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  • Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Mo Donegal
    At this time 11 years ago, Repole Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher were heading into winter with Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Uncle Mo in their barn. Now they're back with Uncle Mo's son, Mo Donegal....
    via TwinSpires on December 6, 2021 10:43 am
  • Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: Dec. 6, 2021
    We look back at the racing action from the weekend including a big Cigar Mile day at Aqueduct. We talk about the Remsen, the Demoiselle, and the big Pick 6 carryover as well from New York....
    via TwinSpires on December 5, 2021 11:37 pm
  • Harness Weekly Update: More across-the-board and features success
    The TwinSpires Harness Blog Weekly Update covers our successes and failures from selected features and the H2W (horses-to-watch list)....
    via TwinSpires on December 5, 2021 4:54 pm
  • hong kong star racer golden sixty adds luster to an international pedigree
    The best racer in Hong Kong is the Australian-bred Golden Sixty, who won the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile, his …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on December 5, 2021 1:27 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Irad Ortiz Jr.’s Reckless Ride A Litmus Test For Stewards
    Ten years from now, when Irad Ortiz Jr. is inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., his ride aboard Gran Casique in Friday's eighth race at Aqueduct will not make the highlight reel. As the Equibase chartcaller put it, “Gran Casique angled in...
    via Paulick Report Features on December 4, 2021 12:21 pm
  • Jockeys and ROI
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on December 3, 2021 1:16 pm
  • Markets
    For those of us who are more left-brained and think in systems, markets are a really nice thing. They allow us to anchor to baselines, provide us with a structure, a starting point, a framework from which to decision make; they establish order. And I think it's why we have such...
    via Pull the Pocket on December 3, 2021 11:26 am
  • 2021 Remsen Stakes Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Remsen Stakes field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on December 3, 2021 10:00 am
  • Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: The Bryony Frost-Robbie Dunne Case
    The British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary hearing of jumps jockey Robbie Dunne for prejudicial conduct and verbal abuse toward fellow rider Bryony Frost is the subject of this week's Friday Show. Bloodstock editor Joe Nevills leads the discussion, with editor in chief Natalie Voss and news editor Chelsea Hackbarth offering their...
    via Paulick Report Features on December 2, 2021 8:16 pm
  • Discovery Reading
    Sometimes you stumble upon the written word that stops the stumble, stops you in your tracks, stops your day. Somehow I found Tania Kindersley's blog today. Perhaps, through my friend George Baker (the trainer). It's a long read but worth it. Enjoy.  https://taniakindersley.com/2021/11/30/when-the-lights-went-out/ For more from The Inside Rail, check out...
    via This is Horse Racing on December 1, 2021 4:38 pm
  • THE TYLICKI VS. GIBBONS VERDICT COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS
    The trial of Tylicki vs. Gibbons is underway in High Court in London, England and the outcome could have wide-ranging consequences for not only horse racing but sports in general.  Former jockey Freddy Tylicki has a £6 million negligence claim against fellow jockey Graham Gibbons for inflicting “life-changing injuries” in...
    via Horse Racing Business on December 1, 2021 6:00 am
  • Racing’s Periodismo Amarillo
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on November 30, 2021 3:45 pm
  • ‘Fallen A Long Way Short’? BHA’s Jockey Bullying Case Could Have Wide-Ranging Consequences
    Tuesday starts the British Horseracing Authority's hearing into the weighing room bullying case brought by female jockey Bryony Frost against male rider Robbie Dunne. Racing broadcaster Nick Luck welcomed Daily Mirror journalist David Yates to his podcast, Nick Luck Daily, to discuss how this case could affect both the BHA and the...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 30, 2021 12:02 pm
  • 2021 Golden Rod Stakes Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Golden Rod Stakes field by J. Keeler Johnson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on November 26, 2021 8:18 am
  • New York State Gaming Commission: Paulick Commentary On Lack Of Medication Positives At NYRA Tracks Purposefully Misleading
    The following letter was submitted by Robert Williams, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission. I am writing in response to your October 18, 2021 column “View from The Eighth Pole: Of Rulings and Squeaky Clean Racing.” I feel the obligation to object to your sarcastic characterization, which...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 25, 2021 7:28 pm
  • Thanks
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on November 25, 2021 10:55 am
  • Friday Show Presented by Woodbine: Paulick Report’s Annual Turkey Awards
    So many turkeys. So little time. With the Thanksgiving Day holiday upon, it's time to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. Family and friends. The roof over our heads. The food on our table. The dollars in our advance deposit wagering account. At the Paulick Report,...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 24, 2021 6:59 pm
  • November 24, 2021
    Albert the Great (May 7, 1997 – November 19, 2021) Albert the Great, a son of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin  and Bright Feather by Fappiano, was bred in Kentucky by Albert Clay. Owned by Tracy Farmer, he … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on November 24, 2021 8:30 am
  • THE RISKY BUSINESS OF OWNING A RACEHORSE BREEDING FARM
    The late B. Wayne Hughes owned Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, until his death in August 2021.  The farm is now property of his daughter Tammy Gustavson.  Forbes recently valued the Spendthrift operation–on a Podcast–at $400 million. Using expert guidance from two bloodstock agents (Chad Schumer and Peter Bradley), Forbes...
    via Horse Racing Business on November 24, 2021 6:00 am
  • Winter...
    Twenty seven degrees out there. Out there, meaning, out at the barn. I'm on the couch, thinking about the barn. This is partially why I was never going to train horses, I'd rather be on the couch – coffee and computer. We pushed starting time from 6:00 to 6:30. Winter...
    via This is Horse Racing on November 24, 2021 5:44 am
  • influence of classic winner unbridled is pervasive, includes recent graded stakes winner messier
    Twenty years after the death of Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled (by Fappiano), the influence of the …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on November 23, 2021 6:58 pm
  • Taking Stock: New Kentucky Stallions at $10,000
    Back in March of 2009, in the Werk Thoroughbred Consultants blog, the late Jack Werk recounted a wager we'd made years earlier. This is what he wrote: “The year that Elusive Quality went to stud, pedigree expert Sid Fernando and I had a small side bet: Who was the best sleeper or long shot...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on November 23, 2021 2:05 pm
  • Meni Hero Surprises At Busan While Raon The Fighter Upends Seoul
    There were super features at both Busan and Seoul this past weekend as both tracks hosted their respective Owners’ Association Cups. At Busan there was a shock with Meni Hero leading home the field, while at Seoul a new star was born as Raon The Fighter dominated an elite set...
    via Horse Racing in Korea on November 23, 2021 8:28 am
  • Using Statistics to Wager? Don't Forget the Underlying & the Qualitative
    I, like many of you, love using stats and numbers to make wagering decisions. Whether we're sports betting or horse race betting we're numbers people. But, it always strikes me how much nuance and feel we need to place on the numbers to make decisions to properly try and find our...
    via Pull the Pocket on November 22, 2021 12:34 pm
  • 2021 Red Smith Stakes Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Red Smith Stakes field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on November 19, 2021 10:17 am