• Going Racing
    I wonder about the disconnect, the distance often. I wonder how it happened, why it happened. I’ve spent my life in both, actually it doesn’t feel like both, it’s one for me. Racing. Not flat racing or jump racing – just racing.
    via This is Horse Racing on April 13, 2017 4:28 pm
  • Coolmore: the race to find the heir to Galileo
    Coolmore needs little introduction having stood Britain and Ireland's most successful sires for the last twenty consecutive years. Sadler's Wells and Danehill both proved to be a collossus. Both have come and gone and with their passing have left a huge legacy at Coolmore, not just for the number of
    via Thoughts on Thoroughbred Bloodstock and Pedigrees on April 13, 2017 5:46 am
  • Blue Grass Stakes Photos: Irap & Sailor’s Valentine Deliver Surprises
    It doesn’t truly feel like spring has arrived until Keeneland’s opening weekend. Lexington was once again blessed with beautiful weather on this important weekend, and very lucky, as the area was pummeled by severe storms two days prior.The 7-furlong Commonwealth Stakes (G3) shaped itself as an exciting race. Entrants included 2016
    via Racing Reviewer – Photo Essays on April 12, 2017 8:29 pm
  • From Horse Racing to Gummy Drop! – The Continuing Evolution of Churchill Downs Inc.
    Only six years ago, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI), then the operator of five serious race tracks, accounted for 8% of all US thoroughbred races and earned 88% of its corporate revenue from horse racing. Reading through CDI’s annual report for 2016, its apparent that things have changed in a big
    via The Business of Racing on April 11, 2017 11:34 am
  • 2017 Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming Pedigree Profile
    Always Dreaming earned his way into the 2017 Kentucky Derby starting gate with a dominant five-length victory in the Florida Derby (G1).   The Todd Pletcher trainee settled on the outside and tracked pace setter Three Rules for much of the race. Jockey John Velazquez had to steady Always Dreaming
    via Pedigree Power on April 11, 2017 9:12 am
  • What do Gaston Grant and Isabelle de Tomaso have in common?
    Irish War Cry and Rajiv Maragh. NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand photo At first glance, Isabel de Tomaso and Gaston Grant would appear to have little in common. De Tomaso, a scion of the family responsible for the creation of Monmouth Park, splits her time between Europe and Palm Beach. Grant, the son
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on April 10, 2017 3:29 pm
  • Vlog: Opening Day at Emerald Downs
    via Jason Beem on April 10, 2017 10:31 am
  • Irish War Cry delivers an answer in Wood
    I know Graham Motion well enough to know when he doesn’t want to answer a question, or 565 people have asked him already and he can’t really fathom coming with a 566th answer. But I usually ask anyway. Last Tuesday, I asked. “So why was that last race so bad?”
    via This is Horse Racing on April 9, 2017 11:30 pm
  • NYRA Privatization Plan Will Still Leave Cuomo in Control
    Budget talks seem to have ended in Albany. As a result, the compromise plan agreed on by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders for “privatizing” the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is about to be law. Thanks to Tom Precious’s report in the Bloodhorse, we now know the
    via The Business of Racing on April 9, 2017 11:20 pm
  • asking once again: which Irish War Cry?
