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There's mucho consternation about the new-found $750,000 for a Haskell Stakes purse bump. With the William Hill Haskell just four days away, Monmouth Park announced a $750,000 purse increase for their signature race.Hey, for that extra $750,000 I will enter my horse.Hold it, entries are closed?As Jessica pointed out, this [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 6:25 AM, Read at the source >
UBER DISRUPTION
Via Horse Racing Business
Traditional taxi firms are being upended by Uber. This audacious upstart provides on-demand transportation to people using the Uber App to contact independent-contractor drivers affiliated with the company. Taxi interests, however, have sent out SOS pleas to sympathetic friends in high places, like the mayors of Paris, France [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 5:00 AM, Read at the source >
About 10 minutes before American Pharoah arrived at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ on Wednesday afternoon, the track announced that the purse for Sunday's William Hill Haskell Invitational would be increased from $1 million to $1.75 million. While it's not unusual for purse incentives to be added to big races to [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 3:44 AM, Read at the source >
Shore Thing
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Alert! American Pharoah has arrived at Monmouth Park for Sunday's Haskell. Let the beautiful, absurd hoopla begin. Fans were there to greet him at the Atlantic City airport, and an even bigger crowd awaited him at the barn. The Triple Crown winner is about to make his first start since [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 1:42 PM, Read at the source >
Part of the purpose behind any state's Thoroughbred development fund is to bring new commerce into the area, and of course, a horse's economic impact doesn't stop at its board bill. Everything from the trailer that hauls horses into the state to the nails that hold their shoes on helps [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 10:56 AM, Read at the source >
Dale Carnegie
Via Pull the Pocket
Churchill Downs Inc. made some news yesterday, in a couple of quarters.First:All New York State Off-Track Betting Corporations announced today that they have severed their relationship with Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI), the owner of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, citing rate increases by CDI which result [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 7:41 AM, Read at the source >
The Day the Haskell Came of Age
Via Hangin' with Haskin
As American Pharoah prepares for his assault on Monmouth Park in the Haskell Invitational, and with a record crowd projected, there will be electricity in the air unlike anything felt at the Jersey Shore in a century and a half.A great deal has transpired at Monmouth over the years, going [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 3:00 AM, Read at the source >
Saratoga Dark Day #1
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Four days down, 36 to go, and Bill Mott has emerged as the early leader in the race for this year's trainer title. Hott Mott's won six races from 13 starts so far and only one of his winners — My Friend Keith in Monday's finale — was a favorite. [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 12:30 PM, Read at the source >
Mike Watchmaker - unbeknownst to him I imagine - started a brouhaha of a semi-regular variety yesterday with this tweet.This spawned the usual responses; those with circular logic, memes that we all need to get along and knit peace quilts, and that those who agree failed sharing in kindergarten. But, [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:01 AM, Read at the source >
In the weeks leading up to the opening of this year's Saratoga meeting, the New York Racing Association endured diatribes from all directions as the changes to this year's season were gradually rolled out. Payment for picnic tables and the Carousel came in for particular criticism, along with new policies for [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 4:30 AM, Read at the source >
FORT ERIE
Via Thoroughblog
DANISH DYNAFORMER aims to show his butt to his rivals today at Fort Erie – WILL WONG PHOTO 80TH PRINCE OF WALES – SPOTLIGHT [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 4:27 AM, Read at the source >
Darryl Kaplan wrote a piece at SC about the lack of organization in televising betting products at OTB's. In this case, he speaks of the fact that at Woodbine, the televisions are all on higher bet simulcast products, instead of a Canadian product, and this hurts Canadian racing. This [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 11:49 AM, Read at the source >
If Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers are found guilty of attempting to fix a June 19 horse race at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, they should pay a heavy price, both in the criminal charges filed against them and in the revocation of their licenses to work in [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 9:06 AM, Read at the source >
This week at Saratoga: July 27
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The first “week” of Saratoga Race Course ends today, but even on dark days, there's plenty to do in Saratoga. Highlights this week include a focus on taking care of disabled jockeys; the return of WMHT's terrific documentary on the history of Saratoga Race Course; and one of the few [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 2:18 AM, Read at the source >
PICKINGS
Via Thoroughblog
PHOTO – HARD NOT TO LIKE, foaled in Erin, Ontario, wins her 3rd Grade 1, the Diana on Saturday at Saratoga. Shes wearin' red and white these days! NYRA PHOTO Below – that is her winning the Cup and Saucer 4 years ago at Woodbine – Michael Burns photo RIKER [...]
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 5:11 AM, Read at the source >