• Some Oaks and Derby thoughts
    0 Dan Illman I heard there are a couple of big races at Churchill Downs this weekend.   Let's take a look.   Everyone likes to talk about the "Curse of Apollo" when discussing the Kentucky Derby, but the "Curse of White Star Line" never seems to come up
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on May 4, 2017 4:38 pm
  • Kentucky Oaks pick: Looking to the Sky
    The weather isn’t the only reason to look to the sky on Oaks Day. Race 11 | Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks | 1 1/8 miles  Miss Sky Warrior Paradise Woods Farrell Abel Tasman Comment: Miss Sky Warrior is on a five-race win streak, is as accomplished as Paradise
    via Barn 6A on May 4, 2017 3:07 pm
  • A New Paper on the PPARGC1a Gene
    Along with Daniel Polasik and his colleagues from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Poland, I was a co-author on a paper on a SNP in the promoter region of the equine PPARGC1a gene. Thefull paper can be found herebut the Abstract of the paper is:The protein encoded by
    via Performance Genetics on May 4, 2017 9:32 am
  • Group Double for Northern Trick Family
    Thirty-three years ago the three-year-old daughter of Northern Dancer, Northern Trick, dominated the top races of the French season and it brought her the title not just of the top three-year-old filly in France but also the best rated three-year-old filly in Europe. She excelled at stud too – the
    via Blacktype Pedigree on May 4, 2017 8:21 am
  • post 17 in 2017?
    Curlin has had a baby from each of his crops so far enter the Kentucky Derby, and this year is no different.  Despite only 41 Curlin foals being reported in 2014, his babies beat the odds.  Irish War Cry (Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers) has earned his way into the
    via Blinkers Off on May 3, 2017 1:33 pm
  • shanghai bobby is generating profits and showing speed with his first crop of racers
    When an unbeaten 2-year-old champion goes to stud, there is a certain amount of fanfare, and with the retirement of 2012 Eclipse Award champion Shanghai Bobby (by Harlan’s Holiday), who had gone undefeated in his five starts at 2, commercial breeders were queuing up immediately to breed to the quick
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on May 3, 2017 10:56 am
  • Keeping It In the Family: Familiar Faces in the 2017 Kentucky Derby
    Champion Classic Empire is giving Pioneerof the Nile another chance at a Derby victory.With only a few days left until this year’s Kentucky Derby, the field is mostly set with 20 horses already guaranteed a spot and four others hoping to get in if there are any withdrawals in the
    via All Equine All the Time on May 3, 2017 8:56 am
  • Oppenheim: Showtime
    So now we’ve arrived: this weekend sees the first four North American and European Classics of the season: the GI Kentucky Oaks on Friday, followed by the G1 English 2000 Guineas Saturday morning US time, the GI Kentucky Derby Saturday afternoon, and the G1 English 1000 Guineas on Sunday at
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on May 2, 2017 1:18 pm
  • Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    Trip Notes 5/2/17 Santa Anita is in the spotlight in this week’s column; we’ll take a look at three trips from three different racing days at the Southern Cal circuit. Friday Santa Anita Race 8: #6 PRAY HARD PRAY HARD did well to be second here despite losing ground to
    via Danonymous Racing on May 2, 2017 8:46 am
  • May 1, 2017
    For now, just an update: Due to the weather forecast for this coming ThursdayBloodline Products announces the postponement ofthe Derby Lawn Party at the Conrad-Caldwell Estate in Louisville to benefit Old Friends. The Lawn Party will be rescheduled at the same location. Stay tuned for the announcement! And, a promise.
    via Old Friends on May 1, 2017 7:55 pm
  • Examining Top Derby Prep Days for Possible Track Bias
    A look at recent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) dirt prep races in the United States could determine if any potential bias toward a particular running style on the main track existed on particular race days.One less thing for handicappers to worry about? Note that all tracks for race days
    via Keeping Pace on May 1, 2017 5:57 pm
  • Life on the Farm: Spring foaling
    As bitter subzero temperatures melt into warm, dew-kissed mornings of spring, activity whirs around McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in upstate New York.
