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- Scat Daddy: Sons on the RiseAfter his untimely passing in 2015, we mourned the loss of a promising young stallion. His sons have since made fresh those painful wounds and reasonable questions of just what could have been.
- Cub Reporter – The Horse Racing Deep State Tries to Sink the Beemie Awards"It all started with a tweet last night", said Cub Reporter via email this morning.I will tell you my opinion: they are trying to upstage the Eclipse Awards and they know it. It's intentional. And it diminishes the shine & prestige. Plus, it makes fun of a sport where people
- Beemie Award for Best Moment of the Year goes to @penelopepmiller and @potuscapperI’ll never forget where I was when this happened. Golden Gate Fields Turf Club. I had just met Steve Coburn (humblebrag) so I was riding high. It was Belmont Weekend. Then I saw this exchange. It all happened in like 3 minutes. Which makes it all the more cool. Penelope
- Beemie Award for Most Committed to a Really Random Cause goes to @Gekko_PapWe all have our causes on twitter. Some are very serious. Some are more casual and fun. But @Gekko_Pap has a commitment to the belief that Millennials don’t take a championship sporting event seriously, unless it’s at night. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but the passion to
- Beemie Award for Best Mic Drop goes to @horseuuman!Sometimes there’s a response that is just so good, it ends the conversation stone cold. Well @horseuuman did just that back in January. The always trusty Ed DeRosa tweeted out a stat leading up to the Pegasus World Cup as Gun Runner was assigned a tough outside post. Ed wasn’t
- Beemie Award for Best Humblebrag sponsored by The Empress Hotel La Jolla goes to @JustinTheNichSo this summer at Saratoga they debuted a new exclusive seating area called “The Stretch” and I think seats were like $20,000 a piece. It features all sorts of exclusive stuff, like…Ipads in your seat? Well on opening day Ryan Stanzel made a little joke about how he bet
- Beemie Award for the Most Rideout Moment of the Year goes to @thoroughbredAROh Rideout. The Subliminal Gadfly himself. He doesn’t tweet often, but he’s like the Most Interesting Man in the World from those beer commercials, but Canadian. I always get a kick out of his tweets. So in December Josh tweeted out kind of a fun question and got lots of
- Beemie Award for Best Photo to Photoshop brought to you by SIMracing.com goes to @GenStarTbreds!This is always one of my favorite categories. Sometimes you just see a picture and know that it’s not only great, but that it is kind of great to play with on Photoshop. This photo came from March and from the fine folks at @GenStarTbreds. The great Ken Ramsey
- Beemie Award for What a Difference a Day Makes goes to @Mr_TrifectaNow, we all are hypocrites at some point. Especially on twitter. But it only took Mike less than 30 hours to reverse course on his thoughts of weight shaming. It started off one afternoon with Mike replying to a post where I thought he made a very nice point. Mike
- Beemie Award for Most Likely to have a GIF only conversation goes to @urbnhandicapper and @cannonshellOh Chuck and Barry. There have been times when I’ve had to scroll through 40 GIFS in a row. The conversations usually start when one of them will send a link to something, often something that happened on the hardwood. Then the GIF battle is on!! I seriously could have
- Lookin At Baffert’s “Lucky” StreakBob Baffert has had many important horses in his Hall of Fame career, topped by the obvious names, Silver Charm, American Pharoah, Justify, Arrogate, and Game On Dude. But there is one horse rarely mentioned that is one of the most important horses he has ever trained, from a professional
- The Pegasus is here to stayThe Pegasus will be run for the third time next Saturday. This is two more than many foresaw when the concept was announced. Changes still have to be made. A big one this year is the addition of the companion Turf. The rich buy-in and exorbitant payoffs to also-rans remain
- The LPGA Invests in….. GamblingLife tends to come at you pretty fast in this day and age.Commissioner Mike Whan of the Ladies Professional Golf tour announced they're looking at investing in a shot tracking system, because gambling could be something that will help his tour.A shot-tracking system and database would help the LPGA control
- Sires To Watch: North America’s New FathersFoaling season is here and with it brings the excitement of seeing what last year’s freshman stallions have sired. Last year’s crop had many interesting horses from Arrogate and Gun Runner to regional stallions like Divining Rod and Union Jackson. Unfortunately in the interest of space I couldn’t include all of
- Why Horse Racing Can Never Go Blue SkyI saw a tweet from Craig Bernick the other day.Horse business currently has $10 Billion in handle with 20% takeout split by various industry entities. The goal should be that by 2030, we have 10% takeout, $50 Billion in handle, with $5 Billion split.— Craig Bernick (@Craig_Bernick) January 14, 2019
- Reilly: Lecomte: The short life but long legacy of a Louisiana racing hero – BrisnetThey were gladiators of the old system of competing in heats, typically at marathon distances, to determine the race winner. Competitors got only brief respites just to catch their breath between four-mile slogs on the same afternoon.
- Ghosts of racetracks past: Shenandoah Downs, the track next door * The Racing BizLocated within walking distance from Charles Town, Shenandoah was a five-eighths mile oval that was originally built for standardbred racing. But after the West Virginia racing commission failed to give Shenandoah the green light for harness action, it carded thoroughbreds for the next 20 years, alternating dates with its close
- Did Churchill Downs Inc. Strike Again?Disclaimer: I have no idea if what is being “reported” on Racing Twitter today with regard to CDI putting a stop to DraftKings’ Kentucky Derby future wager is true. But I am going to comment anyway. According to an article on vsin.com, Churchill Downs Inc. has launched some sort of
- HUMANE ISSUESIn 2013, an investigator for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals worked undercover for four months in the barn of a well-known Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. PETA alleged that the trainer “forced injured and/or suffering horses to race and train.” According to USA Today, after a year-long review, “the
- New Year, New Site!Dear Readers: The Times is pleased to announce the launch of its upgraded website that offers an improved online and mobile experience for readers. We hope you enjoy it (and agree that it looks stunning) as much as we do! We look forward to providing new content this year that
- cross traffic first leading freshman sire for unbridled’s songThe leading freshmen sires of 2018 were notable on a couple of counts, and not the least of these is that the leader is the Unbridled’s Song stallion Cross Traffic, sire of the likely juvenile champion filly Jaywalk and the first son of his fabled sire to lead a national
- The Year It All BeganFifty Years. Half a decade. A lifetime ago. Seems like yesterday. There is something about anniversaries, excluding weddings and births, that make us remember events we normally don't give that much thought to. When you reach way back and pull out a 50th anniversary, it brings your life into perspective.
- Pedigree Insights: Belvoir BayComparing turf racing in the U.S. to the European variety isn’t always straightforward. Whereas Europeans horses occasionally have to plough through very soft ground in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy, their American counterparts rarely tackle such conditions, with racecourses opting to switch races to their dirt tracks when the
- NotableI always look. Just a token, wistful, wishful glance, never in the front, knowing that’s out of reach and surely you’d know, but thinking perhaps in the back, the asterisk column of The Best American Sports Writing. It’s called notable sports writing (from the previous year). This year, I escaped
- Ups and downs on this day of daysIt’s just past 9:00pm EST Sunday night as I begin typing this post. And based on the agonizing emotional swings this day has brought, it feels like it should be Wednesday by this point. The day began with my decision to play only one horse all day, which then led