• Breeders Cup Distaff Top 5
      With Songbird's retirement, I thought it would make sense to come out with updated Breeders' Cup Distaff Rankings. My Top 5 is listed below. I haven't placed the 5 fillies and mares in order of preference. Instead, I've just listed them. All 5 figure to prep one more time
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on September 13, 2017 6:09 pm
  • Gary West
    Gary West has had great success as a hospital administrator, running a private equity firm and in particular in the field of telecommunications. Along with his wife Mary, West founded the West Corporation in 1985, which went on to become one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the
    via TDN Podcasts on September 13, 2017 2:48 pm
  • Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries
    When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly's veterinary reports on Facebook to help fans understand the reasons for her departure. Those reports, from the office of Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood
    via Paulick Report Features on September 13, 2017 2:46 pm
  • The Ts That Bind: Horses, Family, and Saratoga
    editor’s note: I asked Teresa to write about returning to a summer of racing at Saratoga after a first half of the year that included being diagnosed with–and treatment for–cancer. She was trepidatious at first, but gradually found the words among shared experiences with family and the horses. I’m glad she
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on September 13, 2017 12:40 pm
  • In Search of the True Milers
    On September 23, the grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park will be the main event of the day, standing alone for the first time, rather than lost in the morass of grade 1 stakes that used to be known as Breeders’ Cup Preview Day. That may seem to have
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 13, 2017 11:49 am
  • Spinaway and Debutante feature a tale of two fillies from different sides of the sales ring
    Two talented fillies with radically different sales histories became Grade 1 winners on opposite ends of the country on Sept. 2. A sales ring star with a $650,000 price tag at Fasig-Tipton‘s Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, Moonshine Memories (by Malibu Moon) won the Del Mar Debutante. At Saratoga, not only
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 13, 2017 7:37 am
  • September 12, 2017
    How are they settling in? A little update on new resident Johannesburg Smile and old favorite Archie’s Echo. Johannesburg Smile Archie’s Echo with his new paddock mates, Early Pioneer and Dinard Johannesburg Smile, who arrived at the farm in August, completed the standard quarantine for new arrivals with flying colors.
    via Old Friends on September 12, 2017 9:40 pm
  • Check Out Vin Rogers’s Book on Amazon
    One of our regular Horseplayer Monthly contributors, Vin Rogers, has a book available for order on Amazon that was published this July.  Titled Horseracing From the Inside Out: Owning, Training, and Betting Thoroughbreds, it is available for purchase here.   In addition to his regular contributions to Horseplayer Monthly, Vin's
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on September 12, 2017 3:42 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: September 12, 2017
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK talk about the racing from Kentucky Downs and Belmont over the weekend. Plus, the results of the Paddock Bar elections and stories of voodoo (and poor punctuation) in the Del Mar Stewards' room. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in
    via DRF Players Podcast on September 12, 2017 2:57 pm
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Trip Notes 9/12/17 Racing resumed at Belmont this past weekend, and we have a pair of races to go over from there. We’ll also pay a visit to Kentucky Downs and review a race from Wednesday’s card. Wednesday Kentucky Downs Race 8: #2 FLATLINED FLATLINED was off last in the Tourist Mile, Wednesday’s feature
    via Danonymous Racing on September 12, 2017 9:58 am
  • The 15-30 Takeout Solution
    If the clown in the White House can a make a deal with ineffectual Congressional Democrats, then surely racing’s stakeholders can compromise and find a solution to the parimutuel takeout problem. The problem of course is that it’s too high. It’s just one of several issues why lifetime horseplayers are
    via Pricci’s On the Line on September 12, 2017 6:25 am
  • Oppenheim: An “Extra-Special” Day of Selling at Keeneland
    In last year’s three-day Book 1, 607 yearlings were catalogued, of which 346 were listed sales, for a gross of $120 million (average $347,471). Two years ago, in 2015, there were 724 catalogued, of which 443 sold (average $303,072). Yesterday, from 167 yearlings catalogued in the new-look Book 1, 95
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on September 11, 2017 10:44 pm
  • Fasig-Tipton’s Turf Showcase Sale
    With lots of well-heeled European, Middle Eastern and Asian buyers in town for the million-dollar yearlings in Book 1 of the Keeneland September sale -- which started today -- the number two auction company, Fasig-Tipton, tried something new. It held a "turf showcase" yearling sale last night, aimed specifically at
    via The Business of Racing on September 11, 2017 4:42 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Verbal Dexterity
    Back in April 2009, I began a TDN article on the G3 Greenham S. winner Vocalised by saying that: “Jim Bolger isn’t a trainer hidebound by convention. For a start, he subscribes to the rather old-fashioned theory that racehorses are meant to race frequently if they are fit and well.
