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  • For the Love of a Horse
    Despite the controversies and horse racing continually working to reinvent itself with modern technology, the sport’s future will remain bright as long as the Thoroughbred can captivate us like no other animal and inspire deep passion in people starting at a young age. It is the centuries-old love of the
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on May 19, 2019 5:04 pm
  • For the love of the sport, post the inquiry
    Fortunately, the 144th Preakness Stakes was decided on the racetrack instead of in the stewards’ room. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some rules drama. Whether Bodexpress should have been ruled a non-starter is a much closer call than the clearly proper disqualification of Maximum Security from the top spot
    via Barn 6A on May 19, 2019 1:53 pm
  • Korean Oaks Day 2019: Race-By-Race Preview For Busan & Seoul (May 19)
    The 2019 Korean Oaks takes place at Busan Racecourse on Sunday afternoon and a full field of 16 runners are set to assemble for the fillies’ Classic. There are 6 races in total at Busan from 12:40 to 17:10 while at Seoul there are eleven races from 10:45 to 18:00.
    via Horse Racing in Korea on May 18, 2019 8:13 pm
  • Thinking about 1984, the Tesio, the Preakness & family
    April 14, 1984 makes it more than 35 years ago now. A crowded Pimlico Race Course winner’s circle in the rain. Muddy chestnut horse. Fourteen people. Mom, Dad, Sheila, Sean, Fee the Iranian van driver, owner George Strawbridge, his wife Nina, their kids Sanna and Stewart, super fan Reddy Stewart,
    via This is Horse Racing on May 18, 2019 3:01 pm
  • Travel Vlogs
    Long time no post!  I’ve been busy traveling and staying out here on the East Coast in New Jersey.  I’ve been fortunate to get to do some announcing at beautiful Monmouth Park and have been documenting my travels with short videos on Youtube.  Here are links to a few and
    via Jason Beem on May 18, 2019 5:22 am
  • 2019 Preakness Stakes Pick: Laughing Fox
    After the Kentucky Derby stewards disqualified me out of cashing about a $1,300 profit two weeks ago, I'm hoping that my handicapping will be as strong and my fate much better for Preakness Day, where below I offer guidance on the late-Pick 4 sequence that culminates in Laughing Fox winning
    via NJ Horseplayer on May 17, 2019 8:08 pm
  • Pick: Loser of Kentucky Derby battle to win Preakness Stakes 144 war
    Race 13 | Grade I Preakness Stakes | 1 3/16 miles 1. War of Will 2. Improbable 3. Owendale 4. Bodexpress 5. Anothertwistafate Comment: The argument over the Kentucky Derby only will escalate when War of Will wears the garland of painted daisies (to be Black-eyed Susans). If he’s as
    via Barn 6A on May 17, 2019 5:46 pm
  • Taking Stock: Poppet Pitts and Alwaysmining
    My TDN colleague Chris McGrath ably discussed the blue-hen markers in the female family of Maryland-bred Gl Preakness contender Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) the other day: namely, fourth dam Cequillo, the Tartan Farms ancestress of many high-class runners, broodmares, and sires, including the highly influential John Nerud-bred sire Fappiano (Mr.
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on May 17, 2019 5:09 pm
  • Preakness Pick: War of Will Gets Another Chance
    In some ways, the debate over the Kentucky stewards' decision to disqualify Maximum Security from victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) now falls into the laps of horseplayers across the country.That's because a key question in handicapping the Preakness Stakes (G1) is: "How much was War
    via Keeping Pace on May 17, 2019 10:04 am
  • Derby controversy could be best thing Preakness has going for it
    One of the weakest fields in memory will chase the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The first four finishers under the wire in Louisville are AWOL. The likely favorite, Improbable, has not won a race as a 3YO, War of Will, the colt at the center of the Derby
    via Ante Post on May 16, 2019 6:01 pm
  • Keeping It In The Family: 2019 Preakness Stakes
    Signalman joins the Triple Crown in BaltimoreAn eventful Kentucky Derby (G1) has paved the way to what looks to be a competitive 13 runner Preakness Stakes (G1) with many horses jumping on the Triple Crown train here. While four horses will be coming into this race out of the Kentucky
    via All Equine All the Time on May 16, 2019 2:13 pm
  • LoneSpeed Preakness Analysis
    Brought to you by, the only ADW offering instant cash back. Fresh off our backdoor, DQ-aided $11,000 Kentucky Derby score, we are back with some hot, juicy, downright freaky Preakness analysis and wagering suggestions. Make sure you have a chance of pants nearby before reading. There is one horse,
    via Lonespeed on May 16, 2019 12:44 pm
  • The Preakness, Now and Forever, a Classic
    By John Pricci HALLANDALE BEACH—Just when I thought I was out of all the Kentucky Derby talk, they pulled me back in: Post 1? Are you kidding me? War of Will, the vilified seventh place finisher of Derby 145, has come to Crab Town in search of redemption. Will he
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on May 16, 2019 12:00 pm
  • Breaking Down the Broken Down Preakness Stakes
    The Maryland Racing Commission may want to send its brethren at Churchill Downs some black roses for obliterating the caliber of the 2019 Preakness Stakes field, with none of the Top 4 from the Kentucky Derby making the trip to Pimlico, though as a service to the public I broke
    via NJ Horseplayer on May 15, 2019 10:55 pm
  • The all but one button..
