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  • Scat Daddy: Sons on the Rise
    After 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.
    via Feedly on January 20, 2019 12:00 am
  • 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
    via Pull the Pocket on January 19, 2019 12:48 pm
  • Beemie Award for Best Moment of the Year goes to @penelopepmiller and @potuscapper
    I’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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 10:04 pm
  • Beemie Award for Most Committed to a Really Random Cause goes to @Gekko_Pap
    We 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:55 pm
  • 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:49 pm
  • Beemie Award for Best Humblebrag sponsored by The Empress Hotel La Jolla goes to @JustinTheNich
    So 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:42 pm
  • Beemie Award for the Most Rideout Moment of the Year goes to @thoroughbredAR
    Oh 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:31 pm
  • Beemie Award for Best Photo to Photoshop brought to you by 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:22 pm
  • Beemie Award for What a Difference a Day Makes goes to @Mr_Trifecta
    Now, 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 9:13 pm
  • Beemie Award for Most Likely to have a GIF only conversation goes to @urbnhandicapper and @cannonshell
    Oh 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
    via Jason Beem on January 18, 2019 8:52 pm
  • Lookin At Baffert’s “Lucky” Streak
    Bob 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
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 18, 2019 3:05 pm
  • The Pegasus is here to stay
    The 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
    via Ante Post on January 17, 2019 3:54 pm
  • The LPGA Invests in….. Gambling
    Life 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
    via Pull the Pocket on January 17, 2019 10:28 am
  • Sires To Watch: North America’s New Fathers
    Foaling 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
    via All Equine All the Time on January 15, 2019 10:13 pm
  • Why Horse Racing Can Never Go Blue Sky
    I 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
    via Pull the Pocket on January 15, 2019 7:18 pm
  • Reilly: Lecomte: The short life but long legacy of a Louisiana racing hero – Brisnet
    They 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.
    via Pinboard on January 15, 2019 7:00 pm
  • Ghosts of racetracks past: Shenandoah Downs, the track next door * The Racing Biz
    Located 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
    via Pinboard on January 15, 2019 1:08 pm
  • 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, Churchill Downs Inc. has launched some sort of
    via Lonespeed on January 15, 2019 11:56 am
    In 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
    via Horse Racing Business on January 15, 2019 11:38 am
  • 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
    via Antebellum Turf Times on January 14, 2019 10:00 pm
  • cross traffic first leading freshman sire for unbridled’s song
    The 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
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 14, 2019 5:45 pm
  • The Year It All Began
    Fifty 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.
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 14, 2019 3:20 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Belvoir Bay
    Comparing 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
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on January 14, 2019 3:09 pm
  • Notable
    I 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
    via This is Horse Racing on January 14, 2019 8:57 am
  • Ups and downs on this day of days
    It’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
    via Lonespeed on January 13, 2019 9:52 pm
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