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  • View From The Eighth Pole: Who Wins From Sports Betting?
    We woke up in a different world today. Yesterday, outside of the state of Nevada, the only legal “sports” betting in the United States was on horse racing. Today, or more realistically in the coming months and years, Americans will be able to bet on baseball, basketball, football and hockey,
    via Paulick Report Features on May 15, 2018 8:43 am
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    Trip Notes 5/15/18 Turf racing is front-and-center in this week’s trips column. We’ll take a look at two races from Thursday at Belmont before segueing to Churchill.   Thursday Belmont Race 4: #5 ELENZEE ELENZEE showed an unusual amount of early zip in this one, setting a hot pace and nearly holding
    via Danonymous Racing on May 15, 2018 1:39 am
  • A Time for Mercy and Second Chances
    It’s axiomatic that times have changed and not for the better. More than at any time in our history, acrimony and discord are the order of the day. Resultantly, recidivism is beating re-assimilation to the finish line in too many instances. New York State’s #1 citizen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, recognizing
    via Pricci’s On the Line on May 14, 2018 9:57 pm
  • Hovdey: Hard time for hardware and other Woodlawn lore
    The 158-year-old Woodlawn Vase, symbolic of victory in the Preakness Stakes, is commonly valued at $1 million. That's nice round number assuring 
    via Daily Racing Form on May 14, 2018 3:58 pm
  • Op/Ed: Read This
    by John Phillips Read this. No, seriously, if you care for Thoroughbred racing at all and especially if you work or are invested in Thoroughbred racing or any of the many parts that surround it–click here and read this. Is this article unbalanced? Balance was not even attempted. Is the
    via TDN Op/Ed on May 14, 2018 1:51 pm
  • 2018 Preakness news, analysis, and more
    The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the ... DERBY FINISH, BEYER, JAY PRIVMAN AND MIKE WATCHMAKER COMMENTS.
    via Jay Privman – Daily Racing Form on May 14, 2018 1:40 pm
  • 2018 Preakness news, analysis, and more
    The following is a list of DRF resources and content related to the ... DERBY FINISH, BEYER, JAY PRIVMAN AND MIKE WATCHMAKER COMMENTS.
    via Daily Racing Form on May 14, 2018 1:40 pm
  • One Trend Against Justify in 2018 Preakness Stakes
    As Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Justify prepares for the May 19 Preakness Stakes (G1), he has plenty of trends in his favor, including Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's amazing record of winning the Baltimore classic each of the four times he's entered the Derby winner.But
    via Keeping Pace on May 14, 2018 1:36 pm
  • U. S. SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN SPORTS-BETTING BAN
    On Monday (May 14, 2018), the U. S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law (The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) that prohibited states from offering sports betting, with the exceptions of Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon, which prior to 1992 had laws allowing sports betting. In 2011,
    via Horse Racing Business on May 14, 2018 12:13 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Olmedo
    History has an intriguing habit of repeating itself, with the latest instance concerning the former Aidan O’Brien champions Giant’s Causeway and Declaration of War. Giant’s Causeway retired to Coolmore after ending his career with a highly admirable neck second to Tiznow in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt. He
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on May 14, 2018 11:02 am
  • Has the Preakness Become the Tougher Jewel to Win?
    Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography For years, in the 1980's and 1990's, the Kentucky Derby appeared to be the hardest of the three Triple Crown races to win. Favorites languished in the Kentucky Derby. It took forever for a favorite to win the Derby. Then,
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on May 13, 2018 5:20 pm
  • Good Ideas Make Fans Happy; Poorly Timed Job Actions Do Not
    It’s probably just the nature of the game but I can’t understand how a few small pockets of resistance still remain vis a vis the Kentucky Derby points-system qualifier. By anyone’s objective measure, the current method has been an unqualified success. Consider: Six straight Derby-winning favorites is a clear indication
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on May 13, 2018 4:56 pm
  • Ecton Blade & Franco Da Silva Win The 2018 Korean Derby
    Ecton Blade (Ecton Park) won the 2018 Korean Derby at Seoul Racecourse Park on Sunday afternoon. Pics by Ross Holburt – Full report to follow.
