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Good day everyone!New York's PETA report is due out very soon. Will it point to the future or just deal with the present?New York is in an interesting position, and to change racing (hopefully for the better) they are a jurisdiction that can certainly, and probably has to, lead. The [...]
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:56 AM, Read at the source >
Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab accreditation. In December, RMTC anticipated the number of states working under its recommended list of therapeutic medication thresholds would increase [...]
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 5:50 AM, Read at the source >
Horse deaths at Aqueduct spiked in 2012 and are doing so again in 2015. While a number of factors are likely to have contributed, the effect of winter weather on a dirt racetrack surface is the leading suspect. The average high and low Fahrenheit temperatures at Aqueduct during the [...]
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 5:00 AM, Read at the source >
The race to become the first American track to have its racing regularly simulcast live in France - tapping into a different and potentially lucrative pari-mutuel betting pool - has just been won, not by [...]
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:00 AM, Read at the source >
There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the best 2-year-olds of the year. Bloodstock agents pored over the list looking for hidden gems [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:06 AM, Read at the source >
PETA has filed an appeal request of the KHRC's report in Kentucky today. As I noted before, the whole "exoneration thing" is troubling on a couple of counts i) exonerated of what exactly? Asmussen was not jacking horses with rocket fuel or beating them with a stick, and ii) the [...]
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:46 AM, Read at the source >
It has been 30 years since a blazingly fast 3-year-old named Spend a Buck changed the face of the Triple Crown. The colt's journey began on a small farm in Western Kentucky and would end 16 years later on a small farm in Western Louisiana, near the [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:07 PM, Read at the source >
For more than a decade, Australian racing has been searching for a quarantine arrangement in the United States, a facility that will allow top American horses to travel dow [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:00 PM, Read at the source >
There's something to be said for second or even third chances, but not when someone commits an act that is cruel to the horse, fleeces the bettors and damages the sport's reputation. Jockey Roman Chapa did just that not once but twice, yet a sport that is notoriously lenient on [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00 AM, Read at the source >
Yes, 'the Slipper,' as we know it, has given us a huge amount of thrills over the last 50-plus years, but the race is perhaps more important for its contribution to the Australian breeding industry. It is a true stallion-making race. Four of the last nine winners of the Slipper [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:51 AM, Read at the source >
2015's First Horseplayer Monthly Ready to Go
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
This month's Horseplayer Monthly emagazine, is close to hitting the virtual bookshelves. The issue is jammed with handicapping articles, and we're pretty proud of them. We've got Craig from Timeform looking at Turf, and it's sure to help you. We've got Jarod Dinkin's views on the NHC, and another excellent article from [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:23 AM, Read at the source >
"How are the kids", Mr Black Box?It was reported today (h/t to the Paulick Report), that Churchill Downs is stocking 16 owners suites with a contraption that serves mixed drinks. Its name is not Phil or Patti, but, well I don't really know. It's a big black box, that (presumably) [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:08 AM, Read at the source >
Perhaps it is because we are sitting on the 25th anniversary, but the year that comes to mind is 1990, when Sunday Silence and Easy Goer, after their four 1989 meetings, including epic finishes in the Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic, stayed in training, with tracks around the country hoping [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 8:40 AM, Read at the source >
Alas, my experience was the exact opposite of the 74-year-old winner. I made 30 bets over the course of 2 days and didn’t see a single one of my choices finish in the Top 2. Prior to this weekend, I believed that every NHC participant would be guaranteed at least [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 5:57 AM, Read at the source >
Editor's Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins. Racing historian and author Edward L. Bowen takes a trip down memory lane and revisits some prior editions of the [...]
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 5:22 AM, Read at the source >