• AN EMERGING CONTENDER FOR ECLIPSE AWARD 3-YEAR-OLD MALE?
    With the 2016 Triple Crown races being won by three different colts, the Eclipse Award for the outstanding 3-year-old male is inconclusive at the mid-point of the year.  A clearer picture will emerge from the summer and fall stakes races. While the attention is on Nyquist, Exaggerator, and Creator, the…
    via Horse Racing Business on June 30, 2016 7:00 am
  • A New Brand of Hero
    If you go back through the 20th century, the typical equine hero was a 3-year-old or 4-year-old male who excelled at our classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. There were the rare exceptions like geldings Kelso, John Henry, Forego, Armed, and Exterminator, who raced at ages ranging from 6-years-old to…
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on June 28, 2016 4:08 pm
  • TURF TALK: DeRosa & Hanson discuss the Kentucky Derby as key race & Songbird
    Exaggerator (Preakness), Creator (Belmont), Tom's Ready (Woody Stephens), Gun Runner (Matt Winn), and Mo Tom (Ohio Derby) have each won their next race following the Kentucky Derby with Nyquist (third in the Preakness) and Destin (second in the Belmont) performing admirably as well. Why has this year's race been so…
    via Twinspires Racing Podcast on June 28, 2016 4:00 pm
  • Grand Daddy in Scat Daddy’s Footprints
    When Scat Daddy died prematurely last December, aged just fourteen, it was a huge loss not just for his home Ashford Stud but for all breeding in America North and South – he shuttled on the regular basis to Haras Paso Nevado, Chile. His achievements in South America inspired in…
    via Blacktype Pedigree on June 28, 2016 3:44 pm
  • bradester’s stature continues to grow
    With a wire-to-wire victory in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 18, 6-year-old Bradester became the latest Grade 1 winner for his sire Lion Heart (by Tale of the Cat), and the horse now has earnings of more than $1 million, with five graded stakes victories in 23…
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 28, 2016 3:37 pm
  • congratulations, Trensita!
    Looking back through all of the races in which Trensita (Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway) has been placed, it seems her connections always knew what they had. Trainer Michael Matz cut to the chase: she debuted going a mile and a sixteenth at Saratoga in August of 2015, her two-year-old year. …
    via Blinkers Off on June 28, 2016 11:55 am
  • Bill Oppenheim: Fasig July
    Fasig-Tipton kicks off the North American and European yearling sale season with its July Yearling Sale; this year it’s again a one-day sale, on Tuesday, July 12, though it will be preceded by a Horses of Racing Age sale on Monday afternoon. As recently as 2007 the Fasig July Yearling…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on June 28, 2016 8:21 am
  • Pedigree Insights: Lord Nelson
    Bearing in mind that Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lost the sight in his right eye in 1794, his right arm in 1797 and was finally mortally wounded as a 47-year-old at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, he couldn’t be considered the luckiest of individuals. Still, his exploits…
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on June 27, 2016 2:22 pm
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Melatonin 2. Mo Tom There was no replay available for this race other than Blood Horse or the Daily Facing Form.  This is a major fail by Thistledown as we hardly ever run into this problem.   You would think they would make their biggest race of the meet available for…
    via Racing Dudes on June 27, 2016 7:00 am
  • Unsolicited Opinions and a Possible Heads-Up
    HALLANDALE BEACH, NJ, June 26, 2016—Two weeks ago we thought it a capital idea to ask a series of impertinent questions, which was the title of a Sunday column written by the late Harness Hall of Fame writer, Clyde Hirt. Today we thought we clear the cache, ridding the inbox…
    via Pricci’s On the Line on June 26, 2016 6:53 pm
  • Fedorka: A life unfolding – A Yankee in Paris
    Because that is how our world works. We breed the best to the best, raise them with loving care and the best veterinarians, farriers, and nutritionists that the world has to offer, and we pray. We pray they don’t colic, we pray they don’t get kicked, we pray they don’t…
    via Pinboard on June 26, 2016 10:34 am
  • My twitter living will
    I spend far too much time on twitter.  I quit it for 6 months once and it was a glorious time of being invisible.  But I missed some friends and also had to get back on to do the 2nd annual Beemie Awards.  But it’s also lots of fun to…
    via Jason Beem on June 26, 2016 12:41 am
  • Brexit: Now What?