    via Horse Racing in Korea on May 13, 2018 5:13 am
  • It’s Post Time by Jon White: He Justified Kentucky Derby Favoritisim – XBTV
    When American Pharoah in 2015 swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, he ended a 37-year streak in which there had been no Triple Crown winner. He became the first horse to achieve the coveted feat since Affirmed in 1978.
    via Pinboard on May 12, 2018 9:56 am
  • Recruitment
    Good luck and safe trips to all 22 horses owned, purchased or managed by Riverdee Stable and Clancy Bloodstock this weekend. That’s right, 22. From Nashville to Louisville to Unionville.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 12, 2018 9:27 am
  • Sad Over Broken Public Handicapper-NHC Ties
    As I write, enjoying my coffee after an excessively long workweek and about to get in some errands before this afternoon's live contest at Monmouth Park, it's with some sadness that I lack the motivation as I normally would to decipher this week's four races for the Public Handicapper Challenge.I've played
    via NJ Horseplayer on May 12, 2018 9:27 am
  • A Peter Pan pick
    0 Dan Illman The sun has set on the Apollo curse and undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify heads to Baltimore as a deserving odds-on favorite for next Saturday's Preakness.   The weather gods threw a curveball at the Bob Baffert-trained Justify with a soggy first Saturday in May, but
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on May 11, 2018 6:11 pm
  • May 11, 2018
    Living with horses means living with extreme highs and lows. Even as we celebrate the bright young stars in a remarkably strong group of three-year-olds now racing, we’re saddened by the loss of our retirees, Catlaunch at our Georgetown Farm, and Tour of the Cat at our Kentucky Downs location.
    via Old Friends on May 11, 2018 2:02 pm
  • Kentucky Derby: exercise riders are often black or female. Why aren’t the jockeys? | TRC
    When the starting colts paraded onto the muddy track for last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, all were ridden by men. Eleven of the men were Latin American or Hispanic, eight were white. We’ve grown so used to this sight that it’s easy to imagine no one else is capable of handling
    via Pinboard on May 11, 2018 8:38 am
  • BOB BAFFERT: IN THE GOAT CONVERSATION
    In organized sports, elite achievers throughout their careers are voted into a Hall of Fame, or will be enshrined once they retire.  These are the greats whose names are immortalized. However, reaching a consensus on the GOAT, or the “Greatest of All Time” is an impossible task, as greats from different eras
    via Horse Racing Business on May 11, 2018 7:00 am
  • Leading jockey Jack Doyle
    He leads the 2018 National Steeplechase Associaton standings, less than two years after breaking his pelvis in a wicked fall at Belmont Park. The regular jockey of stakes horses Modem, Lyonnel and a few others for Elizabeth Voss and other trainers talks about his career and how he got here.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 10, 2018 11:12 pm
  • Curse of Apollo is dead but other streaks endure
    Justify put to rest the theory that a horse, who did not race as a 2-year-old, could win the Kentucky Derby. Other streaks endure, most notably that the winner of the Derby is likely to be a horse who goes into the race undefeated as a 3-year-old. Justify was the
    via Ante Post on May 10, 2018 8:01 pm
  • Throwback Thursday: Lonesome Glory and the 1995 Iroquois
    No lesson in recent steeplechase history would be complete without a look at one of the best ever – five-time champion Lonesome Glory. In the 1990s, nobody was better and his 1995 campaign was one of the best ever by an American steeplechaser.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 10, 2018 6:05 pm
  • Common Threads Link Derby & Guineas Weekend Winners
    Last weekend was a big one for racing on both sides of the Atlantic as the first major classic races of the year took place in England and the United States. As is usually the case, the classics weren’t the only stakes races on their respective cards with 20 blacktype
    via All Equine All the Time on May 10, 2018 12:51 pm
  • Coordinating post times across America would be worth millions | TRC
    There’s nothing in racing quite like the size of the crowd on Kentucky Derby day. Last year, 158,070 people packed Churchill Downs to watch Always Dreaming win the Run for the Roses, and on Saturday, despite the rain, nearly as many - 157,813 - were there to see Justify’s magnificent
    via Pinboard on May 10, 2018 8:13 am
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