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Controlling the Message
Via Pull the Pocket
It was recently announced that there were several morphine positives in the UK. One of the horses who tested positive was the Queen's horse. Yes, that Queen.This has made headlines, and most of them scream like the one in the above link does. Short version: Racing is crooked, even the [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 10:49 AM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga 2014: Week 2
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The first dark day is in the books, and we’ve got another gorgeous day at Saratoga on tap. Week 1 featured great racing, beautiful weather, and encouraging handle and attendance numbers. Here’s hoping for more of the same as we kick off Week 2… Wednesday, July 23 At the track… Early post time [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 9:36 AM, Read at the source >
TRAVEL
Via Thoroughblog
TRANQUILITY AT THE TRACK. Jeff Bowen captured this quiet moment on a beautiful morning at Woodbine in July. COLTIMUS  primes at the Fort Field for ‘Wales at 10 COLTIMUS PRIME worked between races 3 and 4 at Fort yesterday in the late afternoon to get a feel for the [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 9:20 AM, Read at the source >
He arrived late. His luggage was lost. He rode in borrowed boots. He got sick. He had to leave early. But it was worth it. “100 percent,” said Frankie Dettori of his weekend trip to ride for the first time at Saratoga Race Course. “It was always my ambition to get here,” he [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 8:06 AM, Read at the source >
Catching up on results, and Tis Summer (Summer Bird) at Indiana Grand on Wednesday, in a race that features 5 entries by freshman sires. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:55 PM, Read at the source >
The sky is not falling – at least not in the Southern California horse racing world, where I am in the midst of an annual summer pilgrimage. Hollywood Park has closed for good, and the Los Angeles County Fair apparently has run its last race in the facility that I [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 3:51 PM, Read at the source >
No More 'What Ifs' With Wise Dan
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
On one side of Saratoga Race Course, facing the Oklahoma training track, is the home of Palace Malice, currently the No. 1 ranked horse in America and favorite for Horse of the Year honors. On the other side of the grandstand, facing the main track, is the home [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 2:53 PM, Read at the source >
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 >