    We’ve all been in a spot where it looks like a lot of the horses in a race are contenders and maybe one that looks like a complete outsider and not worth using at all. We’ve all likely used all but one horse in a leg of a multi race
    via Barbaro1420’s Blog on May 15, 2019 3:10 pm
  • We Can Only Wager On What They Offer (& Sometimes It Kicks Your Style of Play in the Butt)
    I was pinged today by Mike on the twitter website about a couple of bomb golfers he liked for this weekend's PGA. I replied offering two bombs I bet at huge odds - Scott Piercy and Pat Perez.And that got me thinking.Pat and Scott have, I think, sneaky good form,
    via Pull the Pocket on May 15, 2019 3:06 pm
  • Living the Dream
    I thought he won. I was almost confident, well, as confident as you can be in a photo finish.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 14, 2019 5:04 pm
  • Racing Should Probably Ensure Nobody Wanders Off
    Working Tuesdays in the high school and university summers as a kid was fun. Tuesday's were mine tour day and I'd be getting paid hard hat wages to be a junior guide. My main job during the tours, according to the salty underground mine vet leading them, was pretty simple:"Make
    via Pull the Pocket on May 14, 2019 11:23 am
  • The £1 Winner of the Grand National
    On March 24, 1933, the 92nd Grand National was run at Aintree. This year’s race was noteworthy for more than the typical large crowds: every publication commented on the fine running and beautiful weather. A field of more than 30 horses made the iconic race of four-plus miles, and there
    via Drawing Covert on May 14, 2019 8:30 am
  • Bloodhorse: Saez Suspended 15 Days for Derby Ride
    The Kentucky stewards have suspended jockey Luis Saez 15 days for failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in his ride aboard Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) May 4 at Churchill Downs. Gary and Mary West's
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on May 13, 2019 4:36 pm
  • Caulfield Examines French Classic Winner Persian King
    The great Frankel had a very good time with his third-crop 3-year-olds last week, with no fewer than six of them winning or placing at black-type level. Three of them won, with Obligate coming home 3 1/2 lengths clear in the Prix des Lilas, Mehdaayih 4 1/2 lengths clear in
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on May 13, 2019 3:30 pm
  • Stakes Profile: Preakness
    What kind of running style historically wins the Preakness? 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 May 13, 2019 9:30 am
    Between 1948 and 1973, no horse won the Triple Crown. The drought was even longer between Affirm’s Triple Crown in 1978 and American Pharoah’s in 2015. But these 25-year and 37-year gaps are misleading because Triple Crown victories have come in bunches. Three horses won the Triple Crown in the
    via Horse Racing Business on May 13, 2019 8:00 am
  • Derby 145 Aftermath: What Bad Publicity?
    By John Pricci HALLANDALE BEACH--In the wake of the Maximum Security disqualification from first in Kentucky Derby 145, the chairman of an International Federation of Horseracing committee suggested that America’s foul adjudication process should be changed, more closely aligned with a process used worldwide. That standard, known as Category 1,
    via Pricci’s On the Line on May 12, 2019 5:55 pm
  • The Iroquois over the Years
    The Iroquois. It came across our radar back in 1978 when Dad was told to win it for George Strawbridge Jr. It was his goal, his grail. Owhata Chief duly did.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 11, 2019 9:59 am
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