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Wednesday PTP Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
Good day racing fans!There's quite a bit going on in raceland, so here are a few thoughts.Alan over at LATG does not have trouble holding feet to the fire in New York. Despite listing bands on his blog that I don't have the foggiest about even if I google them, [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 12:26 PM, Read at the source >
In due course, this visionary Postmortem Examination Program has produced something else of great value — a meticulously collected census of racehorse fatalities since 1990. The CHRB releases summary statistics on the Postmortem Examination Program in its annual reports. These reports are available on the CHRB website dating back to [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 10:28 AM, Read at the source >
Racing Represents in the Forbes 400
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The list of Forbes 400 Richest Americans was published this week, and pity the poor 133 billionaires that didn’t make the cut. But five names familiar from racing did…a look at how they made their millions, what they did with them at the racetrack, and a mare who has foals owned [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 7:02 AM, Read at the source >
No Fault Win
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
No Fault of Mine rolled to a 4 1/2-length win on September 28 to become the 5th winner for Blame. For Wednesday a couple of Summer Bird's, Hit On Summer at Delaware Park, and Summer Forever at Belmont Park. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:41 PM, Read at the source >
Bonus? What Bonus?
Via Left at the Gate
I was looking at the Meeting Book for Monday's hastily-called NYRA Board of Directors meeting (it wasn't announced until Friday afternoon), and I noticed a pretty hilarious omission from the minutes for the last meeting, held on August 6 in Saratoga. As you may recall, the big news coming [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 6:18 PM, Read at the source >
Arlington Meet Results, Boycott Updates
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
The DRF is reporting handle was down 19% at Arlington this meet, citing several factors. "The handle decline set in early, with betting during May and early June off almost 25 percent compared with the previous season. Arlington was forced to cut purses then and cut them a second time when [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 3:14 PM, Read at the source >
Churchill-Kentucky Downs Date Fight
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
A preliminary tweet today from the DRF is extremely troubling. @DRFHegarty "K. Flanery of CD tells dates comm request for Sept. dates contingent on CD being only track to run during month." What???!!!!! — Byron King (@DRFByronKing) September 30, 2014 Kentucky Downs, which recently concluded its meet to record handles, and almost universal [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:20 PM, Read at the source >
The proportion of horses that compete successfully at the top level is miniscule. The number that do it on the track before following up at stud is even more so. [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:08 PM, Read at the source >
The next question to concern backers who have been with Chrome since the 30-1 days of the first future's pool sighting is: Why in the world would somebody ship a horse from Los Alamitos to Pennsylvania for a freshener? From the owner's and trainer's perspective, the CC experience has pretty [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:26 PM, Read at the source >
Tuesday Headlines
Via Pull the Pocket
Hello racefans!Churchill Downs wants dates that Kentucky Downs wants. I know, I know, this is like the Death Star against Alderaan (with the princess with that goofy hairdo), so when Paulick calls it a "battle", one must wonder. However, giving Kentucky Downs those dates makes sense. They are slowly but [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:20 PM, Read at the source >
Now the new thing is, the THREAT of Amishing a horse...."pay me $3,000 more than the horse is worth or I'm selling him to the Amish." I'm telling you, the market for extortion in this business is going up and up and up. All you have to do is claim [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 11:14 AM, Read at the source >
Board Member Doubly Confused
Via Left at the Gate
Been meaning to mention something that I heard during the public comment hearings last week. Honestly didn't have a chance to watch most of the three days, but happened to catch this: A speaker who expressed revulsion towards casino gambling in general drew a rebuke from a member of [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:12 AM, Read at the source >
The closest vote would likely be between a Classic-winning Bayern and a Mile-winning Wise Dan. I’d vote for Bayern if that’s where their seasons end, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wise Dan in the Clark where a win would likely earn him champion older male for sure and [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:03 AM, Read at the source >
REACH
Via Thoroughblog
Can be seen THURSDAYS on TSN, and SATURDAYs ON CTV AND CTV2! STRUTTIN’ – John Unger’s homebred hits 90 in the Beyer Figures at Woodbine STRUT THE COURSE did just that on Sunday at Woodbine when she won the Classy ‘n Smart Stakes for owner and breeder John Unger. It [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:38 AM, Read at the source >
Moving On
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
What’s next for some Suffolk Downs backstretch families? She said her father, who is an outrider at the track, has been going to Maryland for the winters over the last several years, and will likely have to go down there for nine months now and then go further into the south [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:16 AM, Read at the source >