• The First Belmont at “The World’s Finest Race Course”
    Though the first Belmont Stakes was run in 1867, it wasn’t run at Belmont Park until 1905. The race was inaugurated at Jerome Park in what is now the Bronx, where it stayed until 1889, when it moved to Morris Park, also in the Bronx. Run there until Morris Park
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on June 10, 2017 11:49 am
  • Patching Together a Belmont Ticket
    Entering the Belmont Stakes, it's been fashionable in horse racing circles to pan this field and the entire three-year-old crop.So much so that it was hard to keep track of how Monmouth Park handicapper Brad Thomas, a guest on WFAN on Friday afternoon, would play the Belmont without keeping to
    via NJ Horseplayer on June 9, 2017 9:18 pm
  • UPDATED: Belmont Stakes Day stakes picks
    Here are stakes picks for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes Day card, an annual cornucopia of wagering opportunities. Updated to reflect scratches. Race 2 | Easy Goer Stakes | 1 1/16 miles 1. Wicked Macho 2. West Coast 3. Outplay 4. You’re to Blame Comment: Wicked Macho is working bullets left and right and had
    via Barn 6A on June 9, 2017 6:39 pm
  • Pompa Primed With Met Mile Duo
    Tommy Macho. NYRA/Coglianese photo On last year’s Belmont Stakes Day undercard, Paul Pompa Jr.’s Rally Cry ran third in the Easy Goer Stakes. This weekend, the 4-year-old returns to the Belmont undercard—but this time, he steps up to take a shot in the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1). “He loves Belmont,”
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on June 9, 2017 3:29 pm
  • Is It Time For The Omni?
    The Omni wager, also known as the Swinger has spread into North America, not yet on any US or Canadian's track betting menus, but it is available to North American Horseplayers on South Africa and Hong Kong cards. If you play it you no longer have to say things like
    via CanGamble on June 9, 2017 10:46 am
  • Why NYRA Is Subject to New York’s Freedom of Information law
    If you look at the financial statements posted on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) website, you'll see that there are audited financials for every year going back to 2010, as well as quarterly statements for most recent years. In addition, in the section of the website devoted to NYRA
    via The Business of Racing on June 8, 2017 10:19 pm
  • In the Meantime: Belmont classic with no Classic (Empire) could yield pricey result
    Meantime (Courtesy of NYRA/Susie Raisher))The defection of juvenile champion Classic Empire removes some of the Broadway lights from this version of the Belmont Stakes, but makes it no less of a wagering challenge. In fact, arguably, it makes it more of a betting challenge. If you like Irish War Cry,
    via Barn 6A on June 8, 2017 7:59 pm
  • Belmont Stakes a true puzzle
    0 Dan Illman Following the defection of likely favorite CLASSIC EMPIRE earlier in the week due to a foot injury, this year's Belmont Stakes is filled with question marks. There are some talented runners, to be sure, but many of them are extremely inconsistent. Toss in the demanding 1
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on June 8, 2017 6:45 pm
  • Answers to Some Questions
    Yesterday, I posted a link to Bob Marks, excellent column over at DRF Harness about questions he would like to have answers to.  Well, with his permission, here are my responses to his questions; admittedly some answers are  bit cynical.Regarding why so few horses qualify at Yonkers even though they
    via View from the Grandstand on June 6, 2017 5:54 pm
  • Nine songs I absolutely love
    I was thinking as I was listening to music while taking my morning walk, there are some songs to me that are just perfect.  That even after hundreds of listens they still strike a chord inside of me.  So I tried to think of a handful of songs that I
    via Jason Beem on June 6, 2017 1:21 am
  • Wesley Ward
    Wesley Ward does a lot of things well, but he has one specialty that stands above the rest-his ability to win at the Royal Ascot meet. No American-based trainer has come to close to what he has done there, which is to win seven races at what is one of
    via TDN Podcasts on June 3, 2017 2:09 pm
  • the importance of names
    A child, about six years old, leant on the rail over the Arlington winners’ circle.  He looked out over the course, a ticket crumpled in his left hand, as nine fillies and mares race down the backstretch.  Greeley’s Delight, the longest shot on the board, carved out the way.  She’s Got
    via Blinkers Off on June 3, 2017 12:57 am
  • Arlington Classic Day in Photos: Cowboy Culture Earns First Stakes Win
    Nestled in the northwest suburbs of Chicagoland, Arlington Park is a pleasure to visit rain or shine. The latter came through for the 2017 edition of the Grade 3 Arlington Classic Stakes, a 1–1/16 mile turf route for three-year-olds.With Shaun Bridgmohan up, Cowboy Culture earned his first graded stakes victory.
    via Racing Reviewer – Photo Essays on June 2, 2017 8:28 pm
  • June 1, 2017
    The view from the new pasture, looking over Yankee Fourtune, Regal Sanction, and Bonapaw’s paddock, over Geronimo, Cost Affective and Rathor’s paddock, toward the barn. We’ve opened up a wonderful big new pasture on the main farm. It’s on the south side, a little up the hill from the hay
    via Old Friends on June 1, 2017 8:01 pm
  • Lady Eli back on top
    0 Dan Illman It did this heart good to see the courageous LADY ELI back in the winner's circle following last Saturday's Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.   
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on June 1, 2017 4:51 pm
  • NTRA Staying Busy in Washington
    While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in Louisville, Ky., the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues.The political mood on immigration issues may be too steep
    via Keeping Pace on May 31, 2017 9:42 pm
  • Every Picture Tells a Story, or Two
    Horsemen talk about the ups and downs of racing; those hills and valleys can occur in the same season, same day, or even the same race.The latter occurred in the 1945 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park when trainer Tom Smith—of Seabiscuit fame—sent out Maine Chance Farm's eventual champion 2-year-old male
    via Keeping Pace on May 31, 2017 8:46 pm
  • May 30, 2017
    Charismatic and Hidden Lake will be buried in the champions’ cemetery at the front of the farm. Yesterday afternoon was Old Friends’ annual Memorial Day celebration of the lives of the residents who passed during the last year. As the number of our residents grows, so does the wonderfulness of
    via Old Friends on May 30, 2017 5:45 pm
  • Barr-Tonko ver. 2.0: Better, But Is It Good Enough?
    Last week, Congress members Andy Barr of Kentucky and Paul Tonko of New York introduced a considerably revised version of their "Horse Racing Integrity Act." (You can read the full text of the new bill here. It has been referred to the House Energy & Commerce Committee for hearings) The
    via The Business of Racing on May 30, 2017 1:10 pm
  • Seeing Hoosessential Again For The First Time
    Sometimes, a horse just commands your attention.  They pull your eyes in their direction, and no matter who you’re there to see, your eyes gravitate toward them instead.  Perhaps they look straight at you.  Their ears keep pointing just the right way. Their coat, their nose, their build mirrors what
    via Blinkers Off on May 28, 2017 1:05 am
  • Dolphus continues ascent
    0 Dan Illman SHAMAN GHOST won the day for the Jimmy Jerkens barn in last Friday's Grade 3 Pimlico Special, but Jerkens' other entrant, DOLPHUS, acquitted himself very well and remains a horse to keep on the watch list.   
    via Dan Illman DRF Blog on May 25, 2017 5:46 pm
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