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  • A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him
    One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs' near-four
    via Paulick Report Features on July 8, 2019 12:57 pm
  • Inevitable Change is Inevitable
    The Calgary Stampede is under way for yet another year, and looking at the record attendance numbers from day one - over the two weeks it attracts upwards of 1.5 million fans - it should be a well-attended event.The Stampede, over the years, but especially in 2012 when 9 horses
    via Pull the Pocket on July 8, 2019 12:03 pm
  • american pharoah has first sw and gsw with 2yo maven
    Victory in the Group 3 Prix du Bois on June 29 at Chantilly made Maven the first stakes winner from the first crop of racers by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (by Pioneerof the Nile). A champion at both 2 and 3, American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on July 8, 2019 8:53 am
  • Eons
    The road trip continues.
    via This is Horse Racing on July 7, 2019 10:12 am
  • Stars and Stripes Selections in Public Handicapper Contest
    Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable July 4 celebration!This week the Public Handicapper editors give us a challenging Pick 4 sequence at Belmont Park, capped off by a Grade 2 Suburban that's stacked for the Stars and Stripes Festival.I'm skipping the first one -- Race 7, the Belmont Oaks
    via NJ Horseplayer on July 6, 2019 11:47 am
  • “The most beautiful day” for trainer Jim Bond, his friends, and family
    JIM BOND HAS BEEN TRAINING horses for 40 years. He’s won dozens of graded stakes races, including the Whitney Handicap, the Travers Stakes, the Metropolitan Handicap, and the Donn Handicap. But after his 3-year-old Rinaldi won the New York Stallion Stakes Spectacular Bid Division June 23 at Belmont Park, he
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on July 5, 2019 11:13 pm
  • Suburban Stakes Latest Example of Weight Loss
    With the Suburban "Stakes," once one the most prestigious races in the country when it was a handicap, being run July 6 I have to ask this question. When was the last time you used weight among your criteria for greatness? I am sure most of you never have. Although
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on July 5, 2019 9:32 am
  • Creating opportunities for women in racing
    A random comment during a conversation last week with a young woman working in the racing industry was an eye-opener, and led to me taking action. For some time now I’ve thought about creating a group for women working in racing which would allow them to network and provide mentoring
    via Racing Thoughts on July 4, 2019 8:30 pm
  • Dolkong Back In Korea And Back On Top In Mayor’s Cup
    Dolkong returned in sensational style last Sunday, storming home late to win the Busan Mayor’s Cup (KOR G2), his first race back in Korea since his Dubai World Cup Carnival heroics earlier this year. The five-year-old only returned to full training earlier this month but having looked well when winning
    via Horse Racing in Korea on July 3, 2019 10:10 pm
    American Thoroughbred horse trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame in 2011. An excerpt from his biographical sketch reads: “Major races won by Hollendorfer horses include three runnings of the Kentucky Oaks with Lite Light in 1991,
    via Horse Racing Business on July 3, 2019 6:00 am
  • Suffolk Downs’ Final, Final Finale
    If I had to choose a moment to remember from the last weekend of racing at Suffolk Downs what would it be? It could be T.D. Thornton’s final call: “They approach the quarter pole in the grand finale and they turn into the Suffolk Downs homestretch for the final time
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on July 1, 2019 8:26 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Sovereign
    In the story of Coolmore’s emergence as arguably the world’s most important stallion station, Kilsheelan Stud would barely merit a footnote. For a while this satellite stud was used to house a few of Coolmore’s National Hunt stallions, such as Executive Perk and Carlingford Castle, as well as some inexpensive
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on July 1, 2019 3:08 pm
  • Wetting My Whistle on Queen’s Plate Day
    After going winless in my Public Handicapper contest plays last Saturday, my attention is turned to Woodbine in Toronto, where the feature is the $1 million Queen's Plate, headlined by a promising three-year-old named Avie's Flatter.I'm going elsewhere in that one, landing on a 15-to-1 shot that's got some sneaky
    via NJ Horseplayer on June 29, 2019 2:38 pm
  • Taking Stock: Khozan Leads as 2YO Season Heats Up
