• The East Boston Connection
    Furthering my half-joking homer theory that everyone in American racing has a connection to Suffolk Downs is this story of jockey Edgar Prado: In 1988, one of Bob Klesaris’ jockeys at Boston’s Suffolk Downs was suspended. Too aggressive a ride, too tight, the trainer was told. Klesaris challenged the decision.…
    via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 on May 12, 2016 8:49 am
  • Nothing in Preakness will thwart Triple Crown bid
    Christopher Kay and NYRA are odds-on to be able to again enforce their crowd cap for the Belmont Stakes--the only track ever to turn away fans. Nyquist has nothing to fear from the herd lining up to scrimmage for the minor awards at the Preakness. The mile and a half…
    via Ante Post on May 12, 2016 6:01 am
  • New Shooters Pose Biggest Challenge to Nyquist in Preakness
    Nyquist pummeled his competition so badly in the Kentucky Derby on May 7 that precious few of those who ran against him want any part of him at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes on May 21. Exaggerator and Suddenbreakingnews, the second and fourth place finishers in Louisville, are both likely…
    via D.S. Williamson at BetAmerica on May 11, 2016 9:50 pm
  • That’s all, folks!
    Winning the Derby is the dream of almost everyone in the sport, and those who say otherwise are totally lying. But what happens after you reach the top? Turns out, while most go on to find later success, a decent chunk horses never saw the winners’ circle ever again! Who…
    via Horses, History, Humor on May 11, 2016 8:28 pm
  • NYQUIST AND THE PARADIGM SHIFT PART II – UNCLE MO & NYQUIST PEDIGREE PATTERNS
    In part one of this post we looked at how Nyquist is an example of what we think is something of a paradigm shift with regard to the modern classic U.S. dirt horse. The industry is so much better at producing fast horses than true middle-distance runners, that more and…
    via Alan Porter | Pedigree Consultants on May 11, 2016 6:22 pm
  • On to Baltimore!
    0 Dan Illman NYQUIST ran hard every step of the way en route to an extremely deserving Kentucky Derby victory.
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on May 11, 2016 3:12 pm
  • Fornatale: Horseplayer’s choice – NHC or BCBC?
    0 Peter Thomas Fornatale In many contests, like this weekend’s Preakness Betting Challenge at Santa Anita, the top finishers receive both National Handicapping Championship seats and Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge seats. In others, like the June 4 Pick Your Prize event at Monmouth Park, the top finishers choose between…
    via Peter Thomas Fornatale DRF Blog on May 11, 2016 11:53 am
  • Australasian Insight: A Buoyant Industry
    The Australasian horse industry has been very successful in making itself the principal source of racehorses for the burgeoning racehorse market in Asia, and in attracting Asian investment into major stud farms in Australia. Following the 2008-09 economic meltdown in North America and Europe, the Australian dollar became so strong…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on May 11, 2016 8:46 am
  • Will Zacinto Become the Zoffany of New Zealand?
    A year ago, on April 23, the two-year-old Washington DC won, as the very first progeny by Zoffany, a maiden race at Tipperary. He thus launched a season for the debuting Coolmore stallion in which six of his progeny won black-type races and Zoffany became the first-crop champion sire. This…
    via Blacktype Pedigree on May 11, 2016 3:47 am
  • Shonan Adela: Doing the Time Warp
    Rewind 16 months to 4.00pm December 14 2014 and 2yo filly SHONAN ADELA has the racing world at her feet after winning the only Group 1 for 2yo fillies in Japan in astonishing style. SHONAN ADELA’s win in the 2014 G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies earned her the JRA’s 2yo Filly…
    via Japan Racing Blog on May 11, 2016 12:25 am
  • remembering Air Squadron
    There are so many Curlin babies who I could be writing about now, or even should be writing about.  There’s Curalina, who won another Grade I.  There’s Exaggerator, second in the Kentucky Derby.  Connect, Curlin Kisses, and Wicked Mover all shed their maiden labels over the weekend. But, the only…
    via Blinkers Off on May 10, 2016 6:06 pm
  • remembering Air Squadron
    There are so many Curlin babies who I could be writing about now, or even should be writing about.  There’s Curalina, who won another Grade I.  There’s Exaggerator, second in the Kentucky Derby.  Connect, Curlin Kisses, and Wicked Mover all shed their maiden labels over the weekend. But, the only…
    via Blinkers Off on May 10, 2016 6:06 pm
  • Uncle Mo lands the haymaker against Tapit
    All spring leading up to the Derby, heavyweights Uncle Mo, the bay challenger, and Tapit, the gray champion, traded blows each weekend, it seemed, with one or the other landing major punches in the runup to the main event. And these weren’t the fluffy nothings like those thrown in a fight…
    via Sid Fernando + Observations on May 10, 2016 2:37 pm
  • Curlin’s Classic Success
    A racehorse who didn’t debut until February of his 3-year-old year, Curlin caught the attention of the racing world after winning two of Arkansas’ Kentucky Derby preps in 2007. But it was the Triple Crown that really solidified his place as a future superstar.Going into the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby…
    via All Equine All the Time on May 10, 2016 2:32 pm
  • NYQUIST CONTINUES THE PARADIGM SHIFT?
