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The Arkansas track will open Jan. 9 with myriad unanswered questions about its Lasix-free bonus program: Will a three-month meet generate a meaningful enough sample size to gauge whether the program works or not? Will there be horsemen who support the experiment in theory but are reluctant to try it [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 1:01 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
Our Ontario racing community was shocked to hear of the passing of one of the good ones DEREK BALL, who passed away on Dec. 12 in his 65th year. A lawyer, Derek was a partner in the Dominion Bloodstock racehorses for many years. H was passionate about the game and [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 8:27 AM, Read at the source >
Commissioner Gural
Via Pull the Pocket
People clamor for a racing commissioner and we're told over and over again how it can't happen.Jeff Gural made news again today. Over the past couple of years, the practice of "kicking" or whatever apologists want to call it, has been in the headlines. Many of the alphabets, on air [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 4:45 PM, Read at the source >
For many in the Thoroughbred business, the moment when a mare nuzzles her newborn foal for the first time is so magical, it justifies the sleepless nights it takes to get there. Rarely though, those first moments do not go as planned for mare and foal, and for unknown reasons, [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 4:12 PM, Read at the source >
It's a busy time of year, so sorry again for the sparse posting of late, as the announcement of the Location Board's recommendations in the casino sweepstakes fast approaches.However, the action will really just be getting started once Kevin Law tells us who the winners and losers are (and it's [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:17 PM, Read at the source >
A story on the Paulick Report about "America's Best Racing" popped up yesterday. The article, generally, focused on the ABR insiders and they tooted their horn a little (a couple of times with incredulous numbers). In the comments section (and in some places on the twitter) the project tended to [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:06 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
BRIAN SWATUK did much good work with horses over his years as riders including CAPTAIN SUNBURST, featured on John Wolfe’s blog on his father Sheldon’s horses. MICHAEL BURNS WIN PHOTO BRIAN SWATUK – 1949-2014 Following a lengthy illness, one of Canada’s [...]
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:06 AM, Read at the source >
It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more people to old age than we are bringing in fresh, young [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 4:13 PM, Read at the source >
The on-off switch for a warning system to jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town racetrack was not triggered when a horse ran the wrong way toward the field in the fourth race on Saturday night because it was not located in the stewards room, but down the hallway with [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:33 PM, Read at the source >
Photo credit Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue On Saturday, December 6, a few hours before Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals buried their Metropolitan Division rivals the New Jersey Devils 4-1, Ovechkin’s equine namesake became a millionaire in the last race of his seven-year career. Eighttofasttocatch was purchased in 2007 for $47,000 by former Capitals [...]
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 5:32 AM, Read at the source >
“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races when a loose horse, going the wrong way up the stretch, ran into an oncoming horse [...]
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 4:31 PM, Read at the source >
Elusive Quality as a broodmare sire
Via Sid Fernando + Observations
Darley’s Elusive Quality got his 19th unrestricted black type winner as a broodmare sire today when Japanese-bred two-year-old filly Shonan Adela (by Deep Impact from Always Willing) won the G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the year-end championship defining race in Japan. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is a 1600-meter race on turf, [...]
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 12:15 PM, Read at the source >
Escondido Rocks Gulfstream
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Escondido looked right at home on the Gulfstream turf, skipping to a 2 3/4-length win as Eskendereya's 8th winner. Also, the 15th winner for Quality Road (His World), Maybellene is now grade I stakes-placed, and entries for Sunday. ...(read more) [...]
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 9:54 PM, Read at the source >
On Friday night, Burke broke the North American record of $28.12 million in purses won in a year, set by Todd Pletcher, a 47-year-old thoroughbred trainer who has earned a record six Eclipse awards as North America’s outstanding trainer. Entering Friday, Burke’s horses had won $28.08 million, and results at [...]
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 9:53 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
SKYLANDER GIRL (inside) is in the South Beach Stakes at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf at Gulfstream today for owner/trainer Alex Patykewich. MICHAEL BURNS PHOTO CANADIANS IN ACTION TODAY A couple of grey Canadian-based stakes winners are in stakes events at Gulfstream Park today. Grade 2 winner EXCAPER has an inside post [...]
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 8:36 AM, Read at the source >