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  • Fact or myth: Are all North American dirt tracks one mile in circumference?
    If you follow North American horse racing, perhaps you've come to believe the vast majority of Thoroughbred racetracks are one-mile dirt ovals. But is that really the case?...
    via TwinSpires on May 25, 2022 10:25 am
  • Sire Profile: Gun Runner makes expected mark on Triple Crown
    When Gun Runner made an impact in 2021 like few first-crop sires ever do, it seemed inevitable that his progeny would be serious players in the 2022 Triple Crown series....
    via TwinSpires on May 25, 2022 10:12 am
  • Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: May 25, 2022
    Jason welcomes back Gino Buccola to the show to talk Triple Crown racing, Louisiana Downs, handicapping, and more!...
    via TwinSpires on May 25, 2022 9:14 am
  • Another
    Another day. Another school shooting.  This time in Texas.  Fourteen children. One teacher.  The worst since Sandy Hook in 2012. Somehow school shootings have a record, a tally, in this country. What is this country?  Sean is trying to write every day, for more from the Inside Rail, check out the...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 24, 2022 6:19 pm
  • Taking Stock: Gun Runner in Heady Company
    Two weeks ago, when I wrote the column “First Crops Yield Derby and Oaks Winners,” I'd expected to write about Taiba (Gun Runner) and Secret Oath (Arrogate), the two I'd liked the most in the Gl Kentucky Derby and Gl Kentucky Oaks, respectively. I'd spoken mainly about those two on...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on May 24, 2022 1:29 pm
  • A GROWING THREAT TO THE AMERICAN RACING ENTERPRISE: REAL ESTATE VALUES
    If one were to look solely at sales figures from leading Thoroughbred auction houses Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, the conclusion would be that the American horse racing enterprise is buoyant.  Expand the view to include the retail side of racing and the outlook is cautionary.  While the bloodstock segment of the...
    via Horse Racing Business on May 24, 2022 7:00 am
  • Monday Night Baseball
    Back at the ballfield. In the rain. I found shelter. Miles in the elements, loving it. There is nothing like the freedom of a baseball diamond. Last practice of the regular season. Last game of the season tomorrow night.  “That’s nasty,” Coach says after one of Miles’ fast balls ducks...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 23, 2022 8:05 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Getting Ready For HISA
    “Ready or not, here I come!” That battle cry from the children's game of Hide and Seek could also serve as the mantra for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the racetrack safety portion of which will go into effect on July 1, as mandated by federal law. The Anti-Doping...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 23, 2022 7:12 pm
  • Early Voting to skip Belmont, points to Travers - Daily Racing Form
    Jay PrivmanMay 22, 2022 ... Get ready for the Belmont Stakes with DRF Past performances, picks, clocker reports, and betting strategies!...
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on May 22, 2022 10:16 pm
  • Roger That
    Roger Angell died Friday. He was 101. A baseball essayist, a poet, an artist.  Google him. Read a few lines, a few paragraphs, a few stories.  Miles and I will spend six out of seven days at the ballfield last week and this week. I sat under a sapling this afternoon,...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 22, 2022 6:53 pm
  • 1982
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on May 22, 2022 5:09 pm
  • Black Musk Beats Raon The Fighter In Sprint Series 2nd Leg
    The unthinkable has happened again. The once unstoppable Raon The Fighter went down to his second consecutive defeat as Black Musk swooped in the final stride to claim victory in the SROA (Seoul Racehorse Owners’ Association) Trophy (1200M KOR-G3), the second leg of the Sprint Series at Seoul Racecourse on...
    via Horse Racing in Korea on May 22, 2022 10:23 am
  • A fresh Early Voting holds off favored Epicenter to win Preakness - Daily Racing Form
    Jay PrivmanMay 21, 2022 ... Join DRF Bets and get a $250 deposit match bonus, $10 free bet, and access to FREE DRF Formulator!...
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on May 22, 2022 7:31 am
  • Take me out to the Ballgame
    Hot and humid on the ballfield today. Rays and Mets tied 10-10. Not one of our better performances. Bound to be a letdown from Thursday night’s belter.  I've been able to catch some Radnor and Pimlico in between baseball and other Saturday afternoon chores. Joe in a thriller. Leslie Young...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 21, 2022 5:31 pm
  • May 21, 2022
    Slamming March 21, 1993 – May 19, 2022 Slamming was a good old horse. The kind who could carry the world on his back and just might do that for you. All his life he generously gave all that was … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on May 21, 2022 4:15 pm
  • Preakness 2022: At 86, Lukas is in the spotlight, not the twilight - Daily Racing Form
    Jay PrivmanMay 20, 2022 ... Get ready for the Preakness with DRF past performances, picks, and betting strategies!...
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on May 21, 2022 2:31 am
  • Preakness Time
    Preakness Eve. From what may be the world’s most sprawling suburban hotel while Connor McDavid lights it up in the NHL playoffs, the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown stands about 20 hours away. The Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike stayed in Kentucky, leaving a mixed bag of nine runners...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 21, 2022 12:21 am
  • Interstatedaydream upsets Black-Eyed Susan with stalking trip - Daily Racing Form
    Jay PrivmanMay 20, 2022 ... Join DRF Bets and get a $250 deposit match bonus, $10 free bet, and access to FREE DRF Formulator!...
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on May 21, 2022 12:16 am
  • Weekend Afoot
    Easy weekend with one horse on the also-eligible list at Radnor and a couple of Clancy Bloodstock purchases – flat and jump – to watch. Docweek Middleburg Film Festival Friday night. Back to the baseball diamond Saturday afternoon. Docweek’s finale Saturday night. Perhaps, some gardening Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with the Preakness...
    via This is Horse Racing on May 20, 2022 3:58 pm
  • 2022 Preakness Stakes Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2022 Preakness Stakes field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on May 20, 2022 9:14 am
  • It’s Preaking Hot ☀️
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on May 20, 2022 8:25 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Is It Time To Change Triple Crown Schedule?
    Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has run 62 horses in the Kentucky Derby, but only four of those runners have competed two weeks later in the Triple Crown's second leg, the Preakness Stakes, which will be conducted at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., for the 147th time on...
    via Paulick Report Features on May 20, 2022 12:09 am
  • Asmussen, per usual, has Epicenter ready for quick turnaround in Preakness - Daily Racing Form
    Jay PrivmanMay 18, 2022 ... Join DRF Bets and get a $250 deposit match bonus, $10 free bet, ... DRF Race of the Day for Wednesday, May 18...
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on May 19, 2022 12:54 am
  • JOCKEYS: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS IN A HIGH-RISK BUSINESS
    Avid bettors on horse racing know how to get the best Grand National or Kentucky Derby odds but may not know how the jockeys who pilot the horses are compensated or how much they earn. Jockeys are independent contractors and don’t receive a salary, similar to professional golfers and tennis...
    via Horse Racing Business on May 18, 2022 10:00 am
  • Preak Week
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on May 18, 2022 8:10 am