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  • Should we even try to beat Shancelot?
    If Beyer Speed Figures are your thing, and if you believe that Shancelot should have things his own way up front early in the Allen Jerkens today at Saratoga, then you probably feel he’s an obvious single in all of your multi-race plays. However, if you think that there is
    via Lonespeed on August 24, 2019 10:23 am
  • Here to There
    How did you get here?
    via This is Horse Racing on August 23, 2019 5:30 pm
  • Paddock Rain
    Bill Mott stood in the road outside his barn on the Oklahoma bend Wednesday morning and directed traffic. Making sure there were no cars, golf carts or horses, Mott asked for his paddock schoolers to make the walk, hoping to slip through a break in a relentless rain.
    via This is Horse Racing on August 23, 2019 5:28 pm
  • Stakes Profile: Travers
    What kind of running style historically wins the Travers? How have favorites performed? What are the average & median win payouts? We look at a cross section of chart data since 1991 to find out this and more.
    via Hello Race Fans! on August 23, 2019 5:10 pm
  • Into Mischief’s Changing Profile
    Spendthrift’s flagship sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) is a remarkable stallion. For proof, just look at three of the six Grade l stakes entries at Saratoga on Saturday: he’s represented by Owendale and Chess Chief in the Runhappy Travers S.; Mia Mischief in the Ketel One Ballerina S.; and Rowayton
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on August 23, 2019 4:13 pm
  • Travers 2019: 150 Years of the Midsummer Derby
    Saratogians are proud of the Travers Stakes. Most of the thousands of fans who show up every year probably don’t know that the race was first run in 1864, or that it was named for one of the men who established Saratoga Race Course; they do know that the day
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 23, 2019 1:48 pm
  • Graham Motion Enjoying Stellar Summer at the Spa
    The familiar red and blue Herringswell sign is gone, as are the matching table and chairs that for years had been set up on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course, right in the middle of the final turn. It was one of the most prominent and visible spots on the
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 23, 2019 1:40 pm
  • Don’t Dismiss This Travers Bomb
    It would not shock me if any of the 12 entrants in this year’s Travers Stakes hit the wire first. If you’re playing the multi-race bets, using the ALL button probably isn’t insane. No, I don’t give Everfast much of a shot (watch him win), but since he did manage
    via Lonespeed on August 22, 2019 8:27 pm
  • It’s Time for Wow Cat
    Betting on horses requires you to have opinions. Some opinions are going to be stronger than others, and some bets will be larger than others. Occasionally, an opinion will be a negative one about a favorite. Other times, the opinion will be a positive one about a non-favorite. Every so
    via Lonespeed on August 22, 2019 4:57 pm
    The 2019 Travers Stakes is on August 24th at Saratoga Race Course. The inaugural Travers in 1864 was won by the colt Kentucky, who was co-owned by two of the founders of the Saratoga Racing Association, William Riggin Travers and John Hunter. William Travers (1819-1887) made a fortune on Wall
    via Horse Racing Business on August 21, 2019 10:00 am
  • Data Can Market Itself into Something Really Big
    I finished a decent book recently - Digital Marketing in an AI World - about artificial intelligence in marketing, and big data.Author Fred Vallaeys was one of the earliest google employees and he was involved in a lot of the big data (and systems) google has created over the years
    via Pull the Pocket on August 20, 2019 1:34 pm
  • Bobby Frankel on Chad Brown
    My interview with the late Bobby Frankel today on his former assistant Chad Brown? It would go something like this:SH: So Bobby, what do make of your boy Chad Brown? Could you have envisioned the amazing success he's had?BF: Why do you think I had him saddle Ginger Punch in the
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on August 19, 2019 2:54 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Earthlight and Pinatubo
    Last year, in mid-September, Godolphin was in the enviable position of owning two highly promising sons of Darley’s outstanding stallion Dubawi. The unbeaten Too Darn Hot had won the G2 Champagne S., and was to be even more impressive in the G1 Dewhurst S. Then, a day after the Champagne,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 19, 2019 1:03 pm