    Last year the running style of what were at the time three of leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby – American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, who ultimately took the first three places at Churchill Downs – caused us to consider whether we were seeing something of a change in…
    via Alan Porter | Pedigree Consultants on May 10, 2016 12:47 pm
  • Derby (Kentucky) Sires
    The number four sire in North America this year is Spendthrift’s Malibu Moon (click here); he is the only one of the North American top five who did not have a runner in the superfecta in the GI Kentucky Derby. By this I mean: winner (and future Darley sire) Nyquist,…
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on May 10, 2016 9:47 am
  • trio of tapit sons in the kentucky derby
    *Written before the Kentucky Derby and first published in Saturday’s PaulickReport Special print edition. With a trio of colts expected to start in the Kentucky Derby, leading sire Tapit is poised to take another step forward in his ever-upward trajectory. An unbeaten 2-year-old who won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial…
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on May 9, 2016 7:42 pm
  • Churchill’s Change to Pick 6 Rules Symptomatic of a Sport Which Has Lost Its Way
    Back in March, Churchill Downs petitioned the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a change to the carryover rules for the Derby Day pick 6. As Steve Crist wrote in the DRF at the time: Sick 6 at Churchill - Speaking of carryovers, here’s hoping someone hits the pick six on…
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on May 9, 2016 4:27 pm
  • Kentucky Derby Trip Notes and Analysis
    1. Nyquist – Perfect trip for him as expected breaking from the middle of the pack and having good early speed.  Basically was able to use his speed to get position on the turn, and stalked the fast pace of Danzing Candy.  Once the real running began he had…
    via Racing Dudes on May 9, 2016 4:00 pm
  • Winner’s Circle- May 9th
    Around the Globe: Each week The Tournament Edge will be recapping some of the biggest qualifying and cash tournaments in the online contest world. This was certainly a big week as some of the top players and handicappers tried to take home some of huge money offered as well as advance…
    via Tournament Edge on May 9, 2016 2:11 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Investec Derby Hopefuls
    There was a time, before the advent of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, when being named champion 2-year-old virtually brought with it a ticket to GI Kentucky Derby success. Thanks to Riva Ridge, Secretariat, Foolish Pleasure, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid, the double was achieved six times in the…
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on May 9, 2016 12:19 pm
  • Celebrating racing history at the Harlem Derby
      Photo: Antoine DeBrill The mint juleps were flowing, and the music, supplied by a jazz trio tucked into the dining room, was southern and sweet. Women in elaborately designed hats and men in snappy fedoras selected from a menu in which bourbon played a featured role, their Derby-best attire…
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on May 9, 2016 9:09 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Nyquist 2. Tepin 3. Beholder
    via Racing Dudes on May 9, 2016 7:00 am
  • Storm Cat Male Line, Kentucky Derby (continued)
    If you have followed this blog from the beginning, you know that I usually post something about the Storm Cat male line in the Kentucky Derby shortly after the race each year. Here is how his male line fared in yesterday’s race. Three of the 20 starters in Saturday’s Kentucky…
    via Boojum’s Bonanza on May 9, 2016 4:08 am
  • CDI’s board needs to dump online bet company TVG; It’s time to upgrade Kentucky Derby’s betting network
    By Warren Eves “Would it behoove Churchill Downs to call the NYSE and ask how they do it.” That’s what Bill Christine, longtime columnist for the Los Angeles Times, e-mailed us after the betting meltdown on the 2016 Kentucky Derby. “I don’t know (anything) about computers,”
    via Price Horse Central on May 8, 2016 7:21 pm
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