• Do Britain/Ireland Make Enough of Their Thoroughbred Heritage?
    In life, sometimes our most valuable commodities are right in front of our noses, but remain underappreciated and underutilised such is our familiarity with them. Horse racing can often seem like a sport that is quite insecure about its own value. Many of the marketing and promotional methods used by
    via TDN Op/Ed on September 27, 2016 10:31 am
  • Playing Contests On Big Racing Days
    As handicapping contests become more and more apart of the landscape of the racing world you will see that contests on big racing days will become more common and also more lucrative than ever. With the Breeders’ Cup on the horizon I felt it was only appropriate to broach the
    via Barry Spears at BetAmerica on September 26, 2016 10:26 pm
  • Keeneland September
    In his report on the Keeneland September Sale in yesterday’s TDN (click here), Lucas Marquardt referred to the market as being both relatively stable, and polarized. Both things are true. I’m sure most people would agree that knowing what to expect from the Thoroughbred marketplace can’t simply be a matter
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on September 26, 2016 3:44 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Brave Anna
    As Brave Anna and Roly Poly strolled around the pre-parade ring together, it was impossible not to notice the physical similarities between the two, which extend to their facial markings. Perhaps this is hardly surprising because they are bred along similar lines. Whereas the victorious Brave Anna is out of
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on September 26, 2016 11:57 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Songbird 2. Connect 3. Mrs McDougal
    via Racing Dudes on September 26, 2016 7:00 am
  • Desert God’s Indian St. Leger and record
    By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) (Ed. note: link to video of race below. Grades of races listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races qualify as Listed black type internationally.) In 1976-77, Squanderer, one of India’s all-time great horses, went through his Classic year with a string of nine
    via Sid Fernando + Observations on September 25, 2016 10:59 pm
  • Special Report: Pennysylvania Derby Day a Family Affair
    By Zac Coffman Special Correspondent BENSALEM, PA., September 24, 2016--Parx was in the national spotlight Saturday as they hosted the annual Pennsylvania Derby Day card, this year featuring a three-year-old championship duel between Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator. Walking through the crowd early in the day, however,
    via Pricci’s On the Line on September 25, 2016 4:15 pm
  • Sankei Sho All Comers G2: This is a chick race, right?
    Why would Marialite beat Gold Actor this time? That’s the question I can’t answer. The question sounds better if you emphasize ‘this time’, implying buckets of knowledge about ‘last time’. As last Sunday was the official end of the G3 Summer Doldrums with Dee Majesty and Sinhalite each taking their G2
    via Japan Racing Blog on September 24, 2016 12:37 am
  • Racetrackers – discussing Maria Borell matter w Amanda Burke ; Margaret Ransom
    This week we discuss the big races at Parx this weekend and hear from parties close to the Maria Borell saga. We will also take calls from listeners.
    via Racetrackers Podcast on September 22, 2016 8:00 pm
  • The First Kentucky Derby Winner to Race in Pennsylvania, 1876
    Originally published September 19th 2014. Revised and republished September 21st 2016 On Saturday, for the second time in three years, the reigning Kentucky Derby winner will run at Philadelphia Park[1] in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby. In 2012, California Chrome became the first and Nyquist will become number two this
    via Colin’s Ghost on September 21, 2016 3:15 pm
  • Bill Oppenheim: A Tale of Three Books
    Even as I write this, the sale continues with Book 4 Day 1, Tuesday. But last year, for example, over 80% of the complete sale’s gross had been realized in the first three books. This year, 2,227 yearlings–almost exactly half the total number catalogued–were catalogued in the first three books,
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on September 20, 2016 10:53 am
  • No empty handed man can lure a bird
    I’ve followed with interest the Canterbury Park takeout experiment.  Anytime a track lowers or raises their takeout, it seems the industry uses the single bottom line results as a bellwether to see which way the takeout wind is blowing.  From the beginning it seemed that the verdict was going to
    via Built for Comfort on September 18, 2016 11:37 pm
  • Some Positive News for a Change