  • bricks and mortar going to the greener pastures of japan as a 2020 stallion prospect
    The Grade 1 Arlington Million became the 10th victory in 12 starts for Bricks and Mortar (by Giant’s Causeway), who is a virtual certainty to be divisional champion and is also a serious contender for Horse of the Year. Not since Kotashaan (Darshaan) in 1993 has a turf champion exerted
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on August 18, 2019 9:56 am
  • This Week in Saratoga: August 18 – August 28
    Sunday, August 18 At the track $100,000 Summer Colony, for fillies and mares three and up, on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles Breakfast at Saratoga, daily except Travers Day. Enjoy breakfast on The Porch on the ground level of the clubhouse during morning training. Breakfast is available on a
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 17, 2019 3:23 pm
  • At The Movies
    Carl Nafzger walked down Ludlow Street toward Madison Avenue and the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds the afternoon of Aug. 2 – not long after the 2019 Hall of Fame ceremony he attends every year as an inductee himself in 2008. A catalog from the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale in hand, Nafzger
    via This is Horse Racing on August 15, 2019 12:50 pm
  • Travers a Triple Crown Postscript
    Each year, the Travers Stakes takes on a look of its own. Some years it proves to be an extension of the Triple Crown races and other years the Triple Crown horses make little impact, as fresh faces such as Arrogate, West Coast, V.E. Day, and Afleet Express pop into
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on August 14, 2019 12:49 pm
  • Fixed Odds Betting Solutions Seem Simple, Because They Probably Are
    You might've heard a lot about fixed odds betting over the last few months.In horse racing, some quarters believe that fixed odds wagering would be welcomed, primarily due to the failings of the pari-mutuel system - namely, money dumps at 1 minute or closer to post, making the odds board
    via Pull the Pocket on August 14, 2019 10:54 am
    The proprietors of Saratoga Race Course in its earliest years wanted to honor William Cottrell of Mobile, Alabama by naming a race for 3-year-old fillies after him. The English-born Cottrell was a prominent owner and breeder of his day, and his Buchanan won the 1884 Kentucky Derby. The self-effacing Cottrell
    via Horse Racing Business on August 13, 2019 9:25 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Romanised
    Back in 2006, when the first two flashed past the winning post in the G1 Dewhurst S., they also earned themselves first and second places on the European Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Galileo’s unbeaten son Teofilo topped the table by 1lb from Danehill’s dual Group 1-winning son Holy Roman Emperor,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 12, 2019 3:04 pm
  • mckinzie building plenty of ‘street cred’ for a stallion career
    A three-time winner at the Grade 1 level (Los Alamitos Futurity at 2, the Pennsylvania Derby and Malibu Stakes at 3), McKinzie added a fourth G1 to his record with a smart-looking victory in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. As a highly regarded member of his crop at
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on August 11, 2019 9:09 am
  • Stakes Profile: Arlington Million
    What kind of running style historically wins the Arlington Million? How have favorites performed? What are the average & median win payouts? We look at a cross section of chart data since 1991 to find out this and more.
    via Hello Race Fans! on August 9, 2019 5:45 pm
  • Cot Campbell: A True Pioneer
    On August 11 at the Reading Room in Saratoga, Cot Campbell's family and friends will celebrate the life of the man who changed the face of Thoroughbred racing. I first met Cot Campbell at the 1990 Preakness Stakes when I was assigned to write the winning owner's story for the
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on August 8, 2019 10:19 am
  • Catalog Surfing – from 1969
    WOW. Hoist The Flag. 
    via This is Horse Racing on August 8, 2019 12:41 am
    While on a recent leisure trip to Ocean City, Maryland, I visited nearby Ocean Downs harness track in Berlin, a city that was once home to the renowned Thoroughbred breeding farm Glen Riddle, owned by industrialist Samuel D. Riddle (1861-1951). Today, the farm is the site of a housing development
    via Horse Racing Business on August 7, 2019 6:00 am
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