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It's was a big night at Mohawk Raceway this evening. Three "Grade I" races were contested, along with several "Grade III's". In total, $2.4 million in purses were given away.Big night for handle I bet? Yes.Over $5.1 million was wagered on the card. It was the largest handle at the [...]
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 12:29 AM, Read at the source >
Won by a Horse of the Year 26 times since its first running in 1954, this race has also seen its fair share of monumental upsets. [...]
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Looking for a Lucky Conquest
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Two entries at Del Mar for Saturday, filly Conquest Archangel (Blame), and colt One Lucky Dane (Lookin At Lucky). Plus, another stakes try for Four Leaf Chief (Lookin At Lucky). ...(read more) [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 9:19 PM, Read at the source >
On day 33 of the 2014 Saratoga meeting, Jonathan Sheppard was ready to go home. “I’ve been ready,” he said frankly, standing outside his barn in the Oklahoma annex, a short walk from the training track. “It’s too stressful up here. I love it here, but I am a bit of [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:29 PM, Read at the source >
I had a fun conversation today with Brad Thomas and Chuck Simon on twitter about horse ownership, big stables and the ever-changing game.We've all seen what's been happening: Big stables get bigger, vet bills and supplement costs grow, partnerships are formed which drives down the price of breeding stock (both [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 12:36 PM, Read at the source >
CHRB Chair Winner advocating consensus for racing
Via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
Even if you’re just skimming the biography of Charles (“call me Chuck”) Winner on the Winner & Associates website, paragraph four is an eye-catcher. [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:17 AM, Read at the source >
When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that Durkin quipped Tuesday he’s considering coming out of retirement, just so he can announce [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 8:55 AM, Read at the source >
If you missed it (and are interested), this is the Inspector General's report on the takeout "scandal" in which $7.4 million was improperly withheld by NYRA from winnings paid on certain exotic bets from Sept 2010 through December of 2011. The report is a 122-page exercise costing who-knows-how much [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 8:45 AM, Read at the source >
ROCK
Via Thoroughblog
ONTARIO SALES GRADUATES STRUT THEIR STUFF What a night at Woodbine with 6 sales stakes races on CANADIAN MILLIONS DAY at the track – a celebration of yearling/weanling graduates from the local sale and a VIP party to encourage new faces into the horse ownership game. Capping the night of excitement was [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:24 PM, Read at the source >
Madoo, Petite Qualities, and some Joy
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Three entries for Friday, Madoo (Eskendereya) at Saratoga, Petite Qualities (Quality Road) at Charles Town, and Delaney's Joy (Eskendereya) at Del Mar....(read more) [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 8:59 PM, Read at the source >
Upcoming Contests and Carryovers
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
We wanted to provide you with a heads-up on a few upcoming items. First, Mohawk Racetrack has a mandatory payout in their Super High Five wager in their final race this Saturday night .  The carryover is $647,331.  For more information, please click here.  A free program (PDF) for the entire [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 4:34 PM, Read at the source >
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents like erythropoietin (EPO). If the commission approves the recommendations made by executive director Joe Gorajec, Indiana will become the first North American racing jurisdiction [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:21 PM, Read at the source >
Federal Men aka Treasury Men In Action was a TV series that ran in the Golden Age of television, from 1950-1955. Here is a horse racing related episode: "Case of the Losing Gamble" Original broadcast date: December 16, 1954. An investigation is launched into a person's taxes and [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 2:14 PM, Read at the source >
Thursday Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
Happy Thursday everyone. It's a good weekend in racing.Tom Durkin's last day is Sunday. "End of an era" is used a lot these days in sports and entertainment. This time it really means something. We grew up with Tom - both in harness, "here comes Nihilator on the outside with [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:38 PM, Read at the source >
First run in 1928, find out more about the race that's been contested over all three surfaces at several distances ranging from 6-furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 8:20 AM, Read at the source >