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., September 19, 2016—The recently concluded meet at Kentucky Downs is a trend-busting phenomenon that represents a victory for racing because it’s a winner for the player. Not that winning money there is easy; winning is never easy. But you’ve got a chance to make money because true
    via Pricci’s On the Line on September 18, 2016 4:35 pm
  • ghostzapper shows level of importance as a sire with woodward winner shaman ghost
    By winning the Grade 1 Woodward and upsetting heavy favorite Frosted (by Tapit), the considerably talented Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) was carrying through on some family traditions. His sire won the Woodward Stakes as part of his Horse of the Year campaign in 2004, and grandsire Awesome Again won the Queen’s
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 18, 2016 12:56 pm
  • Observations From the First Week of Keeneland September
    Saturday evening, the first two Books of Keeneland’s September Yearling sale wrapped up after a week that included a history making offering at the end of Book 1 when Beholder’s half-brother brought $3-million, the highest price at the sale since 2010. With a mixed bag of numbers in both books,
    via All Equine All the Time on September 18, 2016 10:41 am
  • Dickie Jenkins memoir about the mighty Kelso now online
    It’s been awhile since I posted to Colin’s Ghost but I have a good excuse! I have been working on a manuscript authored by Kelso’s long time exercise rider Dickie Jenkins. I am thrilled to finally make it available. It’s an important contribution to the story of one of the
    via Colin’s Ghost on September 18, 2016 9:20 am
  • Out where the dreams all hide
    via Jason Beem on September 16, 2016 11:07 pm
  • Forgetting football with Saturday Churchill stakes picks
    Such is the life of a University of Kentucky football fan. The opening weekend of the September meet at Churchill Downs presents an opportunity to escape from the ongoing train wreck — even while I’m sitting in Commonwealth Stadium. Let’s just say I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble
    via Barn 6A on September 16, 2016 11:03 pm
  • AC high roller had deep ties to Trump, horse racing, the Mob
    Robert LiButti, top left, and Donald Trump/Yahoo News Before he became the Republican Presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump had a controversial history as an Atlantic City casino owner. That history included catering to a high roller with Mob ties, as well as ties to thoroughbred racing. According to Robert Cay
    via Pennsylvania Thoroughbred on September 16, 2016 2:07 pm
  • The Arlington-Washington Futurity & Lassie at Arlington Park in Photos
    On Saturday, Arlington Park hosted the Arlington-Washington Lassie and Arlington-Washington Futurity (Gr. III), both 7 furlongs on the…Continue reading on Racing Reviewer »
    via Racing Reviewer – Photo Essays on September 16, 2016 1:01 pm
  • Racetrackers – with Equestricon co-founder Dan Tjordjman
    This week we learn about the new and exciting Equestricon in Saratoga next August.
    via Racetrackers Podcast on September 15, 2016 8:00 pm
  • In Pennsylvania, high takeout hurts handle
      Photo: Parx Racing   There are plenty of things wrong with horse racing in Pennsylvania, but at the top of the list has to be the state’s onerous takeout rates on exotic wagers, which discourages betting and has been a contributing factor to overall pari-mutuel handle decline for the
    via Pennsylvania Thoroughbred on September 15, 2016 3:46 pm
  • Bill Oppenheim: Book 1: Strong Finish
    In our column of August 24 (click here), we postulated that if 60% of the 607 yearlings catalogued in Keeneland September Book 1 sold for an average of $300,000–approximately the Book 1 average in 2014-2015–our target for the Book 1 gross was $111-million. As there were 117 fewer yearlings (16%)
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on September 14, 2016 7:25 pm
  • Looking at historical racing numbers
    The Lexington Herald-Leader looked earlier this week at the first year of operation for the Lexington historical horse racing parlor at The Red Mile owned by the standardbred track and the Keeneland Association. At the top level, the most recent monthly numbers are good — even if in Lexington’s
    via Barn 6A on September 14, 2016 6:43 pm
  • juddmonte tags first g1 for new american program with travers winner arrogate
    When Arrogate was rolling down the stretch at Saratoga all alone, winning the historic Travers Stakes by 13 ½ lengths, he set a lot of different things in motion. For one, he energized the contest for best 3-year-old colt, which might have started listing one way or another if Exaggerator
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 14, 2016 12:45 pm
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