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  • May 24, 2020
    A few evenings ago Laura took some photos in the rain that are so spectacular, and so close to the horses’ individual essences, that they don’t need much narration. They come pretty darn close to the horses speaking for themselves. … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on May 24, 2020 11:34 am
  • Summer Of Survival: Saratoga Businesses Brace For Horse Racing Season Without Fans
    Nothing can be more disturbing for a real estate agent than the sound of silence. At a time of year when veteran realtor Scott Varley is accustomed to receiving a steady stream of inquiries about lodging in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he has far too much unrented space as the prospect...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 23, 2020 10:46 am
  • Belmont Stakes Might Wind Up the Best of the Three
    Let us first acknowledge the fact that from strictly a historical standpoint, this year Belmont Stakes (G1) is closer to a one-turn Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) with a three-hour NBC telecast than it is to the Belmont Stakes. The Wood is the only one of the traditional...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on May 22, 2020 3:49 pm
  • Taking Stock: TJC Applies a Band-Aid
    Let’s cut to the chase. The recent dictum from The Jockey Club (TJC) that North American stallions born in 2020 and forward will be limited to covering 140 mares in a calendar year is an attempt to divert mares from popular stallions to others not as in demand. It’s a...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on May 21, 2020 3:54 pm
  • "Into the Abyss with Arrogance"
    Over the years, here on the blog and elsewhere, we've shared our concerns regarding the moribund state of the sport, particularly on the demand side. And, over the last few days I was again reminded of Multiracewagers' post here at the blog (one of the most popular posts in terms...
    via Pull the Pocket on May 21, 2020 11:59 am
  • The Ontario Harness Racing Clown Show
    For those of you excited to bet a little harness racing, the state of Ohio seems to have your back. Friday night, after a long Coronavirus related hiatus, a full card is set to go at Scioto Downs, with a 14% takeout pick 5 in races 5 through 9.Glancing at...
    via Pull the Pocket on May 20, 2020 5:21 pm
  • May 20, 2020
    This week’s Old Friends Blog Visit features Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip, Ogygian’s descendants Cherono and Johannesbourbon, hard workers Photon, Rathor and Cost Affective, Saint Aloysius, Bunker’s Edge, and Lion Hunter. These horses live in two big pastures south … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on May 20, 2020 11:05 am
  • Back to the Track
    Almost daily we're seeing more and more tracks open, or be given a firm start date. Barring anything too crazy from here on out, you and I will be betting and those who work in the industry will be racing at near normal numbers. I've seen a few posts or...
    via Pull the Pocket on May 20, 2020 10:36 am
  • THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN KENTUCKY DERBY HORSE OWNER
    Even though the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September, May remains the month when Derby history most comes to mind. People old enough to remember Jack Benny’s television series, which ran from October 1950 to September 1964, or his radio program before that, will recall the character Rochester,...
    via Horse Racing Business on May 20, 2020 6:00 am
  • View From The Eighth Pole: So Much To Look Forward To
    Finally, some clarity. Having a Belmont Stakes at the shortened distance of 1 1/8 miles to kick off horse racing's Triple Crown on June 20 may not be what most people want, but it's what they get. As Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert put it, “I just feel fortunate...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 19, 2020 6:10 pm
  • Tradition
    Things can really get messed up during this odd time we're living in. It's just a matter of fact.But boy, do we in horse racing love tradition. The Belmont Stakes going to 9 furlongs (not a typo, I saw a DRF guy tweet out the news) spurred some of the...