    Plenty of Thoroughbred business professionals both inside and outside of Britain and Europe are trying to figure out what the U.K.’s 52%-48% vote Thursday to leave the European Union means to the horse business. There’s an awful lot about which as yet we have no idea, and a few things…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on June 24, 2016 1:52 pm
  • COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF BETTORS?
    “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that is the way to bet.”  Damon Runyon and others Skilled horse racing bettors know this is not such good advice, as it is better to be patient and look for underlays…and there were two…
    via Horse Racing Business on June 24, 2016 10:40 am
  • Racetrackers – w Belmont winner Toby Sheets – CREATOR Steve Crayne Kyle Bailey
    This week Dina and Bill discuss the Belmont Stakes with Assitant Trainer Toby Sheets who will discuss Cretor's winand subsequent training and Steve Crayen who is leading the charger to legalize horse racing in the State of Georgia
    via Racetrackers Podcast on June 23, 2016 8:00 pm
  • Handicapping Canterbury Park for Thursday, June 23
    Here are the selections from our group for this Thursday's card at Canterbury Park.  The pick 5 begins in race six and the late pick 4 in race seven.  TVG will have coverage of races six through ten. Don't forget, we also have a free guide to Canterbury, courtesy of…
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on June 23, 2016 5:35 pm
  • ON POINT: Ohio Derby preview; Kentucky Derby a key race?
    Mo Tom, the beaten favorite in the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby, is the morning line favorite for the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 25 at Jack Thistledown, and the Lecomte Stakes winner is looking to become the fifth Kentucky Derby starter to win his…
    via Twinspires Racing Podcast on June 23, 2016 12:00 pm
  • BATEAU: MAN O’ WAR’S SPECTACULAR DAUGHTER
    Bateau was one of the very best of Man O’ War’s daughters when it came to racing, but she risks being forgotten because of one failure that was completely beyond her control. Hers is also a cautionary tale: the same fate often befalls great thoroughbreds today. George Conway, pictured with…
    via The Vault on June 23, 2016 11:55 am
  • Track operators are an endangered species
    The grand old men of race track ownership are all being threatened by actuarial tables. Frank Stronach is 83. Richard Duchossois is 94. Charles Cella of Oaklawn is approaching his 80th birthday. Dr. Edward Allred, who renovated Los Alamitos into a thoroughbred track is 80. John Brunetti, who long has…
    via Ante Post on June 23, 2016 6:01 am
  • Seattle Slew, Danzig, Blushing Groom
    I have been trying to come up with a snappy introduction to today’s topic. Unsuccessfully. So let me just state that I find the broodmare sire of the broodmare sire (P6 in the fourth generation) a fascinating position in pedigrees. So here are some statistics on the leading sires in…
    via Boojum’s Bonanza on June 23, 2016 3:14 am
  • ROYAL ASCOT – DAYS 4/5 – THE NEED FOR SPEED
    Run for only the second time the six furlong Commonwealth Stakes (gr. I) for three-year-old sprinters fell to Quiet Reflection, who was winning for the sixth time in seven starts, all but one of those victories coming in black type company. Quiet Reflection is from the second crop of the…
    via Alan Porter | Pedigree Consultants on June 23, 2016 12:12 am
  • Obviously aces Poker
    0 Dan Illman *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link.    read…
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on June 22, 2016 7:00 pm
  • Moonist, California Chrome, and contagious enthusiasm
    Earlier this morning, José Contreras tweeted that he was finding it hard to compare the loss of dominant quarter horse Moonist to something in the Thoroughbred world. Ask ten people, you’d probably get ten different answers.  Ask me?  The quarter horse world losing Moonist last night would be like the…
    via Blinkers Off on June 22, 2016 1:57 pm
  • Roman: Farewell | Chef-de-Race
    So there you have it. My fading interest in and frustration with American Thoroughbred racing have gotten to the point where the emotional, intellectual and financial rewards are not enough. If I were strictly a handicapper with less emotional investment in the horses themselves I might think differently. Unfortunately, my…
    via Pinboard on June 22, 2016 1:33 pm
  • Choisir Likes It at the Royal Ascot
    Five-day Royal Ascot has brought, besides great races, a number of insights for breeders. This year’s meeting was not just about the first two black-type progeny by Frankel, it was a milestone for Choisir, the Australia-bred son of Danehill Dancer.
    via Blacktype Pedigree on June 22, 2016 2:44 am
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