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  • Pedigree Insights: Amalfi Sunrise
    As the TDN Rising Star Amalfi Sunrise drew off for an easy six-length success in the GII Sorrento S., I was reminded of a commission I received in the fall of 2015. With the Breeders’ Cup bandwagon due to roll into Lexington and Keeneland, WinStar wanted to promote its extensive
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 5, 2019 2:46 pm
  • jim dandy winner tax is a claim to fame for owners and breeders, as well as his historic family
    Not many winners of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga begin the racing careers in a claiming race, but this year’s winner did. Just like G1 Haskell winner Maximum Security (by New Year’s Day), Tax (Arch) made his debut in claiming company. Maximum Security had massacred his competition
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on August 5, 2019 10:17 am
  • A Thread of Blue wires Saratoga Derby; Perfect Alibi, Fools Gold score graded wins
    Though the Saratoga Derby Invitational was being run for the first time and is not a graded stakes race, it nonetheless felt like the feature on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Perhaps it was the $1 million purse. Perhaps it was the field of 11 horses, including two trained by Aidan O’Brien. Perhaps
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 5, 2019 9:12 am
  • McKinzie Scores Effortless Whitney Victory
    When you have a horse that has finished first or second in all but one of his 12 starts, it might seem a bit churlish to be disappointed at missed opportunities and narrow losses. Still, one might forgive owners Michael Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman for wondering wistfully what
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 4, 2019 2:31 pm
  • Cuomo Honors Marylou Whitney During Saratoga Visit
    On a day devoted to honoring the legacy of the late Marylou Whitney, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit to Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, announcing the construction of a permanent hospitality facility for backstretch workers. The building will be located on the Oklahoma training facility grounds. Currently, a tent
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 4, 2019 2:26 pm
  • Saratogians Remember Marylou Whitney
    NYRA/Adam Coglianese When the death of Marylou Whitney was announced on July 19 at Saratoga, tributes and obituaries appeared not just in Saratoga Springs, her hometown, but also in newspapers nationwide, from the Palm Beach Post, the paper of her winter home, to the Sacramento Bee. The woman known locally simply as “Marylou” was
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 3, 2019 2:13 pm
  • Big Little Time
    Friday, Luis Carvajal Jr. had three runners at his New Jersey base, Monmouth Park, and needed to be there. He also needed to be at Saratoga to watch stable star Imperial Hint put in his final training session for Saturday’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes – so he did both.
    via This is Horse Racing on August 1, 2019 11:41 am
  • July 31, 2019
    We’re having a great summer here at Old Friends in Kentucky. Some short heat waves have come through, but much of June and July has been pleasantly sunny and breezy, like today. It’s a perfect time to relax with a visit to admire some of the greatest former athletes in
    via Old Friends on July 31, 2019 4:36 pm
  • from the family of champion sky beauty, unbeaten guarana is putting the heat in summer racing
    For the last three years running, and in five of the last nine racing seasons, a filly has won both the Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park and the Coaching Club American Oaks, now contested at Saratoga. This year, undefeated Guarana (by Ghostzapper) added the Oaks to her previous blowout success in
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on July 31, 2019 2:01 pm
  • Letter to the Editor: No Better Ambassador than the Horse
    Back in November 2015, we were privileged to welcome American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), “a horse of a lifetime” to our roster of stallions at Ashford Stud. With his arrival came many inquiries and phone calls from the public and fans looking to visit Ashford; we knew we had a
    via TDN Op/Ed on July 30, 2019 10:40 am
  • The Change Train Needs More Than a Conductor
    I caught a quick story in the Financial Post today about what companies do when things aren't going well, and they need a paradigm shift. The author focused on how one company - Best Buy - turned things around.I found two planks kind of interesting. One plank,  is about a
    via Pull the Pocket on July 30, 2019 9:22 am
  • Pedigree Insights: European 2-Year-Old Scene Hotting Up
    As John Berry rightly pointed out in his Weekly Wrap yesterday, it was great to see a magnificent edition of the King George dominated by four horses which were in their fourth season of racing. While the sport certainly benefits if its biggest stars stay around long enough to become
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on July 29, 2019 12:28 pm
  • When Handicapping is Irrelevant
    There are things that happen from time to time that reminds us that gambling is a gambling game.This weekend we saw something during the Barracuda golf tournament that doesn't happen very often - the scoreboards across the interwebs failed to update. If you happened to watch the TV coverage (and
    via Pull the Pocket on July 29, 2019 10:59 am
  • Sensational Blue Chipper Smashes Mile Record On Way To Owners’ Cup Romp
    Blue Chipper announced his arrival in the elite tier of Korean and then some as he left a Group 3 field trailing in the distance in the Owners’ Cup at Busan Racecourse this afternoon, demolishing the previous track record for the mile by over a full second for good measure.
    via Horse Racing in Korea on July 28, 2019 4:52 am
  • Taking Stock: New Life for New Year’s Day
    The unusual arc of New Year’s Day (Street Cry {Ire})’s stud career has given him new life. The sire of Gl Xpressbet Florida Derby winner Maximum Security, disqualified from an apparent victory in the Gl Kentucky Derby, but most recently the winner of the Gl Haskell Invitational S.
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on July 26, 2019 4:35 pm
    DRF FIRINGS/LAYOFFS CONFIRMED BY SECOND HRI SOURCE ... Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey, National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker ... indispensable newspaper covering Thoroughbred racing has been altered forever.
    via Daily Racing Form on July 23, 2019 10:37 pm
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