Welcome to the new Wire! Learn more about our redesign.

Dan posted a neat link from 1984 on the interwebs yesterday. It is an SI piece that looked at the inaugural Breeders' Cup on NBC and it lamented the television coverage. The fact that it did not explain the horses and races as well as it should've generally stuck in [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:55 AM, Read at the source >
Quality and a bit of Summer at Keeneland
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Thursday resulted in a close second for Eskenformoney (Eskendereya), and allowance wins for Maybellene (Lookin At Lucky) and Spider's Alibi (Lookin At Lucky). For Friday, stakes, allowance, and maiden entries....(read more) [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:07 PM, Read at the source >
Saying he is a veterinarian “whose ethical compass is broken” and who “embodies the worst stereotypes of a racetrack practitioner,” the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Dr. Ross Russell, recommending a 20-year suspension and $20,000 fine for allegedly breaking numerous IHRC medication rules. Joe Gorajec, executive [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 4:15 PM, Read at the source >
Casinos Not Part of Debate
Via Left at the Gate
The topic of casinos was not brought up at last night's gubernatorial debate in Buffalo, and why should it have been, really? It's not an open question at this stage, and it doesn't matter at this point what three of the four candidates on stage think about whether casinos [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 1:33 PM, Read at the source >
Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made a living by taking people on mounted hunting trips through the high country in Aspen, and from a [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:20 AM, Read at the source >
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup was the 30th annual running.  In 1984, the inaugural event, the Internet was not available to the average person, so off-track betting was achieved by telephone or at a racetrack or off-track betting facility via simulcasting. As the following table depicts, $19.5 million was wagered in [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old filly Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 12:28 AM, Read at the source >
Birdatthewire is Eskenformoney
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Best result on Wednesday was a third for Phenomenal Phoenix (Summer Bird) at Remington Park. For Thursday, Birdatthewire (Summer Bird) and Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) meet at Keeneland. ...(read more) [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 8:33 PM, Read at the source >
There was a hastily-announced meeting of the Gaming Facility Location Board on Monday evening. But they wanted to make it perfectly clear that nobody should be expecting nuthin'.Just so that nobody got excited or anything. I presume that no one from the press showed up, and that, therefore, no [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 1:02 PM, Read at the source >
OVERFLOW
Via Thoroughblog
CANADIAN CHAMPION LEIGH COURT may only face 9 in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint – MICHAEL BURNS- WEG PHOTO BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY NEWS PRESS RELEASE WITH LINK TO ENTRIES http://www.breederscup.com/article/california-chrome-shared-belief-close-hatches-and-magician-ire-lead-201-horses-pre-entered http://www.breederscup.com/sites/default/files/bc14-preentries.pdf LEIGH COURT, trained by JOSIE CARROLL for Eugene Melnyk, is one of just 11 entered in the Filly and Mare [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:59 AM, Read at the source >
The lawsuit over the disputed sale of $2.1 million broodmare Love Me Only being heard by a jury in Fayette Country Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., figured to come down to a battle of the expert witnesses. But in testimony on the trial’s second day on Tuesday, the battle got [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 1:01 AM, Read at the source >
Proper Preparation
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Recapping results, including Overprepared's (Quality Road) win on Sunday, and 2 entries for Wednesday, Burden (Blame) at Keeneland and Hi On Summer (Summer Bird) at Delaware Park. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:51 PM, Read at the source >
The problem has more to do with making the big change, and getting universal agreement to make the change. I'm sure, changing formatting would be costly to implement to begin with but it is a necessity, however radical change is something the the horse racing industry seems to fight [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 3:57 PM, Read at the source >
DRAMA
Via Thoroughblog
FLYING COLOURS – another beautiful day at the races – WOODBINE STYLE. Photo by JANIS MAINE. STAR OF THE INTERNATIONAL A Grade 1 race, $1 million on the line. And a prestigious race luring a huge crowd that bet almost $6 million [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:03 PM, Read at the source >
In the quest for more revenues, or more spinoffs in some fashion, some in racing have held sports betting up as another avenue for such. Most recently this looks close (close but maybe far) in Jersey, with Christie signing on. Regardless what happens, there are several opinions about what sports [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:50 AM, Read at the source >