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- Horse Racing Hipster: Global CampaignSaturday’s third race at Gulfstream Park is a maiden special weight affair for newly-turned three-year-olds going seven furlongs. The morning line favorite in the race at 7/5 is the debuting Global Campaign for trainer Stanley Hough and owners Sagamore Racing and WinStar Farm. This $250,000 yearling is by Curlin and
- Tourney Talk- Saturday’s Santa Anita NHC QualifierAs I type this, I am supposed to be landing at Midway Airport in Chicago to compete in the Friday and Saturday NHC qualifiers at Hawthorne while seated at a table with adequate electrical outlets alongside July Hawthorne contest winner Steve Decaspers. But as you may have noticed from recent
- Silly season provides mixed (and slightly mad) mainstream media messagesWe are about to exit that twilight zone around Christmas and New Year, where the only way one knows what the date is depends upon which race day it is. As for knowing what day it is, that is a whole other drama. During the festive madness we have witnessed
- January 3, 2019Silver Ray, May 23, 1989 – January 1, 2019 We will miss Silver Ray. No question about that. We’ll miss the peaceful sight of him grazing in his paddock. We’ll miss how excited he used to get about meal times, trotting over snorting, sometimes even bucking. We’ll especially miss his
- Traffic is thick early on the road to LouisvilleOne of last year's few Grade 1 winning juveniles, Mind Control, has already launched his Derby campaign with a smart win in the Jerome. Other highly regarded newly turned 3-year-olds make their debuts Saturday on both coasts. Code of Honor, runner-up in the Champagne, gets back into action in the
- WHY BOB BAFFERT DESERVES THE ECLIPSE TRAINER AWARD FOR 2018The Eclipse award for trainer of the year may go to Chad Brown, who had a phenomenal 2018 and topped the earnings list, although he did not train the winner of a classic race. While Brown’s achievements are laudatory, my hands-down pick for the award would be Bob Baffert, who
- Kentucky Derby 2019 Pedigrees: 6 new prospects to watchThe next four to five months makes for an exciting time sorting out contenders from wannabees on the 2019 Kentucky Derby trail. The distance-challenged precocious babies won’t hold the edge over late bloomers as the 3-year-olds mature and race distances lengthen. The Kentucky Derby pedigree watch list will discuss stakes, allowance
- 2019 Derby Prep ScheduleIt’s 10 points towards the Derby gate for Mind Control, winner of the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day. With the start of the 2019 preps, the big Kentucky Derby prep schedule and results — which includes charts, replays, and speed figures — returns for another season.
- sir anthony stings fancied foes in harlan’s holiday and brings further acclaim to family of california chromeRacing up the rail as swift and slick as a greased pig through a chute, Sir Anthony (by Mineshaft) won the Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 15 under a gifted ride by jockey Brian Hernandez and defeated the odds-on favorite Audible (Into Mischief) by a
- Examining Pedigree Trends of 2018’s North American Grade 1 WinnersJustifyLast year was a year to remember for United States racing with an undefeated Triple Crown winner in Justify (Scat Daddy) and the future looking bright with talented 2-year-olds taking part in some of the 113 Grade 1 flat races taking place in North America. Today we look to see
- New Mindset for Derby DozenAnother Derby Dozen draws near and that means the same old formulated thinking and same old logic and same old historical perspectives, with only the names of the horses changing. Uh, not so fast. That had been my thinking every year since Derby Dozen began for Bloodhorse in 1999 and
- Ritvo Hopes Retouched Photos Gaffe Will Spur Whip-Use ReformAn internal marketing policy at The Stronach Group (TSG) designed to minimize imagery that shows whip usage in horse races resulted in unintended blowback to start the new year. But Tim Ritvo, the company’s chief operating officer, told TDN Wednesday that the company is owning up to its error in
- Horse Racing Resolutions, 1936Now is the time when people set their resolutions for the new year. The Library’s main resolutions for 2019 are: (1) Complete setup of the Library’s new Digital Repository (2) Catalog the periodicals collection Speaking of the periodicals project, we were going through some old copies of Thoroughbred Record to
- Today, the Game Renews Itself… Like AlwaysGlad we waited to cast our ballot until after the Grade 1 season official closed on Saturday, December 29. For us it made the difference in several classes, most notably the Eclipse Champion Trainer category and for some second and third place rankings. But before we consider what the coming
- My Eclipse Award BallotI thought I’d share with you all my Eclipse Award Ballot.Who am I kidding, Vladimr Putin has a better chance of getting an Eclipse Ballot. Hell, I don’t even know all the categories.But since I see everyone voting and I feel left out, here are my votes for the various
- ESCAPE TO GULFSTREAM PARKOnce the excitement and activity of the holiday season are over and the new year turns, January and winter up north have a way of dampening one’s outlook. For horseracing fans who live in the eastern time zone, a tried and true method of coping is to head way south
- 2018 down, 2019 to goI was driving back towards home from San Francisco today and was doing a lot of reflecting on the past year. I suppose that’s what we do today right? But it was fun to think back on what was truly an overall good year for me. In 2016 on this
- New York weakens rule that protected horsesUpdate: After completing this post, the Gaming Commission announced it would hold a meeting to discuss policy issues I had raised in comments to the regulation. Their meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 3 at 11:00 a.m. and can be seen on the Commission’s website. The New York State Gaming Commission
- December 31, 2018As an eventful year ends at Old Friends and a new year begins, winter deepens but so far we haven’t had much cold weather. Rainy days alternate with mostly overcast days, pleasant except for the mud. On rainy days the horses tend to snooze in their run-in sheds. On drier
- TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 1Story of the year? Like it or not – strangely some don’t seem to admit it – came and went in a pretty short stretch of time from February 18 to June 9. That’s exactly the stretch of time Justify went from unraced maiden looking to defy history to undefeated
- #1: the fifth annual Twelve Days of Curlin BabiesWelcome back to the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies, where we celebrate the twelve most memorable races from Curlin’s progeny throughout 2018. Through all the hundreds of races in which they ran this year, these are the ones to which my mind keeps wandering back. #12: Timeless Curls Marks Herself a
- Pedigree Insights: Bright Start for Cairo PrinceJudging by a list in an old edition of the American Racing Manual, taking the title of leading freshman sire has often been a stepping stone to even greater success. The list features the likes of Bold Ruler, Northern Dancer, Buckpasser, What A Pleasure, Raja Baba, Roberto, Mr. Prospector, Seattle
- #2: the fifth annual Twelve Days of Curlin BabiesWelcome back to the Twelve Days of Curlin Babies, where we celebrate the twelve most memorable races from Curlin’s progeny throughout 2018. Through all the hundreds of races in which they ran this year, these are the ones to which my mind keeps wandering back. #12: Timeless Curls Marks Herself a
- McKinzie and Oaks fillies’ smashing season-enders augurs well for ‘19McKinzie was as well thought of early in 2018 as his then unknown stablemate Justify. He demonstrated why by opening the Santa Anita season with an eye-catching romp in the Grade 1 Malibu. Bob Baffert mentioned the possibility of running back in the Pegasus and is definitely targeting the Dubai
- TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 2And then there were two. We’re down to the final pair of most popular stories according to you, our valuable readers, here at This Is Horse Racing. Any guesses what they’ll be? Certainly you’ve formulated an opinion following along for the better part of a week.