Welcome to the Wire! Learn more about our redesign.

This column seemed to be well-received by Secretariat fans last year, so I thought I would reprint it as an annual Birthday present to Penny and all Big Red 's fans who might have missed it last year. Mrs. Chenery celebrates her 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 27. So let's return to her party [...]
Sun, Jan 25, 2015 8:52 AM, Read at the source >
There are many instances of how a private visit to a stud farm or trainer's barn transformed a racing fan into a sport participant. Tweet [...]
Sun, Jan 25, 2015 12:00 AM, Read at the source >
Upstart and Jose Ortiz win the Holy Bull. Photo credit Lauren King. When Upstart won the Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga last summer, a race restricted to horses bred in New York State, his owner Ralph Evans knew that the then-2-year-old was good enough to win against open company. It [...]
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 5:26 PM, Read at the source >
JOURNEY
Via Thoroughblog
THOROUGHBLOG's first foal picture of 2014 comes from Curraghmore Farm in Waterdown. Here is a filly by KENTUCKY BEAR out of BEARAVIE foaled on January 16. Bearavie is a winning daughter of Old Forester. Bear Stables is the proud owner of this newcomer. THOROUGHBLOG'S QUEEN'S PLATE CONTENDERS It [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:57 PM, Read at the source >
Holy Bull morning line favorite Upstart and Jose Ortiz win the Funny Cide at Saratoga. Photo NYRA/Adam Coglianese Gulfstream Park: The Grade II, $400,000 Holy Bull at 1 1/16 miles #1 Frosted (5-2): The first of two heavy hitters for Godolphin tipped his hand with a rousing win at Aqueduct to break [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 8:03 AM, Read at the source >
Holy Bull Stakes Racing Roundup
Via Classic Champion Thoroughbreds
2015 Calvin L. Carter. All rights reserved.The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” takes us to sunny Florida, Saturday, where Upstart, who is ranked fourteenth in Derby point standings, will go the starting gate as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the 30th running of the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:04 AM, Read at the source >
“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von Rosen, is writing her own chapter. “I'm determined to fight and not give up,” she [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:49 AM, Read at the source >
Based on a survey, the American Horse Council estimated in 2005 that there were 9,222,847 horses in the United States. Of these, the Council found that racehorses of all breeds (Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter Horses) numbered 844,531, or 9.2% of all horses. Certainly, these approximations have changed [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:00 AM, Read at the source >
The Judges Do Things Right
Via Pull the Pocket
In tonight's Harness Racing Update, there's a column looking at how our judges judge, and how other leagues do things wrong. You can read it here Also in what I thought was a very good edition was Gural not allowing Traceur Hanover to race in the Meadowlands Pace, and news [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 3:11 PM, Read at the source >
War Horses Finding Homes
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
“Can I call you back in a little while?” asked Barbara Luna on a recent wet, cold afternoon. “It's miserable here, and I want to get the horses fed.” An hour later, the horses taken care of, Luna can talk. Which she does, willingly, at length, telling the story of how [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 7:14 AM, Read at the source >
“America, for all that we've endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” That was President Barack Obama last night, addressing a joint session [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 5:40 AM, Read at the source >
I must say I am having a hoot reading the media (and social media) regarding DeflateGate - the fact/rumor that the New England Patriots (illegally) deflated balls in their last game (they are easier to grip and throw). What's making it extra-special is that the stories and tweets sound almost [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM, Read at the source >
@raypaulick #SOTUHORSE In need of serious drug reform. Immediately.— Kathy Guillermo (@kathygfrompeta) January 21, 2015 [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 3:06 AM, Read at the source >
Paging a Leader
Via Pull the Pocket
Someone needs to get a hold of this industry and lead, or everyone will be racing for ribbons.In 1994, Roman Chapa suspended 9 months, saying "he used a nail on his mount" in a race, his 1st major infraction. [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 2:08 PM, Read at the source >
Diversification explained with cows pic.twitter.com/zv7qU1OLDB— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 20, 2015 I was reading a little bit about gross horse betting turnover, both in North America and abroad recently, and noticed an interesting article regarding Irish racing."In 2014, the number of horses in training fell by 6.4pc, owners by 6.2pc, entries [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 6:56 AM, Read at the source >