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West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of post-race urine samples from Charles Town and Mountaineer Park have tested positive for a variety of therapeutic medications, many of them [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 8:07 AM, Read at the source >
Cronley: Valueless
Via Pinboard
When I first began writing about picking horses, not prices, there was something of a confrontational element to it. People actually tried to make a case for playing a 10-1 dog over a strong 2-1 favorite, chiefly because winning $6 wouldn't pay their bills, never mind the fact that three [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:23 PM, Read at the source >
Instead of breaking down in his last race, as was predicted in conversations on social media, 9-year-old Coaltown Legend, an animal whose beauty still shone after years of dogfights and 64 starts, made it home to retire on the New York farm of his birth. [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 2:58 PM, Read at the source >
The international breeding operation started by Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah more than 30 years ago has arguably been more influential than any other in world racing during [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 1:57 PM, Read at the source >
Monday Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
The weekend - with plenty of action in both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred world - is done. Here are a few things that caught my eye.Bayern's last was eye-popping, with a solid figure, and one wondered if he would carry it through to the Haskell. He sure did. In some [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:51 AM, Read at the source >
Bayern Figures
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
The Travers is now a possibility for Bayern after the 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert wired the Haskell, winning by 7 1/4 lengths (replay). He was given a Beyer speed figure of 109 for the effort, two points higher than his freaky Woody Stephens win on Belmont Stakes day, [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:54 AM, Read at the source >
Beer cans popped open. The pages of The Daily Racing Form rustled. A voice boomed through the loudspeakers, accompanying the replays of the previous day’s races. And in the near distance, the whirling turnstiles at Saratoga Race Course clattered rhythmically, admitting some patrons only once, but others — those who came [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 9:30 AM, Read at the source >
In the Gaming Commission's extremely ambitious timeline, July 21 was the date that oral presentations by the New York casino bidders could have begun. However, the commission spokesperson Lee Park expects the majority of presentations will be given after Labor Day. And with bidders such as Genting and [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 9:27 AM, Read at the source >
For when it comes to race readiness, horse trainers (and owners) take very seriously the guidance provided by Crash Davis in the movie Bull Durham.  “You’re gonna have to learn your clichés,” he counseled a young pitcher. “They’re your friends.” And in horse racing, knowing your cliches means never having to say, [...]
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:55 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
Happy Sunday -  just 2 days until the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie – making a road trip?  The field is listed below.. Post Positions for the 79th Prince of Wales Stakes Post positions were drawn this afternoon for the 79th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes.  The [...]
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Displaying a Competitive Edge
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Captain Moss (Quality Road) was no match for Competitive Edge at Saratoga. On Sunday, a couple of Lookin At Lucky fillies, Pretty Bird at Woodbine, and Hopefaithjoy at Saratoga. ...(read more) [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 9:28 PM, Read at the source >
In the brief, five-year history of the Curlin Stakes, two trainers have already won the Curlin-Jim Dandy double: Anthony Dutrow in 2010 and Todd Pletcher in 2011. After V.E. Day won the Curlin at Saratoga Race Course on Friday afternoon, Jimmy Jerkens hopes to be the third. Already a major player on [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 11:09 AM, Read at the source >
In HRU today, owner of the ill-fated Modern Family spoke about the state of horse racing (pdf page 4), in the article titled "Domback Wants Out". Before his run of bad luck Dombeck was already disillusioned with the sport and he admitted that other issues have played into [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 9:13 AM, Read at the source >
Delaney's Joy (Eskendereya) was favored at Del Mar on Friday, but finished the race without her jockey, so will have to wait for another day to break her maiden. For Saturday, Captain Moss (Quality Road) at Saratoga. ...(read more) [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:34 PM, Read at the source >
“It shows people that I am not just about jumps and the grass,” he said. “Forever Together was a grass horse, but she wasn’t a marathon runner. And obviously, Informed Decision was the champion female sprinter, so it gives me a little wider appeal; something nice to have on my [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:31 AM, Read at the source >