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  • Horse Racing’s Tasty Steak……. With No Sizzle
    Yesterday a few of us were chatting about the Racing Ideas report on Equibase, and data. It's ground a lot of people have covered before, but I thought the paper was well written, and interesting.In the end, the "ask" on 'racing' is generally like it is with a lot of
    via Pull the Pocket on March 13, 2019 1:18 pm
  • ‘Our Circle Keeps Shrinking’: An Open Letter To The Thoroughbred Industry
    Erin O'Keefe is the customer relations manager for Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., serves as vice-president of aftercare placement for the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization, and is an adviser to a national racing syndicate. She previously worked at Darby Dan and Taylor Made farms, as well as Rood & Riddle
    via Paulick Report Features on March 13, 2019 12:41 pm
  • “SORRY, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH BETS”
    Arthur Blank is the co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He announced that, effective March 10, 2019, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Falcons play home games, is a completely cashless place for all sporting events and almost every concert, and the first
    via Horse Racing Business on March 13, 2019 6:00 am
  • Discussion of Racing Data: 2019 Edition
    Apparently 2019 is the year of the personal blog revival , at least in the dev/UI/UX circles that I follow. Mostly as a move away from from publishing on Medium. Whatever the reason, I’ll take the moment of inspiration to try to make a little blogging fetch happen, especially considering
    via Exacta-Mundo on March 12, 2019 8:19 pm
  • Derby Dozen – March 12, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Game Winner Bob Baffert Candy Ride (ARG)—Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy Baffert’s big two are living on the edge. When you have athletes primed and ready to compete in their own backyard and they don’t, then have to ship to another track to work and wait a week
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on March 12, 2019 11:50 am
  • March 11, 2019
    Einstein! What a huge day it’s been at Old Friends! Today a much beloved star of racing came to live with us. Einstein, 5-time Grade 1 winner, G 1 & 2 victor on all three surfaces, won the 2009 Santa Anita Handicap (G1), 2008 & 2009 Woodford Reserve (G1), 2006
    via Old Friends on March 11, 2019 10:41 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Dream Castle
    Every time I see a winner from Frankel‘s first crop, I can’t help thinking back to late-November 2014, when four foals from this crop were scheduled to sell at Tattersalls. Such was the interest in the equine superstar that the BBC sent a camera crew to report on all the
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on March 11, 2019 3:05 pm
  • Welcome to England
    The wind whips. The tea is strong. Wolverhampton replays on the telly. A jumper, an all-weather specialist and a couple of spring turf hopes canter past the window. A retired greyhound begs for a sausage. The butter sits on the counter. The bread, the milk, too. The door sways in
    via This is Horse Racing on March 11, 2019 7:25 am
  • A SMOKING GUN? SANTA ANITA IGNORED A TRAINER’S WARNING ABOUT UNSAFE TRACK CONDITIONS
    On February 3, 2019, Blood-Horse magazine ran an article titled “Shelbe Ruis, Santa Anita at Odds Over Wet Track Scratch.” In retrospect, what Ms. Ruis had to say in early February about unsafe track conditions contradicts claims made by track management. She also alleged that she was “bullied” and “harassed”
    via Horse Racing Business on March 10, 2019 3:51 pm
  • Taking Stock: Candy Ride and His North American Success
    With the troubles at Santa Anita, the season debut of champion Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the postponed Gll San Felipe S. was put on hold, but his sire is once again poised for another big year. Candy Ride (Ride the Rails), who stands at Lane’s End for $80,000,
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on March 10, 2019 12:44 pm
  • Feature Races for Saturday MAR 9
    AQUEDUCT G3 Tom Fool: Skyler's Scramjet (8-5) to win, exacta key boxes with Do Share (8-1) and Life in Shambles (6-1), Syndegaard (4-1) exotics use. Stymie Stakes: Stan the Man (5-2) to win, exacta key boxes with Sunny Ridge (8-5) and Vino Rosso (7-2), California Night (15-1) exotics use. G3
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on March 9, 2019 3:28 pm
  • Gotham, Jeff Ruby Offer Options
    So you're an owner with a 3-year-old who isn't quite ready to try two turns in a graded stakes, but you would like to pick up some qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1)--just in case stretching out to a classic distance could still be in
    via Keeping Pace on March 8, 2019 11:22 am
  • Should we mark International Women’s Day in racing?