    First-crop sires, headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), will be under the microscope as the 2-year-old season heats up, particularly at the marquee meets of Saratoga and Del Mar this summer. At this writing, Florida-based Journeyman Stud’s Khozan (Distorted Humor) leads TDN’s freshman sire list (see
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on June 28, 2019 3:38 pm
    On June 27th, the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors voted unanimously to keep the 2019 event at Santa Anita despite 30 horse fatalities since late December 2018. By this action, the Board is taking on the obvious risk of a having a breakdown in the glare of international attention. But
    via Horse Racing Business on June 28, 2019 10:41 am
  • Long awaited win was a memorable one
    When I first started this blog a few years back, my intention was to write about the good news stories and the quirky things which make our industry so unique. Along with the good and quirky though, came the absolutely dire and dreadful and, in the way of bad news,
    via Racing Thoughts on June 27, 2019 10:30 pm
  • round table’s male line is not entirely gone, as monongahela wins iselin
    Have you wondered whatever happened to Round Table in pedigrees, especially in the male line? He all but disappeared; so it is all the more interesting to note that the winner of the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth on June 22 was won by Monongahela, a male-line
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 27, 2019 9:28 am
  • Why Attack Horseracing Now? And Why Santa Anita?
    After countless hit pieces in the national media, and just as many articles in the horse racing media flogging the sport and the people in it – finally someone has the courage (and the facts) to tell the truth: Par for the course in America these days it
    via ThoroEdge Equine Performance on June 27, 2019 8:04 am
  • Shamardal Makes Impact at Royal Ascot
    ShamardalRoyal Ascot has come and gone and with it brought many storylines to last us until 2020 with multiple stallions having much success, both new and old. In today’s blog, I look at eight different interesting points that we were left with when the Queen headed home after the final
    via All Equine All the Time on June 25, 2019 3:10 pm
  • A New Life For Wiley
    Thoroughbred racing has changed quite a lot over the years, some for better, some for worse. But one of the ways it definitely has changed for the better is the number of horses who have found new homes following their retirement, some discovering hidden talents and given a second career.All
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on June 24, 2019 4:18 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Stradivarius
    It was Shamardal who took the honours as the top stallion at Royal Ascot, with his four successes, and while I have no desire to detract from the achievements of a stallion who has already been featured twice in this column this year following the successes of Blue Point (Ire)
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on June 24, 2019 11:12 am
  • Arcadia to Ascot, Worlds Apart
    This was supposed to be a whimsical piece; the lead already written: “I have a confession to make. I’m an Ascot weenie and I have no intention of apologizing for how much I loved not only the racing but the pomp and circumstance, too…” Like the old Keeneland tagline, this
    via Pricci’s On the Line on June 23, 2019 7:19 pm
    About a week ago, I saw a classified ad in the Blood-Horse magazine offering to re-sell a clubhouse box for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. This got me thinking how much trouble it would be to untangle business arrangements if the Breeders’ Cup board of directors were to
    via Horse Racing Business on June 23, 2019 4:12 pm
  • plenty of ‘mo’ mentum for 3yo contender king for a day
    Uncle Mo’s offspring earned more headlines than money over the weekend with victories by Miss Mo Mentum in the Grade 3 Trillium Stakes at Woodbine and by King for a Day in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth. The latter race, in particular, made headlines across all media because a
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 22, 2019 9:04 am
  • Ollie’s Candy a Lock in Wilshire: Public Handicapper Picks
    A week after nailing a $13.80 winner and three of my alternate selections won their races, this weekend's Public Handicapper card isn't nearly as strong as last week's that featured an intriguing Stephen Foster Stakes evening card at Churchill Downs.The editors had the unenviable task of slim pickings, and nothing
    via NJ Horseplayer on June 21, 2019 11:20 pm
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