• BRITISH HORSE RACING’S NEWEST MOVERS AND SHAKERS
    The winter issue of the United Kingdom edition of Town & Country magazine features a cover story titled “The New Royals, How the Qataris Became Britain’s Ruling Class.” The essence of the article is captured in the opening paragraph: “Claridge’s, the Shard, Harrod’s…just a few of the crown jewels the Qataris have…
    via Horse Racing Business on January 28, 2016 7:00 am
  • New Stallion Carpe Diem
    Carpe DiemBought by Stonestreet Stables for $1.6-million (approx. €1.48-million/£1.1-million) as a 2-year-old, Carpe Diem's career led to a successful partnership between the farm and WinStar in 2014 and 2015. This year, the pair teams up again to support him off the track in his first season at stud. By top sire…
    via All Equine All the Time on January 28, 2016 12:00 am
  • Archival Celebration of Penny’s 94th Birthday
    I am reprinting the following two columns to celebrate Penny Chenery’s 94th birthday today. This first one was reprinted three years ago, and originally published in Blood-Horse magazine in 2002, and many people have read it, but I am publishing it again for those who haven’t and those who wish…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on January 27, 2016 4:21 pm
  • Decisions Decisions
    By Jonathan Stettin The serious horse player is faced with as many decisions as any business man you’ll find during a day at the office. Actually, I’d say more than most. Knowing when to zig instead of zag can be the difference not only between a profitable day or a…
    via Past the Wire on January 27, 2016 3:23 pm
  • Holy Bull Was As Good As It Gets
    This Saturday, on Jan. 30, dreams of roses invade the thoughts of horse racing trainers, owners, and jockeys alike in earnest. What most consider the first true Kentucky Derby prep of the year takes place when 3 year olds hit the Gulfstream Park dirt track for the Grade 2 Holy…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on January 27, 2016 3:13 pm
  • A track record for Mah Gellin
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <p>He's not a household name, but MAH GELLIN looked good winning an 'n2x' optional claimer in track record time at Golden Gate Fields…
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on January 27, 2016 1:09 pm
  • Short Tip for NHC
    Don’t Panic on the Day 1 The final NHC leaderboard top 10 is littered with contestants who barely scratched out any results on Day 1. This is a marathon of a contest unlike any most have played before and this year there is an additional 3 races added to each…
    via Tournament Edge on January 27, 2016 9:58 am
  • The Final Countdown to NHC
    Before my first NHC contest ten years ago my pre-tournament preparation consisted of simply picking up the past performances a few days before the contest started and to begin to handicap. My success during my first few contests bore out that this lack of preparation just wasn’t enough to compete…
    via Tournament Edge on January 27, 2016 9:53 am
  • Oppenheim: Tapit Becomes Galileo
    When we did our APEX review of Leading North American and European Sires of 2014 ABC Runners, Coolmore’s superstar sire Galileo was out on his own, having sired a total of 60 ABC Runners in the seven countries we cover in 2014. A group of six other sires had ABC…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on January 26, 2016 3:39 pm
  • Dubai Millennium and His Influence
    The American Jockey Club Cup (Gr. 2) at Nakayama on Sunday was quite easily won by the seven-year-old Decipher, bred by Darley’s Japanese subsidiary and representing the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Decipher is not just one of seventy-three black-type winners by the Japanese champion Deep Impact, but also…
    via Blacktype Pedigree on January 26, 2016 3:14 pm
  • how keeneland grew into a sales giant
    With the Keeneland January sale, held on Jan. 11 – 15 this year, firing the first bullet in its five-shot cylinder, it’s hard to recall that Keeneland hasn’t sponsored a full schedule of sales since the beginning of time. Founded in 1936, Keeneland did not get to pounding the drum at…
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 26, 2016 8:01 am
  • Not My First Rodeo
    O. K. , it’s my second. I started handicapping three years ago and qualified for my first NHC last year with a single ticket. Like 50 or so other players in this year’s NHC, I have two entries compared to last year’s single. But that’s not the real difference…
    via Tournament Edge on January 26, 2016 3:24 am
  • Curlin babies having babies: Part 2
