Welcome to the Wire! Learn more about our redesign.

Good day racing fans.The Gulfstream Park Pick 6 jackpot thingy is not a jackpot thingy today. It's mandatory payout day, and should provide some good value. I'll throw the hat in the ring.Charlie Hayward examines "big days" in New York racing land.If racetracks devoted the same time investment to [...]
Fri, May 22, 2015 8:17 AM, Read at the source >
Nothing to See Here
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Charlie Hayward on “Big Days” at racetracks: I believe that consolidating stakes too aggressively can have the opposite of the intended effect — actually reducing customer interest and wagering activity on regular and weekend race days throughout the rest of the meet. “Big Days” are exciting for the casual racetrack customer. [...]
Fri, May 22, 2015 4:42 AM, Read at the source >
Those who closely follow horse racing are apt to know that Hall of Fame racehorse trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert were outstanding Quarter Horse trainers before making the transition to Thoroughbreds. A trio of famed show-jumping riders also carved out second careers as Thoroughbred trainers. Toronto-based [...]
Fri, May 22, 2015 4:00 AM, Read at the source >
AFTER 17 RACING DATES… LEADING TRAINERS BY WINS Rnk By $ Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% ITM ITM% 1 Mark E. Casse 52 11 4 10 [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 2:30 PM, Read at the source >
Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi Bellocq and the brightly-painted PVC pipes he's holding dissolve into a green haze as he marches across the [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 12:08 PM, Read at the source >
Back in 2009, Evian Water's ad agency released a video on YouTube. The "Roller Babies" ad was quite successful, so successful in fact, it made the Guinness book of World Records as the most watched viral video for a brand of all time. With 50 million views in 2009 alone, [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 7:50 AM, Read at the source >
Ahmed Zayat, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, is fighting a lawsuit filed last year by a former “recruiter” for offshore bookmakers who says Zayat failed to pay a $1.65 million gambling debt from 2003, leaving him on the hook for the money. The suit was filed March [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 5:07 AM, Read at the source >
Triple Crown Winners, Mad Men, and Rogues
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Eleven horses have won the Triple Crown, and seven of those won in a two decade period that began in 1930 and ended in 1948. It would be another 25 years before Secretariat added his name to the list, with Seattle Slew and Affirmed following in quick succession. It's been [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 4:42 AM, Read at the source >
As Brereton Jones stood at Churchill Downs in June 2012 celebratin Tweet [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015 1:00 AM, Read at the source >
We're less than three weeks away from American Pharoah entering the gate for a Triple Crown try. Maybe it's just me, or maybe I am wrong (no jokes about the frequency of that please), but it just doesn't really feel like it. The buzz feels muted.Here are a few reasons [...]
Wed, May 20, 2015 8:27 AM, Read at the source >
Need a little weekday diversion? Like to get dressed up? Ever wanted to own a racehorse? The Belmont Child Care Association has just the event for you. On Thursday, May 28, the BCCA will host a luncheon and fashion show at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, Long Island (not far [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015 4:20 PM, Read at the source >
Handle keeps going down, but sometimes I wonder how it isn't down even more.Today it was announced that Churchill Downs is suing the Daily Racing Form because they took bets on the Derby. Why it is an alleged crime that a major, 100 plus year old business with an accredited [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015 8:33 AM, Read at the source >
Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company's equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used corticosteroids in three samples taken from harness horses competing at [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015 8:30 AM, Read at the source >
FIRMING UP
Via Thoroughblog
SWEET GRASS CREEK – not only Jesse Campbell's 200th winner but perhaps a Queen's Plate prospect? MIKE BURNS/WOODBINE PHOTO KITTYHAWK SWOOPS DOWN ON RIVALS IN BALLADE81 Beyer Speed Figure tops Monday at Woodbine One day, I'm A Kittyhawk will be having her own babies and who knows, maybe she will be [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015 5:45 AM, Read at the source >
On the day before the Preakness, the streets around Pimlico Race Course were mostly quiet. A few residents were out selling water and trinkets, but aside from the main roads—Park Heights Avenue, Belvedere Avenue, Northern Parkway—the residential neighborhood sleepily enjoyed a perfect summer day, residents hanging out on their porches, [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015 5:01 AM, Read at the source >