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Los Alamitos Futurity Racing Roundup
Via Classic Champion Thoroughbreds
©2014 Calvin L. Carter. All rights reserved.The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” takes us to California, Saturday, where a small field of five two-year-old Thoroughbreds will go to the starting gate of the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.Formerly known as the CashCall Futurity and Hollywood [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:57 PM, Read at the source >
Bayern had the sort of campaign that racing fans should want from would-be champions. He raced 10 times from January through November and delivered some overpowering performances – winning the Haskell Invitational by more than seven lengths and the Pennsylvania Derby by nearly six before his Classic triumph.  His 7 [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:47 AM, Read at the source >
Following are a dozen gifts I’d ask from Santa Claus for horse racing in North America. 1.  Healing for injured jockeys and the utmost safety for those active in riding. 2.  A better life for backstretch employees and their families. 3.  Humane treatment for all racehorses, during their careers on the track [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:00 AM, Read at the source >
As corrupt Cuban politicians get richer, North Korea succeeds in scaring movie theaters and Justin Beiber is still somehow popular, the world got even more strange with today's Horse of the Year announcement in harness racing. When Jenn Biongorno, accompanied by the lovely, tiny, Justin Horowitz, announced the winner, most [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 5:50 PM, Read at the source >
Rake, Blah Blah Blah, Rake
Via Pull the Pocket
Those business buzz-words like synergy or accretive make me think of classes way back when, when profs told us how business works. But, in reality, they are how business works.I was reading this today regarding some of the deals being made by major sports leagues and DFS sites, like FanDuel:"The [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:46 PM, Read at the source >
As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a dozen candidates can make a logical claim to this season’s top honor. Will [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:12 PM, Read at the source >
Gutsy Godspeed prevails in Indian 1000 Guineas
Via Sid Fernando + Observations
By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Link to video of Indian 1000 Guineas at end of post.] Godspeed (Multidimensional – Almandine), despite wandering about a bit in the closing stages as she is wont to, held on determinedly by a neck to deny the odds-on favourite Maisha (Footstepsinthesand – My Pension) [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:24 PM, Read at the source >
The Gaming Facility Location Board has spoken, and no, their decision did not favor the politically connected bidders as I'd anticipated would be the case. If there was a backroom deal with members of the New York Gaming Association in the weeks preceding the referendum vote in November, 2013, [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:42 AM, Read at the source >
International confusion
Via Sid Fernando + Observations
Last night on Twitter, a participant in the Japanese bloodstock industry tweeted a link to a Racing Post article about a Grade 1 race in Japan. Here it is: The race, however, is not a Grade 1 race by the body that adjudicates on such matters, the International Federation of [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:34 AM, Read at the source >
ASPIRE
Via Thoroughblog
   Gulfstream media photo courtesy Gulfstream Park CANADIAN RUNNERS Woodbine stakes winner GLENVILLE GARDENS, winner of the Display Stakes at the end of the Woodbine season, did not take to the dirt at Gulfstream on Wednesday in an allowance race for 2yos. The Street Cry colt, owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk, [...]
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:45 PM, Read at the source >
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 >
PEACE
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 >