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Are first-season sire fees too high in Australia?
Via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
There are strong arguments in Australia that some of the freshman stallions for the upcoming breeding season are among the best ever. Tweet [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 4:00 PM, Read at the source >
Brian Swatuk’s Royal Ride Through Life
Via Paulick Report Features
Thirty-six years ago, the rains fell in torrents upon Woodbine on Queen's Plate day. Pity. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was in attendance, resplendent in a blue floral suit and proper little white handbag. But she liked what she saw, indeed, when Brian Swatuk and Steady Growth splashed to a decisive [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 12:30 PM, Read at the source >
A Tale of Six Trees
Via Left at the Gate
Mike MacAdam covers horse racing and local sports for The Gazette in Schenectady. He's an excellent writer, and a really nice guy too....and I say the latter not only because he wrote so eloquently about impending changes at Saratoga, thereby saving me the trouble of having to write a [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 7:14 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
THE FIELD 1. 2. 3. 4. ACADEMIC – Bear Stables Reade Baker Justin Stein - “The jock told me to do it, Justin won the Plate out of 4 post” – Reade Baker 5. 6. SWEET GRASS CREEK – Gus Schickedanz Mike Keogh Jesse Campbell “His maiden win was impressive, his NONW2, he pulled himself up a bit, [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 6:16 AM, Read at the source >
Via Horse Racing Business
American horse racing got a tremendous boost from American Pharoah's Triple Crown conquest. A lot has been said and written about how the racing enterprise can leverage the result to its benefit. Along with stagnant pari-mutuel revenues, the other major problem racing has is that there are not enough [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 4:00 AM, Read at the source >
Three Strikes and a Pause
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
California's new whip rules are in effect after much prep: The CHRB said the effort has involved a review of racing videos and informing jockeys when their actions would have incurred a penalty under the impending rule. “Stewards report that jockeys are now in substantial compliance,” the CHRB said. [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015 3:36 AM, Read at the source >
They're running the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park this Fourth of July. It is a classic that has been staged almost every year since 1884. Some of the great names in racing have worn its crown: Dr Fager, Buckpasser, Skip Away, Kelso (twice) and the mighty Forego. I remember Forego vividly. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2015 8:25 AM, Read at the source >
Cutting Down (or Not)
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Steve Davidowitz on the too many races, too few horses situations situation: In my own judgment, racetrack managers in most states have failed to see the problems they have created for themselves. Fact is, there are so many tracks open for so many months each year, the majority have had to [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2015 5:44 AM, Read at the source >
Planning for Pharoah
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
American Pharoah worked three furlongs in :36.40 at Santa Anita on Monday (photo) and negotiations re: his next race are ongoing. Monmouth Park wants the Triple Crown winner for the Haskell on August 2. Owner Ahmed Zayat wants a few things too if he's going to commit: Earlier Monday, word from [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:40 PM, Read at the source >
The Paulick Report is headed to New York this summer, as we launch a new series about the Thoroughbred industry in the Empire State. We'll be delving into recent developments that have triggered significant changes in New York's breeding and sales business, but as a way to kick off the [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:15 AM, Read at the source >
*1 P.M POST TIME FOR CANADA DAY! Race 1 – POST Time – 1:00 PM First Half Daily Double / Exactor /.20 Triactor /.20 Pick 3 (Races 1-2-3) Woodbine MAIDEN CLAIMING $25,000 – $23,500 Purse $25,400. (Plus $10,200 – Other Sources) (Plus $5,100 – State Bred) (Plus $5,250 – Other Sources). For Maidens, [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
I read an interesting column today at Around 2 Turns. It was in regards to the American Pharoah Triple Crown, and the assorted memorabilia of such."Ephemera, or at least the hobby of collecting it, is dead or at least seriously unwell. Sure, a dinner menu from the Titanic or a [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 6:59 AM, Read at the source >
Betting Favorites
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
 by Vin Rogers    Ten or 15 years ago I had a horse with Mitch Friedman named Call Me Anytime.  It was Saratoga time, and "Call Me," an honest $35,000 claimer type, was entered in the fifth race on the second Monday of the meet.  Come Monday, I made may way [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 6:27 AM, Read at the source >
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. On May 7, Alfred Vanderbilt III was in Ireland, honoring the memory of his grandfather, a man he never knew, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, in which Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt perished, saving the lives of his [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 5:36 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
*Thoroughblog is pleased to have horse racing writer/blogger/handicapper RYAN DICKEY, https://twitter.com/rdickey249, set to give us his presentation of the Plate field this weekend, stay tuned! CONQUEST BOOGALOO and FIELD OF COURAGE worked Sunday morning for the Mark Casse Stable. The latter will not run in the Plate but was a [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 3:56 AM, Read at the source >