    It’s International Women’s Day and I am somewhat conflicted as to how, whether or even why we should mark the occasion in the racing world. While it would be great to think racing clubs would embrace and opportunity to celebrate the women in our industry making a fuss just one
    via Racing Thoughts on March 7, 2019 9:00 pm
  • Santa Anita breakdowns put future of racing in jeopardy
    The deaths of 21 horses in racing and training at Santa Anita have brought the scrutiny of the nation down on racing. The ripple effect of the suspension of racing has thrown Triple Crown preparations into chaos nationwide. Santa Anita officials are taking the right steps but so far, there
    via Ante Post on March 7, 2019 3:49 pm
  • SANTA ANITA IS SYMPTOMATIC OF A MACRO PROBLEM
    Experts in racetrack surfaces are searching for answers to why Santa Anita has had 21 horse fatalities since late 2018. Management has closed the track in the meantime amidst a plethora of global media scrutiny and both bewilderment and outrage among the public. Periodically, a rash of horse fatalities occurs
    via Horse Racing Business on March 7, 2019 11:00 am
  • HORSE RACING & THE ELIXIR OF LOSS
    As the incomparable WINX marches on, in a campaign that has us all witnessing history-in-the-making, what is it that keeps us coming back to watch her race again? The psychology of sport is arguably as fascinating as the sport itself. And while those of us who follow horse racing think
    via The Vault on March 6, 2019 12:51 pm
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL DISRUPT HORSE RACING…AND EVERYTHING ELSE
    A couple of weeks ago, I watched with amazement as an IBM computer, Project Debater, held its own debating a human in a live streaming event put on by Intelligence Squared US, a nonprofit debate-hosting company. Harish Natarajan, who was a grand finalist in the 2016 World Debating Championships, pitted
    via Horse Racing Business on March 6, 2019 5:00 am
  • Pedigree Insights: Code of Honor
    As we are all being encouraged to recycle as much as possible nowadays, perhaps you will forgive me for re-using a promotional piece I was asked to write for Lane’s End Farm in late-2014, after Frankel’s younger brother Noble Mission had been added to the stud’s illustrious stallion team. “When
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on March 5, 2019 3:20 pm
  • Derby Dozen – March 5, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Game Winner Bob Baffert Candy Ride (ARG)—Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy Here we go, finally. Baffert vs. Baffert. Undefeated vs. undefeated. Derby favorite vs. Derby favorite. Something’s gotta give. Baffert surprised a lot of people by his plans to run Game Winner and Improbable against each other March
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on March 5, 2019 12:10 pm
  • Fourgate
    If you aren’t part of the tournament circuit, you probably still heard about this weekend’s most talked about horse racing controversy. Maybe you caught wind of it on social media.  Maybe you sat next to someone at a bar who was a victim of it.  Or maybe you saw the
    via Lonespeed on March 4, 2019 11:59 am
  • Gates Beginning to Fill in Road to the Derby
    After a bit of a slow start to the Road to the Kentucky Derby in terms of field size, horsemen's interest has been picking up as they try to qualify their 3-year-olds for the season's opening classic.The past seven races--counting the 11 starters in the March 2 Fountain of Youth
    via Keeping Pace on March 4, 2019 11:35 am
  • New Justify Book Available For Pre-Sale
    With the Derby trail in full swing, the highlight of the week did not take place on the racetrack, but on the internet, and had nothing to do with this year's perplexing Kentucky Derby picture. But it did have something to do with the Derby and the Triple Crown. A
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on March 4, 2019 9:21 am
  • Stakes Profile: Fountain of Youth
    What kind of running style historically wins the Fountain of Youth? 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 March 1, 2019 7:45 am
  • ANALYSIS OF HORSE FATALITIES AT SANTA ANITA: PART 2
    Statistics from the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database presented in part one (see article on February 27, 2019) depict that Santa Anita is a risky racetrack for horses on its dirt and two turf courses. And risk ratcheted up when Santa Anita abandoned its demonstrably safer synthetic surface on the
    via Horse Racing Business on March 1, 2019 5:00 am
  • Kentucky Derby 2019 pedigrees: These 4 may come up short
    In the months leading up to the 2019 Kentucky Derby, we’ll discover which contenders can carry their speed and handle tougher competition. The Kentucky Derby pedigree watch list will discuss stakes, allowance and last out maiden runners. I’ll review the pedigree, conformation, running style and other details.  This week we’ll look at some
    via Pedigree Power on March 1, 2019 4:52 am
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