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  • How to make money with Artie's Princess in the Whimsical Stakes
    The Wesley Ward-trained #7 Artie’s Princess (2-1) headlines a fine field for Saturday’s $150,000 Whimsical S....
    via TwinSpires on June 18, 2021 1:19 pm
  • Rain on the Parade
    Following 26 millimetres of rain since racing yesterday, and with a few false patches of ground which means the ability to race may be marginal, an inspection has been called for 12.45pm.   We are also looking at options to re-align the rail to avoid these areas.   And so...
    via This is Horse Racing on June 18, 2021 6:46 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: A Publisher’s Retrospective
    Publisher Ray Paulick has interviewed all sorts on The Friday Show, but this time around, the spotlight is on him. On this week's episode, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills asks Ray about his beginnings, both in horse racing and covering the sport, which horses inspired him along the way, and what...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 17, 2021 10:00 pm
  • the fourth belmont stakes winner by tapit, essential quality adds classic success to his championship form for this quick family
    All hail mighty Tapit! The king of American classic stallions sired his fourth winner of the Belmont Stakes when last …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 17, 2021 3:53 pm
  • 2021 Roxelana Stakes Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Roxelana Stakes field by James Scully of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on June 17, 2021 12:42 pm
  • Taking Stock: Maclean’s Music is the Model for Valiant Minister
    Last week, I stopped by John and Leslie Malone's 2,200-acre Bridlewood Farm in Ocala before attending the OBS June sale and got a good look at an intriguing freshman sire who'd topped the June sale six years earlier at a then-record price of $680,000. By Candy Ride (Arg) from the...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on June 17, 2021 11:00 am
  • Love Fest on Day 2
    How about Love? Off a 10-month layoff, on the lead, swarmed by a Breeders' Cup winner. Never in doubt.  Owned by Coolmore, ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Aiden O'Brien, Love garnered the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes to highlight day two. Making her 4-year-old debut, the 1000 Guineas,...
    via This is Horse Racing on June 16, 2021 4:35 pm
  • Letter To The Editor: Move By The Jockeys’ Guild At Monmouth Dangerous, Unfair To Riders
    The Jockeys' Guild decision to cancel insurance for jockeys who ride in races at Monmouth Park is vindictive and dangerous. To proclaim Monmouth's new whip policy “extremely dangerous and is creating an even greater risk to both the equine and human athletes, including the potential for injury and/or loss of...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 16, 2021 12:44 pm
  • IS THE AMERICAN JOCKEY CLUB’S 140-MARE LIMIT PER STALLION PRUDENT?
    Citing concerns about a growing lack of diversity in the gene pool of Thoroughbred racehorses, the Jockey Club, which is the registrar of the breed in the United States, in 2020 promulgated a new rule.  Stallions foaled in 2020 and thereafter are limited to breeding 140 mares per season.  In...
    via Horse Racing Business on June 16, 2021 7:00 am
  • Squeezing Your Betting Margins Until There Are None
    In economics for like a bazillion years (I don't think this time frame is accurate, I am not an economist), we've heard a firm produces product until its marginal cost equals the price. In terms for the rest of us, they produce something at X price until the next unit...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 15, 2021 2:59 pm
  • Royal Ascot Day 1
    A few years back, Joe asked me about my schedule and I said, "Well, I have Royal Ascot next week." He said, "You're going...?" I said, "No, but I'm watching." I'm watching again.  Poetic Flare just galloped in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes. Bred, owned and trained by...
    via This is Horse Racing on June 15, 2021 11:39 am
  • June News: Update on Neir’s Tavern, Historic Union Course Race Track Bar in Queens, NY
    June is synonymous with the Belmont Stakes, run annually every June at Long Island’s beautiful Belmont Park. For the Turf History Times, Long Island is also synonymous with its legendary 19th-century track, the Union Course. The Times visited the former site of this course in Queens where Neir’s Tavern, the track’s...
