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    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
    via RacingB*tch on January 9, 2018 5:43 pm
  • If At First You DO Succeed, Try, Try Again
    Fortunately 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
    via Pricci’s On the Line on January 9, 2018 4:59 pm
    In 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
    via RacingB*tch on January 9, 2018 4:39 pm
  • 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
    via Racing Dudes on January 9, 2018 3:44 pm
  • new kentucky sires for 2018, part 1
    The 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
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 9, 2018 1:44 pm
  • Ten Emerging Names on the 2018 KY Derby Trail
    Now 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
    via Pedigree Power on January 9, 2018 1:05 am
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    Trip 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
    via Danonymous Racing on January 8, 2018 11:22 pm
  • 2018 Pegasus World Cup Updated Top 5 Contenders
    March 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
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on January 8, 2018 4:26 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Mask
    The 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
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on January 8, 2018 3:48 pm
  • Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Faraway Farm
    The 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
    via Paulick Report Features on January 8, 2018 3:24 pm
  • Hovdey: In 97 years, brushes with royalty and death
    John 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
    via Daily Racing Form on January 8, 2018 3:03 pm
  • Sparkman: Cicatrix adds glitter to Violence’s first crop
    In 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
    via John Sparkman on January 8, 2018 11:30 am
  • No Change: 2017 Multimedia Eclipse Results Stand
    After 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
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on January 8, 2018 10:30 am
  • PR Special Keeneland January: American Pharoah’s First Yearlings
    The 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
    via Paulick Report Features on January 8, 2018 9:25 am
  • “About” Time for a Change at Gulfstream Park
    Horseplayers 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 …
    via Feedly on January 8, 2018 12:00 am
  • Monsters Unmasked from Coast to Coast
    On 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
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on January 7, 2018 9:15 pm
  • Watchmaker: Nice to see Derby prospects racing in January
    In 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.
    via Daily Racing Form on January 7, 2018 10:56 am
  • Putting Up the Inquiry Sign
    It 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
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on January 7, 2018 10:16 am
  • The Great Jack Van Berg Passes Away at 81
    National 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.
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on January 6, 2018 2:37 pm
  • Media Eclipse Controversies, Then and Now
    Pedigree 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
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on January 6, 2018 11:00 am
  • Hovdey: Navigating Eclipse Awards’ gray waters
    In 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,
    via Daily Racing Form on January 5, 2018 3:48 pm
  • Some Random Derby Thoughts as the Dozen Draws Near
    The 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
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 5, 2018 2:00 pm
    It 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
    via RacingB*tch on January 5, 2018 12:51 pm
  • 2017 Eclipse-Winning Work Reuses 2010 Text
    Almost all of Livingston's 2010 Man o' War piece appears in her 2017 Eclipse-winning Man o' War story. There is no note on that the text was previously published. Was the reused copy known to the judges? @DRFInsidePost @NTWAB — Jessica Chapel (@railbird) January 3, 2018 It
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on January 5, 2018 12:23 pm
  • More About Joyce Goldschmidt Bachner
    Stories and reminiscences about the Maryland-based horsewoman profiled in "The hardest working exercise boy at Pimlico is a girl.”
    via Raceday 360 on January 5, 2018 10:21 am
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