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  • Stakes Profile: Santa Anita Sprint Championship
    What kind of running style historically wins the Santa Anita Sprint Championship? 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.
    via Hello Race Fans! on October 4, 2019 6:45 pm
  • Taking Stock: West Offers $500,000 for Derby Study
    Gary West lives in Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, but he was back at Keeneland in Lexington last month to buy potential classic colts; or, to be specific, to try to buy a colt for the Gl Kentucky Derby–a race he’s wanted to win more than any other. Inconspicuously
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on October 4, 2019 2:27 pm
  • Catherine French: Photographer and more
    She was the first first responder.
    via This is Horse Racing on October 4, 2019 10:47 am
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/3/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness racing every Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Jim Lawson, Dave Brower, and Shannon "Sugar" Doyle The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/3/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 3, 2019 5:44 pm
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Jimmy Jerkens
    Pick a dark day, that’s what we’ve learned. It’s the best time to ask Jimmy Jerkens for a Stable Tour. Hands-on like his Hall of Fame father, Allen, Jerkens will take his time if there is time, that goes for the tour and for his training. (Originally published in Aug.
    via This is Horse Racing on October 3, 2019 10:46 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Shug McGaughey
    There is nothing like doing a Stable Tour with Shug McGaughey. The Hall of Famer mentions a horse’s name and might follow that with another name and another name and another name, spilling out blue-blood runners who dance off any pedigree page. (Originally published in Aug. 24 issue of The
    via This is Horse Racing on October 3, 2019 10:41 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Ken McPeek
    Ken McPeek did his best Babe Ruth, or better yet Joe Namath, behind the desk of his office when asked what he thought of the new restricted auction races in the condition book at this year’s Saratoga Race Course meeting. (Originally published in Aug. 23 issue of The Saratoga Special)
    via This is Horse Racing on October 2, 2019 9:14 am
  • Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with Jim Bond
    Jim Bond likes to stick to the advice given by his father many years ago. (Originally published in Aug. 22 issue of The Saratoga Special)
    via This is Horse Racing on October 2, 2019 9:08 am
  • claiborne’s algorithms has winner of the pennsylvania derby bred by family operation
    Maybe it’s something in the water at Claiborne. But over the weekend, freshman sire Lea (First Samurai) had his first stakes winner when Vast won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Monmouth by two and three-quarter lengths, and Algorithms got his first Grade 1 winner when Math Wizard won the Pennsylvania Derby at 31-1. In fact,
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on October 1, 2019 7:42 am
  • Support & Talk Horses at the Fall Racing Preview Handicapping Party–and Try a “Turf Times T-bred” Cocktail!
    Dear Readers: We are pleased to share information regarding this Fall Racing Preview Handicapping Party taking place on Thursday, October 3 in Lexington, Kentucky in advance of opening day at Keeneland Race Course. Benefiting the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation that supports critical equine research, this three-hour program presented by Hagyard
    via Antebellum Turf Times on September 30, 2019 5:16 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Millisle
    Bearing in mind that the competition among the Coolmore stallions features such fast horses as No Nay Never, Caravaggio, U S Navy Flag and Calyx (with Ten Sovereigns possibly waiting in the wings), it would be all too easy for breeders to overlook Starspangledbanner – especially when his name was
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on September 30, 2019 1:31 pm
  • Thirty: Fisher chases training record
    That’s 30. Trainer Jack Fisher won two races Saturday at Shawan Downs to reach 30 steeplechase wins on the season. He’s dominated all year, but maybe now is the time to start talking about records.
    via This is Horse Racing on September 30, 2019 1:07 pm
  • Weekend Round-Up: Juvenile Series, Wonderful Fly Beaten, Foreign Successes
    The 2019 Juvenile Series got underway on Sunday with Seoul and Busan both hosting their opening legs. The two tracks have separate 1st and 2nd legs before coming together for the finale at Busan on the first Sunday in December. Both the Gold Circle Trophy at Busan and the Munhwa
    via Horse Racing in Korea on September 30, 2019 11:11 am
  • TWO TIMING IT: DUAL ARC WINNERS
    As the world awaits Enable’s attempt to win the Arc for an unprecedented third time, it’s worth noting that she already belongs to a very select group. Since the first Arc (1920) only seven other individuals have won it twice.   In 1920, the British-bred COMRADE (Bachelor’s Double X Sourabaya)
    via The Vault on September 29, 2019 4:46 pm
  • “It was a damned rascally decision!” A racing fan’s account of an 1838 horse race disqualification
    Dear Readers: Even casual fans of the sport of horse racing will recall this year’s disqualification of Maximum Security by state stewards in the Kentucky Derby. Let’s revisit another stewards’ inquiry—this one from 1838 concerning Rule 42 and a horse blanket, enforced by the Adams County Jockey Club of Natchez,
    via Antebellum Turf Times on September 28, 2019 11:27 am
  • Breakout Time for Pair of Hot Juveniles
    We're trying something new this year leading up to the Derby Dozen. Each week or so, if an unproven 2-year-old really catches the eye, we are going to feature him and give his background so readers can get in on the ground floor and learn about the horse and then
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 27, 2019 9:47 am
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/26/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness racing erraevery Thursday in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Jeff and Jeanine Gesek, Gabe Prewitt, Barry Vicroy, and Andrew "Shades" Demsky. The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 9/26/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on September 26, 2019 2:35 pm
  • September 23, 2019
    We’ve had a request for more photos of Slim Shadey. As it happens, Laura just took some this weekend, so… Slim Shadey enjoys turn-out timeHe’s still in the quarantine phase that all new arrivals go through, but new guys and girls in quarantine get to go out and play too,
    via Old Friends on September 23, 2019 4:39 pm
  • storm cat’s son stormy atlantic keeps rolling on with el tormenta in woodbine mile
    The Storm Cat line isn’t half as dead as some would have you believe. For instance, on Sunday at the Curragh in Ireland, the Shamardal colt Pinatubo, now unbeaten in five starts, added the Group 1 National Stakes to his record and is one of his sire’s best performers ever.
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 23, 2019 7:36 am
  • Taking Stock: Oddballs in Kentucky
    There’s a 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred horse in the Gll Kelso H. Saturday at Belmont Park by the name of Monongahela (K One King), which is the name of a river that flows through Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania. It’s also the name of a small city–called “Mon City” for short–about 17 miles
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 20, 2019 4:01 pm
  • The Unforgettable Kelso
    It is appropriate that the New York Racing Association moved the Kelso Stakes from its fall Super Saturday card, where it was pretty much lost, to its own weekend. Now the focus is not only on those versatile horses prepping for either the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or the Classic,
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on September 20, 2019 9:25 am
  • jockey club’s proposed rule to limit stallion books is provoking comment and analysis
    Those wild revolutionaries at the Jockey Club lobbed an incendiary device into last week’s news with the announcement that their board of stewards was considering a “rule to limit the annual breeding of individual stallions starting with the 2021 breeding season.” In the final days leading up to the world’s
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 16, 2019 11:24 am
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