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Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made a living by taking people on mounted hunting trips through the high country in Aspen, and from a [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:20 AM, Read at the source >
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup was the 30th annual running.  In 1984, the inaugural event, the Internet was not available to the average person, so off-track betting was achieved by telephone or at a racetrack or off-track betting facility via simulcasting. As the following table depicts, $19.5 million was wagered in [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old filly Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 12:28 AM, Read at the source >
Birdatthewire is Eskenformoney
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Best result on Wednesday was a third for Phenomenal Phoenix (Summer Bird) at Remington Park. For Thursday, Birdatthewire (Summer Bird) and Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) meet at Keeneland. ...(read more) [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 8:33 PM, Read at the source >
There was a hastily-announced meeting of the Gaming Facility Location Board on Monday evening. But they wanted to make it perfectly clear that nobody should be expecting nuthin'.Just so that nobody got excited or anything. I presume that no one from the press showed up, and that, therefore, no [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 1:02 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
CANADIAN CHAMPION LEIGH COURT may only face 9 in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint – MICHAEL BURNS- WEG PHOTO BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY NEWS PRESS RELEASE WITH LINK TO ENTRIES http://www.breederscup.com/article/california-chrome-shared-belief-close-hatches-and-magician-ire-lead-201-horses-pre-entered http://www.breederscup.com/sites/default/files/bc14-preentries.pdf LEIGH COURT, trained by JOSIE CARROLL for Eugene Melnyk, is one of just 11 entered in the Filly and Mare [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:59 AM, Read at the source >
The lawsuit over the disputed sale of $2.1 million broodmare Love Me Only being heard by a jury in Fayette Country Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., figured to come down to a battle of the expert witnesses. But in testimony on the trial’s second day on Tuesday, the battle got [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 1:01 AM, Read at the source >
Proper Preparation
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Recapping results, including Overprepared's (Quality Road) win on Sunday, and 2 entries for Wednesday, Burden (Blame) at Keeneland and Hi On Summer (Summer Bird) at Delaware Park. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:51 PM, Read at the source >
There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’ booth are increasingly (in some places predominately) occupied by female writers, photographers, broadcasters, and public relations [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 4:38 PM, Read at the source >
The problem has more to do with making the big change, and getting universal agreement to make the change. I'm sure, changing formatting would be costly to implement to begin with but it is a necessity, however radical change is something the the horse racing industry seems to fight [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 3:57 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
FLYING COLOURS – another beautiful day at the races – WOODBINE STYLE. Photo by JANIS MAINE. STAR OF THE INTERNATIONAL A Grade 1 race, $1 million on the line. And a prestigious race luring a huge crowd that bet almost $6 million [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:03 PM, Read at the source >
In the quest for more revenues, or more spinoffs in some fashion, some in racing have held sports betting up as another avenue for such. Most recently this looks close (close but maybe far) in Jersey, with Christie signing on. Regardless what happens, there are several opinions about what sports [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:50 AM, Read at the source >
Years ago now I went to a race in western Ontario - Clinton I think - where a trotter we had was in an OSS. We traveled quite a few miles, got lost and had a pretty frustrating trip. Post time for the horse was something like 1:45 and after [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:42 PM, Read at the source >
Haskin: Time to Give Blame His Due
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
To most everyone, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic was a punch in the gut, the end of a magical run that brought an eerie hush to the crowd at Churchill Downs. Even after four years, many still find it difficult to watch Zenyatta’s spectacular run from last fall a head [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:07 AM, Read at the source >
“One of the most difficult things in the world is to time races correctly.” [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:00 AM, Read at the source >