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  • Churchill Downs Inc. cuts bait on Big Fish Games
    Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. announced Wednesday that it is selling its online social games division to an Australian company, ending a three-year experiment in that emerging technology field. The $990 million sale of Big Fish Games Inc. now to Aristocrat Technologies Inc.follows the 2014 purchase by Churchill that, according to financial
    via Barn 6A on November 30, 2017 6:52 am
  • Calendar time, and calendar people
    “Hi, I’m calling to order my calendars. I order them every year from you. You should know who I am and have all of my information.” “I only need one this year. The person I bought the second one for passed away.” “My mama drank tequila when she was pregnant
    via This is Horse Racing on November 28, 2017 8:01 pm
  • Death and Coffee
    The three of them talk, then pause, then another burst, then another pause. They pull up ideas, memories, monuments like they’re pulling up weeds from a garden. Occasionally a flower, a fruit, a gem to keep, to hold. Eyes moisten, but only for fleeting moments, the public results of private
    via This is Horse Racing on November 27, 2017 6:32 pm
  • 2018 Kentucky Derby: Bolt d’Oro pedigree profile
    So, Bolt d’Oro, the favorite for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, didn’t win. He tried really hard, but they don’t give trophies for trying. Or do they?  The winner of the Juvenile may receive the designation of being the favorite for the 2018 Kentucky Derby in the future wagers, but
    via Pedigree Power on November 27, 2017 8:34 am
  • Stakes with Plenty of Stuffing
    It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since Churchill Downs inaugurated its “Stars of Tomorrow” program for juvenile runners only. Then you look at its history and, as the great Dick Enberg might say. “Oh, my.” Its lynchpin, the Jockey Club Stakes, has taken a bit of an unfair
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on November 26, 2017 7:26 pm
  • Irish Medication Case Highlights Medication Regulation Concerns
    Last week saw the much-talked-about case concerning the well-known equine veterinarian Tim Brennan come to a conclusion in the Irish courts. To briefly summarise it, Brennan was alleged to have been found with unauthorised substances whilst in the yard of Champion National Hunt Trainer Willie Mullins in February 2015.
    via TDN Op/Ed on November 24, 2017 5:28 pm
  • Back to the Futures
    Are Derby future wagers a foolish proposition or a fine cure-all for the first signs of Derby fever? Perhaps a bit of both!
    via Hello Race Fans! on November 24, 2017 11:25 am
  • The Restaurant is Open, We Just Don’t Have a Menu
    As most know by now, Churchill Downs has banned the DRF from its premises. There's good news though - you can still buy it at a nearby gas station.If you're coming to CD and want a print #DRF, the @ThorntonsGas on 3rd St. just south of I-264 still had quite
    via Pull the Pocket on November 24, 2017 10:21 am
  • Catching up at Charleston
    Been a while. I’ve started many of these with those words, usually, following them with a vow to write more, write better. Not sure it’s ever happened.
    via This is Horse Racing on November 22, 2017 7:38 am
  • Yeongcheon Derby & P.K. Party Win Valuable Juvenile Prizes
    Both Seoul & Busan hosted big, valuable races for two-year-olds on Sunday. Last year the winners of the corresponding events turned out to be Cheongdam Dokki at Seoul, who has gone on to become one of the highest rated horses in Korea; and I’m Your Father at Busan, winner of
    via Horse Racing in Korea on November 21, 2017 7:59 pm
  • The end, again
    A thin layer of frost covered the grass and the thermometer read a mere 20 degrees as a red-orange cloud hung high in the sky as the final official day of training in Saratoga started to unfold.
    via This is Horse Racing on November 20, 2017 4:05 pm
  • Racing Transparency
    I followed along with an interesting twitter conversation this weekend between several insiders talking about what should, and should not be spoken about publicly.In this case, it was about an Australian caller talking about a horse bleeding from EIPH, something fairly common in horse racing. Vic believed if he did
    via Pull the Pocket on November 20, 2017 12:50 pm
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