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EMILE RAMSAMMY HURT IN TRINIDAD Woodbine rider EMILE RAMSAMMY fell from Princess She’s Not before the 7th race at Arima racecourse on Monday during a special day of racing and hurt his finger and had whiplash. He was sent to hospital. Early reports from Trinidadian newspapers say Ramsammy may have broke [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 3:22 PM, Read at the source >
A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are using them for security and peace of mind, and they can follow the [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 2:06 PM, Read at the source >
"Everything was fine, and we got to the knees and thought, ‘Wow, this has got a lot of white!,'" Lere remembers. "And then came the head, then shoulders. By the time we saw the white shoulders, we thought, 'There’s trouble! Somebody messed up. OK, who took [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 1:56 PM, Read at the source >
It is proof that horse racing is still here. Every year since the chariot races in "Ben Hur," the so-called sports media experts have been reporting the death of horse racing. As the sport has entered the "gaming" industry -- "gaming" being a pleasant way of saying rot-gut psycho gambling [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:04 AM, Read at the source >
Saratoga Casino & Raceway will not pursue a full-fledged casino at their existing site in the city; and that has to be considered a triumph for the democratic process. Gee, we don't often get to say things like that in New York State, do we? It's also a [...]
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 7:46 AM, Read at the source >
Both conversations underscored several points: chief among them, the North American market’s obsession with speed, and how it is utilized at a very young age, before a horse has had the chance to mature. It is pretty clear that even the unschooled eye has the ability to access the simplest [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 9:41 PM, Read at the source >
Barry Irwin Op-Ed
Via Pinboard
Mr. Phipps, however, was an influential board member when NYRA famously caved in to allow the use of Lasix when the New York Racing Association was the last major racing jurisdiction standing against it. And today--right now--at a time when the proponents of banning Lasix have their best window of [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 7:19 PM, Read at the source >
We’re getting close to Derby day and as we all know, horse racing is under siege. Not really (that is quite melodramatic), but we can say with some certainty that things are not going overly well.Let's recap. Those PETA people are mad, Joe Drape is writing columns, people with three [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 3:57 PM, Read at the source >
The Target
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Trainer Rusty Arnold defends Steve Asmussen: The two medications alluded to in the video (Lasix and thyroid powder) are both legal to have and legal to use. So, what crime has Steve committed? None, but that’s the issue, isn’t it? The indiscriminate dosing of horses with unnecessary drugs has become routine. Maybe [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 3:03 PM, Read at the source >
Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 21. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles. Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status. 1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza) 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120) Derby 2014 3. [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 2:56 PM, Read at the source >
By J.J. Hysell Working solo over the Churchill Downs track that he favors, Tapiture looked smooth and comfortable going five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Monday. Tapiture during his five furlong work Monday (Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer) Tapiture regressed off his Southwest (winner) and Rebel (second) performances when he finished fourth in the Arkansas [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 2:46 PM, Read at the source >
Kentucky Derby history is full of 3-year-old horses that have come up short in America’s most famous race and then have gone on to achieve stardom or even Hall of Fame careers.  None stands out more than Native Dancer, whose only loss in 22 starts came on a fast track at Churchill [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:44 PM, Read at the source >
I thought long and hard before I wrote this letter. Why get involved? It’s none of your concern. I am not a close friend of Steve’s, never so much as had a beer with him, never had a meal with him, don’t know his wife or her name. In all [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:29 PM, Read at the source >
Cairo Prince and Luis Saez winning the Holy Bull. Photo credit Lauren King. Though the last major points-earning preps took place on Saturday, April 12, the Kentucky Derby field continued to take shape through last week, with the inevitable defections due to injury. Significant withdrawals include Constitution, the Florida Derby winner trained [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:22 PM, Read at the source >
The Paulick Report is pleased to present special print editions to be distributed on the grounds of the OBS April sale beginning Monday. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray gives his take on the Stronach Group’s proposed “house rules” in the areas of medication and security:  ”These are potentially [...]
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 9:53 AM, Read at the source >