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Jersey Pharoah
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
The expected is official. American Pharoah will make his first start after winning the Triple Crown in the Haskell, and Monmouth is planning a blowout: “We are ecstatic to know American Pharoah will be running in the Haskell,” Monmouth president Bob Kulina said. “This will be the biggest day ever [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 1:23 PM, Read at the source >
Competing
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Plainridge Park's new slots and video gaming parlor took in $6,154,626.38 during its first week of operation, or more than $703 for each of the 1,250 machines per day. Even considering opening week excitement and whatever pent-up local demand there might have been, that's an impressive haul. “More than $6 million [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 7:51 AM, Read at the source >
Once won by 20-lengths and once won by a champion dirt horse, find out more about one of the longest running turf stakes in the United States. [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
First run in 1884, this historic race has produced many champions, including a three and five-time Horse of the Year. [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 6:50 AM, Read at the source >
This aptly named racing series for sprinters features four graded races. It set a new track record for handle in its first year and has produced several Breeders' Cup Sprint winners. [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 6:45 AM, Read at the source >
The first week of slots play is in the books at Plainridge, just south of Boston, MA."Plainridge Park Casino, the state's first casino, raked in $6.1 million in gambling revenue in its first week of operation, enough for the casino's owners to declare themselves “pleased” with the results [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 5:10 AM, Read at the source >
CONFIDENCE
Via Thoroughblog
We will have ace racing journalist and handicapper RYAN DICKEY doing a Plate analysis for Thoroughblog this weekend, stay tuned! Ya, that's the spot! DANISH DYNAFORMER is loving his morning bath. He is the favourite for the Queen's Plate on Sunday – Michael Burns photo – WEG The 14 [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 3:45 AM, Read at the source >
LET'S GET READY FOR 3 BIG CARDS OF RACING…! Race 1 – POST Time – 1:00 PM First Half Daily Double / Exactor /.20 Triactor /.20 Pick 3 (Races 1-2-3) .20 Superfecta Woodbine MAIDEN CLAIMING $25,000 – $23,500 Purse $25,400. (Plus $10,200 – Other Sources) (Plus $5,100 – State Bred) (Plus $5,250 [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015 2:31 AM, Read at the source >
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 >
DRAW!
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 >
NEW HORSE OWNERS VIA CROWDFUNDING?
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 >