    Last week, Blinkers Off looked at five of the racing-age horses who can claim Curlin as their damsire.  That included a single three-year-old in Panama, Westward Star (Stephen Got Even – Thwindwhispersmary), as well as four of the two-year-olds. This week we continue this series with a look at the…
    via Blinkers Off on January 26, 2016 12:52 am
  • One Year of Racing Reviewer
    Happy first anniversary to Racing Reviewer!Continue reading on Medium »
    via Racing Reviewer – Photo Essays on January 25, 2016 10:25 pm
  • Trainer Phil D’Amato Should Exceed 2015 Success in 2016
    Phil D’Amato officially took over training duties for all of Mike Mitchell’s horses in the spring of 2014. Since that time, he has solidified himself as one of the top trainers in Southern California. D’Amato spent 10 years as an assistant to the brilliant Mike Mitchell who passed away in…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on January 25, 2016 7:05 pm
  • Laurel Park an International Trailblazer
    Thanks partly to Storm Jonas, which sent ice floes sailing down New Jersey streets, there was little action on the racing front last week. Consequently, the most interesting news of the week arguably came in last Friday’s TDN, when Bill Finley explained that the Stronach Group has asked that…
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on January 25, 2016 2:08 pm
  • JRA Weekend Snapshot – Jan 23-24, 2016
    Here is the weekend snapshot for JRA races held over the almost snowy weekend of 23-24 January. We had two G2s, and while the weekend at first glance seemed pretty pedestrian, if you take a closer look there were a few easter eggs to be found. Let’s get to it…
    via Japan Racing Blog on January 25, 2016 4:45 am
  • The Legacy of Arch
    The racing world was stunned by the passing of Claiborne’s top stallion Arch from a sudden heart attack on January 20, 2016. The 21 year old stallion spent his entire stud career at the historic farm. Arch was a mid-range stud, but he proffered an essential contribution to the breed.  …
    via Pedigree Power on January 25, 2016 12:10 am
  • January 24, 2016
    Rail Trip, W. C. Jones and buddies. Hay, guys! Probably you know about the barn fire yesterday morning at Old Friends in Georgetown. It was the small barn, our hospital and quarantine barn, that burned. Thanks to our brave, wonderful, observant, level headed heroes, farm staff James and Tammy, the…
    via Old Friends on January 24, 2016 5:10 pm
  • BAFFERT: “Horses Are Like Songs”
    HALLANDALE BEACH, January 24, 2016--As a prelude to All-American Pharoah Night at the Eclipse Awards, ThoroFan, a Saratoga-based grassroots organization devoted to present and future racing fans, held its fourth annual party. For the work ThoroFan--a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to give fans a voice and grow the sport--tries…
    via Pricci’s On the Line on January 24, 2016 3:51 pm
  • Blinkers Off: learning.
    My goal for January was to become conversant about harness racing. The vast majority of my racing exposure has been thoroughbreds. Growing up, the only races I ever watched were the Triple Crown. I eventually realised that there was more to racing than a few big three-year-old races in May…
    via Pinboard on January 24, 2016 10:29 am
  • learning.
    My goal for January was to become conversant about harness racing. The vast majority of my racing exposure has been thoroughbreds.  Growing up, the only races I ever watched were the Triple Crown.  I eventually realised that there was more to racing than a few big three-year-old races in May…
    via Blinkers Off on January 24, 2016 12:39 am
  • Kingmambo – Thoroughbred Racing Ancestry
    Breeding in Thoroughbred racing is everything. Oh sure there have been horses who became champions that were from families containing very few stakes winners, or were regarded as “unfashionable” in their pedigrees, but generally breeding is the key to winning the top level races worldwide. As a son of the…
    via Pinboard on January 23, 2016 12:22 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast, January 22, 2016
    <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DRF Players Podcast </div> </div> </div> <p>Big preview of next week&rsquo;s National Handicapping Championship with NHC Tour winner Jonathon Kinchen and DRF&rsquo;s Eric Wing, NHC emcee and member…
    via DRF Players Podcast on January 22, 2016 1:08 pm
  • Ten Things You Should Know: Santa Monica Stakes
    This sprint for older filly and mares has been won by several champions who have also beat males at route distances.
    via Hello Race Fans! on January 22, 2016 12:50 pm
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