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- THE AUSTRALIA-HONG KONG IMPASSE (AND THE ROARING SILENCE)By Hans Ebert@hanseberthk There’s a roaring silence amongst the racing media in the land Down Under surrounding the “temporary” suspension of exporting horses from Australia to Hong Kong- and vice versa- and what this really means and where it can lead. If one didn’t know better, we’d think the story
- If At First You DO Succeed, Try, Try AgainFortunately for The Stronach Group, they never seem to run out of carbon paper. Put another way, if you build it better, they will come. Horsemen will come for sure, and horseplayers will follow, once they are assured they will be getting the best bang for their betting bucks: Big
- HERE COMES THE CHAN MAN- JOCKEY ALFRED CHANIn recent seasons, we have seen local apprentices return to Hong Kong, and, like some racing scribes have been known to do- along with the HKJC- where there’s almost a desperation to find new racing heroes, some have suffered from premature ejaculation and jumped aboard The Hype Bandwagon. Who
- Derby Trail Tracker: Will Favorites Continue to Win?The Kentucky Derby Trail is already heating up and it’s still the dead of winter on the east coast! 2018 has gotten off to a very good start. McKinzie and Mask both emerged as top Derby prospects during the first weekend of the year, winning the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa
- new kentucky sires for 2018, part 1The breeding market is increasingly segmented between the “in-demand” set of stallions who will be covering large books of select mares during the 2018 breeding season and the “rest.” The breakover point in stallion pricing between those heavily in demand is approximately $15,000, and the stallion prospects for 2018 who
- Ten Emerging Names on the 2018 KY Derby TrailNow that the excess of Thanksgiving Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years are completed, we can start the Kentucky Derby hype. Like their teenage human counterparts, juvenile colts can develop overnight. A lanky, scrawny goofball in December can mature into a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender by April. Most years, juvenile
- Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, January 9, 2018Trip Notes 1/9/18 The trips column is back after a holiday hiatus! We’ll backtrack a little bit, covering the cross-country action from the last two weeks of racing as we look for potential price plays to bet on next time they run. Saturday, 12/30/17 Santa Anita Race 9: #14
- 2018 Pegasus World Cup Updated Top 5 ContendersMarch 28, 2015: Scenes from Gulfstream Park on Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Liz Lamont/ESW/CSM With about 19 days away, the field for the 2018 Pegasus World Cup has begun to take shape. The last I heard is that 11 of the 12 spots have
- Pedigree Insights: MaskThe New Year may be little more than a week old, but the Kentucky Derby hype machine is already cranking into action, thanks to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mask‘s highly impressive romp in the Mucho Macho Man S. Incidentally, the race is named after a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who finished
- Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Faraway FarmThe lasting legacy of Faraway Farm is certainly its time as home to the great Man o' War, who lived on the property off Russell Cave Road north of Lexington, Ky. The land's history goes beyond the throngs of visitors who flocked to Big Red's stall, however. The acreage that
- Hovdey: In 97 years, brushes with royalty and deathJohn Shear will celebrate his 97th birthday on Jan. 17. I know this because Shear mentioned the fact last weekend as he was performing his duties at the west end of the Santa Anita Park paddock, where he mans the ropes and rails as the official crossing guard who keeps
- Sparkman: Cicatrix adds glitter to Violence’s first cropIn the big-book era of Thoroughbred breeding, first-crop success for a young stallion is more important than ever. If a sire's first 2-year-olds, which race during a stallion's fourth season at stud, fail to win stakes races, the number of mares craters for season five, and in too many cases
- No Change: 2017 Multimedia Eclipse Results StandAfter sending the matter back to the judges, the “questions that were raised” about the 2017 audio/multimedia Eclipse-winning work, Barbara Livingston’s “Chasing Man o’ War’s Ghost,” published on Daily Racing Form, were deemed not to warrant a disqualification. The Eclipse Awards steering committee released a statement on Sunday that this
- PR Special Keeneland January: American Pharoah’s First YearlingsThe Paulick Report in once again pleased to offer a special print publication available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss shares attitudes and perspectives from trainers in Great Britain about
- “About” Time for a Change at Gulfstream ParkHorseplayers who encounter 7.5-furlong races on the grass at Gulfstream are being kept in the dark about a couple of fundamental facts: The timed part of the races is being called “about” seven and one-half furlongs when in fact it …
- Monsters Unmasked from Coast to CoastOn Cross-Country-Saturday, the rich just kept getting richer. At Santa Anita, McKinzie, saddled by 2017 Eclipse Award finalist Bob Baffert, made short work of the Sham Stakes field, cruising to victory in the West Coast’s first stop on the Kentucky Derby Trail. At Gulfstream Park, Mask, saddled by 2017 Eclipse
- Watchmaker: Nice to see Derby prospects racing in JanuaryIn a point in time when there seems to be a contest to see how infrequently good horses can race, it is a welcomed development that legitimate Kentucky Derby candidates are competing in these initial days of January, some four months out from the first leg of the Triple Crown.
- Putting Up the Inquiry SignIt has been four days since it was announced the Daily Racing Form won a 2017 Eclipse Multimedia Award for a piece primarily created by photographer Barbara Livingston, and four days since I pointed out the apparent reuse of a 2010 blog post about Man o’ War by Livingston in
- The Great Jack Van Berg Passes Away at 81National Racing Hall of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg passed away this past Dec. 28 at the age of 81. Per BloodHorse, he had been hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, due to complications from caner. Van Berg made it into the hall of fame in 1985.
- Media Eclipse Controversies, Then and NowPedigree expert Sid Fernando has a deep memory and a willingness to publicly recall past, less-than-wonderful, episodes in recent racing history, qualities that make him a good source for adding context to current, less-than-wonderful, episodes in racing. Late last night, Fernando was bringing some perspective to the questions about Barbara
- Hovdey: Navigating Eclipse Awards’ gray watersIn order to be eligible for an Academy Award, a movie must comply with a long list of requirements laid out by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. A feature film must be at least 40 minutes in length. At the very least,
- Some Random Derby Thoughts as the Dozen Draws NearThe field of runners embarking on the 2018 Kentucky Derby trail, have gathered, like the massive throng on the Verrazano Bridge before the start of the New York Marathon, and they are now five days into their annual assault on Churchill Downs that will involve four months of blissful torture
- BUTCH AND SUNDANCE AND JOAO MOREIRA, GAME CHANGERIt was reminiscent of the sheriff who had decided to hang up his guns for a while to stare at the cacti against the purple sky of the prairie deciding that, aw shucks, it’s time to return to Dodge City. And so it was that with a nonchalant shrug of
- 2017 Eclipse-Winning Work Reuses 2010 TextAlmost all of Livingston's 2010 Man o' War piece appears in her 2017 Eclipse-winning Man o' War story. There is no note on https://t.co/pjZMyfCRW5 that the text was previously published. Was the reused copy known to the judges? @DRFInsidePost @NTWAB pic.twitter.com/sYdTQFEoWr — Jessica Chapel (@railbird) January 3, 2018 It
- More About Joyce Goldschmidt BachnerStories and reminiscences about the Maryland-based horsewoman profiled in "The hardest working exercise boy at Pimlico is a girl.”