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- ENABLE AND THE TEAM THAT TAUGHT HER TO FLYThis article is dedicated to the team who bred and race the outstanding Juddmonte filly, Enable. A very special thank you to the gifted Laura Battles, Michael Harris and Toby Connors for the privilege of including their outstanding images in this article. The sire of ENABLE, the brilliant NATHANIEL, a
- From the Archives: Happy Birthday to ALB & the Red Fox of the South!Dear Readers: Sunday, February 11, 2018 marks the anniversary of the birth of two men who dominated the Louisiana race tracks prior to the Civil War: Colonel Adam L. Bingaman of Natchez, Mississippi (1793–1869), and Louisiana’s Duncan F. Kenner (1813–1887). You can read more about Col. Bingaman’s success over the
- Back to the FuturesAre Derby future wagers a foolish proposition or a fine cure-all for the first signs of Derby fever? Perhaps a bit of both!
- Dr. Fager 1968 Part 2: Epic Battles With DamascusIt was a time when handicaps were truly handicaps and not the feeble imitation into which they have mutated. A time when trainers accepted weights and weren’t afraid to put their horses in a position to get beat. A time when great horses not only carried heavy burdens, but broke
- Withers and Holy Bull review0 Dan Illman Here are some quick thoughts on two of last weekend's Kentucky Derby preps: Audible got most of the press due to his 99-Beyer victory in Gulfstream's Grade 3 Holy Bull, but I was just as impressed with Avery Island's 87-Beyer win in the Grade 3
- Counting the DaysThere it is in cold, hard print next to Valdez’s name. 1204. Yeah, 1204 days since his last run. We knew it had been a while, since that fateful day at Chepstow, two, three, four years ago…yeah, the day he fell, slid, strained, the day the house of cards came
- Racetrackers Scorching jockeys Dylan Davis & Rajiv Maragh join Bill, Mike & BobThis week we speak with the hottest riders on bothe East and West Coasts when Dylen Davis and Rjiv Maragh speak with Bill Gotimer, Mike Monroe and Bob Santimays.
- Keeneland to Reduce Takeout Ahead of Spring MeetFrom The Bloodhorse.com | By Frank Angst | 02-07-2018-- Keeneland to Reduce Takeout Ahead of Spring Meet: https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/225999/keeneland-to-reduce-takeout-ahead-of-spring-meet Noting that 57% of wagering on its races is either win, place, show or exacta wagering, Keeneland will reduce takeout in those pools. Takeout in the win, place, and show pools will
- Weekend Round-Up: Ecton Blade & Triple Crown Trail, Rainha, Moonhak ChiefThree-year-olds were the standout performers in Korea last weekend with some of the best of the crop turning in eye-catching performances at both Seoul & Busan. Ecton Blade won the Breeders’ Cup race at Seoul in December and so headed into the New Year as the leading Triple Crown contender.
- The More Things Change…An old colleague sent this to me yesterday, courtesy of Pro Quest. He thought of this column because, had he lived, February 5th would have been Oscar Barrera's 90th birthday. I guess, sadly, he thought it might still have some relevance in the modern game. Anyway... April 7, 1991--With apologies
- The Eagles Embrace their Inner Geek, Racing? We’re Still Waiting for the ImpossibleIt was 4th and goal with little time left in the first half at yesterday's Super Bowl. A field goal would put the team from Philly up 18-12, and the safe, conventional call would not have surprised anyone.We all know that's not what happened. The Eagles went for it.Coach Doug
- All Sophomores All the TimeFinally, at least as far as the sophomore division is concerned, Gulfstream Park's championship meet finally began pn Saturday February 3 when five graded stakes for three-year-olds were staged in South Florida. And there was a little something for everyone. There were two turf races, one for each sex; two
- February 3, 2018It’s with wistful sadness that we say goodbye to Private Zone, an outstanding race horse who showed courage and patience as he quietly struggled against illness. Private Zone was bred in Canada by Adena Springs and was a son of Macho Uno and Auburn Beauty, a daughter of Siphon. He
- Thoroughbred Insider: WithersIn my latest piece for the Thoroughbred Insider Facebook page, I did a little something different: not a Withers Stakes preview per se, but more a piece inspired by a common thread that links the names of so many of the entrants. I don’t write enough about horse names…but when
- Some good sprinters at Oaklawn0 Dan Illman Saturday's King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park features several hard-hitting sprinters. Let's take a closer look.
- February 1, 2018They say blogs are for contemplation, not news. Whoever “they” are, they’re probably right about that. All the same, I can’t help mentioning two news items. First, tickets for Old Friends’ Annual Homecoming are now available! Our 2018 Annual Homecoming is Sunday, May 6 – the day after the Derby
- Hall of Fame Bloodlines: A Study of Female Families – Part TwoIt’s been quite a while since my post about the information I compiled regarding the 100 distinct female families that account for over 200 Hall of Fame members, but I’m back to talk about Family 1-x, the second-most productive female family in American racing’s Hall of Fame. I’ve talked about
- Coolmore beginning to reap Deep rewards with ImpactThe past flat season has once again proved a very fruitful one for Coolmore. They currently own and bred both European champion two-year-olds Us Navy Flag, by War Front and Clemmie a daughter of their outstanding sire Galileo. With an abundance of mares from the same sirelines as other European
- From Horseplayer Monthly: Q & A with Mike MaloneyThis Q&A appeared in the January 2018 edition of Horseplayer Monthly. To read the rest of the issue FOR FREE, please click here. HANA board member Mike Maloney has a book available for purchase on the DRF store. Titled as Betting with an Edge: A Professional Horseplayer’s Life in Thoroughbred
- Through the Looking Glass at Pegasus IIPegasus II was a year in the planning, two months in the construction, one day in the betting and for the winners, one night of partying. HRI let Toni loose with her camera for a look around and she came up with some of her favorite, subjects and people, especially
- Amid Eclipse glitz, a dose of realityShelley Blodgett, left, and Kelley Stobie accept the Special Eclipse Award for their rescue efforts at Camarero Racetrack. Responders to the San Luis Rey Downs fire also were recognized. HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – On a night that celebrated the best achievements in racing on the track, it was the
- Thoroughbred Insider: Holy BullToday would have been Holy Bull’s 27th birthday. On the Thoroughbred Insider Facebook page, I wrote a short piece remembering his career, and remembering his lasting impact on the Thoroughbred breed.
- Pop this Balloon, BC BoardLOL at Breeders' Cup Derby — Ed DeRosa (@EJXD2) January 23, 2018 If Thoroughbred racing has a silly season, it’s the weeks between the winter holidays and the Eclipse Awards. And things don’t get much sillier than floating the idea to create a Breeders’ Cup Derby, restricted to 3-year-old
- HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS STUNTING THE GROWTH OF HORSE RACINGBy Hans Ebert@hanseberthk Recently, more and more people following the world of horse racing are taking sabbaticals from social media, mainly Twitter. Some never come back, Why? In order to return to the real world. Even with all its faults, it’s somewhere with small pockets of beauty and intelligence and