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- I have a couple of posts about last weekend's racing up at the TimeformUS blog, here and here. - Saratoga Casino & Raceway has released the details of their proposed casino in East Greenbush. The Casino at East Greenbush presentation by YNNwebteamYes, it will have "spectacular views [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:54 PM, Read at the source >
The Temperature Gets Turned Up on Churchill Downs Inc.
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
In the week or weeks before the Derby there is usually a news story from someone, somewhere, to try and forward their cause. Derby week is the one week that the world pays attention. In past year's we might've seen a New York Times story, or a story on steroid [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:27 AM, Read at the source >
Oaks Reprise
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Jon White surveys the likely Odgen Phipps field: The 2013 Kentucky Oaks field was considered one of the best ever. The five fillies listed above as candidates for the Phipps all ran in last year’s Kentucky Oaks. Princess of Sylmar won at 38-1. Beholder finished second at 9-1 after acting up [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:25 AM, Read at the source >
Being a lifelong aficionado of horse racing and growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby has always been a cherished event.  While I have attended a few in person, I’m grateful  for one I did not have to attend. In 1967, the civil rights movement in the United States [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 24. 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) Slated for final pre-Derby work Saturday [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:19 AM, Read at the source >
Here is the current Kentucky Oaks lineup as of April 24 with known jockeys listed. The fillies are listed in order of points, with number of points in parenthesis. The field is limited to 14. 1. Untapable (160) (Jockey: Rosie Napravnik) Worked 5f in 1:00 flat on Sunday 2. Sugar Shock (120) (Jockey: Calvin [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:19 AM, Read at the source >
The boycott isn't only about the egregious takeout increase. This is about an industry that refuses to listen intently to what their customers are saying. It happens time and again. [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 8:26 AM, Read at the source >
When did I first notice it, was it the NOLA.com series on Churchill Downs and the Fair Grounds? The Paulick Report story titled "Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline"? The Takeout Hike? CDI executive comments? Their compensation? The tweets, the blogs, the opinion?On a stand alone basis, none [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:16 PM, Read at the source >
Why Wonder Haveyourseenmypappy Smokin Red
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Catching up on workouts, and 2yo fillies at Keeneland....(read more) [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:27 PM, Read at the source >
The Hong Kong Model
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Eric Mitchell interviews Dr. Christopher Riggs, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s top veterinarian, about the on-track pharmacy system there. Despite differences in how horses are trained and stabled in Hong Kong vs. America, it’s an enlightening exchange, particularly re: specific questions that vets have raised in response to racetrack owner [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:00 PM, Read at the source >
This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must be maintained in order to keep the money-churning slots and gambling tables going. They allow facilities [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 2:52 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
HOPPORTUNITY, by Any Given Saturday, works outside older horse DRILL. Colt is a very strong factor for the KENTUCKY DERBY – Churchill Downs media photo HASTINGS PARK – ready to roll this weekend VANCOUVER – Historians have recorded that the [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 1:46 PM, Read at the source >
Young Bettors Making Their Voices Heard
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
This piece about the CDI takeout increase was orignally posted on Doug MacPherson's blog Four-Forty.  Doug is an 18-year-old high school student from Ontario, and he can be found on Twitter @LDMcPherson.  In addition to writing on his blog, Doug has also contributed to HANA's Horseplayer Monthly. I'm going to keep [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:40 PM, Read at the source >
Geek Out: Mining Derby Data
Via Hello Race Fans
Part of the fun of handicapping the Kentucky Derby is the awesome potential for geeking out on stats, which just might lead you to the winner. [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:29 PM, Read at the source >
Rusty Arnold's letter to the editor at the DRF is making the rounds.He speaks about stabling beside Steve Asmussen and alerts to the fact his horses are well-cared for. I have little doubt they would be. The fella has millions of dollars in horseflesh and big money clients. Would you [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:01 PM, Read at the source >