• Two to follow
    0 Dan Illman There were a couple of very nice sprint performances last week.
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on April 13, 2016 4:10 pm
  • The Phippses: Last of the Private Stables
    Some years ago, a young groom at Belmont Park looked admiringly at all the well-bred Ogden Phipps horses and said to himself, “If I could ever train those horses, my life would be made.”That groom’s name was Shug McGaughey, and in 1986, his life was made when he replaced Angel…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on April 13, 2016 3:47 pm
  • NYRA farce continues Cuomo’s control of racing
    The New York Racing Association’s Board of Directors approved a report on Tuesday with two proposals that would  –  according to them  –  return NYRA to private control.  Each of the proposals, however, would ensure that Governor Andrew Cuomo would retain control of the NYRA franchise for the foreseeable future.  And…
    via Tom Noonan on April 13, 2016 2:48 pm
  • Rose of Jericho Still in Boom
    Only a handful few of those who were present or watched the event online would forget the electrifying atmosphere that spread over Tattersalls hall during the 2013 December Mares Sales when the chestnut broodmare Dancing Rain entered the sales ring. The Oaks winner, in foal with Frankel, entered the quiet…
    via Blacktype Pedigree on April 13, 2016 3:15 am
  • Friends, Family Say Good-bye to Dinny Phipps
    Dinny Phipps at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/Susie Raisher The racing world was well represented April 12 for the funeral of Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps, held at St. James’ Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Phipps died of pancreatic cancer April 6. Nearly filling the church, which accommodates 1,200 people, Phipps’…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on April 12, 2016 8:15 pm
  • Sixty Years Of Woodbine Racetrack – Thoroughbred Racing Ancestry
    Sixty years young. I say that because I will be turning sixty this year. My favourite place in the world during these sixty years, my happy place so to speak, is Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. This year Woodbine will turn sixty. Sixty years of world class racing, featuring world class…
    via Pinboard on April 12, 2016 8:11 pm
  • NYRA Plans for Re-organization: Is the End of State Control in Sight?
    Three-and-a-half years after being put under state control by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Racing Association board of the directors approved a plan April 12 for a return to privatization at a meeting in New York City. The board was required by statute to submit a re-organization plan to…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on April 12, 2016 4:27 pm
  • The Derby Picture
    Outwork’s win over 80-1 maiden Trojan Nation (sent across the country by the vastly underrated Paddy Gallagher) in last Saturday’s GI Wood Memorial gave his first-crop sire Uncle Mo at least three contenders, including universal favorite Nyquist, for next month’s GI Kentucky Derby, and in the bargain Uncle Mo vaulted…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on April 12, 2016 2:29 pm
  • Derby Prep Afterthoughts
    Now that the derby prep races are just about finished and everyone is trying to gauge and put into perspective what they actually saw and experienced  through all these derby preps, the task at hand becomes great. In fact trying to establish which horses looked more impressive compared to the…
    via Nick Borg on April 12, 2016 9:28 am
  • OptixEQ: The Future of Handicapping is Here
    Handicapping and betting on horse racing is not only the ultimate game of skill it is an information game as well. The player with a piece of information that no one else has or few have has a distinct edge on his/her competition. It is for that reason that I…
    via Equinometry on April 11, 2016 11:33 pm
  • a Grade I, and other glory
    This weekend, four Curlin babies found the winners’ circle, two in graded stakes company.  Three more rounded out the exacta. In short, it’s a good week to be a Curlin baby. Curlinup heads back to the barn after finishing second in Saturday’s Hawthorne finale. Top billing, of course, goes to Exaggerator…
    via Blinkers Off on April 11, 2016 9:33 pm
  • New Chapter in a ‘Giant’ Legacy
    What’s that old saying about familiarity breeding contempt? Well, contempt is much too strong a word for what I have in mind, but it is fair to say that familiarity often leads to boredom in the bloodstock world. Time and again we see elderly proven stallions coming out second best…
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on April 11, 2016 3:08 pm
  • Courts Say Injecting is “Fraud”, Weekend Racing Thoughts
