• Machiavellian Carving Out Own Legacy
    If one wants to find a successful Mr. Prospector son, they need to look no farther than multiple Group 1 Machiavellian. Bred in Kentucky, Machiavellian was the first foal out of the impressive and blueblooded group stakes winning Halo mare Coup de Folie. Raced in Europe for Stavros Niarchos after
    via All Equine All the Time on August 1, 2016 9:40 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Stellar Wind 2. Exaggerator 3. Flintshire
    via Racing Dudes on August 1, 2016 7:00 am
  • Touch Flying Soars In Ilgan Sports
    Touch Flying landed her biggest win to date, taking the Listed Ilgan Sports Cup at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. The filly won by three lengths under apprentice jockey Jo Jae Ro to claim her sixth victory on her tenth career start. Touch Flying and Jo Jae Ro get some
    via Korea Racing on August 1, 2016 5:43 am
  • onward and upward from Belmont Day
    Belmont Stakes day got off to a good start for Curlin babies, with Connect posting an authoritative allowance win.  Connect, of course, proved that was no fluke this past Friday when he returned to win the Curlin Stakes. Two others who raced on Belmont day did not fare quite as
    via Blinkers Off on July 31, 2016 9:15 pm
  • Perfect Conditions For An Exaggerator
    Mother Nature was unkind to a business surely in need of some luck, but from a handicapping perspective the sloppy track offers an interesting puzzle for bettors of the 2016 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.In a quality 6-horse field that trumps the overall competitiveness of 2015's coronation of American Pharoah,
    via NJ Horseplayer on July 31, 2016 4:18 pm
  • a battle of champions
    The ones who billed it as a battle between champions were technically correct.  To many, those words were just bluster, a weak attempt to inject drama where there was none. Both Beholder and Stellar Wind were Eclipse Award winners, sure.  But Beholder had three such honours under her girth, and
    via Blinkers Off on July 31, 2016 1:23 am
  • The death of Amory L. Haskell
    Twenty years after the first horses sprang from the gate at the new Monmouth Park, its guiding force, Amory L. Haskell, died of a heart attack in a New York City hospital on April 12, 1966, at the age of 72. Haskell had been ailing for many months, and prior
    via Pennsylvania Thoroughbred on July 30, 2016 10:11 am
  • Haskell Jim Dandy Travers Pacific Classic
    I am sitting at my desk and telling myself that we are so lucky. We are so lucky right now to have so many talented, top Thoroughbreds able to compete against each other in so many top races. New York, New Jersey, California, Mid West, there are so many important
    via Nick Borg on July 30, 2016 9:39 am
  • Racetrackers – special guest Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith
    Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith joins us tonight
    via Racetrackers Podcast on July 29, 2016 9:00 pm
  • Forget the Alabama, Songbird belongs in the Travers
    Songbird's romp in the Coaching Club American Oaks, dominating the best fillies in the East, established beyond any argument that she is the best female of her generation. The only thing left for her to prove is she is the best of her generation of either gender by running in
    via Ante Post on July 28, 2016 2:59 pm
  • D’Amato loaded on turf
    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.    Although
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on July 28, 2016 12:04 pm
  • OLD FRIENDS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST GO TO PASTURE…..
    L.S. has been a faithful reader of THE VAULT since we started up, five years ago, in 2011.  So it was that when she contacted me to say that she was planning to make her first visit to OLD FRIENDS in Kentucky, I was quick to send back my enthusiastic response.