    via Turf History Times on June 14, 2021 4:49 pm
  • country grammer completes assignment to bring home the g1 for a superb family
    This year has been a good one for the family of the mare Nijinsky Star, a half-sister to stakes winner …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 14, 2021 3:15 pm
  • June 14, 2021
    Elusive Honey April 27, 2000 – June 6, 2021 Elusive Quality – Honey Sipper (Drone) Elusive Honey was a twenty-one year old daughter of Elusive Quality who also sired Smarty Jones. As a filly she raced 14 times. Trained by … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on June 14, 2021 1:02 pm
  • Comrades in Arms
    It’s the perfect storm. The adrenaline rush. The fast lane. The highs and lows. The risk. The urgency. The vibrancy. The gamble. The concussions.  I found myself and still do sometimes saying, “Oh, I’ll be all right because I have that horse running Saturday. If he wins, it’ll make everything...
    via This is Horse Racing on June 14, 2021 11:51 am
  • Morning Musings
    Overcast. Brisk. Rain-sodden ground. We needed the rain, we got it. Good for the garden. Off the turf for Make A Stand at Pimlico yesterday, off the turf at Delaware today, off the turf around the Mid-Atlantic, it’s the Upperville Horse Show, of course, it rained this week. A timeless...
    via This is Horse Racing on June 12, 2021 9:36 am
  • Monmouth: Current Leading Rider Jose Ferrer Sees Both Sides Of Whip Debate
    Jockey Jose Ferrer leads the Monmouth Park jockey standings with nine wins thus far, and spoke this week to Horse Racing Nation about the New Jersey Racing Commission's whip rules. The strictest in the country, the regulations allow jockeys to only utilize the whip for reasons of safety, but to...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 11, 2021 4:44 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Tinker With The Triple Crown?
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That seems to be the prevailing attitude toward American horse racing's Triple Crown whenever agents of change suggest tinkering with  the timing or distances of the trio of 3-year-old classics. In an era when trainers are looking for a minimum of four to...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 10, 2021 9:49 pm
  • 2021 Mint Julep Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Mint Julep Stakes field by James Scully of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on June 10, 2021 1:52 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix-Free Triple Crown A Step In Right Direction
    With so much attention focused on the drug test that could lead to the disqualification of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, there's been barely a peep about how American racing managed to get through a Triple Crown season with all of its participants competing free of race-day furosemide, the anti-bleeding...
    via Paulick Report Features on June 9, 2021 3:50 pm
  • SHOULD BAFFERT-LIKE DRUG VIOLATIONS PRECLUDE HALL OF FAME ELIGIBILITY?
    Trainer extraordinaire Bob Baffert was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2009.  His enshrinement certainly won’t be rescinded irrespective of a documented record of equine drug violations, including most notoriously Medina Spirit in the 2021 Kentucky Derby and eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in the...
    via Horse Racing Business on June 9, 2021 6:00 am
  • Pitching the Chalk (Subtlely)
    I watched the U.S. Women's Open in golf this past weekend on and off. I wondered if Lexi Thompson, the front-runner with a 4 shot lead, could battle some demons and get the job done. On Sunday, after she hit her second to six feet on the par five first...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 8, 2021 3:59 pm
  • The Ticket Construction Themes
    Our wagering game is an incredible mental exercise for many reasons. And one of its characteristics I like best is the variety of thought when it comes to doping out various bets. This includes, for me at least, ticket themes in serial wagers. I was speaking with horseplayer Mike Maloney awhile...
    via Pull the Pocket on June 7, 2021 12:21 pm
  • AN AMAZING RECORD WAS SET ON JUNE 5, 2021
    The 153rd Belmont Stakes and the 242nd Epsom Derby were run on June 5, 2021.  Before the day was over, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin had accomplished an historic first-ever feat:  winning the 1 ½ mile Epsom Derby and the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes on the same...
    via Horse Racing Business on June 7, 2021 10:11 am
  • in memoriam: northern dancer
    There is much to be said for pausing and considering how much the sport and the breed owes to the …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on June 3, 2021 6:07 pm