    In a case that lasted five years, and went to the highest courts in the land, an Ontario trainer was convicted of fraud for injecting a horse with a performance enhancing substance.Although the penalty (a fine) seems inconsequential, the tenets of the case strike a chord.Manarin said there’s a difference between…
    via Pull the Pocket on April 11, 2016 3:07 pm
    The Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority at Dartmouth University normally holds a Kentucky Derby party where guests dress up and sip mint juleps…but no more. The event has been cancelled. During the 2015 party, Black Lives Matter protestors said the sorority was “recreating an Antebellum South atmosphere…” that was racist and…
    via Horse Racing Business on April 11, 2016 10:19 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Exaggerator 2. Songbird 3. Sheer Drama
    via Racing Dudes on April 11, 2016 7:00 am
  • No Magical Results
    Listed below are the prices of sales foals of 2008-2111 by the sires of their broodmare sires (P3 in the third generation). Sire of BM Sire                    Foals          Average          Maverage        …
    via Boojum’s Bonanza on April 11, 2016 3:47 am
  • G1 Satsuki Sho: One For The Ages
    The G1 ¥216,000.000 2000m Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) kicks off the 2016 Triple Crown series for the colts on Sunday, and it could be a clash for the ages with some amazing talent lining up. Post Y2K Satsuki Sho winners include Deep Impact, Orfevre, Gold Ship, Neo Universe, Daiwa…
    via Japan Racing Blog on April 11, 2016 1:34 am
  • Sunday Review: Welcome Home For Dubai Two While Dynamic Dash Scores Upset At Busan
    Cheongu and Success Story, Korea’s first ever representatives at the Dubai World Cup Carnival were welcomed back to Korea with special ceremonies at their home tracks of Seoul and Busan today. Cheongu at Seoul Racecourse this afternoon The pair could very well clash soon as both are entered in what…
    via Korea Racing on April 10, 2016 9:45 am
  • Lonhro’s Shakhimat makes move to Queen’s Plate for Attfield
    Roger Attfield, along with Harry Giddings Jr., has won Canada’s premier classic, the Queen’s Plate, a remarkable eight times. Last year he attempted to enter the record books with Danish Dynaformer, a homebred colt from the last crop of Dynaformer for client Charles Fipke. This year, he will try again with…
    via Sid Fernando + Observations on April 9, 2016 1:10 am
  • CristBlog: Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick-4
    0 Steven Crist Saturday, 12:30 pm -- "They're off and running on Wood Memorial Day!" said Larry Collmus as the gates opened for the 1st at Aqueduct a few minutes ago, where Spooked Out wired the field to win the opener for Repole/Pletcher/Velazquez.
    via Steven Crist DRF Blog on April 8, 2016 3:31 pm
  • Graded Stakes Bring in the Dollars for Several Reasons, but it’s Still Basic Betting Economics
    There was an enlightening late night chat (eastern time zone late night) on the twitter that I caught this morning by Crunk and professor of economics Caroline Betts.They were talking about racing quality and handle, or maybe more apt, stakes racing and handle, versus non stakes races. About 10% of…
    via Pull the Pocket on April 8, 2016 11:08 am
  • Busan Friday Review: Buho Is Back!
    Buho, winner of five races from eight as a three-year-old in 2014, strode back into the winner’s circle as a five-year-old at Busan Racecourse this afternoon. Buho (Vicar), a half-brother of 2008 KRA Cup Mile winner Rainmaker, last won under Joe Fujii on December 21, 2014. That was his fifth…
    via Korea Racing on April 8, 2016 10:53 am
    Canterbury Park Holding Company released its annual report (SEC 10K) on March 29, 2016. Canterbury is listed under the symbol CPHC on the Nasdaq exchange and has a market cap of about $44 million. CPHC owns the Canterbury Park Racetrack and Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota near the Twin Cities. CPHC…
    via Horse Racing Business on April 8, 2016 7:00 am
  • New Stallion: Competitive Edge
    Competitive EdgeA $750,000 2-year-old purchase, Competitive Edge hit the track running for trainer Todd Pletcher when he debuted at Saratoga in late July 2014. There was no question who was best that day with the bay colt winning by 10 ¼ lengths.Competitive Edge was thrown to the top level of…
    via All Equine All the Time on April 7, 2016 10:08 pm
  • Racetrackers with Special Guest Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing
    Thursday at 8 PM EST. Bil and Dina recap the Florida Derby and look forward to the Wood Bluegrass and Santa Anita Derby
    via Racetrackers Podcast on April 7, 2016 8:00 pm
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