• MacAdam: Two champions are forever linked in Travers lore – dailygazette.com
    Arrogate was a lightning bolt on Aug. 27, scorching the main track in 1:59.36; it was 37 years ago that Jolley’s colt General Assembly skipped through the slop in 2:00 to win by 15 lengths, still the second-largest margin in the 147-year history of the Travers (Arrogate won by 13
    via Pinboard on September 5, 2016 9:53 am
  • Some thoughts on the Spa meet
    The meet is inexorably winding down, but the last week restores a measure of peacefulness as outfits start to move out and traffic behavior returns to a more sane level (i.e., fewer NYC or Boston drivers).  Some observations: The “Big Day” concept took a hit on Travers day.  The notion of
    via Tom Noonan on September 2, 2016 1:15 pm
  • Elizabeth Daingerfield, Horsewoman, Pioneer and Book Reviewer
    Man o' War's stud manager was pioneer in many respects.
    via Raceday 360 on September 2, 2016 11:30 am
  • Discussion of Racing Data: 2016 Edition
    A topic I never tire of seeing discussed has surfaced again in the small but vocal Thoroughbred racing sphere. No, not rabbits, but there’s been no shortage on that topic this week! I’m talking about racing data. A topic that’s been discussed here and elsewhere for quite some time (see
    via Exacta-Mundo on September 1, 2016 8:06 pm
  • Racetrackers – with H. James Bond and Richard Witt
    This week Bill and Dina discuss the Travers performance of ARROGAte and other performances on the undercard and discuss the race of FLINTSHIRE. 
    via Racetrackers Podcast on September 1, 2016 8:00 pm
  • Happy birthday, Big M!
    Forty years ago today, the sparkling new Meadowlands Racetrack opened its doors for the first time. To celebrate the Big M’s birthday, here’s an excerpt from “The Golden Age of New Jersey Horse Racing,” which describes that first night: After countless acres of marshland were filled and the final
    via Pennsylvania Thoroughbred on September 1, 2016 7:32 pm
  • Goodbye to Saratoga; the saddest time of year
    There are few things in life more depressing than having to end the annual sojurn to Saratoga. There are signs the luster might be wearing down, due largely to Christopher Kay trying to price a day at the Spa out of the reach of many fans. But the ambiance and
    via Ante Post on September 1, 2016 5:23 pm
  • Some Travers Day reflections
    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.    Here
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on September 1, 2016 3:02 pm
  • Kentucky Downs 2016: Up, Up and Away
    On Saturday September 3rd the number one rank track by HANA for the second consecutive year kicks off its 2016 meet. Kentucky Downs maintained its edge over fellow Kentucky track, Keeneland in the HANA rankings and is poised for a three peat with player friendly takeout rates and the
    via Equinometry on September 1, 2016 1:11 am
  • The Contest “At Bat”
    In the sport of baseball the term “AT BAT” (AB) is used, in its simplest form, to describe the action of a batter facing a pitcher during the course of the game. It is generally believed that the more “AT BATS” a particular hitter accumulates during the course of a
    via Barry Spears at BetAmerica on August 31, 2016 11:28 pm
  • Racing Industry still out in left field with regards to data. In other news: the earth is round.
    In an article over at the Paulick Report today, Jason Wilson, the President and COO of Equibase, answered a series of questions regarding the racing data and distribution company -  its history and where it’s heading in the future. One of the questions posed to Mr. Wilson involved the high
    via Die Hard Horse Racing on August 31, 2016 10:13 pm
  • Race fixing for me but not for thee
    There’s a continuing series of interesting posts with variations of this title from economist Tyler Cowen.  Cowen will re-frame a popular argument in interesting ways, making the reader confront taken-for-granted viewpoints.  Here’s an example of that: Rigged elections for me but not for thee.It has been fascinating following the discussions
    via Built for Comfort on August 31, 2016 2:42 pm
  • Op-Ed: “Saratoga Live” Gets It Right
    I never understood why so many people putting together racing broadcasts didn’t understood their viewers or their viewers’ wants. We’ve gotten a lot of babble, features on the friendship between the goat and the favorite in that day’s stakes races and some nauseating banality and silliness. Even NBC, on its
    via TDN Op/Ed on August 31, 2016 10:34 am
  • What About the Rabbit?
