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45 Days, Class II?
Via Pull the Pocket
With all the talk nowadays about race day medication like lasix, one sees the headline today about Doug O'Neill and must wonder. I am of the belief - I realize it's asking a lot - that a multi-billion dollar sport can do two things at once, but maybe it can't.Doug [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014 11:51 AM, Read at the source >
Equibase.com to Provide First-Time Gelding Notification
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Horseplayers will now know when a racehorse is running for the first time after having been reported as a gelding, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin. The first-time gelding information is being made available to all tracks for inclusion in track programs nationwide. The [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014 11:45 AM, Read at the source >
Before or After the Election?
Via Left at the Gate
Governor Andrew Cuomo, making his first public appearance in Albany in 103 days, sparred with the press on Wedensday after a speech at the MWBE Forum (at which he proposed to raise the participation of businesses owned by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in state contracting to 30%). It [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014 11:20 AM, Read at the source >
“Overseas, racing has been steeped in tradition,” Presnell said. “They have their weight-for-age races and their classics, and that’s how we were to a degree. But in Australia, we have been more geared towards betting, and handicaps are the best betting races. [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014 8:39 AM, Read at the source >
Run at three different tracks at four different distances, find out more about the race that's produced 26 juvenile filly champions. [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014 8:30 AM, Read at the source >
Wednesday PTP Notes
Via Pull the Pocket
Good day racing fans!There's quite a bit going on in raceland, so here are a few thoughts.Alan over at LATG does not have trouble holding feet to the fire in New York. Despite listing bands on his blog that I don't have the foggiest about even if I google them, [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 12:26 PM, Read at the source >
In due course, this visionary Postmortem Examination Program has produced something else of great value — a meticulously collected census of racehorse fatalities since 1990. The CHRB releases summary statistics on the Postmortem Examination Program in its annual reports. These reports are available on the CHRB website dating back to [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 10:28 AM, Read at the source >
Racing Represents in the Forbes 400
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
The list of Forbes 400 Richest Americans was published this week, and pity the poor 133 billionaires that didn’t make the cut. But five names familiar from racing did…a look at how they made their millions, what they did with them at the racetrack, and a mare who has foals owned [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014 7:02 AM, Read at the source >
No Fault Win
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
No Fault of Mine rolled to a 4 1/2-length win on September 28 to become the 5th winner for Blame. For Wednesday a couple of Summer Bird's, Hit On Summer at Delaware Park, and Summer Forever at Belmont Park. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:41 PM, Read at the source >
Bonus? What Bonus?
Via Left at the Gate
I was looking at the Meeting Book for Monday's hastily-called NYRA Board of Directors meeting (it wasn't announced until Friday afternoon), and I noticed a pretty hilarious omission from the minutes for the last meeting, held on August 6 in Saratoga. As you may recall, the big news coming [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 6:18 PM, Read at the source >
Arlington Meet Results, Boycott Updates
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
The DRF is reporting handle was down 19% at Arlington this meet, citing several factors. "The handle decline set in early, with betting during May and early June off almost 25 percent compared with the previous season. Arlington was forced to cut purses then and cut them a second time when [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 3:14 PM, Read at the source >
Churchill-Kentucky Downs Date Fight
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
A preliminary tweet today from the DRF is extremely troubling. @DRFHegarty "K. Flanery of CD tells dates comm request for Sept. dates contingent on CD being only track to run during month." What???!!!!! — Byron King (@DRFByronKing) September 30, 2014 Kentucky Downs, which recently concluded its meet to record handles, and almost universal [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:20 PM, Read at the source >
The proportion of horses that compete successfully at the top level is miniscule. The number that do it on the track before following up at stud is even more so. [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 1:08 PM, Read at the source >
The next question to concern backers who have been with Chrome since the 30-1 days of the first future's pool sighting is: Why in the world would somebody ship a horse from Los Alamitos to Pennsylvania for a freshener? From the owner's and trainer's perspective, the CC experience has pretty [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:26 PM, Read at the source >
Tuesday Headlines
Via Pull the Pocket
Hello racefans!Churchill Downs wants dates that Kentucky Downs wants. I know, I know, this is like the Death Star against Alderaan (with the princess with that goofy hairdo), so when Paulick calls it a "battle", one must wonder. However, giving Kentucky Downs those dates makes sense. They are slowly but [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:20 PM, Read at the source >