    via The Vault on July 27, 2016 11:24 am
  • Blake: The Real Problem With Drugs In Horse Racing | TDN
    When used responsibly and ethically, therapeutic medications are in the best interests of horse welfare and are a significant aid to racehorse trainers. However, given their proven benefits and legitimate status, there are widespread fears that it has become worryingly common for these medications to be abused to keep unsound
    via Pinboard on July 27, 2016 9:25 am
  • Bill Oppenheim: Sire-Morgasbord (Lots To Choose From)
    One of the main objectives of APEX ratings is to describe ‘the frequency with which’ sires get runners which rank in certain percentile groups of earners in a calendar year or racing season: ‘A Runners’ rank in the top 2%; ‘B Runners’ in the next 2%; ‘C Runners’ in the
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on July 26, 2016 10:56 am
  • good days, bad days, and the San Diego
    I have never had such a hard time watching a race as I did Sunday’s showdown in the San Diego Handicap (GII) between Dortmund and California Chrome. It had nothing to do with what happened during the race itself.  Though Dortmund could not get the best of California Chrome (this
    via Blinkers Off on July 25, 2016 9:44 pm
  • Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Frankel & Fair Eva
    Prince Khalid Abdullah has achieved a huge amount as a breeder, including an unusual double which would probably have escaped the attention of anyone who doesn’t work for Juddmonte. Having become the first person to breed a stakes winner by Galileo, when Innocent Air won the 2005 Washington Singer S.,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on July 25, 2016 1:04 pm
  • Q And A: Steven Crist | TDN
    The TDN sat down with Crist to discuss his career, his accomplishments, his disappointments and his thoughts about the future of racing.
    via Pinboard on July 23, 2016 9:18 am
  • OF NURSERY RHYMES AND GREEK HEROES: MOTHER GOOSE & ALCIBIADES
    Inspired by a pair of exceedingly rare photographs and the opening of Saratoga — a place of magic, history and imagining — comes this tale of two great fillies. MOTHER GOOSE wind-up toy by Marx from the 1920’s.   Most American readers know the association between the nursery rhymes of
    via The Vault on July 22, 2016 6:22 pm
  • Updates on 2016 Kentucky Oaks Horses
    Updates on 2016 Kentucky Oaks Horses: Understandably, Churchill Downs implemented a new rule to make the Kentucky Oaks more fair for fillies not named Songbird. While the field breaks early, Songbird must spot the field five lengths while carrying 140 lbs. On a more serious note, Songbird recaptured the lead in
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
  • Crist: Canterbury betting on lower takeout
    Canterbury Downs made a bold and popular decision when it announced last week that it was reducing the pari-mutuel takeout for its upcoming race meet. Its new rates of 15 percent on straight wagers and 18 percent on all others will be the lowest in the nation when the Shakopee,
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
  • Blinkers Off 178: The Jon White Interview
    Blinkers Off has released a new episode! Blinkers Off provides weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods and exclusive stories. You can view all episodes of Blinkers Off by visiting our podcast page or in iTunes. Blinkers Off 178: The Jon White
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
  • TURF TALK: Excited for Hall of Fame Inductees & the Kentucky Derby
    Ed DeRosa went 2-for-3 and Vance Hanson went 3-for-5 on their Racing Hall of Fame ballots. Both tabbed Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta for induction while Hanson also helped get trainer Steve Asmussen through. Neither voted for Ramon Domingez but both extolled his virtues. Not making the cut from Ed DeRosa's
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
  • ON POINT: Kentucky Derby Handicapping, post or works?
    The Kentucky Derby prep season is complete, which means handicappers are preparing their final selections for the Greatest Two Minutes In Sports, and for Ed DeRosa & James Scully, post position is the biggest remaining piece of the handicapping puzzle.
    via Feedly on July 22, 2016 4:44 pm
  • Evans moves further into retirement
    Bob EvansThe man responsible for the diversification of Churchill Downs Inc. took another step into retirement, the Louisville-based gambling and online games company announced Thursday. In a brief statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company announced without explanation that breeder and businessman G. Watts Humphrey Jr. is
    via Barn 6A on July 22, 2016 8:41 am
  • Let’s Talk About Drugs In Racing
    The issue of drugs in sport has never been bigger than it is now. There have been so many performance-enhancing drug scandals in recent years that it has bred a culture of scepticism of sporting success amongst the public. Brilliant performances are immediately questioned as being too good to be
    via TDN Op/Ed on July 21, 2016 1:45 pm
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