      After he won the Holy Bull, I asked, almost hypothetically…”which Irish War Cry?” That day, the answer seemed simple.  Irish War Cry (Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers) sent to the front, and he won easily.  The frontrunning one from the Marylander came back to play, as opposed to the late
    via Blinkers Off on April 9, 2017 12:20 am
  • 2017 Santa Anita Derby Post Race
    Track Playing Fast Gormley surprised many and rated off the fast early pace as he was back in 4th position to start, got wrangled off a horse in front of him at the half, then made a sharp move to pick up the early leaders turning for home and fired
    via Nick Borg on April 9, 2017 12:18 am
  • 2017 Wood Memorial Post Race
    The Wood Memorial – Track Playing Fast Irish War Cry showed more patience in the early going by sitting off the early lead back in 4th position as the pace was fair, slowly got closer the the leader by the half,  wrangled the lead away just past the 1/8th pole
    via Nick Borg on April 9, 2017 12:06 am
  • 2017 Blue Grass – Post Race
    The Blue Grass – Track playing fast. McCracken was racing in 4th position between horses about 3 wide and dropped back suddenly on far turn when another rival moved up on his outside and got in front of him. McCracken eventually made up ground and launched a bid about 7-wide
    via Nick Borg on April 8, 2017 11:57 pm
  • April 6, 2017
    Things often don’t out as expected. An April celebration was originally planned for Charismatic to greet his “Inner Circle,” the supporters who each donated $199.99 toward his return home. Today those of his Inner Circle who could gather at the farm instead had to be content to celebrate Charismatic’s memory
    via Old Friends on April 6, 2017 11:37 pm
  • Emerald Downs: Love, Hate, Love
    Saturday is opening night at Emerald Downs and I won’t be there.  Not because I don’t want to be, just cause with the fireworks show and the fact that it’s opening night means that it’ll be packed to the gills and I’ll wait til Sunday to go.  It’s a great
    via Jason Beem on April 6, 2017 7:15 pm
  • Santa Anita Derby 2017: Odds and Analysis
    The Santa Anita Derby (G1) is the final California prep race for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.  In the last ten years, two colts, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014) captured two of the three Triple Crown jewels. 2015 Santa Anita Derby hero Dortmund tasted defeat for the
    via Pedigree Power on April 6, 2017 7:38 am
  • Thunder Snow and Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby Starters
    While trainer Saeed bin Suroor did not commit to pointing the UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) winner Thunder Snow to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin's Dubai-based trainer said the Louisville classic will get a long look when he meets
    via Keeping Pace on April 5, 2017 10:27 am
  • Anatomy of a Rules Change
    On March 05, 2016 the last race at Santa Anita came off the turf and was made an ALL per the rule they were using for the single jackpot P6. A poster named CJ summed it perfectly with posts #1, #6, and #10 on this thread at Paceadvantage.com: Post #1:
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on April 3, 2017 1:43 pm
  • Barrett’s March Sale — No News Is, Well, No News
    The third of the three "select" two-year-old sales, this one at Barrett's in California, is now in the books. (My comments on the previous 2017 select sales, Fasig-Tipton at Gulfstream and Ocala Breeders Sales, are here and here, respectively.) The only surprise is that there were no surprises; the Barrett's
    via The Business of Racing on March 31, 2017 3:48 pm
  • Handicapping the 2017 Florida Derby
    Gulfstream Park's $1 million Grade 1 Florida Derby is the culmination of the 2017 Kentucky Derby preps run at the South Florida track. The extra half furlong between the Fountain of Youth held at 1 1/16 miles and the Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles doesn’t seem that far, unless
    via Pedigree Power on March 31, 2017 5:20 am
  • Good Things Happen When Customers’ Bankrolls Grow
    For the past few years, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has been lobbying for changes to the tax code on behalf of racetracks and betting customers. Since the late 1960’s, single wagers paying over 300-1 were reported to be taxed, and bets that pay over $5,000 were subject to
    via TDN Op/Ed on March 30, 2017 4:18 pm
  • The Toddster in context?
    One for 45.  You’ve probably heard this little statistical nugget before.  It’s Todd Pletcher’s record in the Kentucky Derby.  Year in and year out, Pletcher’s record in the big one is a near constant source of material for turf writers looking to fill column inches.  Ed DeRosa looked at this
    via Built for Comfort on March 30, 2017 10:02 am
  • March 28, 2017
    We have a winning Old Friends Silks design! All of us at Old Friends send a warm thank you to everyone who mailed in the 112 wonderful Silks Contest entries. I’ve never judged a contest where choosing a winner was so  hard. There were many, and I do mean many,
    via Old Friends on March 28, 2017 10:14 pm
  • Raleigh Colston, Jr.: The Last African American Trainer of an Era, 1911
    Raleigh Colston Sr. trained Kingfisher, the 1870 Belmont Stakes and Travers winners, and the 1883 Kentucky Derby Leontus. Like many successful horsemen of his era, Colston was African American. His son, Raleigh Colston Jr., rode as as a jockey for his father. He was listed as such in the 1880
    via Colin’s Ghost on March 28, 2017 8:37 pm
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