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There has been a lot of commentary of the business in Thoroughbred racing of late. People have been complaining that handle is poor, PETA is mad, signal fee taxes and hikes are deleterious to betting handle and the Churchill Downs team has shown about as much vision as a bat [...]
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 9:31 AM, Read at the source >
Trainer Todd Pletcher expressed his contentment with Arkansas Derby winner Danza’s favorable impression over the Churchill Downs track Saturday morning. Danza, a son of Street Boss who shocked bettors by winning the Arkansas Derby at 41-1, galloped along with other Derby contenders Chitu, Ride on Curlin and Medal Count. From Churchill Downs notes: “I loved [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 11:54 PM, Read at the source >
My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky, the one-two finishers of the Gazelle both trained by Todd Pletcher, worked in company Saturday at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks. From Churchill Downs notes: My Miss Sophia (inside) and Got Lucky (outside). Photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer My Miss Sophia, who raced on the inside, finished a neck [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 11:35 PM, Read at the source >
Central Bank Ashland winner Rosalind worked 5 furlongs in :58.80 Saturday at Keeneland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8hOAAzsNN4 [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:23 PM, Read at the source >
The 1933 Derby became infamous for the shoving match that took place just before the finish, between Herb Fisher (on Head Play) and Don Meade (aboard Brokers’ Tip, in the blinkers on the inside). Believe it or not, the drama of the finish added some spice to an otherwise mediocre [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 5:12 PM, Read at the source >
If you knew Northern Dancer, though, the most striking thing about him was that he was, without the slightest doubt in his mind, the master of all he surveyed, and you had best never forget it. Always bright, friendly, and engaged, he nevertheless made it clear that he consented to [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 4:52 PM, Read at the source >
Every racehorse has a story, from lowliest claimer – which Old Rosebud certainly was in his final year of competition – to greatest of greats, which he also truly was during his days of wine and roses. Ah, yes, those very special petals, of reddest hue and sweetest scent. Old [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 4:49 PM, Read at the source >
The Daily Racing Form’s David Grening broke the news this morning that Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince is out of the Kentucky Derby due to an injury. Here’s the tweet: @DRFGrening: Cairo Prince out of Derby with injury to left front ankle. Horse being sent to Rood and Riddle for further [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 1:02 PM, Read at the source >
Remember Horseplayers. No Vandalism!
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Mike made us chuckle this morning. Good luck today everyone. Enjoy the races. Who scribbled this on the new @Churchilldowns $12 million video board? pic.twitter.com/pNQQPFpCcv— Michael Dempsey (@turfnsport) April 19, 2014 [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 12:04 PM, Read at the source >
Brian’s Derby Preps: The Lexington
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The road to the Kentucky Derby is nearly at an end, and with it our Kentucky Derby charity league.  John Perotti has taken a commanding lead, but remember that the points in our league go to the top 5 Derby finishers (300-120-60-30-15), leaving plenty of participants in striking distance. Brian Nadeau [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 10:29 AM, Read at the source >
A Matter of Perception
Via Left at the Gate
Michele Obama has become the latest target of PETA.The video is a part of a push by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk to cut eggs from next Monday’s annual Easter egg roll, which here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/06/3181706/progress-on-race-reform-but-some.html#storylink=cpy [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:52 AM, Read at the source >
The Weekend Is Here
Via Pull the Pocket
Good morning horse racing peeps.My email this morning from Racetrackandy (not sure when the man sleeps) said for the Derby, Churchill has: "A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or more, camcorders and tripods"Jessica tweets that she thinks that's to protect [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:32 AM, Read at the source >
JOURNEY
Via Thoroughblog
PENDER HARBOUR and his buddy Luis Contreras get up to win at Woodbine on Friday: a $110,000 allowance race (because he is an Ontario sired runner). The champion runner was gaining his first win since late in 2012. Thank you NORM FILES for another great image. [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 9:07 AM, Read at the source >
Getting Started
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Beholder returns on Sunday (DRF+ sub. req.): Mandella considers the Santa Lucia to be a prep for the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7. With that in mind, Mandella said Beholder is not 100 percent ready for the Santa Lucia. “I don’t think she’s [...]
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 8:08 AM, Read at the source >
Wave Goodbye
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Another day, another Wesley Ward 2-year-old winner, as Goodbye Sorrow took the first 2-year-old race of the year at Gulfstream Park. Also, workout times from the OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds, and an update on a former Maiden Watch horse. ...(read more) [...]
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:47 PM, Read at the source >