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- New York Stallions Have Their Day at BelmontA decade ago, the New York breeding industry was in a steep downturn. The 2008 economic crisis had led to farms closing and mares being shipped to other states, and a program that had worked to establish itself with quality breeding seemed in danger of becoming almost irrelevant. Fast-forward to
- Newspapers, tragedy, lifeDennis Forney. Trish Vernon. Vicki Davis. Mike Short. Lon Wagner. Kathy Emery. Gina whose last name I can’t remember. Deny Howeth. Chris Wildt. Cat Tanzer. Don Herring. Terry Peddicord. David Healey. Adam Wolle. Bill Hughes. Cheryl Mattix. Jon Springer. Drew Ostroski. Jeff James. Jeff Swinger. Butch Comegys. Anthony Farina. Jim
- DRF Players Podcast: July 6, 20180 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK are back and better than ever. They look back at Long On Value's win in the Highlander, talk about this weekend's Arlington contest, and look ahead to a big day of racing at Belmont Park. Plus, the return of Good Stat, Bad
- It’s Post Time by Jon White: Top Performances of the Year So Far – XBTVNow that calendars have been flipped over to July, it is time for this column’s rankings of the Top 10 performances by a Thoroughbred in the United States during the first half of the year.
- Jockey Profile: Jose Valdivia Jr.One of the best jockeys in the United States has his tack at Arlington Park. About 20 years ago, Jose Valdivia Jr. used to throw down at Santa Anita Park. Back then, he was known as one of the best young turf riders at Santa Anita. Now, he wins aboard almost everything
- Orchestra Leader spurs steeplechase bugI knew as soon as I sent the money to buy into Orchestra Leader, I was in trouble.
- The Kiddie List: Jaw-dropping debuts and 3 fillies to watchOver the last several years, the Kiddie List has reviewed the best and brightest of the 2-year-olds crop, and has featured many accomplished runners and double-digit winners before they hit the national radar.Due to the enormous number of juveniles, some of these names may show up here only once or twice. It’s
- A POTENTIAL PROBLEM WITH SPORTS BETTING FOR CASINOS AND RACETRACKSA number of states will ultimately legalize sports betting following the U. S. Supreme Court decision that lifted the ban and some already have. Casinos and racetracks in such states will have an issue to cope with that they did not have when their product line was limited to slot
- Preserving The Morgue – By John Keitt Jr. – What’s Going On HereFeatures editor Lenny Shulman came by my office several weeks ago holding a smallish envelope that contained faded clippings of newspapers, magazines, and other miscellaneous materials. With Bob Baffert threatening to become only the second trainer in history to win two Triple Crowns, Lenny thought it would be interesting to
- Condoning the cheats: that’s what racing is doing by not supporting out-of-competition testing | TRCUnfortunately, the U.S. State and national horseracing regulatory authorities have been very slow in implementing OOCT programs. As a result, the racing industry cannot effectively catch cheaters that are currently using drugs and other substances that cannot be detected by the traditional post race testing practices.
- THANKFUL FOR AN ENGLISH LEGACY ON AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAYRepublished annually in celebration of July 4, 1776 _________________ The town of Newmarket in Suffolk, England dates back to 1200. It rightfully bills itself as “the town where horseracing, the ‘sport of kings,’ was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the
- Happy New Half-YearHALLANDALE BEACH, July 1, 2018— The year 2018 is officially half over and there is much to anticipate in the months ahead, all culminating at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in November. Some of the immediate future played itself out all around North America on Saturday, indicating that there
- Scat Daddy Still Building on Expansive LegacyHaving jumped the gun by discussing Camelot’s promise in these pages back on May 1, I can hardly write about him again now that his son Latrobe has emulated Camelot’s victory in the G1 Irish Derby. I will add, though, that Camelot followed Hurricane Run, Frozen Fire and Fame And
- The Day the Haskell Struck GoldWith the Haskell Invitational the next big step on the 3-year-old calendar, this is a perfect time to go back 30 years to one of the greatest races I have ever seen. The 1988 Haskell had huge shoes to fill coming one year after the epic three-horse battle that featured
- sire lists and stallion earnings“I don’t need to know nothing ‘bout no stinking stallion stats” is the too-frequent response of horse folk to comments about statistics attempting to evaluate stallion performance. There are, however, a serious cadre of breeders and racing fans, even handicappers, who do appreciate the insights that can be derived from
- Horse Racing Fixes That Won’t Happen, Queen’s Plate PicksI've been doing this blog for quite some time. I've identified horse racing's biggest problems and offered numerous solutions but very few take. It is very frustrating, but what the heck, I have a few minutes of spare time, so lets play the broken record again.TAKEOUTPeople have many choices when
- Three weeks…Red Smith said it best. “From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years.”
- First Premio ready to fire0 Dan Illman Highlighted by the Queen's Plate, the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth and two Breeders' Cup Win and You're In Races, there are plenty of betting opportunities this weekend. The "Out of the Gate" gang has you covered for many of Saturday's big races. I
- How to rate stallions – Elite above ExpectationFor some time, probably as long as I have been in this industry I have thought that the metrics that the industry uses to measure stallion success or genetic merit were pretty ordinary and not much had been done to improve that despite what has occurred in other sporting fields
- Breeders’ Cup expands again; how many is too many?The Breeders Cup continues to expand, directly and in its offshoots. The latest addition, the Juvenile Turf Sprint, already has been endowed with four Win-and-You're-In preps, two of which will be run for the first time. This raises a couple of questions. How can brand new races be put on
- Wesley’s World: An Owner, Breeder and TrainerI had no idea, back in March, that some folks in casual attire at Craig Bernick’s annual crawfish boil at Glen Hill Farm in Ocala would be on television or social media three months later in morning suits and top hats at Royal Ascot–except for Wesley Ward, of course.
- MOST POPULAR SPORTS AND HORSE RACINGThe 2018 World Cup telecasts showing huge stadiums full of passionate soccer fans from nations of all sizes got me thinking about how extremely popular the sport is across the globe. Soccer is inexpensive for kids to play and therefore capable of cultivating lifelong fans to watch it in person
- My Best Day at the RacesWell since yesterday I wrote about my worst day at the races, it seemed only fitting to also write about my best day. I actually thought about a few different options for what I would label my BEST day at the races. There was hogging the Pick 4 on a
- Fake Racing News? Talk to PeopleYesterday we had an article about how great sports betting was at Monmouth, and how it was probably helping racing because handles were increasing. Crunktathol sent a tweet with some facts.I ran the numbers *wrong*. Corrected numbers (it's a little confusing since MTH ran on Fridays in June last year).
- One Liner among horses entered in Fasig-Tipton sale... now, is enhanced with features including an assessment of each horse by the Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, Mike Watchmaker.