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Few images at a racetrack still a crowd like the sight of a jockey down on the track, and few elicit heartier cheers than seeing him get up on his own. Seemingly indestructible, these athletes are often called the bravest in sports, perched atop a speeding animal that outweighs them [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:55 PM, Read at the source >
California Dreaming
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
There’s been something about California Chrome from the start: “I had a dream about this colt two or three weeks before he was born, and I woke up and told my wife that (the mother) was going to have a colt, he was going to be a lot of flash to [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:44 AM, Read at the source >
Frank's Passion
Via Pull the Pocket
Oh that Frank! Yesterday, Frank Stronach and the team came up with an integrity plan for Magna racetracks. I'll let you have a look at it and you can formulate your opinion (if you have not seen it).Frank is an enigma. He is an excellent businessman, obviously, but at horse [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:08 AM, Read at the source >
Right about now is where the breeding crowd exclaims: ‘we don’t breed for stamina’ as the sole reason behind the deterioration of the American thoroughbred. Horseshit. Even professional geneticists ascribe racing performance to heredity just 30% of the time at best, with the remaining 70% due to environment: conditioning, nutrition, [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Here’s the latest on the plans for the Kentucky Derby contenders as of April 17. These are subject to change due to weather, etc. 1. California Chrome: He will work at Los Alamitos on April 19 and April 26. He’s scheduled to ship to Louisville on April 28. He will school [...]
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:57 AM, Read at the source >
Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 17. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles. Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status. 1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza) 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120) Derby 2014 3. [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:56 PM, Read at the source >
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Tom LaMarra on simulcasting fees and Churchill’s recent takeout hike: I’m no math whiz, so correct me if I’m wrong. In the case of Churchill, if its host fee remains the same, a rebate shop and its customers get to keep the extra 3 percentage points when the exacta takeout goes [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:00 PM, Read at the source >
The Road Begins with a Hootenanny
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Pinetop (Summer Bird) lost all chance in her debut with a slow start. For Thursday, the first Quality Road runner, Hootenanny, runs at Keeneland. ...(read more) [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 3:23 PM, Read at the source >
Wouldn't it be great to have a database in which members of the public could enter a racetrack name and see how much was wagered from every outlet every day? Is there no technology for this, or does the industry shudder at the thought of showing its hand? [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:37 PM, Read at the source >
WinStar Farm announced undefeated Florida Derby winner Constitution is out of the Kentucky Derby due to a hairline fracture. Here is the full release from WinStar: Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in last month’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1), will be forced to miss the May 3rd Kentucky [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:24 AM, Read at the source >
Good morning horse racing friends.There's a lot going on of late in horse racing, and after an early morning work shift, I took a moment and got caught up......It rarely surprises me. When a track does something cray cray, a lot of people gripe. But with takeout hikes, the people [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:45 AM, Read at the source >
When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central Kentucky, read over the rules carefully. The request had a number of requirements regarding the ideal candidate’s certifications [...]
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 8:47 AM, Read at the source >
Danza; That Just Happened! Photo courtesy of APAs I said in my pre-race handicap, I saw little upside in betting either of these races, and based on my handicap I was correct. I'd like to delude myself that post race analysis can always make sense of the chaos, [...]
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:57 PM, Read at the source >
Under the revised rule, a successful claimant would be able, at his or her discretion, to void the claim of any horse that the state veterinarian determines must be vanned off following a race. The claimant would have a period of one hour after the race is declared official [...]
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:16 PM, Read at the source >
First Bird to Take Flight in Paradise
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Our first 2-year-old entry of the year, as filly Pinetop (Summer Bird) takes on the boys at Turf Paradise. Plus, updating works, including plenty of new workers. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:45 PM, Read at the source >