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  • Invasor Flourishing Back Home in Uruguay
    When I visited Haras Cuatro Piedras in Uruguay in 2008, I couldn’t have imagined the farm would one day be home to Smarty Jones for several years and then the country’s greatest equine hero, Hall of Famer Invasor, who at the time was residing at Shadwell in Lexington, Kentucky. Invasor
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 14, 2018 2:10 pm
  • ‘more improvement to come’ from spinaway winner sippican harbor
    The result of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga was a positive milestone for second-crop sire Orb (by Malibu Moon), whose 2-year-old daughter Sippican Harbor came from last to first and won the stakes by two lengths. This filly had won her maiden in masterful style by 17 lengths
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 14, 2018 7:39 am
  • Racing Minister calls for feedback on Messara report – two weeks after release
    Good news for the slow readers out there – Racing Minister Winston Peters has given you an additional five weeks to get your head around the contents of the Messara report. Yesterday, a full two weeks after the report’s release the Minister announced a public consultation period of five weeks,
    via Racing Thoughts on September 13, 2018 10:00 pm
  • Monmouth goes from up to down after sports betting arrives
    Early indications are that the dollars spent on sports betting at Monmouth Park probably came out of money that might have been bet on horses. Monmouth was up at the halfway point of its meeting but wound up on the downside of the ledger after sports betting took hold. Doing
    via Ante Post on September 13, 2018 2:56 pm
  • BC Classic: To Prep or Not to Prep
    We have witnessed numerous changes in recent years in how horses are prepared for major races. Three-year-olds race so infrequently now, we hardly know anything about them when they get to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, many coming off four-, five-, and six-week layoffs or more and having made
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 13, 2018 1:27 pm
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with The Little Guys
    First you have to find them. Many don’t appear on the barn list and sometimes when they do appear, you can’t find them in their assigned barns. Some are tucked in the trees in the far corners of Horse Haven. Some are wedged between bigger stables, just a stall or
    via This is Horse Racing on September 13, 2018 9:22 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Bill Mott
    The tour begins in Bill Mott’s office near the Oklahoma Training Track. The Hall of Famer shows some photos and paintings hanging on the wall of the spacious standalone office building. The walls and shelves contain a variety of Mott’s horses – Cigar, Theatrical, Royal Delta, Drosselmeyer and Singleton, winner
    via This is Horse Racing on September 13, 2018 9:13 am
    My favorite sports to watch and occasionally bet on are horse racing and the National Football League.  Eight days during the NFL season, I have entertainment choices that especially appeal to me:  Go to the local NFL game or stay home and multitask by watching the football on TV and
    via Horse Racing Business on September 12, 2018 9:00 am
  • Horse Racing and Sports, a Shotgun Marriage
    Most horseplayers, myself included, clamored for legalized sports betting, thinking it would be a gateway for sports bettors to become horseplayers. With respect to that conception, it’s WAY too early to tell. However, now that it’s here, its reception and promise for the future is being questioned in every precinct,
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on September 11, 2018 10:25 pm
  • catholic boy shows his virtue in travers
    With a four-length victory in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Catholic Boy (by More Than Ready) has taken a serious position among the 3-year-olds of 2018. Although unlikely to depose Justify in the regard of the Triple Crown winner’s legion of racing fans, Catholic Boy is a sound
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 11, 2018 7:34 pm
  • The three most important factors for financial success as a jockey | TRC
    Jockeys’ income is very unequal. In 2017, the top 20 percent of jockeys made 80 percent of total income. The top one percent — just 15 riders — made a little over 20 percent of total income. Who are the one percent of jockeys by income? Their names are familiar,
    via Pinboard on September 11, 2018 3:41 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: September 12, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK review the weekend’s stakes action from Kentucky Downs and bring in a pair of guests. The first is a mystery guest with a bone to pick with JK, the second is Pat Cummings if the Thoroughbred Ideas Foundation to talk about the
    via DRF Players Podcast on September 11, 2018 12:35 pm
  • The Tuesday That Changed the World
    Not only is today the 17th anniversary of 9/11, it falls on the same day of the week; that infamous Tuesday. Although I have written about that catastrophic day’s effect on racing, it is something that needs to be addressed from time to time for those who weren’t around and
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 11, 2018 12:10 pm
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Barclay Tagg
    After being stood up by a young trainer who had actually scheduled a Stable Tour Thursday morning, The Special had to scramble.
