Welcome to the Wire! Learn more about our redesign.

There is one final moment on the American Pharoah post Triple Crown tour that needs to be mentioned; this time to demonstrate how today's sights, sounds, and actions can reflect the changing times.We have all heard the reference to silence being deafening, and that was the case for one person [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 11:10 AM, Read at the source >
What, exactly, were Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and Frosted's rider, Jose Lezcano, doing as the two horses rounded the final turn into the home stretch of Saturday's $1.6-million Travers at Saratoga? This much I know: They weren't playing footsie. Photographs taken for the New York Racing Association by Arianna Spadoni show [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 10:27 AM, Read at the source >
Photo credit Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club When Jack O Liam left New York in March, the 3-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was a maiden. A veteran of six races in which he'd never been better than third, he started his career in the barn of Gary Contessa, who shipped him [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 10:00 AM, Read at the source >
A Wish List for Saratoga 2016
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
NYRA/Adam Coglianese At Sunday's fan forum presented by the New York State Gaming Commission's Fan Advisory Council, one of the first speakers was a man who was introduced to horse racing by his fiancée's family, which is from this area. “They said, ‘We're going to take you to a horse race,'” recounted [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 7:30 AM, Read at the source >
This is a big week for Ontario breeders and the action starts tonight with the Canadian Million yearling sales stakes at Woodbine. Horses that went through the sale – sold or no sold, will contest 6 races and breeders stand to win some nice breeders' awards and perhaps bolster pedigrees of [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 6:53 AM, Read at the source >
NYRA Steps Up For Retired Racehorses
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
At a Sept. 1 summit presented by the New York State Gaming Commission on racehorse aftercare, the New York Racing Association pledged that it would donate $5 per start at its tracks to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. NYRA follows in the footsteps of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which in [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 5:30 AM, Read at the source >
The Bet is Sleepy
Via Pull the Pocket
Crunk noted August's handle on his twitter feed yesterday. Races were down by about 450 races, and handle was about flat (up 0.5%). There was one fewer weekend day. This has pretty much been the story this year.What makes August's handle a bit blech, is that Saratoga, Del Mar and [...]
Wed, Sep 02, 2015 4:39 AM, Read at the source >
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto has agreed to a proposal by Senate Legislative Budget Board members to fund the Texas Racing Commission for three months. However, the horsemen's organization representing Thoroughbred and Quarter horse racing say the extension gives owners and trainers [...]
Tue, Sep 01, 2015 8:45 PM, Read at the source >
Tea Leaves
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
American Pharoah returned to Del Mar on Monday, apparently none the worse for his second-place finish to Keen Ice in the Travers, and the track announced that the Triple Crown winner would parade for fans on Sunday. Should owner Ahmed Zayat decide to retire American Pharoah, as he said his [...]
Tue, Sep 01, 2015 2:27 PM, Read at the source >
Even after working as curator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for three years, Victoria Tokarowski admits she still has moments of being taken aback when she takes a trip to the museum's vault of artifacts. “I'm still finding new things every day,” she said. That's what inspired [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 1:55 PM, Read at the source >
Mainstream Phun
Via Pull the Pocket
I have purposefully not used 'ph' on this blog, unless I am talking about Philly Park - er I guess it's Parx now so I can drop it - or for American Pharoah himself. But I could not think of a better blog title.Today on the Fox Sports website:We see [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 4:59 AM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga: Closing Week
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Keen Ice and Javier Castellano get to American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza. Photo credit for this & cover photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese Saratoga lived up to its legacy as the “Graveyard of Champions,” but racing fans got an exciting renewal of the Travers on yet another beautiful day at Saratoga, and Javier [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 3:40 AM, Read at the source >
SUNDAY RACE 1 POST TME 1 P.M. First Half Daily Double / Exactor /.20 Triactor / .20 Pick 3 (Races 1-2-3) .20 Superfecta Woodbine MAIDEN CLAIMING $25,000 Purse $25,400. (Plus $10,200 – Other Sources) (Plus $5,100 – State Bred) (Plus $5,250 – Other Sources). For Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight, 119 Lbs. Claiming [...]
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 5:05 AM, Read at the source >
WATCH
Via Thoroughblog
(photos by Cindy Pierson Dulay – horse-races.net) Phooey. So, he is wonderful racehorse and a mere mortal after all. The Haskell, a walk in the park with a 109 Beyer Figure, was one of the fastest races of his life. [...]
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 4:40 AM, Read at the source >
The Runner-Up
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Frosted and American Pharoah, on the rail, turn into the stretch of the Travers Stakes. Keen Ice is to the outside. Photo credit: Arianna Spadoni/NYRA Steve Haskin had concerns before the Travers Stakes. Gary West felt a shiver of apprehension. Trainer Bob Baffert thought the Pennsylvania Derby was, possibly, better timing [...]
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 12:27 AM, Read at the source >