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Maybe it was the cross-country ship. Maybe it was the post position. Maybe it was the speed-favoring track. Maybe it was the three-month layoff. Or maybe Bayern is just a faster horse. Whatever the reason, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome lost his second consecutive race after winning six straight when [...]
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:20 AM, Read at the source >
It's "All Or Nothing" For California Chrome
Via Classic Champion Thoroughbreds
©2014 Calvin L. Carter. All rights reserved. California Chrome is a talented horse who was victorious in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and many thought he would win the Triple Crown. However, despite his athletic talent, I thought that California Chrome had [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:51 PM, Read at the source >
No wins on Saturday, but some promising efforts. For Sunday, Meg Giry (Eskendereya) at Woodbine, and Back Stop (Blame) at Belmont Park....(read more) [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 8:28 PM, Read at the source >
The Wigmore Hall story is yet another one of these very sad stories, but it took a turn for the disgusting when the Daily Record released an article containing photos that revealed Wigmore Hall was put down via a bullet to the head. [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 1:59 PM, Read at the source >
Robert Williams, the acting executive director of the NY Gaming Commission, wants us to know that the casinos decision isn't rigged. "This is not preordained," Williams said Friday during an editorial board meeting with the Times Herald-Record. "This is a real process, a real functioning process. I personally have had [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 1:11 PM, Read at the source >
Run on two surfaces at three different distances, find out more the race that recently regained its graded status. [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:50 AM, Read at the source >
On Saturday, California Chrome will be the first reigning Kentucky Derby winner to race at Philadelphia Park[1] in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby. While it’s a first for the racetrack and its signature race, California Chrome is not the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in the great state of [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:34 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
The return of the Chrome today!  The showdown for Ontario’s top 3yo colt tomorrow..and don’t forget the super new horse racing show TALKIN’ HORSES is on this morning at 11:30 on CTV2 and at 1 pm on CTV!   Let’s go!   SHOWDOWN, AMI VS. COLTIMUS on SUNDAY! COLTIMUS PRIME romps in Prince [...]
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:13 AM, Read at the source >
Pretty Is as Pretty Does
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Pretty Bird goes right to the front at Woodbine on Friday to become Lookin At Lucky's 15th winner. For Saturday, six horses in three races. ...(read more) [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 9:09 PM, Read at the source >
RIP Mike Mayo
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
All of us at HANA were saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Mayo following a brief illness.  Mike was the longtime chairman of the National Handicapping Championship Players' Committee, and worked tirelessly to represent all of our thoughts and concerns.  In addition to those duties, Mike was an [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:31 PM, Read at the source >
Suffolk Notes
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Penn National, George Carney, and as-yet-unidentified revenue streams. If you follow horse racing — if you follow Massachusetts racing — it sounds like the set-up to a bad joke, doesn’t it? But those are the options for continuing Thoroughbred racing in the state that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will discuss [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:54 PM, Read at the source >
There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job. Well, for over 100 employees of Suffolk Downs – not to mention numerous trainers, grooms, hot walkers, exercise [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:25 PM, Read at the source >
Casino opponents in Tyre, NY suffered a stinging and sweeping legal defeat when a judge thoroughly dismissed their suit against the Town Board. The plaintiffs were challenging what they consider to be inadequate, hasty or incomplete environmental reviews in complying with the requirements of SEQRA. We wrote about [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:03 PM, Read at the source >
Player Alert: Parx
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
This weekend's Pennsylvania Derby is slated for Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park). For discerning horseplayers who may be watching and wagering on the event, payout rates for some Parx bets are among the poorest in racing. The overall takeout score for Parx is 56th out of 64 tracks surveyed in this season's HANA [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:50 AM, Read at the source >
I am increasingly troubled, in general, of the disregard the industry seems to have for tracks that aren’t top level any more. But beyond that…so what? Those horses still run. If you like horse racing, it’s still on display at Suffolk. These horses can’t make it at other tracks, [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:44 AM, Read at the source >