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on September 11, 2017 12:49 pm
  • Kentucky Downs is a (Glorious) Struggle
    If there's something we learned about Kentucky Downs - other than the miraculous handle growth - is that comments from people like Rob are very common. Nice to have someone on here who is engaging and takes all the body blows for KD like @ceejayjohnsen does. Not gonna lie, I've
    via Pull the Pocket on September 11, 2017 11:03 am
  • Guest column: Unbreakable Bond
    Take notes they said. Record or write down all the stories he tells you. When people told me that as I was growing older, I never fully understood the weight behind it. “He’s 75, he’s forgotten more than most people in this game will ever learn,” we’d say.
    via This is Horse Racing on September 11, 2017 9:03 am
  • 9-11-2001
    In remembrance of the many victims of the 9-11-2001 attacks.  Bless them and their families.  
    via Horse Racing Business on September 11, 2017 7:32 am
  • 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 5
    The 2017 Breeders' Cup is less than 8 weeks away. It's time to come out with my 2017 BC Classic Top 5. I'm not ready to rank these horses yet. I've got a lot of handicapping to do before I do that. I did put them in the order that
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on September 10, 2017 1:06 pm
  • OptixEQ Handicaps Kentucky Downs for September 10, 2017
    Today's picks for our #1 rated racetrack Kentucky Downs by Emily Gullikson are now available.  After a record-setting handle day on Saturday, there are ten more races today, including a pair of stakes races - the Dueling Grounds Oaks and the Dueling Grounds Derby.  This is the penultimate day of
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on September 10, 2017 11:57 am
  • OptixEQ Handicaps Kentucky Downs for September 9, 2017
    Today's picks for our #1 rated racetrack Kentucky Downs by Emily Gullikson are now available.  Today's program at Kentucky Downs has ten races and features four stakes events to round out the card, including the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes, a Grade 3 event. KENTUCKY DOWNS 9-09-17 SELECTIONS:R1:
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on September 9, 2017 11:55 am
  • Sires To Watch: First-Crop Sires at September Lexington Sales
    Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) was last year's Keeneland topper at $3 million. He broke his maiden last month.While summer yearling sales always provide highlights for first-crop stallion ads, the Keeneland September yearling sale seems to be more of an overall indicator of their reception with the quality of the yearlings on
    via All Equine All the Time on September 8, 2017 11:32 pm
  • IS THERE A PLACE FOR POWERFUL FEMALE EXECUTIVES IN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY?
    By Hans Ebert@hanseberthk It was a simple enough question: Is there a role for women in horse racing other than being jockeys, trainers, stable hands, television presenters, owners and being part of fashions in the field? Is there a seat for women at the executive table with decision making powers?
    via RacingB*tch on September 8, 2017 9:32 pm
  • The Power of the Horse
    Having been involved in horse racing for 50 years, 48 of them professionally, I naturally have amassed many memories, from the magnificent champions to the spectacular and heart-pounding victories. Witnessing the grace, power, brilliance, and most of all courage of the Thoroughbred is a gift that should be cherished. But
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 8, 2017 2:40 pm
  • Time To Write
    It’s about 4:40 in the afternoon Travers Day and the field is heading from the paddock to the track for the Grade 1 Sword Dancer. I’m covering the race for The Saratoga Special and I’m fixated on the Aiden O’Brien runner Idaho.
    via This is Horse Racing on September 8, 2017 8:12 am
  • LOOKING FOR AUDREY HEPBURN
    By Hans Ebert@hanseberthk The conversation was about how during, especially the Fifties, so many American actresses somehow adopted very British accents- almost posh. Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn come to mind. I guess it gave them a “class distinction”. But then again, both actresses radiated class. Grace Kelly and Audrey
    via RacingB*tch on September 8, 2017 6:08 am
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