• A Novel Solution to the Declining Foal Problem
    In an article for the DRF, Bob Marks discusses the problem with the declining foal crops facing standardbred racing (it is also a problem for thoroughbreds but we'll let them solve their own problem).  With all apologies to Marks, allow me to simplify what I deduce from his reporting (though
    via View from the Grandstand on August 23, 2016 8:54 am
  • Keeneland September Book 1 Preview
    In 2014, Keeneland carded Book 1 over four days for the final time, cataloging 762 yearlings, 190+ a day. Last year, Book 1 shrunk to three days for the first time, when 724 yearlings were catalogued over the three days, 240+ a day. Book 1 is again three days this
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on August 23, 2016 7:18 am
  • Another Lesson- This Time From Mother Nature!
      Another Lesson – This Time From Mother Nature! by Kaye Childs   Ready…..set…. nooooo!! That was the dominant feeling for me as I heard the news that Saratoga had cancelled several races because of the weather. I was ready. I had prepared as well as a rookie can prepare.
    via Tournament Edge on August 23, 2016 7:11 am
  • The Pegasus: the growing worldwide buzz over a race that could change the economics of racing
    The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup might be a new and innovative creation from Frank Stronach and the Stronach Group, yet it seems to be spawning a sense of a déjà vu among many of the sport’s most prominent horseman.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on August 23, 2016 5:00 am
  • for the love of career maidens
    I love career maidens. One of my favourite pieces I’ve ever written was an essay about Eight Gauge…no longer a maiden, though it took over fifty tries for that to become the case.  My weekly email newsletter is called “The Career Maiden”, and the #CuteNoseAlert in the first issue was
    via Blinkers Off on August 23, 2016 12:42 am
  • BARN Episode 8/23/16
    Jason recaps the news of the day and debuts a new song parody called ‘Maria on the Run.” Then Jeremy Balan from The Bloodhorse joins the show to recap all the latest news from Del Mar.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 23, 2016 12:28 am
  • Let Em Run
    Past the Wire By Jonathan Stettin Let Em Run 8/22/2016               Jonathan Stettin and Past the Wire are proud supporters of The Jockeys’ Guild     Our new website will be launching within the next week or so. It will be much more user
    via Past the Wire on August 22, 2016 9:29 pm
  • Destin Best in Travers?
    Todd Pletcher’s once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.By mid to late March, Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls included Zulu, Outwork, Destin, Gettysburg, Stradivari, Rally Cry, Mo
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on August 22, 2016 8:06 pm
  • Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches
    There's a disturbing similarity these days between sitting in public meetings and forums on various horse racing topics, and watching coverage of the presidential election: everyone has a stump speech, and they don't seem to get tired of hearing themselves talk. We touched on this somewhat with our tongue-in-cheek regulatory
    via Paulick Report Features on August 22, 2016 3:26 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Weekend of Validation
    If nothing else, last week’s action-packed program of Group and Graded races provided ample validation for the fees charged for some of America and Europe’s high-priced stallions. In Europe, England’s highest-priced stallions in 2016 were Dubawi at £225,000 and Frankel at £125,000. Dubawi’s chances of winning the Arc were strengthened
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 22, 2016 2:52 pm
  • Has California Chrome now eclipsed American Pharaoh?
    On Saturday, California Chrome and Victor Espinoza produced what is undoubtedly one of the performances of the year in running away with the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar (read our review here).
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on August 22, 2016 11:32 am
  • We Need More Hardball in Harness Racing
    And this was a lesson learned yesterday in the Prix d'Ete.  Rockin Ron shocked the harness racing world by defeating Wiggle It Jiggleit by half a lengh in 1:52,1 over an off track at Hippodrome 3R.Unlike in many of the big races where it seems the race is defaulted to
    via View from the Grandstand on August 22, 2016 10:46 am
  • New Media: The Teenager That Brought the Toner Barn to Facebook
    In terms of odd combinations, trainer Jimmy Toner and Facebook might rank right up there with mustard and pizza, Felix and Oscar, and A-Rod and the Yankees. But throw in a 14-year-old with a serious racing pedigree, and you might just have the perfect blend. Last fall, eighth-grader Elsa Lorieul
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 22, 2016 9:45 am
  • #Chrome
    As most everyone knows, California Chrome had yet another smashing victory on Saturday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.Here are a few random thoughts on this lazy Monday morning.With a slightly slow pace and Chrome getting things his own way, we read a few thoughts about how 'if' a
    via Pull the Pocket on August 22, 2016 9:07 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. California Chrome 2. Songbird 3. Tourist
    via Racing Dudes on August 22, 2016 7:00 am
  • Why is Exchange Wagering Being Resisted?
    With Betfair having started exchange wagering in New Jersey, one has to wonder why the only harness tracks which offer it are the Meadowlands and WEG.  My question is, why?  Why the resistance towards exchange wagering.Full disclosure, I love exchange wagering.  Who wouldn't after years of getting their 15-1 shots
    via View from the Grandstand on August 22, 2016 6:00 am
  • BARN Episode 8/22/16
    Jason recaps the action from a busy weekend of racing including California Chrome in the Pacific Classic, Songbird, and much much more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 22, 2016 12:16 am
  • YS Lotus Snags Gold Cup and Saucer; Make or Break in NJ; Blog Suggestion
    Another Gold Cup and Saucer is in the books and YS Lotus was an easy winner by six lengths in a track record time of 1:50.1 which tied the Canadian record for an older pacer on a half mile oval.YS Lotus was given the perfect drive, staying mid-pack early in
    via View from the Grandstand on August 21, 2016 9:56 am
  • COURAGE
    On a very busy day of racing day from the west to the east we saw: CALIFORNIA CHROME cruise – 112 Beyer Figure, one of the greatest SONGBIRD – cantered in the Alabama READY INTAGLIO – rail rally in the Canadian Derby and all capped off by the Tragically Hip
    via Thoroughblog on August 21, 2016 8:59 am
  • California Chrome: the four-legged Huckleberry Finn outruns all the superlatives
    There used to be only two certainties in life – death and taxes. After the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, there could now be a third: that jockey Victor Espinoza appears unbeatable when given a soft lead in a big race.
    via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on August 21, 2016 5:00 am
  • Breaking Stride: Twelve Minutes
    by Trey Nosrac On a snowy Monday morning, Sally and I sat in The Last Drop coffee shop on her first official day of unemployment. I drive for Lyft part-time, but my years of unemployment experience qualified me as her mentor in the unemployment field. I tried to impress upon
    via Harness Racing Update on August 21, 2016 2:34 am
  • Tejana and Texas Ryano prove they belong in graded company
    A strong summer for the Curlin babies continued today, as two more achieved their first graded stakes placings of their career.  One was trying stakes company for the first time.  Another, already a stakes winner last year, had tried graded company several times before, but not quite risen to the
    via Blinkers Off on August 20, 2016 10:17 pm
  • Ten Things You Should Know: Pacific Classic
    Despite first being run in 1991, this race is one of the top races for older runners in California, producing four California Horses of the Year.
    via Hello Race Fans! on August 20, 2016 6:40 pm
  • Ten Things You Should Know: Alabama Stakes
    First run in 1872, this is the longest running stakes races for 3-year-old fillies.
    via Hello Race Fans! on August 20, 2016 1:45 pm
  • Cancellation, Disappointment, & Fun: Churchill Downs Racing Club Comes to Saratoga
    When Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas agreed to train horses for the recently established Churchill Downs Racing Club, he figured that he and the club members would be in it mostly for the fun. He didn’t quite envision that that fun would involve a Grade II stakes race
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 20, 2016 9:30 am
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