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- superstar frankel also delivers the goods at studSo, how is the unbeaten superhorse Frankel doing at stud? Right nicely, since you asked. Only his sire Galileo would garner higher praise among most breeders and assessors of bloodstock in Europe, and on Oct. 12, the burly young sire notched his tenth Group 1 winner when Juddmonte Farms’s Quadrilateral
- Pedigree Insights: Donjuan TriumphantCompeting against the might of Coolmore and Kildangan can never be easy, but the shrewd Ballylinch Stud operation manages better than most, as last week’s action reminded us. Lope de Vega’s Group 1-winning Australian son Santa Ana Lane just missed out on the huge first prize when beaten half a
- Wicklow BraveIrish trainer Willie Mullins answered his phone on the third ring. Maybe the second. I was impressed. A late-afternoon call from America was probably not high on his list of things to manage last Thursday, but he answered and we talked for 10 minutes. If we hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t
- Far Hills Dreaming“Can you come on the show…?”
- Taking Stock: Constitution is New Star for WinStarConstitution, by Tapit from Baffled, by Distorted Humor, is the new rising star in the WinStar stallion barn. As of Thursday, Constitution was ranked second behind American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) on the first-crop sire list with less than $25,000 separating the two as the high-dollar and game-changing Breeders’
- An open letter from Patrick Cummings of the Thoroughbred Idea FoundationThe following open letter was penned by Pactick Cummings of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation and was published at the following link on October 17, 2019: https://racingthinktank.com/blog/letter-west-virginia-and-racings-failure-properly-administer-itself The following is an open letter from Patrick Cummings, Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: West Virginia’s
- Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/17/19Mike and Mike talk harness racing every Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Chad Rozema, Derick Giwner, and Brandon Bates. The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/17/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
- HOW MUCH U. S. EMPLOYMENT/UNEMPLOYMENT AFFECTS U. S. PARI-MUTUEL HANDLEThe U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for September 2019 was 3.5%, which is the best performance in half a century. Moreover, the unemployment rates for women and minorities are at historic lows and real wages continue to rise for the broad swath of people
- Op/Ed: We Hired Two MillennialsWe hired two millennials and it enriched my perspective. While I may be considered young, I caution that assumption as I am closer to 50 than 20, and hiring two individuals in their 20’s has given me great hope for our sport. At this time I will focus on one,
- 2019 MELBOURNE CUPAustralia’s Melbourne Cup is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. The race was first run in 1861 and became so popular that its raceday has been a public holiday in Victoria since 1877. The Melbourne Cup is always run on the first Tuesday in November, on the 5th this
- Horse Racing Innovation, a Task None too SmallI read an interesting article by the Atlantic's Derek Thompson on Thomas Edison yesterday. The article, summarizing a book on the amazing man's life, touched on something we've been hearing about for some time - the incubation of innovation, or lack of it of late.Back in the 1870's, Edison created
- maxfield is a huge endorsement for the godolphin program, both on top line and the bottomGodolphin is having a wonderful fall. Across the pond, their Irish-based stallion Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway) is having a phenomenal year with a trio of 2-year-old sons – Earthlight, Pinatubo, and Victor Ludorum – who have won Group 1 races, and here in the States at Darley‘s Jonabell stallion complex, hometown
- Pedigree Insights: QuadrilateralPerhaps one wouldn’t expect Wolverhampton’s all-weather track to have featured very often in Juddmonte’s extraordinary history, but the Dunstall Park circuit has indeed played its part. For example, it was over Wolverhampton’s Tapeta surface that Kingman’s son Emissary made a stylish debut three days ago, earning TDN Rising Star status
- Stakes Profile: Queen Elizabeth IIWhat kind of running style historically wins the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup? 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.
- Post Time w/ Mike and Mike 10/10/19Mike and Mike talk harness racing every Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Pete Venaglia, Ayers Ratliff, Ron Burke, and Yannick Gingras The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike 10/10/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
- PETA CAN’T BE ACCOMMODATEDSeaWorld opened a theme park in the Cleveland, Ohio-area suburb of Aurora in 1970 and permanently closed it in 2000. The land on which the park was located was dormant until now, when it is about to be developed for residential and commercial use. People for the Ethical Treatment of
- The Business of Horse Racing’s Zero ExpectationI saw a tweet last evening -Winogrand is a vocal, documented PETA opponent, yet takes the same stance. The equine body count will not be ignored by MSM & animal welfare advocates. https://t.co/bA3Kw5wcyv— Teresa Genaro (@BklynBckstretch) October 9, 2019 We've seen - since last spring - many tweets or articles
- Carlos Martin Ready for BC SpotlightThere are times when you just can’t help root for a horse, a trainer, or an owner. When you look at trainer Carlos Martin about to embark on the Breeders’ Cup trail with the brilliant filly Come Dancing, there are a number of thoughts that run through your head, at
- Pedigree Insights: Victor LudorumIt isn’t just the common law legal system which likes a precedent. Breeders love one too, to the extent that many prefer to have the reassurance that a mating represents a proven nick. However, when it comes to close inbreeding, such reassurance isn’t usually there to be found. Consequently, it
- Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Bill MottThe one you have been waiting for, the one we have been waiting for, the Bill Mott Stable Tour. In an annual tradition, Sean Clancy walked with the Hall of Famer, opening up screens, leaning over runners to meet Mott’s 30 horses stabled on the Oklahoma training track Friday morning.
- Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Barclay TaggRobin Smullen answered with the perfect two-word reply.
- mongolian groom defies his odds, not his pedigree, and becomes another g1 winner bred by calumet farmWhen Mongolian Groom overturned the applecart in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita, the dark bay gelding produced a proper upset. The son of Hightail (by Mineshaft) started at odds of 25.4-1, the second-longest in the field, and longershot Isotherm finished last. Mongolian Groom, in contrast, finished 2 ¼
- Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Phil BauerPhil Bauer is winding down his third summer in upstate New York before he heads back to Churchill Downs. A former assistant to Ken McPeek, Bauer is the private trainer for Richard and Tammy Rigney’s Rigney Racing. (Originally published in Aug. 29 digital issue of The Saratoga Special)
- Letting Go of a LifelineI’ve come to realize that I need to redefine my relationship with horse racing. Losing my job at the Maryland Jockey Club was one of the most soul-crushing experiences of my life, and I’m grateful for it because that failure made me realize that I had tied my entire identity
- Stakes Profile: Joe Hirsch Turf ClassicWhat kind of running style historically wins the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic? 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.