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  • One day of relevance (PA Derby Day)
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on September 24, 2021 11:53 pm
  • Jumper Jim Key tries to live up to namesake
    Let’s get this out of the way first – Jim Key, trainer Kathy Neilson’s entrant in Saturday’s second race at Shawan Downs – can’t spell, count, tell time or recognize flags of different countries. And doesn’t know who the president is....
    via This is Horse Racing on September 24, 2021 11:18 am
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Derby Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Pennsylvania Derby field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on September 24, 2021 9:30 am
  • Back at It
    Two weeks...three weeks. Been a while. Saratoga has come and gone. I did reentry and exit all at the same time with Miles and Annie in Middleburg, caught two baseball games (1-1), a movie on the lawn and a few heartfelt home-cooked meals. Then nine days in Lexington, looking at...
    via This is Horse Racing on September 24, 2021 8:38 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Talking Thoroughbred Makeover
    Just as there are “baby” races at the track, off-track Thoroughbreds have their own kind of competition restricted to newcomers — the Thoroughbred Makeover, scheduled for Oct. 12-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Ky. The event, offering $100,000 in prize money and consisting of 10 different disciplines, brings...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 23, 2021 10:19 pm
  • an incantation of the present
    Horse racing is a game with a past, and it’s a game obsessed with its past. People, myself included, love … More...
    via Blinkers Off on September 22, 2021 11:45 pm
  • THE 2021 KENTUCKY DERBY PR DISASTER IS A SELF-INFLICTED WOUND
    Incredibly, a multi-billion dollar sport/industry is tarnished by 21 picograms of a legal medication. To borrow the words of tennis icon John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious!”——————— When news of Medina Spirit’s drug positive in the 2021 Kentucky Derby broke, the national media understandably reported the story as a sensational...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 21, 2021 7:00 am
  • Letter To The Editor: Closing Arlington Will Rob Sport Of Future Fans
    I was there on June 29, 1973. Arlington Park was chosen for the return race for Secretariat, his first since capturing the Belmont Stakes, and the Triple Crown, by 31 lengths. I was a month away from turning two, but at least I can say I was there when arguably...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 20, 2021 6:44 pm
  • 2021 Jockey Club Derby Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Jockey Club Derby field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on September 17, 2021 9:41 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Weekend Turf Extravaganza At Woodbine
    Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, has put together a blockbuster weekend of racing on Saturday and Sunday with four Grade 1 stakes and one Grade 2 event comprising the Woodbine Turf Racing Festival. Three of the races – Saturday's Woodbine Mile and Sunday's Natalma and Summer Stakes are Breeders' Cup...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 16, 2021 6:47 pm
  • FANTASY HORSE RACING GAMES
    NFL football is in full swing and fantasy leagues are immensely popular as well.  A niche sport like horse racing will never achieve the following of this mainstream sport, but it may be possible to expand racing’s fan base through digital versions. Especially among younger people, who are so immersed...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 15, 2021 6:00 am
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Will Breeders’ Cup Officials Act To Protect Their Brand?
    On June 2, Churchill Downs Inc. suspended trainer Bob Baffert from running horses at any of its racetracks, including its flagship facility in Louisville, Ky., for two years, meaning the sport's most recognizable face and name will not be eligible to add to his record number of Kentucky Derby victories...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 14, 2021 5:28 pm
  • Green Machines: Turf Winners on Saratoga Showcase Day
    Family connections and the power of pedigree fueled particularly sweet victories for the connections of City Man and Giacosa, winners of the turf events for older horses on New York-bred Showcase Day at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 27. The owners of both winners also raced their sires, millionaires whose...
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on September 11, 2021 10:53 am
  • Varied Paths to Victory on Saratoga Showcase Day
    The winners of the Fleet Indian Stakes and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga Race Course are both lightly raced three-year-olds, but beyond that and their stakes wins on Aug. 27, the horses represent very different paths to New York-bred stakes success.  Albany winner Americanrevolution boasts elite connections: bred by notable...
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on September 11, 2021 10:47 am
  • Home Court Advantage for Saratoga New York-bred Sale
    With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, this year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of New York-bred yearlings proved that you can, indeed, go home again. Absent from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2020 because of the coronavirus, the sale returned this year, recording gains in all metrics. Sellers of New York-bred horses last year...
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on September 11, 2021 10:24 am
  • 2021 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Cheatsheet
    Detailed analysis of the 2021 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint field by Vance Hanson of TwinSpires....
    via Hello Race Fans! on September 10, 2021 9:22 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Monmouth Park: Overheard On Wiretap
    A recent brief filed by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in support of wiretaps of a number of individuals indicted in March 2020 revealed partial transcripts of some of the trainers, veterinarians and suppliers rounded up in this federal racehorse doping probe. The defendants are...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 10, 2021 12:36 am
  • Taking Stock: Gun Runner Flexes Candy Ride/Storm Cat Nick
    Two sons of Candy Ride (Arg)–Gun Runner and Twirling Candy–were represented by three 2-year-old Grade l winners over the weekend, and do you know one thing they had in common? Each was produced by a Storm Cat-line mare. This affinity for the Storm Cat line was also an important feature...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 9, 2021 11:38 am
  • What Racing Analysts Should Be, And Do
    If I was King of Racing (stop the hate mail now), I'd think I'd implement some standards for our friends analyzing the races at each meet, every day. Let me say, I believe analysts do a good job, certainly for the most part, analyzing races. And frankly, I believe little has...
    via Pull the Pocket on September 8, 2021 1:00 pm
  • ROBUST BUSINESS FOR U. S. HORSE RACING SO FAR IN 2021…WITH A DELTA WILD CARD
    Key contributors to the economic health of the horse racing enterprise in the United States are the summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course, tracks located on opposite coasts.  Betting at their recently completed meets broke existing records. In 31 days of racing in 2021, Del Mar took...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 8, 2021 6:00 am
  • saratoga sprint stars trace back to triple crown winner seattle slew
    In addition to exceptional speed, Gamine (by Into Mischief) and Yaupon (Uncle Mo) share some other factors. In pedigree most notably, …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 7, 2021 10:14 am
  • Summer's Getaway Day
    Taken by the author on closing day in 2016With each passing year, my connection to horse racing is becoming weaker and weaker. I can name only a few of the prominent horses who are now in training. Sometimes on major race days I catch myself thinking, “Oh, the Pegasus is...
    via Lost in the Blog on September 6, 2021 7:11 pm
  • Cup of Coffee: Goodbye
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    via This is Horse Racing on September 6, 2021 12:19 pm
  • A Labor Day longshot?
    Real Writing on Racing 💯...
    via Going in Circles on September 6, 2021 9:47 am
  • Playing favorites
    Whitmore is my favorite horse....
    via This is Horse Racing on September 5, 2021 12:03 pm