate over John D. Hertz's greatest impact on the Thoroughbred industry typically falls on one of two sides. On one hand, the master of Stoner Creek Stud in Paris, Ky., campaigned a pair of Kentucky Derby winners: Reigh Count and homebred Triple Crown winner Count Fleet, both of which
    via Paulick Report Features on January 8, 2019 7:01 pm
  • 2018’s Mixed Signals: Business Very Good; Not So Optimistic Outlook
    Tis a pity that sometimes progress cannot be stopped; such is the dual-edged sword of the Internet in general and social media in particular. Argue what you will about government encroachment into our lives, then don’t you feel a tad less safe about today’s not-so-friendly skies, or needing to pay
    via Pricci’s On the Line on January 8, 2019 4:37 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Quality Road
    When it was announced that Quality Road’s fee would more than double to $150,000 this year, the son of Elusive Quality had justifiably been promoted to the major league of American stallions. Only War Front, Tapit, Medaglia d’Oro and Curlin are priced above him, and Quality Road shares the same
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on January 8, 2019 3:31 pm
  • smiling tiger bags first g1 as a sire with his first-crop filly spiced perfection
    With a victory in the Dec. 26 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita, Spiced Perfection became the first Grade 1 stakes winner for her sire Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger). The fast bay filly also is from the stallion’s first crop of runners, which propelled him into 19th place among freshman
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 8, 2019 1:07 pm
  • What Is Cheating In Horse Racing?
    When I see accusations that a trainer with a high win percentage cheats I have to ask "What Is Cheating?" There is lots of buzz lately, both pro and con, due to a recent Sun article. The article doesn't really define what cheating is or where the line is drawn.
    via CanGamble on January 8, 2019 11:51 am
  • The Art of Deception
    Most of us have probably seen a wooden duck decoy in an antiques store, at an auction, or in a friend’s home, but the decoy was a utilitarian tool long before it became a collectible sculpture.  Hunters of waterfowl have used decoys from earliest times to lure their quarry into
    via Drawing Covert on January 8, 2019 8:30 am
  • What Criquette Head-Maarek sees as ‘a big mistake for the breeding industry’
    With more than 80 G1 winners across six countries to her credit, Criquette Head-Maarek is one of Europe’s most accomplished trainers of the past half-century, and certainly the most successful female trainer the Northern Hemisphere has ever seen. Perhaps her greatest achievement was her handling of Treve to win back-to-back
    via Feedly on January 8, 2019 12:00 am
  • the career maiden – #36
    In 2016 and 2017, I wrote a newsletter called The Career Maiden. In May of 2017, I resurrected it today. In my latest issue, I discuss my thoughts about both the hiatus and my recent writing life more broadly. And then, just as I always did, I share some links
    via Blinkers Off on January 7, 2019 2:47 pm
  • PR Special Keeneland January: ‘Always Loved A Fighter, Man Or Horse’
    The first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opens Monday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report once again offers a print publication online and on the sales grounds. In the Keeneland January Book 1 edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills enters the Kentucky
    via Paulick Report Features on January 6, 2019 8:27 pm
  • Saturday’s lesson: Never get too high on maiden-breakers
    Bettors--and analysts--went overboard on Code of Honor and Coliseum in Saturday stakes, betting each down to odds-on even though both had only one win on their credit sheet. Neither hit the board. The rallying style in which Mihos and Gunmetal Grey scored in the Mucho Macho Man and Sham, respectively,
    via Ante Post on January 6, 2019 6:25 pm
  • Does class even matter?
    We all put different degrees of emphasis on different aspects of handicapping.  Some people focus largely on pace.  For others, class is a bigger deal.  And then you add in recent form, connections, track conditions, trips, and all of a sudden you’ve got six handicappers identifying six different horses as
    via Lonespeed on January 6, 2019 1:21 pm
  • Hard Luck Derby Horses over the Past 50 Years
    There is only one shot to win the Kentucky Derby. Yes, the horses that are peaking on the first Saturday in May are ones you look for, and what all trainers strive for, but we always have to remember that luck – good and bad – also plays a big
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 5, 2019 5:23 pm
  • Racing and Poker
    Racing was my first gambling love.  Poker was my second.  Racing, I was pretty much always terrible at.  Poker I was ok.  Just like a million other teenage kids in the late 90s, when I saw Rounders I was so intrigued by the idea of playing poker.  Here was a
    via Jason Beem on January 5, 2019 2:24 pm
  • Can Hanson continue the hotness with American Falls?
    It’s Saturday. You’re playing Santa Anita.  And you’re in the mood to bet a filly that looks overmatched on paper but that might sneak up and get a piece of the pie at a price.  Well, you’re in luck.  Because have I got the filly for you!!! (Maybe.  We don’t
    via Lonespeed on January 4, 2019 6:32 pm
  • What to do with Code of Honor?
    One of my strongest opinions heading in to the Breeders’ Cup was that Code of Honor was a play-against in the Juvenile.  My basis for this stance was my opinion that his visually-impressive 2nd in the Champagne was dressed up by the fast pace he closed into.  But he scratched
    via Lonespeed on January 4, 2019 2:00 pm
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