• The Age Angle
    APEX Ratings, as you know, do not consist of just one or even a few indexes–there are 17 different APEX indexes, ranging from class (A Runners, B, C, ABC Runners) to region (NA, EU, JP) to age (2yo, 3yo, 4yo, 5yo+), all developed with the aim of assisting racehorse owners
    via Bill Oppenheim at TDN on February 14, 2017 3:31 pm
  • How bad is it in Illinois?
    Churchill Downs Inc.’s Arlington International Racecourse, aka Arlington Park, in Arlington Heights, Ill. Source: NTRAMaybe the surest sign of how bad the state of thoroughbred racing is getting in Illinois came Monday when Churchill Downs, the racetrack, announced it was picking up two stakes that had been shelved at its
    via Barn 6A on February 14, 2017 8:10 am
  • share pictures of the horses *you* know!
    I love Instagram. I shied away from it for a long time given my questionable photography skills, but finally gave it a shot in 2015.  Posting horse pictures there has been fun, as has looking at everyone else’s horse pictures.  Though my Twitter and Facebook pages are a little bit
    via Blinkers Off on February 13, 2017 1:25 pm
  • From the Archives: Happy Birthday ALB & the Red Fox of the South!
    Dear Readers: Today, Saturday, February 11, marks the anniversary of the birth of two men who dominated the Louisiana race tracks prior to the Civil War: Col. Adam L. Bingaman of Natchez, Mississippi (1793–1869), and Duncan F. Kenner (1813–1887). You can read more about Col. Bingaman’s success over the New
    via Antebellum Turf Times on February 11, 2017 9:16 am
  • Three Group Winners in a week for Performance Genetics Clients!
    It has been a week in racing that were sure to remember for some time with three highly rated yearling purchases all winning group races in Australia for our clients. In Australia we license our technology toMatchem Genetics, who operates our yearling and two year old selection process for its growing client
    via Performance Genetics on February 10, 2017 11:48 pm
  • The end of the bookmaker in American racing, 1951
    A few years back while paging through old editions of the Turf & Sport Digest I came across a cartoon that I found intriguing even though I didn’t totally understand it. I made a copy of the cartoon and saved it along with thousands of other source material that I hope to
    via Colin’s Ghost on February 10, 2017 3:00 pm
  • The Bull Lea Quartet (Storm Cat, Alydar, Nijinsky II, and Roberto)
    Two posts ago I remarked: “So the four principal sources of Bull Lea in modern pedigrees are Storm Cat, Nijinsky II, Roberto, and Alydar. And there are other sources as well. “With those four sources, I feel pretty certain that Bull Lea would hold up well to a statistical analysis.
    via Boojum’s Bonanza on February 9, 2017 3:57 am
  • which Irish War Cry?
    Irish War Cry (Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers) had two wins in two starts going into today’s Holy Bull (G2). Even though he had done everything asked of him, the question loomed: which Irish War Cry would show up to face more proven horses like champion Classic Empire and multiple
    via Blinkers Off on February 5, 2017 12:55 am
  • Swedish Jockey Shane Karlsson Debuts With A Winner At Seoul
    It was a good first day at the races in Seoul for Shane Karlsson. The Swedish jockey rode his first Korean winner, guiding Choegangja to a comfortable victory in the last race of the day for Australian trainer Brian Dean. Karlsson, a champion apprentice in Sweden in 2009, got the
    via Korea Racing on February 4, 2017 6:53 pm
  • Old news to us
    Wikimedia Commons The front page of the most valuable real estate in business journalism earlier this week featured an article on outsourcing of sports bets to a fund manager. Or, as those of us in the pari-mutuel world called it many moons ago, a syndicate or players pool. The stakes
    via Barn 6A on February 4, 2017 2:12 pm
  • Zarkava set for a date with stars
    Unbeaten Arc winner Zarkava is scheduled for a repeat visit to Gilltown Stud resident Sea The Stars this season after she delivers to Siyouni. The seven time winning daughter of Zamindar has already produced the Group winning and classic placed Zarak from a mating with Darley colossus Dubawi. Zarkava's first
    via Thoughts on Thoroughbred Bloodstock and Pedigrees on February 2, 2017 6:12 pm
      (Source: Facebook.)   The heart and mind process imminent endings before they actually happen. There are reflections, a fondness for the past tense, a sense of distancing the self from the event, because when heart and mind know an ending is upon them, they rehearse. But eyes and mind
    via The Vault on January 31, 2017 7:22 pm
  • Many Clouds made me think
    I was in a Starbucks, sipping a too-hot, venti Earl Grey and recovering from a Saturday morning spin class. That’s what we do on Saturdays. Nolan swims, Sam and I spin, go to Starbucks, get him a hot chocolate on the way out and head back to the YMCA in
    via This is Horse Racing on January 31, 2017 8:38 am
  • Op/Ed: Chrome Could be back for ’18 Pegasus and Why Not?
    Ask someone in horse racing why things are done a certain way and the answer is usually “because that’s the way it’s always been done.” It’s a terrible answer and speaks to an industry so stuck in the past that it’s afraid to try anything new an innovative. Well, Frank
    via TDN Op/Ed on January 30, 2017 5:25 pm
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