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- Beemie Award for Best Unintended Pun goes to @Charli125Ol’ Snoop Dougie McPherson shared an article about Quarter Horse jockeys using a “machine” aka “buzzer” aka “battery” aka well you get the picture. Well him and Charlie Davis started talking about it, and when Charlie responds with a great pun, totally unintended, I cracked up #NothingShocksMeInThisSport. So for
- Purse Cuts for Stakes Races at Santa AnitaBloodHorse.com is reporting Santa Anita will cut purses for its stakes schedule. Santa Anita Cuts Stakes Purses for Upcoming Meet: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/225189/santa-anita-cuts-stakes-purses-for-upcoming-meet Me: stepping up onto soapbox now... I know that industry decision makers in California (owners, trainers, track management, CHRB Commissioners, etc.) don't
- Personal Merit and Beth Cramer, BFFs0 Barbara Livingston Personal Merit and Beth Cramer, BFFs Personal Merit (1991 ch.g. by Turkoman - Siggebo, by Air Forbes Won) Beth Cramer had long dreamed of owning her own horse - what young girl doesn't? - and at 15 she decided she wanted an off-the-track Thoroughbred. After all,
- ENCORE PRESENTATION: Angel Cordero talks about the greatsTonight is a replay of an interview w one of the greatest riders of all time - Angel Cordero
- Remembering Sans Supplement0 Barbara Livingston Through this holiday season, I'll post updated stories from my 2002 book OLD FRIENDS, reflecting the lives of beloved senior Thoroughbreds, all of whom lived out their lives with dignity. Seems a good time for feel-good stories, and looking through the book recently brought back memories
- THE REMARKABLE GRADE I RECORD OF AIDAN O’BRIENThe late Bobby Frankel set the world record for Grade I wins in 2003 with 25. By late October of 2017, 48-year-old Aidan O’Brien passed this milestone by training his 26th Grade I winner and added the 27th a week later in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with Mendelssohn. On
- Postcard from WoodbineIt’s cold up here.
- Clasico shows potential for more international racesGulfstream was mobbed for the Clasico Internacional del Caribe with Latin fans, who rooted for their nation's horses as if it were an international soccer match. This enthusiasm demonstrated there is a substantial untapped market among fans originally from south of the border. It would be wise for Gulfstream and
- Power Blade’s Grand Prix The Best YetOn Sunday, we probably saw the best Grand Prix Stakes we ever have. The 2015 edition, won by Bold Kings, was outstanding, while for those of us who go in for that sort of thing, Tough Win’s 2011 victory over fellow “troika” members, Mister Park and Smarty Moonhak will always
- Winx and Zenyatta – Queens of RacingAs Americans, we are always looking for the next great thing. Technology, trends–even race horses. We have been blessed by what some are calling another ‘Golden Age’ of Thoroughbred racing. From Tiznow to American Pharoah, the 21st century has sparkled. But what if a horse so captivated a nation in
- Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, December 12, 2017Trip Notes 12/12/17 We have a trio of trips to go over from last week, one from Aqueduct and two from Tampa Bay. Be sure to keep tabs on these horses going forward! Wednesday Aqueduct Race 8: #1 LUTHERAN RAGS LUTHERAN RAGS was bothered early and late in this
- Casandra Branick One of Many HeroesTrue heroes do not speak of their heroic deeds; they let others speak for them. Casandra Branick, barn manager and exercise rider for trainer Edward Freeman, would rather talk about the heroic deeds of so many others who risked their lives to save horses during the San Luis Rey Downs
- Getting to Know: Jockey Agent Jimmy RiccioGetting to Know: Jockey agent Jimmy Riccio by Ryan Dickey for 5minutestopost.com
- Pedigree Insights: McKinzieMemories being as short as they are, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the youngsters who were first past the post in Los Alamitos’s Saturday features were equine bluebloods. After all, the GI CashCall Futurity was “won” by Solomini, whose sire Curlin currently commands a fee of $150,000. Then
- Remembering Cormorant0 Barbara Livingston Throughout the holiday season, I'll post some stories from my 2002 book OLD FRIENDS (Eclipse Press), reflecting the lives of beloved senior Thoroughbreds. We can all use some feel-good stories right around now, and recently looking through the book brought back memories of each wonderful subject.
- Gaudet, Wolfendale Break New York’s Glass CeilingOn Thursday, August 10, as the New York Racing Association’s Talking Horses television show began, two women sat behind the desk, ready to handicap that day’s Saratoga card for the thousands on-track and watching on television and the internet. That in itself was noteworthy, given the paucity of women
- From Coast to Coast: Triumph and TragedyFor South Florida racing fans, a funny thing happened on their way to and inside of Gulfstream Park on Saturday: They drove to Hallandale Beach expecting to see the environs of a racetrack only to witness a soccer game break out. Well not quite, but expressions of racing’s internationalism where
- Magnificent Power Blade Wins the Grand Prix Stakes 2017Power Blade, the 2016 Korean Triple Crown winner on Sunday topped even that, racing to victory in Korea’s most prestigious race, the Grand Prix Stakes. Power Blade in the Grand Prix winner’s circle (Pic. J. Kim) 3-year-old phenom Cheongdam Dokki was sent off as favourite for the 2300M season-finale with
- A Dream Come True: Old Friends at Cabin CreekAt 9 A.M. on a chilly Saturday morning, the farm at first seems quiet. The parking lot is largely empty, devoid of visitors who will begin to arrive soon after the noon opening, and on first glance, it might seem impossible that the 15-acre facility a short drive from Saratoga
- Expect more from ‘Biscuits in 20180 Dan Illman Although Sharp Azteca (profiled in the February 16 edition of FormBlog - http://www.drf.com/blogs/sharp-azteca-impressive-gulfstream) was too much for the field in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile, I was just as impressed with the runner-up’s performance.
- Racetrackers – Equine photographer Nicole Marie is our guest tonightTonight we talk with equine photographer Nicole Marie about her art and love of horses. From the windy city we get superb equine art. Join us.
- What Do the NYTHA Election Results Mean?The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) election results are in, and, in my view, it's a definitely mixed bag. With NYTHA President Rick Violette stepping down, after 25 years on the Board of Directors and nearly a decade as President, there was bound to be a change of direction,
- Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, December 5, 2017Trip Notes 12/5/17 We have a trio of trips to go over from this past weekend, including one from the Cigar Mile day undercard at Aqueduct. Horses from Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds will also be discussed. Saturday Aqueduct Race 4: #1 IRIDESCENT MORN IRIDESCENT MORN had a very
- Some horses to follow0 Dan Illman The Cigar Mile, the last Grade 1 stakes race in New York this year, highlights this weekend's racing. It's the Saturday DRFBets Race of the Day and you can access free Formulator past performances at this link: http://www.drf.com/events/race-of-the-day Mike Beer and I go
- Pulling Back The CurtainLooking back on the 2017 that was, it’s safe to say it’s been a testing one for the sport of horse racing.Takeout rates were once again at the forefront with notable rises resulting in vociferous responses from horseplayers. Now, it isn’t surprising to see business entities attempt to take a