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Betting on Pharoah
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Amanda Duckworth on the American Pharoah effect: [Monmouth Park] also posted an all-sources handle of $20 million, which is a non-Breeders' Cup record. The Haskell alone brought in a record $6.54 million, shattering the mark of $4.4 million bet on the 2010 edition. To anyone who questioned why the track bumped [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015 2:01 PM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga: August 4
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Tuesday, August 4 Conformation clinic with trainer Gary Contessa. At Contessa's barn 54 on the Oklahoma training track, Contessa will use Thoroughbreds from his stable to illustrate the traits of a successful racehorse. Each attendee will receive a conformation poster of American Pharoah. The event begins at 11 am and [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015 7:21 AM, Read at the source >
By now you know, (unless you are on the blog by accident searching for pulled pork recipes, or were vacationing on Mars) American Pharoah won the Haskell on Sunday.Before the race, some who called the race a slam dunk for the Triple Crown winner probably missed the fact that Keen [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015 6:00 AM, Read at the source >
The careful reader of Around2Turns may have noticed (yeah, I'm talking to you, Mom!) a recent falloff not only in production (only two posts in July versus twice that many in both May and June) but also in verbosity, logorrhea and redundancy (those two July posts averaged roughly 400 words [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015 4:48 AM, Read at the source >
Innovation Economy winning the Belmont Gold Cup. He was one of three horses euthanized Saturday at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/David Alcosser On Saturday morning during training hours, Jackson N Leonard broke down during a breeze on the main track. Vanned off and later euthanized, he was one of three fatalities at [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015 4:17 AM, Read at the source >
Signs of things to come?
Via Exacta-Mundo
Walking up to the Nelson Avenue entrance is one of my favorite parts of going to Saratoga. It's a grand entrance that announces “you are now entering a kick ass track”. Every year I like to take some pictures of the jockeys for the prior year's winning stakes races that [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 5:42 PM, Read at the source >
Bronwen Healy's American Adventure
Via Hangin' with Haskin
American Pharoah by Bronwen Healy. This is a story about a journey of the soul; a quest inspired by the love of horses and the determination to photograph an American Triple Crown winner.Less than a year ago, Bronwen Healy, widely regarded as the finest equine and Thoroughbred photographer in Australia, [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 5:01 PM, Read at the source >
On the first really hot day of the summer, Arch Kingsley had wrapped up morning training and chores a little before noon at his barn near the old Sanford complex, across Nelson Avenue from Clare Court. After a few months stabled at the main track before the meet opened, Kingsley and [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 8:25 AM, Read at the source >
What next? What next? American Pharoah had barely slowed to a walk after his dominating triumph in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park when the questions began for the Triple Crown winner's connections, owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert. Where will this magnificent son of Pioneerof the Nile race [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 5:14 AM, Read at the source >
STUNNING
Via Thoroughblog
PHAR OUT A canter in the park? A common gallop? Barely took a deep breath? AMERICAN PHAROAH left us with goosebumps yesterday as he crushed an overmatched field in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in front of 60,000 fans. There was never any doubt he was going to win this [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 4:35 AM, Read at the source >
*Races on this Civic Holiday Monday are handicapped for the grass – however, despite the hardness of the grass this week, there was a lot of rain yesterday… be ready to make adjustments to wagers Race 1 – POST Time – 1:00 PM First Half Daily Double / Exactor /.20 Triactor [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2015 3:22 AM, Read at the source >
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Mon, Aug 03, 2015 1:00 AM, Read at the source >
Rachel’s Winner
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Rachel's got a runner: The most anticipated juvenile starter of the summer didn't disappoint in her first afternoon appearance. Rachel's Valentina went to post as the 6-5 favorite in her debut race at Saratoga on Sunday and won the six-furlong maiden special weight by two lengths over Awesome Dame in [...]
Sun, Aug 02, 2015 1:00 PM, Read at the source >
RACE 1 – POST TIME – 1:00 PM First Half Daily Double / Exactor /.20 Triactor / .20 Pick 3 (Races 1-2-3) Woodbine CLAIMING $20,000 – $19,000 Purse $25,900. (Plus $10,400 – Other Sources) (Plus $5,200 – State Bred) (Plus $3,675 – Other Sources). For Fillies Three Years Old. Weight, 122 [...]
Sat, Aug 01, 2015 9:44 AM, Read at the source >
The “forgotten story” of Onion
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, will race for the first time since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 8. If Pharoah wins, he'l be the seventh Triple Crown winner to win his first race after capturing thoroughbred racing's biggest prize. Among the [...]
Sat, Aug 01, 2015 8:06 AM, Read at the source >