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Time to Recover for Westside Tapstress
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Two maiden entries for Friday, Westside Tapstress (Lookin At Lucky) at Finger Lakes, and Recover (Eskendereya) at Musselburgh. Plus, winner Lady Desire in action at Goodwood. ...(read more) [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 9:26 PM, Read at the source >
Races run at low-rung claiming levels do not make economic contributions back to the industry in the form of purses and breeder awards, and research has shown that horses running in claiming races run a higher risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries. [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 7:09 PM, Read at the source >
Why Big Day Revenue Gains Work & What It Says About Horse Racing
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
In April, CDI raised takeout at their flagship track, Churchill Downs. It was suspected at the time by many industry analysts that this was a way to grab more money from two big days - The Derby and the Oaks - to make the bottom line look better to shareholders. Those [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 7:01 PM, Read at the source >
In some ways, this is exactly how the career of racehorses should unfold – two durable and talented colts, trained by masters of the game, running in the sport’s premier races and inevitably crossing path in pursuit of championships. [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 6:20 PM, Read at the source >
This time of year most of the attention in the world of U. S. racing is on the two coasts.  Del Mar in the west and Saratoga in the east are all the rage.  But Saturday, August 2, in the hills of West Virginia, not far from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mountaineer [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 6:17 PM, Read at the source >
Thanks to the Jockey Club’s recent push to publicize pre-race vet records of top-level runners, a sizable volume of handwritten forms have appeared online, ostensibly providing the transparency many in the industry have pined for. The contents of the records themselves, however, seem to have gone largely unnoticed. Even once [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 5:32 PM, Read at the source >
Hambo Week & Other Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
Good day horse racing fans. The big news today is that Scott Blasi has returned to the Asmussen stable. Twitter is reporting that we've so far seen no pictures of him hugging a horse. #fullstorytwitter.Here are a few ramblings.The Horseplayer Monthly is out. Too many stories to mention, but I [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 1:35 PM, Read at the source >
The winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course is familiar territory for Thoroughbred owner Paul Saylor.  He’s been there with his Grade 1 winning filly Fleet Indian, with a hard-knocking claimer named Phil the Grip, and with his champion Ashado, who will next month be inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 9:30 AM, Read at the source >
He's F$%#ing Ba-ack!
Via Left at the Gate
Scott Blasi is back, and why shouldn't he be? That's up to his boss, and to the owners of the horses who, we're told, have been advised of, and are fine, with his return. As we've said, the snippets of video released to the public showed mostly that [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 8:02 AM, Read at the source >
The Whitney family was so deeply invested in Saratoga racing and so influential in the track’s success, that the addition of the Whitney Stakes after Payne Whitney’s death made perfect sense. The inaugural running was won by the 5-year-old mare Black Maria, who defeated three males, including Harry Payne Whitney’s [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 9:32 PM, Read at the source >
- For those of you looking for horse racing content, I'm blogging regularly over at the TimeformUS blog. I wrote most recently, about the Haskell, here. September 8-9 are the days set for the presentations by the 17 casino applicants to the New York Gaming Commission. I guess [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 3:01 PM, Read at the source >
If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either cashed a nice bet on the horse when he breezed home by 14 lengths or you think deception of the [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 1:12 PM, Read at the source >
When Ramon Dominguez retired from racing last year, the reigning three-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey, one of the lines most frequently said in tribute to him was, “He’s a great rider, but he’s an even better human being.” That characterization was no surprise to the Belmont Child Care Association [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:52 AM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga 2014: Week 3
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Aside from a lightning-struck tree and a couple of deluge-filled days, we’ve been blessed with perfect weather so far (please tell me I didn’t just jinx it?) and treated to some terrific racing. After last weekend’s stakes race, Jimmy Jerkens finds himself with two possible Travers Contenders, as his V.E. [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 6:18 AM, Read at the source >
Gus Has the Goods
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
When rain forced his race off of the turf Monday at Saratoga, MTO entrant Good Luck Gus (Lookin At Lucky) got to run, and he took full advantage. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 9:29 PM, Read at the source >