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  • Jumping Around Podcast: Talking TV with Steve Hankin
    A Marylander who now lives in California, Steve Hankin brings a background in sports video production to his new role with the National Steeplechase Association, where HD video is changing the way people see American jump racing and opening new opportunities.
    via This is Horse Racing on October 25, 2018 1:50 pm
  • BC menu offers big payoffs, demands big bankrolls
    Potential life-changing wagers have been mixed into the Breeders' Cup wagering menus next weekend. A rolling Jackpot High 5 will carry over from race to race until there is only a single winning ticket with a mandatory payoff on the Classic. Four Pick 4's, two each day, will have carryover
    via Ante Post on October 25, 2018 10:01 am
  • Hovdey: Espinoza keeps tight rein on riding future
    Hovdey: Espinoza keeps tight rein on riding future ... wearing a helmet, a vest, and paper thin pants, the sooner life returns to their version of normal.
    via Daily Racing Form on October 24, 2018 2:33 pm
  • Lead Money Wins Battle Of Greys In Jeju Governor’s Cup
    Last Sunday’s Jeju Governor’s Cup at Seoul turned out to be the battle of the greys and with the pre-race favourites failing to fire, it was left to Ilgan Sports winner Lead Money to lead hime Sinui Myeongryeong to land a 280/1 exacta. Oaks winner Special Stone was sent off
    via Horse Racing in Korea on October 24, 2018 4:37 am
  • DRF Players Podcast: October 23, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast Special guest Duke Matties drops by with tales of his win in the Orleans Fall Classic. JK and PTF also discuss a few of the interesting Breeders' Cup pre entries, including Roaring Lion. The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from
    via DRF Players Podcast on October 23, 2018 12:29 pm
  • Far Hills Epilogue
    Well, they dropped the flag at Far Hills. Epic day at the sport’s biggest meet. American-breds went 0-for 33. Irish-breds won four, British-breds won two and a French-bred won the other. Yielding ground will do that.
    via This is Horse Racing on October 23, 2018 7:18 am
  • Pedigree Insights: Kitten’s Joy & Roaring Lion
    Little more than a year ago, Bill Finley reported in these pages that Ken Ramsey was intent on transferring Kitten’s Joy from Kentucky to Europe, citing the lack of interest in his star stallion’s yearlings at the 2017 Keeneland September Sale. “He is the most underappreciated sire in North America,”
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on October 22, 2018 2:34 pm
  • DRF Players’ Podcast: October 19, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK discuss Enable’s appearance at the Breeders’ Cup and look ahead to the races at Ascot for Champions’ Day as well as around the USA.​​ The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s perspective. Join hosts Peter
    via DRF Players Podcast on October 19, 2018 1:50 pm
  • October 19, 2018
    The 2018 Breeders’ Cup is only two weeks away. And this year it’s at Churchill Downs, which means Old Friends is gearing up for our BREEDERS’ CUP CELEBRATIONWe hope you’ll join us on the Georgetown farmSunday, Nov. 4, noon to 4 pm! Whether you’ll be attending the races in person
    via Old Friends on October 19, 2018 10:35 am
  • A memo to the couch jockeys and trolls who think they could do better….
    Like most who have the occasional bet I have sometimes questioned the decisions made by various jockeys when my genius punt has failed. Generally, though I keep my murderous thoughts to myself, after all it’s only money.  As I see it the guys and girls who go to work followed
    via Racing Thoughts on October 18, 2018 7:57 pm
  • Taking Stock: Turf and Dirt Under the Microscope
    First, the facts, bare and unvarnished: In 2017, 17% of the 37,483 flat races in the United States were on turf, up from 5% of 71,454 races in 1991. I wrote about this shift to turf and its relationship to the breeding industry here in March. At face value,
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on October 18, 2018 5:46 pm
  • Make Lesser Races, and Their Coverage, Super
    I do not know European racing writer Daniel Ross. But I’m in his debt, and that of online publication Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, for making me aware that the “super trainer” is not just an American phenomenon. I won’t get into the weeds on this. Find his recent three-part series to
    via Pricci’s On the Line on October 17, 2018 1:23 am
  • DRF Players Podcast: October 16, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast Two special guests join in for this edition of the DRF podcast. First Mike Maloney is in the house to catch up with PTF and JK and talk all things racing. Then Jim Mulvihill drops by to talk about Louisville nightlife options ahead of the
    via DRF Players Podcast on October 16, 2018 1:16 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Iridessa
    Every year the freshman stallions face a desperate battle against time in their bid to make an impact before the yearling sales circuit gets fully under way in October. There are rich rewards for any which achieve that target, as was amply demonstrated last week. The quick-maturing No Nay Never,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on October 15, 2018 2:06 pm
  • Prep-eration Done, Zero Minus Three Weeks
    Serious horseplayers are chomping at the bit and at least 85 “Win-and-In” all-expenses-paid horse owners are eagerly anticipating the first weekend of November. We’ve said it before, in both a sporting and gambling sense, that as an event the Breeders’ Cup never fails to fire. One can argue that posit
    via Pricci’s On the Line on October 14, 2018 7:45 pm
  • Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (October 12)
    It’s Friday! It’s Busan! 11 races on the south coas from 11:30 to 18:00: Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million (3) HOPEFUL SIMON came up short when favourite over 1300M two weeks ago, leading early but weakening for 4th. Today he drops back to a distance
    via Horse Racing in Korea on October 11, 2018 7:39 pm
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