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- Taking Stock: From Retired Bleeder to Grade I Winner“Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” wrote the poet Emma Lazarus. Those words from a sonnet were later inscribed on the Statue of Liberty and are synonymous with the ethos of the United States of America. They are applicable to racing here
- It’s BC Classic or bust for Catholic BoyCatholic Boy's victories in the Penine Ridge and Belmont Derby on grass and the Travers on the main track have ignited speculation on where he might wind up on Breeders' Cup Day--the Dirt Mile, (Turf) Mile, Turf or Classic. However, unless there is a change of heart by his connections,
- More Poor Decisions from California OfficialsOnce again, California officials, the embarrassment of racing, have allowed justice to be delayed. Then when they finally acted it was essentially denied.
- Candy Ride Sires Another Grade 1 WinnerCandy Ride sired another Grade 1 victor after Game Winner took the 2018 Del Mar Futurity. The former Pacific Classic winner trained by Ronald McAnally has become one of the top sires in the United States. Lane's End's stud fee for Candy Ride is only $80,000. Based on how his
- best picked a ‘grand’ winner in son of into mischiefA wide-margin victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar confirmed the grand-looking bay colt Instagrand (by Into Mischief) is a force of significance among the current 2-year-olds racing on the West Coast, a group which appears freakishly loaded with quality and talent. In both his debut
- TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED HORSE RACING, THEN SAVED ITSteve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, recently wrote about “High Tech for Legacy Industries.” He said: “One of the amazing aspects of new technology is how it can be applied with awesome results to traditional ‘legacy’ industries.” As examples, Forbes pointed to Sam Walton’s pioneering use of mainframe computers and
- DRF Players Podcast: September 4, 20180 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK discuss the final weekend of the Del Mar and Saratoga meets. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s perspective. Join hosts Peter Thomas Fornatale and Jonathon Kinchen as they discuss recent races, upcoming races, top
- September 3, 2018A few weeks ago we lost a longtime family member, Genuine Reward. He’d lived with us for three years, established friendships of different kinds with OF’s paid and volunteer staff, and with visitors who often came to see him. A loss like that is like losing an arm or leg.
- Pedigree Insights: Too Darn Hot and Ten SovereignsAs a lover of quality two-year-old racing, the action at around 3:30 last Saturday was something of a treat for me, with two wide-margin maiden race winners and ‘TDN Rising Stars’ proving similarly impressive when they stepped up to Group 3 company. Firstly, the Round Tower S. at The
- Mitochondrial DNA haplotypes and mating outcomesSome background first......A few years ago I did a lot of work on mitochondrial DNA. This is the DNA that is inherited matrilineally - that is - the female passes it on to her sons and daughters but only the daughters then pass it on to the next generation. Setting
- Bets ‘N PiecesSaturday was not a red letter day for form unless, of course, you’re Chad Brown, Saratoga’s new training record holder with 43 meet wins. And he’s not done yet, having 13 horses entered today and tomorrow. On Saturday Brown saddled three winners just up the road from his native Mechanicville
- Gaon Champ Wins Again At SeoulHe may not be running in next week’s Korean Sprint but GAON CHAMP continued his march up the one-turn ranks with an effortless win over six-furlongs at class 2 level at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday. Gaon Champ and Manoel Nunes win at Seoul (Pic: Ross Holburt for Korea Racing Authority)
- It’s Post Time by Jon White: Accelerate Becomes Breeders’ Cup Classic Favorite – XBTVGoing into last Saturday’s Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Good Magic had been the Wynn’s 9-2 BC Classic favorite. However, he was a no-show last Saturday. Sent off as the 7-5 Travers favorite, Good Magic finished ninth and lost by 15 1/2 lengths.
- Godolphin Might Finally Win the Breeders’ Cup ClassicOn June 2, Godolphin won it's first Epsom Derby. Could the powerful racing outfit win it's first Breeders' Cup Classic? So far, no American horse has thrown down the gauntlet. Accelerate and Diversify have looked fantastic winning races in their own backyard. West Coast, the highest-rated North American horse after
- DRF Players Podcast: August 31, 20180 DRF Players Podcast JK and PTF go over the stakes racing at Saratoga and Del Mar and talk about horse racing Twitter etiquette. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s perspective. Join hosts Peter Thomas Fornatale and Jonathon Kinchen as
- Much to digest as we absorb the Messara reportFall out day. That’s what a racing friend of mine dubbed today. Friday 31 August 2018 will be remembered as the day those in the racing industry woke up and suddenly found our industry leading news bulletins across the board. All those mainstream media types, whose exposure to racing previously
- ABOUT A GIRL AND A GREY: CHANTICLEERThe images that mean the most to us hold memories in place, keeping them vivid and alive. New Bond Street, Mayfair, London England. THE GIRL The year was 1975. It was a little before lunch when the young couple entered the gallery. The young man strode in with
- Churchill taking another shot at racingChurchill Downs Inc. is trying to slip out of its obligations to racing, while keeping its casino, by turning the Calder permit into a jai alai fronton. This assuredly would be the same type scam Hialeah pulled with its two-horse, 110 yard races. The FTBOA, the OBS and Gulfstream are
- NUMBER OF THOROUGHBREDS IN THE USA IN 2018The American Horse Council Economic Impact Study of 2018 estimated that as of 2017 there were 7.2 million horses in the United States, of which 1.1 million were Thoroughbreds. As demonstrated in my article of August 15, 2018 (click here), the 1.1 million figure is an actuarial impossibility. Following is
- Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Michelle NevinMichelle Nevin leaned on a board inside her shedrow of Barn 73 on the Oklahoma Training Track Thursday morning as training hours wound down. The native of Tipperary, Ireland, grew up in racing and took out her license in America in 2013.
- Predicting Mark Johnston Runners, Part 1When Poet’s Society delivered win number 4,194 for Mark Johnston in the Clipper Logistics Handicap to cement Mark Johnston’s position as winning most trainer in UK racing history, I read a number of tweets about the impossibility and frustration in predicting how his sizeable battalion of horses perform, writes Jon
- Can a Triple Crown Winner Actually Lose Horse of the Year Status?When it was recently suggested in the comment section at HRI that Accelerate--the handicap division star that sits atop the NTRA National Poll—had a chance to become 2018 Horse of the Year, I smiled. …And I could hear TJ harrumphing at the notion from Jensen Beach to Pahrump and back
- GRADE I FEVER CAN LEAD TO QUESTIONABLE OWNER DECISIONSRacehorse owners of promising 3-year-olds usually dream of winning America’s premier races, especially the Kentucky Derby. However, I’ve often thought about why some owners persist in running their horses in Grade 1 races once it has become apparent they aren’t all that competitive. Vino Rosso is one of several cases
- A man for Kentucky Derby historyIn the 144-year history of the Kentucky Derby, Meriwether Lewis Clark made the race. One of Churchill Downs’ oldest stakes races, as it was his creation, bears his name. Matt Winn’s promotional genius made the race into a cultural phenomenon. A stakes race and the turf course bear his name.
- Derby Winners, Family, Springsteen, and John AsherMany thoughts filled my head today (Aug. 27) on the news of John Asher's passing, a bunch all at once, and then seemingly one about every hour as I thought, “I can’t believe John is gone.” These are a few of the many pleasant memories. In terms of John Asher’s professionalism,