    via This is Horse Racing on September 11, 2018 10:58 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Phil Serpe
    Warm weather? Stress? Not a problem for Phil Serpe. He lets those things roll off when he’s in Saratoga, more specifically when he’s in the courtyard in front of is barn on the middle of the Saratoga backstretch. The area is known as Blue Heaven and there’s a sign hung
    via This is Horse Racing on September 11, 2018 10:55 am
  • Pedigree Insights: Recoletos
    Bearing in mind that the roll of honour for the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp features that great mare Miesque in 1987 and her first foal Kingmambo in 1993, we shouldn’t be too surprised that the 2018 edition fell to Recoletos, a grandson of Kingmambo’s brother Miesque’s Son. There
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on September 10, 2018 1:41 pm
  • Did Kentucky Downs Stewards Get It Right?
    Among the favorite causes of consternation that horseplayers express here with regularity is the inconsistency by which fouls are adjudicated. The most recent example of how various teams of stewards interpret events differently in diverse states was on display yesterday concerning a race at one of America’s favorite new betting
    via Pricci’s On the Line on September 9, 2018 6:06 pm
  • Let’s Catch Up With American Pharoah
    Santa Anita runs the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Sep. 29. I thought it might be a good idea to check in on the horse that broke the 37-years Triple Crown drought. American Pharoah currently stands at Coolmore. Check out the specific on Pharoah's
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on September 9, 2018 4:32 pm
  • How do so many jockeys survive when they’re earning so little? | TRC
    Life is good if you’re an elite jockey. You ride the best horses in the best races, and you can earn a not-so-small fortune. But what of those at the other end of the scale? How do they fare? Here, in the first of two articles looking at the inequality
    via Pinboard on September 9, 2018 9:46 am
  • Japan Doubles As London Town & Moanin Win Keeneland Korea Cup & Sprint
    For the second year running, Japanese-trained horses emerged victorious in the Keeneland Korea Cup & Sprint. For London Town in the Cup, it was just as much of a procession as last year but in the Sprint, Moanin had to battle all the way to the line to see off
    via Horse Racing in Korea on September 9, 2018 6:08 am
  • eskimo kisses shows her winning colors in historic alabama victory
    Running off through the stretch of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga to win by 6 ½ lengths, Eskimo Kisses (by To Honor and Serve) looked ever so much like her famous grandmother, Hall of Fame member and classic winner Winning Colors (Caro). In the spring of 1988, Winning
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 8, 2018 8:28 am
  • Exercise works where Lasix fails
    That’s one ugly scope. Here’s a great piece from Sid Fernando, please read it, but I will summarize below: First off, I told everyone how to help minimize bleeding with a strong pre-race warm up nearly 7 years ago: And certainly my dear readers know that I believe
    via ThoroEdge Equine Performance on September 7, 2018 6:44 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: Sepember 7, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast Public Handicapper founder Scott Carson joins PTF and JK to review the Saratoga meeting and look ahead to a stakes-studded Saturday at Kentucky Downs. Plus, JK's insights into the NFL and college football.​​​ The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from
    via DRF Players Podcast on September 7, 2018 1:16 pm
  • How one club made a bold decision and lived to tell the story (and they put their stakes up!)
     In the wake of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments from those associated with clubs whose tracks are destined for closure I felt it was an opportune time to provide some perspective. As I said last week, a reaction of grief is not unexpected.  However, I was
    via Racing Thoughts on September 6, 2018 10:00 pm
  • September 6, 2018
    When Laura came to the farm to give Bint Marscay a Tuesday evening bath, she almost didn’t bring her camera. It’s a good thing she did. As we trundled around in the golf cart looking for something interesting for Laura to photograph in the light of a beautiful sunset, we
    via Old Friends on September 6, 2018 7:30 pm
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