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At two opening week appearances, NYRA executives presented a rosy picture of New York racing over the last year. CEO and president Chris Kay and senior vice president of racing operations Martin Panza met with the media last Wednesday afternoon and with the public last Wednesday evening at the annual [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:56 AM, Read at the source >
One of the biggest people in the on-camera TV horse racing business today started out by running a tip sheet in the back of his car and selling the picks on the street at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Some halfway decent cons originated from tipsters at horse race [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:08 AM, Read at the source >
“You have to go! It’s so much fun; we dress classy and then drink all afternoon." Now, being in the same age bracket as these lovely friends of mine, I have grown accustomed to the word “classy” being thrown around like a Frisbee at a summer party. However, as many [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:54 AM, Read at the source >
British prize money levels at lower-grade racetracks have fallen during the past 10 years in real terms, even though the total available has gone up by 28 percent since 2011, making it tough for trainers to keep and attract new owners. [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:50 AM, Read at the source >
Having always been impressed with his mastery of vocabulary and witty turn of phrase, I asked Tom if his race calls are spontaneous? He replied, “No, they are by no means entirely spontaneous. I do all sorts of preparation.” [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:44 AM, Read at the source >
"Oh shit! We've sold how many of those things?" I figure that's more or less what someone in the NYRA accounting department thought or said when he/she realized that they had sold some 6,373 clubhouse season passes for the Saratoga meet. That is, according to NYRA, an [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:51 AM, Read at the source >
It’s been two and a half months since Cincinnati’s old River Downs reopened as Belterra Park, a shiny new racing and gaming venue that shares its name with the Belterra casino in Indiana.  Both properties are owned by Pinnacle Entertainment. Living in Cincinnati the past few years, I frequented River Downs [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 5:43 PM, Read at the source >
Media Matters
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
A couple of years ago, I stopped at one of the newsstands in my neighborhood to pick up a magazine with a cover story that was being much discussed online, even though it wasn’t available digitally because the publisher was a web skeptic. A student from a local business school [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:36 AM, Read at the source >
Monday Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
Good morning everyone. Here are a few things that caught my eye over the weekend.Sebastian K was beaten at Mohawk on Saturday, as most know. Intimidate, the always fast but sometimes not sharp and sound trotter, nailed him in the final stride. It's pretty clear the off track bothered [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 9:28 AM, Read at the source >
Ghosts of Press Boxes Past
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
The press box. The name evokes images of veteran reporters, sleeves rolled up, sitting behind their Underwood typewriters in a cloud of cigar or cigarette smoke, pounding out stories, scoops, columns, and features for the many newspapers across the country – whether from New York, Boston and Chicago or Kansas [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 1:32 PM, Read at the source >
This turf race, set at one of the premier summer meets, has produced a Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup winners across several races. [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 10:35 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
UP UP AND AWAY! Horse of the Year UP WITH THE BIRDS roars from last to win the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine, his first win of 2014 in his 3rd outing. WEG/MICHAEL BURNS PHOTO Saturday’s Top Woodbine Beyer Speed Figures 98 – UP WITH THE BIRDS – Nijinsky S. 87 [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 9:23 AM, Read at the source >
Del Mar Doings and Some Saratoga Turf
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Best finish on Saturday was second for Shining America (Eskendereya). Next up, four fillies in two races at Del Mar for Sunday, and a turf try at Saratoga on Monday....(read more) [...]
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 9:51 PM, Read at the source >
Named after a mythological figure, this race has produced several winners who have had races named after them. [...]
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
THE SPAAAAA!! -  Frankie Dettori arrives late for opening day, had to borrow riding clothes, but wins 2 in his first visit! AVENTURE LOVE and Frankie Dettori…PHOTO/Adam Coglianese/Susie Raisher COZMIC ONE, stabled at Saratoga. Oooooooo – the first foal of Zenyatta – .PHOTO/Adam Coglianese/Susie Raisher THOROUGHBLOG and JMBETS.CA JMBets. ca, the [...]
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 8:58 AM, Read at the source >