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While horse racing enthusiasts relish the intellectual challenge of handicapping, its intricacies can be a deterrent to attracting new players.   Handicapping is a process replete with jargon, voluminous data, and statistical inference. Some people don’t want to learn the nuances of handicapping and others, who do know how to handicap, may not have the [...]
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with discussions about which horses look good, which ones don’t, and where the money should go this weekend. It appears this is shaping up to be [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:05 PM, Read at the source >
NYRA Looks Ahead, and NOT Back
Via Left at the Gate
NYRA is either REALLY excited about Aqueduct opening. Or, they REALLY don't want you to think about the Belmont fall meet just concluded. Twice in the last two days, I've received press releases in my inbox about the opening of the Big A, and the $14 million [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 5:14 PM, Read at the source >
High Noon for Bayern and Moreno
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
We all know that speed kills, but speed often can be a self destructive weapon. One fast gun is deadly; two fast guns can blow up in your face. In Bayern and Moreno, we have two dangerous weapons, which individually would be deadly for everyone else in the Breeders' Cup Classic [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:09 PM, Read at the source >
This year has been fairly poor in terms of wagering numbers. Some tracks like Kentucky Downs and Woodbine have been up, others like Churchill Downs have been getting killed, but the downs, so far, have beaten the ups. It's blah out there.What will happen this weekend at the Breeders' Cup? [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:51 AM, Read at the source >
The Head Chef and I were at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night, and many, many thanks to the Standardbred Owners Association of New York for graciously hosting us. Had a great time, a nice meal (yes, the Head Chef approved), and met a lot of really nice folks, including [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:42 AM, Read at the source >
One of the most significant races for determining Eclipse Champions has thus far only produced two winners of any Triple Crown races. [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:00 AM, Read at the source >
©2014 Calvin L. Carter. All rights reserved.The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” takes us to Santa Anita Park Saturday where a field of 12 young Thoroughbreds will go to the starting gate in the 31strunning of the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes (G1).The big news earlier this [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:13 AM, Read at the source >
The horse racing world turns its eyes toward Southern California this weekend, when the Breeders’ Cup takes over Santa Anita Park for two days of world class racing with championship implications on the line. Joined by their elite European counterparts, North America’s top jockeys, horses, and trainers will compete on Friday [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:06 AM, Read at the source >
When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the choice was obvious— she had essentially spent years of her life interning with an expert in both the Thoroughbred [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:15 AM, Read at the source >
After more than eight hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors hearing the lawsuit filed by Summer Wind Farm owners Frank and Jane Lyon against Coolmore Stud partners, Ashford Stud and Eaton Sales over the disputed $2.1 million sale of Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale [...]
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 1:36 AM, Read at the source >
Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don't follow racing as closely as you do! [...]
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 8:19 PM, Read at the source >
Sweet Reason gets her second G1 win in the Acorn on the Belmont undercard, Irad Ortiz up. Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese When Leah Gyarmati first went to the racetrack, she didn’t go willingly. As a 16-year-old, she reluctantly took a job as a hotwalker in the Belmont Park barn of Hall [...]
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:25 PM, Read at the source >
One of the many questions surrounding the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) is whether the European-trained Toast of New York, a top-class synthetic specialist, will be as effective on dirt. Of course, there is no way to be 100% sure, but a close look at the colt’s pedigree indicates bloodlines [...]
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 3:23 PM, Read at the source >
The Breeders' Cup is almost here, and for the first time that I can remember, day one falls on Halloween. In some circles this has caused hand-wringing because a dad or a mom with kids who go out trick or treating will not be watching the event live, like they [...]
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 1:13 PM, Read at the source >