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- Caulfield Examines French Classic Winner Persian KingThe great Frankel had a very good time with his third-crop 3-year-olds last week, with no fewer than six of them winning or placing at black-type level. Three of them won, with Obligate coming home 3 1/2 lengths clear in the Prix des Lilas, Mehdaayih 4 1/2 lengths clear in
- Stakes Profile: PreaknessWhat kind of running style historically wins the Preakness? 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.
- HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO WIN THE AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN?Between 1948 and 1973, no horse won the Triple Crown. The drought was even longer between Affirm’s Triple Crown in 1978 and American Pharoah’s in 2015. But these 25-year and 37-year gaps are misleading because Triple Crown victories have come in bunches. Three horses won the Triple Crown in the
- Derby 145 Aftermath: What Bad Publicity?By John Pricci HALLANDALE BEACH--In the wake of the Maximum Security disqualification from first in Kentucky Derby 145, the chairman of an International Federation of Horseracing committee suggested that America’s foul adjudication process should be changed, more closely aligned with a process used worldwide. That standard, known as Category 1,
- The Iroquois over the YearsThe Iroquois. It came across our radar back in 1978 when Dad was told to win it for George Strawbridge Jr. It was his goal, his grail. Owhata Chief duly did.
- May 10, 2018Santona (1994-2019) The big mare herd isn’t at all the same without Santona. Chilean champion filly, dam of stakes winners, and boss mare extraordinaire, Santona mattered wherever she went and whatever she did. When her careers as racehorse, then mom, were done and owner Earle Mack enabled Santona’s retirement to
- Dominguez’s 360 Gentle Touch Riding Crop: Why It’s Different And How It Fits Into The Whip DebateIn the hubbub of the Kentucky Derby disqualification drama, replays and still images have been analyzed and watched thousands of times as viewers try to get a handle on Maximum Security's path of travel and the resulting domino effect. One thing people probably weren't looking at closely, however, was the
- 5 Ways to Fix the PreaknessThere's been a lot of hand wringing lately about the Preakness. People are worried about soft fields, trainers who need a small epoch to have their charges ready to run back, and other things.Fortunately that's what I'm here for.No, I'm not going to focus on moving the race out a
- Let’s Not Forget Country HouseSomeday, hopefully in the not too distant future, all the anger, pain, frustration, and feuding that resulted from the 2019 Kentucky Derby will at least dissipate to the point where we can all move on. For some, like Gary and Mary West, Jason Servis, Luis Saez and all those who
- Broodmare Watch: HercatwillfooluRonney Brown trainee Hercatwillfoolu has hit the board in ten of her sixteen lifetime starts, and rarely puts in a poor effort. This daughter of Discreet Cat is out of the stakes-winning Saarland mare Saarlight, who also produced stakes winner Lunar Gaze (by Malibu Moon). Saarlight’s stakes-winning half-sister Currency Quest,
- The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Five Questions On The Kentucky Derby DQ ControversyIt's been a wild week in the horse racing industry, to put it mildly, and The Friday Show responds with a lively discussion befitting the moment. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick answer a series of “inquiries” about what happened with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of winner Maximum Security Saturday, whether
- Combating the lies of the anti-racing brigadeLast Sunday, after watching the disappointing coverage of the Kentucky Derby, I decided to join a crew of work colleagues at the races at Trentham and catch some live racing. An unseasonably temperate afternoon attracted a smattering of families assembled on the grass along with others like us, who fell
- The Reseller Betting EcosystemReselling, affiliate selling, whatever you'd like to call it is alive and well in pretty much every free enterprise business. This was on display yesterday as Fox Sports inked a deal with an existing gambling company to provide a betting app under their huge name brand.This will be one of
- DQ is justifiable but still a terrible decisionRacing's horrible year reached its nadir with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security. If you adhere to "a rule is a rule," it was justifiable. But if "a rule is a rule" were applied in every race, every day, there would be inquiries in almost every race and numerous
- Prat Falls Into Kentucky Derby WinnerThis is not merely the account of the agent. I have been texting with him and talking to him on the phone since January and following and chronicling every step of this, the ups and downs, as it happened. It is a behind the scenes look at a jockey and
- Ten minutes with a horseCalls to make. Calls to return. Bills to pay. Jobs to do. Stories to write. People to see. Answers to give. Questions to ask. Podcast episodes to schedule. E-mails to answer. Grass to cut. Kids to worry about. A plane to catch in a couple days. A knee that won’t
- PROPAGANDA ABOUT HORSE RACING MASQUERADING AS JOURNALISMA dictionary defines propaganda as “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” A great deal of what is held out as journalism today fits this description, with opinion often presented as hard news and objective analysis.
- My Two Cents On The Kentucky Derby DQThe Kentucky Derby is a throw the ref whistle away race. With 19 or 20 young horses going a mile and a quarter, you have to expect infractions. Throw in a wet track, and it is next to impossible not to have cutting off, herding, checking, etc. Watch any Derby
- Derby Deprived of One of its Greatest StoriesSeveral days have passed to allow the Kentucky Derby fiasco to sink in. We have had additional angles of the incident and a variety of opinions, some saying it was the right call and others saying it was a travesty. I guess that’s as far as it will go. First
- Pedigree Insights: Country HouseOh dear! When it comes to writing a column, I find it much easier if I admire the subject horse’s performance, but that’s not going to be the case today. As far as I could see, Country House was beaten fair and square by Maximum Security–who crossed the line nearly
- Calling John DeweyTwo days after the Kentucky Derby and about eight hours after Gary West went on the Today Show and further muddied the water, I found myself trying to explain Derby.
- If it was a #PetaDerby It was No Way to Do ItAndy Beyer in the Post today went through the machinations stews normally go through when deciding if they're going to place a horse back. It was a piece talking about what regulars know all too well, but for newer race-watchers, it was pure gold.One section caught my eye, and it's
- The Jersey ActIn late 1947, William Woodward was absent from the Gimcrack Dinner, held at York. Woodward was the guest of honor, having won the Gimcrack Stakes with Black Tarquin. The Gimcrack Dinner was described by J. Fairfax-Blakeborough in The Chronicle of the Horse as “an occasion for historic speeches, for the
- Change the Derby, the Crown. Sure, Be NimbleOn Saturday, Multiracewagers on twitter made a pretty neat point.Not that I expected any different..... the biggest golf tourney of the year moves tee times up 4 hours to finish ahead of weather. Biggest horse race of the year? Let's wait until weather hits and turns the track into a
- The DQBrought to you by BetPTC.com, the only ADW offering instant cash back. Before we begin discussing the disqualification of Maximum Security and the promotion of Country House to 1st place in the Kentucky Derby, some full disclosure for proper context is in order. I was wrong about several key horses