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The winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course is familiar territory for Thoroughbred owner Paul Saylor.  He’s been there with his Grade 1 winning filly Fleet Indian, with a hard-knocking claimer named Phil the Grip, and with his champion Ashado, who will next month be inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 9:30 AM, Read at the source >
He's F$%#ing Ba-ack!
Via Left at the Gate
Scott Blasi is back, and why shouldn't he be? That's up to his boss, and to the owners of the horses who, we're told, have been advised of, and are fine, with his return. As we've said, the snippets of video released to the public showed mostly that [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 8:02 AM, Read at the source >
The Whitney family was so deeply invested in Saratoga racing and so influential in the track’s success, that the addition of the Whitney Stakes after Payne Whitney’s death made perfect sense. The inaugural running was won by the 5-year-old mare Black Maria, who defeated three males, including Harry Payne Whitney’s [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 9:32 PM, Read at the source >
- For those of you looking for horse racing content, I'm blogging regularly over at the TimeformUS blog. I wrote most recently, about the Haskell, here. September 8-9 are the days set for the presentations by the 17 casino applicants to the New York Gaming Commission. I guess [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 3:01 PM, Read at the source >
If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either cashed a nice bet on the horse when he breezed home by 14 lengths or you think deception of the [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 1:12 PM, Read at the source >
When Ramon Dominguez retired from racing last year, the reigning three-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey, one of the lines most frequently said in tribute to him was, “He’s a great rider, but he’s an even better human being.” That characterization was no surprise to the Belmont Child Care Association [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:52 AM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga 2014: Week 3
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Aside from a lightning-struck tree and a couple of deluge-filled days, we’ve been blessed with perfect weather so far (please tell me I didn’t just jinx it?) and treated to some terrific racing. After last weekend’s stakes race, Jimmy Jerkens finds himself with two possible Travers Contenders, as his V.E. [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 6:18 AM, Read at the source >
Gus Has the Goods
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
When rain forced his race off of the turf Monday at Saratoga, MTO entrant Good Luck Gus (Lookin At Lucky) got to run, and he took full advantage. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 9:29 PM, Read at the source >
Saratoga Without The Chief
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The sign isn’t hanging on barn 5 in Clare Court at Saratoga Race Course this summer; there’s no sign there at all, no one resident that’s claimed the spot that for so many years housed Allen Jerkens and his horses. The sign is at Gulfstream Park this summer for the first [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 9:30 AM, Read at the source >
More Media
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
John Pricci on the racing media: Without objective coverage, what passes for reportage these days often is rewritten press releases, that is when industry media bother to make the effort at all. Internet news disseminators have joined this bandwagon, learning to follow the money—their own—and tend not to trumpet any commentary that [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 9:27 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
Should be a fun day at Fort Erie (racing begins at 4:15) with a large Woodbine contingent heading down to the track for the PRINCE OF WALES, the second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown. A purse of $500,000 is up for grabs for 3-year-olds who were in the Queen’s Plate or [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 8:48 AM, Read at the source >
West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of post-race urine samples from Charles Town and Mountaineer Park have tested positive for a variety of therapeutic medications, many of them [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 8:07 AM, Read at the source >
Cronley: Valueless
Via Pinboard
When I first began writing about picking horses, not prices, there was something of a confrontational element to it. People actually tried to make a case for playing a 10-1 dog over a strong 2-1 favorite, chiefly because winning $6 wouldn't pay their bills, never mind the fact that three [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:23 PM, Read at the source >
Instead of breaking down in his last race, as was predicted in conversations on social media, 9-year-old Coaltown Legend, an animal whose beauty still shone after years of dogfights and 64 starts, made it home to retire on the New York farm of his birth. [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 2:58 PM, Read at the source >
The international breeding operation started by Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah more than 30 years ago has arguably been more influential than any other in world racing during [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 1:57 PM, Read at the source >