    What About the Rabbit? By Nicolle Neulist Arrogate may have the most buzz coming out of Travers Day, but most of the controversy after Saturday’s racing at Saratoga has centered on the Sword Dancer and Inordinate’s role as a rabbit for Flintshire. The ethical questions of entering and using
    via Tournament Edge on August 31, 2016 9:41 am
  • Fairy Bridge Family with Black-type Win after Nine Years
    Whenever you say Fairy Bridge, every horseman who is just a little in the picture will remember her son Sadler’s Wells. And rightly so. Bold Reason’s daughter Fairy Bridge went down to the history of racing by this stallion, excellent on the racecourse and almost invincible at stud. The stallion
    via Blacktype Pedigree on August 31, 2016 2:02 am
  • Being Dynamic
    Playing the races sometimes can be characterized as a marathon and not a sprint. Your results over an extended period of time can, and will, determine your success wagering on horses. Having certain methods and/or strategies that produce results are often repeated by successful horseplayers. With that being said, playing
    via Barry Spears at BetAmerica on August 30, 2016 9:04 pm
  • Keeneland September Sires (All)
    In spite of a little uptick at Doncaster’s (now Goffs UK) two-day Premier sale last week, the yearling sales so far this year, in Europe as well as in North America, are struggling to hold their own, suggesting supply exceeds demand. There is plenty of evidence that it is
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on August 30, 2016 7:54 am
  • a stakes win for the up-and-coming Curlin’s Approval
    There was precedent for Curlin babies from the family of Curlin’s Approval (Withmom’sapproval, by With Approval). She is one of three registered Curlin foals from her dam, though the first to start.  Her unraced four-year-old sister Curlin’s Daughter has been bred to Congrats; her two-year-old sister Curlin’s Mistress has yet
    via Blinkers Off on August 30, 2016 12:02 am
  • Caulfield Pedigree Insights: Arrogate
    Resumes don’t come much more impressive than the one compiled by Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms since Known Fact gave the Prince his first Classic success, in the 1980 G1 2000 Guineas. There have been three more wins of the 2000 Guineas, thanks to Dancing Brave, Zafonic and the mighty Frankel,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 29, 2016 11:14 am
  • Santa Gloria Strikes In Jeju Trial
    Trials for October’s Jeju Governor’s Cup were run at both Seoul and Busan on Sunday and it was on the south coast where the standout performance took place where Santa Gloria gave Italian jockey Paolo Aragoni his biggest Korean winner to date. Santa Gloria and Paolo Aragoni win the Busan
    via Korea Racing on August 29, 2016 10:08 am
  • globetrotting lady amelia has roots in puerto rico
    The picture that Scat Daddy’s daughter Lady Aurelia presented on Aug. 21 was that of a premium race filly, showing her heels to a field of colts and fillies from the start and dashing away to win the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in France by three-quarters of a
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on August 29, 2016 9:25 am
  • Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week
    1. Arrogate 2. Flintshire 3. A.P. Indian
    via Racing Dudes on August 29, 2016 7:00 am
  • Last Call for Free Shot at $10k Breeders Cup Betting Challenge Entry
    Your chance of winning is 0.0002%, but anyone interested in competing in a handicapping tournament, DRF Tournaments is hosting a free shot at a $10,000 paid entry, plus travel, to the 2016 Breeders Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) at Santa Anita Park on November 4-5.As of ~noon ET there were about 500
    via NJ Horseplayer on August 28, 2016 12:02 pm
  • Last Call for Free Shot at $10k Breeders Cup Betting Challenge Entry
    Your chance of winning is 0.0002%, but anyone interested in competing in a handicapping tournament, DRF Tournaments is hosting a free shot at a $10,000 paid entry, plus travel, to the 2016 Breeders Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) at Santa Anita Park on November 4-5.As of ~noon ET there were about 500
    via NJ Horseplayer on August 28, 2016 12:02 pm
  • …that’s why they run the race.
    On paper, it looked like just about anyone could win the Travers. That’s why they run the race. Sure, that cliche usually applies to a race with a heavy favourite, a race in which people expect a horse who towers on form or class to romp, and someone else gets
    via Blinkers Off on August 27, 2016 11:18 pm
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