    via This is Horse Racing on May 1, 2017 3:56 pm
  • OBS April Sale — A Bit More Depth
    After the high-end two-year-olds-in-training sales at Gulfstream and Ocala Breeders Sales Co., both in March, come the mass-market events. The first of thoee was held last week by OBS in Ocala, with more than 1,200 horses in the catalog for a sale stretching over four days of breeze show and
    via The Business of Racing on May 1, 2017 3:33 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: The Black Princess
    I don’t know how much Sheikh Mohammed paid for Park Appeal after this filly completed her unbeaten juvenile campaign but one thing’s for sure–he has rarely made a better investment. Not that the purchase of this daughter of Ahonoora yielded any immediate dividends. The GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, two
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on May 1, 2017 11:19 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. War Correspondent 2. Disco Partner 3. Farhaan
    via Racing Dudes on May 1, 2017 7:00 am
  • NTRA Staying Busy in Washington
    While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in Louisville, Ky., the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues.The political mood on immigration issues may be too steep
    via Keeping Pace on April 29, 2017 1:21 pm
  • Bode Miller
    Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller is best known for his talents on the ski slopes, but he’s pretty well known around the track as well. A longtime horse fan and racehorse owner, Miller has bought into the Derby hopeful Fast And Accurate (Hansen). He talks Kentucky Derby, skiing, horse racing
    via TDN Podcasts on April 28, 2017 11:55 am
  • Illinois Derby Day in Photos: A Return to Hawthorne
    On hiatus last year, the 1-1/8 miles Illinois Derby (G3) returned to Hawthorne Race Course for 2017. Once regarded a Kentucky Derby prep, the Illinois Derby has unfortunately been left out of the Derby points system.One can hope that changes in the near future. One of the oldest racetracks in America,
    via Racing Reviewer – Photo Essays on April 27, 2017 7:50 pm
  • April 27, 2017
    Awesome Gem “What? The best 2017 Derby party in all of  Louisville? And it’s a benefit for Old Friends? Wow!” Silver Charm To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Silver Charm’s Kentucky Derby win, jockey Joe Steiner will recount exercising the champion-to-be during his Triple Crown bid!   Rail Trip And
    via Old Friends on April 27, 2017 6:03 pm
  • Decoupling almost a done deal in Florida
    The Florida legislature has worked out a compromise that would allow Calder Race Course (now Gulfstream West), Hialeah Park's quarterhorse operation, area greyhound tracks, jai alai frontons and Isle of Capri's harness racing to cease their pari-mutuels while maintaining their limited casinos and card rooms. If and when this bill
    via Ante Post on April 27, 2017 5:01 pm
  • Dolphus on track for Jerkens
    0 Dan Illman From the moment he was conceived, hopes were sky-high for DOLPHUS.  
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on April 27, 2017 4:41 pm
      Each year that the Oaks is run, it brings with it different stories and contexts. And if we have a “filly favourite” running, we learn their stories by heart. Some of these narratives stay with us. Join me as I re-memory the fillies and the Oaks runs over the last
    via The Vault on April 26, 2017 1:25 pm
  • Better Times for Harbinger ahead?
    The purchase of Harbinger seems to be the biggest Japanese breeding acquisition in this century. Shadai Farm bought him in August 2010, just a few weeks after he defeated the competition in the King George by a class, winning by eleven lengths from Cape Bianco. At the time he was
    via Blacktype Pedigree on April 26, 2017 5:39 am
  • Bill Oppenheim: European Second-Crop Sires
    Three European second-crop sires–Juddmonte’s Frankel (Galileo); Darley’s Sepoy (Elusive Quality); and Coolmore’s Excelebration (Exceed And Excel)–saw important black-type performances last weekend. Following Andrew Caulfield’s illuminating discussion of Sepoy and another Darley sire, Helmet (also by Exceed and Excel), let’s drill down a little bit and look at these sires in
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on April 25, 2017 2:06 pm
  • Jumping Around Podcast: The Senior Senator Story
    Joe Davies has trained plenty of horses. Senior Senator is nothing like the others. A flop (and something of a rogue) on the flat at Penn National for Flint Stites, the now 7-year-old has bloomed into a star over timber. He's crossed the finish line first or second in every
    via This is Horse Racing on April 25, 2017 10:38 am
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