    via Pull the Pocket on May 19, 2020 12:25 pm
  • Ask Ray: Deleted Comments, Dark Tapeta And Missing Fractions
    “Why do you delete my comments for speaking the truth? What is your problem with the truth?” So asks a Paulick Report reader in the latest installment of Ask Ray. Publisher Ray Paulick politely explains that the website's commenting policy expressly forbids name calling that uses words like “criminal,” “crook”...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 18, 2020 8:38 pm
  • paul jones put the st simon line in the kentucky derby winner’s circle a century ago
    How the world changes. Exactly 100 years ago, the U.S. had finished the First World War late in 1918 and …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on May 18, 2020 2:01 pm
  • True Knight: Racing’s Little Giant
    There are times when a horse deserves to have his accomplishments recognized even if no one has heard of him or even cares to read about him. So, although most people will pass right over this, I still feel compelled to write about True Knight and at least have his...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on May 18, 2020 10:24 am
  • Commentary: Horse Racing’s Chance Of A Lifetime
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the greatest advantage for horse racing above all other sports in the U.S.:  interstate online wagering. Other sports do not have a similarly significant advantage as horse racing does with this platform to generate revenue from the gambling dollar. Hence, with virtually all...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 17, 2020 5:30 pm
  • Running of the Preakness Day
    It's the third Saturday in May in Baltimore, the self-proclaimed Greatest City in America. It's noon, I've consumed a little coffee, and not enough food or water. It's 75 and sunny, in stark contrast to the last few third Saturdays in May. The last Preakness Day with no recorded rainfall...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 16, 2020 7:22 pm
  • History Maker
    From the Alibi Breakfast to the blanket of handmade Black-Eyed Susans to the painting of the infield cupola’s weathervane in the colors of its winner, the Preakness Stakes is an event that revels in tradition....
    via This is Horse Racing on May 16, 2020 8:16 am
  • For the Horse
    Found this in the archives of The Saratoga Special. 2008....
    via This is Horse Racing on May 15, 2020 4:47 pm
  • ‘He’s just special’
    It was just his second time at the Preakness, a race the future Hall of Fame trainer would later come to own, so pardon Bob Baffert if he was a little confused by the idiosyncrasies that come with being the second-oldest racetrack in the United States....
    via This is Horse Racing on May 15, 2020 2:13 pm
  • Desktop Racing Photo Gallery
    A pile of photographs sits on my desk. Been there for a month, maybe more. The pile was in a box, but I needed the box so I removed the photos. I’ve looked through some, once or twice, but not all. Then I moved on to something else. Then I came...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 15, 2020 1:00 pm
  • Behind the Scenes With American Pharoah
    With NBC continuing its trip down memory lane by showing American Pharoah's 2015 Preakness Stakes (G1) May 16, I thought we'd also take a trip down memory lane by going behind the scenes of all three Triple Crown races and showcasing some of the more memorable moments. This is a...
    via Hangin' with Haskin on May 15, 2020 9:28 am
  • Preakness memories burn bright
    We may not yet be sure of when “Maryland, My Maryland” will ring out at Pimlico this year – and whether there will be an “anointed throng” in the stands to hear it (verse 5 of James Ryder Randall’s anthem to the seventh state) – but we can be certain...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 14, 2020 10:49 am
  • May 13, 2020
    He used the same move on me a few evenings later when I made the video. Again, it worked magnificently. Affirmed Success is one of the biggest stars at Old Friends’ Georgetown farm. He hasn’t lived on the front of … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on May 13, 2020 9:45 pm
  • QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW JOCKEY CLUB RULE CAPPING STALLION BOOKS AT 140 MARES PER YEAR
    In an effort to ensure diversity in the Thoroughbred horse gene pool, the U. S. Jockey Club recently instituted a limit on the number of mares that a stallion can breed in any calendar year.  Following is an excerpt from the media release from the Jockey Club pertaining to the...
    via Horse Racing Business on May 13, 2020 6:00 am
  • Op/Ed: What is the Goal Behind the Cap?
    I love this business and I am a true fan of the sport and an admirer of its equine athletes. I am fortunate enough to participate on a weekly podcast and occasionally write business-related articles for the Thoroughbred Daily News. Both forums enable me to voice my opinions on various...
    via TDN Op/Ed on May 12, 2020 2:07 pm