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There are all kinds of excuses I can use for not keeping up on the blog this summer: new job, work travel, busy with DRF writing and the Canterbury Club but the reality is that I’ve been depressed. This summer, as far as racing goes, has been a disaster. [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 10:46 PM, Read at the source >
BOOM
Via Thoroughblog
 more to come tomorrow morning… $325,000 PHILANTHROPIST COLT blows away Canadian Premier Yearling Sale Average up 50%, Tiller, Bear Stables and Mark Casse busy…  Gross     $4,466,000 Sold     135 Not Sold     52 Average     $33,081 Median     $15,000   2013 Gross     $3,003,000 Sold     137 Not Sold     75 Average     $21,920 Median     $16,000 As Pender Harbour’s full brother [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 10:07 PM, Read at the source >
The Paulick Report has headed due north for the late summer, making a trek to Toronto to find out what makes Woodbine Racetrack a unique racing destination in North America. In the coming days, we’ll learn about Woodbine’s world famous turf course, facilities, and top class events, but to get started, we [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 12:13 PM, Read at the source >
While I'll be re-launching my posting activity shortly, I had to share the below from the Canterbury Park YouTube page - a video recap of Minnesota Festival of Champions Day. There were some seriously exciting races with MN Breds running for the highest purses ever on their showcase day.Congratulations [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 8:58 AM, Read at the source >
In no other industry, especially calling the action of a horse race, are patrons quick to point out things done wrong as opposed to praising what was done right.  Jockeys and trainers do well by losing 80% of the races they compete in.  Imagine Durkin getting the call wrong eight [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 8:30 AM, Read at the source >
When he went to stud, however, English Channel was not widely embraced by breeders or buyers at the sales. One look told me why. English Channel is not a very big horse. He is, moreover, notably light and lean. Built more like a greyhound than a weightlifter, English Channel runs [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 8:28 AM, Read at the source >
A chunky horse who looks like the sprinter he was, City Zip sires his fair share of early two-year-olds and sprinters but his turf prowess is the most surprising element of his resume. But note that his broodmare sire, Relaunch, was a front-runner who stayed 12F when second to John [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 8:26 AM, Read at the source >
The Super Saver juveniles are much more precocious than the Pioneerof the Niles were last year, and it bodes well for the stallion because it’s expected—like the Pioneerof the Niles—that his three-year-olds will be better. And that’s exciting to anticipate, both for Walden and WinStar and for potential breeders and [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 8:25 AM, Read at the source >
SUPPORT ONTARIO
Via Thoroughblog
Photo from sales grounds yesterday by BERNARD MCCORMACK IT’S CANADIAN PREMIER SALE DAY! You have the sales book, you have a bit of cash, pick out your trainer and select a nice year-old Thoroughbred today or tomorrow at Woodbine! There is a pumped up nature to the track these days as the [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 7:30 AM, Read at the source >
A chapter in the history of the BBAG (Baden-Baden Auction Company) sales house in Baden–Baden, Germany, closes this week when the final Monsun yearlings come under the hammer. [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014 5:00 AM, Read at the source >
JM Miracle, winner of Monday’s $2.6 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, was vanned off the racetrack in distress, suffering from an unknown internal ailment immediately after his half-length victory in Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious event. One hour earlier, JM Specialwynn – owned and trained by the same [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 11:04 PM, Read at the source >
A Day in the Life of Wise Dan
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
The dawn is breaking on a beautiful, cool Saratoga morning. This is the day everyone in Charlie LoPresti’s barn has been waiting for. The day begins as any other, but there is a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. This is the day of Wise Dan’s long-awaited return [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 7:38 PM, Read at the source >
Durkin punched the air with his right hand before getting in the back of a pick-up truck and shooting T-shirts to the crowed as he went up the stretch while Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the composer’s last symphony, blared over the loudspeakers. [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:22 PM, Read at the source >
On Sep. 1, the breeding season kicks off in the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia, 445 stallions will serve duties, of which 42 are shuttlers. [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 11:21 AM, Read at the source >
Named for the outlook that most owners have going into the race about their prospects of having a champion, find out more this Grade 1 for 2-year-olds. [...]
Mon, Sep 01, 2014 10:00 AM, Read at the source >