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  • Suffolk Downs’ Final, Final Finale
    If I had to choose a moment to remember from the last weekend of racing at Suffolk Downs what would it be? It could be T.D. Thornton’s final call: “They approach the quarter pole in the grand finale and they turn into the Suffolk Downs homestretch for the final time
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on July 1, 2019 8:26 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Sovereign
    In the story of Coolmore’s emergence as arguably the world’s most important stallion station, Kilsheelan Stud would barely merit a footnote. For a while this satellite stud was used to house a few of Coolmore’s National Hunt stallions, such as Executive Perk and Carlingford Castle, as well as some inexpensive
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on July 1, 2019 3:08 pm
  • Wetting My Whistle on Queen’s Plate Day
    After going winless in my Public Handicapper contest plays last Saturday, my attention is turned to Woodbine in Toronto, where the feature is the $1 million Queen's Plate, headlined by a promising three-year-old named Avie's Flatter.I'm going elsewhere in that one, landing on a 15-to-1 shot that's got some sneaky
    via NJ Horseplayer on June 29, 2019 2:38 pm
  • Taking Stock: Khozan Leads as 2YO Season Heats Up
    First-crop sires, headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), will be under the microscope as the 2-year-old season heats up, particularly at the marquee meets of Saratoga and Del Mar this summer. At this writing, Florida-based Journeyman Stud’s Khozan (Distorted Humor) leads TDN’s freshman sire list (see
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on June 28, 2019 3:38 pm
  • Long awaited win was a memorable one
    When I first started this blog a few years back, my intention was to write about the good news stories and the quirky things which make our industry so unique. Along with the good and quirky though, came the absolutely dire and dreadful and, in the way of bad news,
    via Racing Thoughts on June 27, 2019 10:30 pm
  • round table’s male line is not entirely gone, as monongahela wins iselin
    Have you wondered whatever happened to Round Table in pedigrees, especially in the male line? He all but disappeared; so it is all the more interesting to note that the winner of the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth on June 22 was won by Monongahela, a male-line
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 27, 2019 9:28 am
  • Why Attack Horseracing Now? And Why Santa Anita?
    After countless hit pieces in the national media, and just as many articles in the horse racing media flogging the sport and the people in it – finally someone has the courage (and the facts) to tell the truth: https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/actually-was-one-santa-anitas-safer-years-saying-may-not-help/ Par for the course in America these days it
    via ThoroEdge Equine Performance on June 27, 2019 8:04 am
  • Shamardal Makes Impact at Royal Ascot
    ShamardalRoyal Ascot has come and gone and with it brought many storylines to last us until 2020 with multiple stallions having much success, both new and old. In today’s blog, I look at eight different interesting points that we were left with when the Queen headed home after the final
    via All Equine All the Time on June 25, 2019 3:10 pm
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