Horse Racing Bloggers

Mushka fam has ties to big prices, stamina, Darley

The Bernardini filly from Mushka that topped the first day of Keeneland September at $1.2 million has long ties to big commercial prices at Kentucky auctions stretching back to the 1980s. Price is usually tied to performance, and there’s plenty of high-class classic form in this family tracing back to the 1976 Kentucky Derby and […] Read More...

Stallion news from the day job

Yes, I’ve been slacking off in this space, but I’ve been busy elsewhere, at the day job! Here’s some posts you may or may not have seen via SM links: No guarantee seasons to Claiborne’s ascendant War Front have been trading for $250,000 to $300,000, even though he stood the 2014 season for $150,000 live […] Read More...

Light the City zips to maiden special weight victory at Del Mar

Cheyenne Stables’ newest star was unveiled in Sunday’s third race at Del Mar as the 2-year-old filly Light the City stepped out to a clear-cut 2 ¾-length score... Read More...

Easy Living seeks first stakes score in $200,000 Fleet Indian S.

Easy Living drew the outside post in the field of nine for the inaugural running of the $200,000 Fleet Indian S. Sunday at Saratoga... Read More...

Cheyenne Stables’ 2YO a ‘Rising Star’ at Saratoga

Clothes Fall Off took to the off going at Saratoga on Aug. 21 to score a sparkling 3 ¼-length maiden special weight victory in the career debut for 2-year-old daughter of Daaher... Read More...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Originally posted on RACING & BREEDING IN INDIA:When I started writing this blog, the intention was to put down on record my thoughts on a sport that is also my business and a way of life for me. The response has been overwhelming so far and one hopes that I am able to convince… Read More...

uncle mo is the keystone of a serious plan from coolmore stud in america

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:Over the past few years, Coolmore put together an interesting group of young stallions at its American facility in Kentucky, Ashford Stud, that included four consecutive champion juvenile colts: Lookin at Lucky, Uncle Mo, Hansen, and Shanghai Bobby. The payoff on this apparently calculated gamble to collect the… Read More...

multiple champion gio ponti is beginning his career at stud with a strong set of yearlings

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:A champion three times during a rich and exciting career, Gio Ponti showed qualities as a racehorse that are not commonly seen today. Gio Ponti raced from age 2 through 6, winning stakes each season, and he won 11 of them in total, accounting for 11 more stakes… Read More...

Combining Electronic Cigarettes And Horse Racing

So on the surface the very idea of combining electronic cigarettes and horse racing seems a bit peculiar. How in the world could these two diametrically different items go together? Well the truth is that this union was made possible for me jus ta few weeks back. As you know horse racing is a very […] Read More...

Make Money By Betting On Horse Races

Picking the right horse is the best way to win and make money on a horse race. Of course that doesn’t guarantee you a win, but it does help your odds quite a bit. The next best way of making money on a horse race is to choose a horse that has been winning lately. […] Read More...

new stakes winners are promising stars in the sky for the next crop of young racers

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:With the 2014 Triple Crown in the record books, the participants are largely resting and planning to resume the fray in the heat of the summer for prizes like the Grade 1 Haskell and Travers Stakes. And now it is time to cast an eye upon the next… Read More...

new stakes winners are promising stars in the sky for the next crop of young racers

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:With the 2014 Triple Crown in the record books, the participants are largely resting and planning to resume the fray in the heat of the summer for prizes like the Grade 1 Haskell and Travers Stakes. And now it is time to cast an eye upon the next… Read More...

pedigree follows performance, just as form follows function

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:Despite the general perception that “pedigree” is a fixed thing, it truly is not. Racing, particularly high class shown in top races, makes pedigree; not the other way around. Pedigree researcher and writer Joe Estes developed his life’s work into exploring and shining light through the interwoven fabric… Read More...

pedigree follows performance, just as form follows function

Originally posted on bloodstock in the bluegrass:Despite the general perception that “pedigree” is a fixed thing, it truly is not. Racing, particularly high class shown in top races, makes pedigree; not the other way around. Pedigree researcher and writer Joe Estes developed his life’s work into exploring and shining light through the interwoven fabric… Read More...

Elitism makes stakes debut in $100,000 Saylorville S.

Following a sharp allowance score just two weeks ago, Cheyenne Stables' 4-year-old filly Elitism will make her first stakes start in the $100,000 Saylorville S. on Friday night at Prairie Meadows Racetrack. Read More...

Clarinda seeks breakthrough in $100,000 Iowa Distaff

Cheyenne Stables' Clarinda will make her second start for trainer Donnie Von Hemel in the $100,000 Iowa Distaff S. Friday at Prairie Meadows... Read More...

Horse Racing Betting Tips

Betting on horse races can be a bit intimidating especially if you are a newcomer to the game. You may be surprised to find that all you need are a few general tips for online horse race betting and you will be well on your way to winning in no time. There are a couple […] Read More...

Gay Dalton and other Forgotten Horses of Hollywood Park

By Rosana Rivera (copyright 2014) Many articles have been written recently portraying the insurmountable loss suffered by the sport of thoroughbred racing with the closure of Hollywood Park. Now the grand structure is just waiting to be demolished and all we are left with are the memories of past champions and racing feats. Yet unbeknownst […] Read More...

Gay Dalton and other Forgotten Horses of Hollywood Park

By Rosana Rivera (copyright 2014) Many articles have been written recently portraying the insurmountable loss suffered by the sport of thoroughbred racing with the closure of Hollywood Park. Now the grand structure is just waiting to be demolished and all we are left with are the memories of past champions and racing feats. Yet unbeknownst […] Read More...

Sustainable strong in $100K Cicada S.

Cheyenne Stables' 3-year-old filly Sustainable earned the second stakes-placing of her career on March 15 with a gallant second-place finish in the $100,000 Cicada S. at Aqueduct... Read More...

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Racing Distances!’ #HorseMovies

It all started with a Daily Racing Form piece by Mark Simon the other day.  It ended with some humor, but there’s really nothing to laugh about. Follow the story as it unfolded on Twitter Friday. Here goes: Only 17.3% of all races in N America in 2013 were at distances of more than a […] Read More...

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Racing Distances!’ #HorseMovies

It all started with a Daily Racing Form piece by Mark Simon the other day.  It ended with some humor, but there’s really nothing to laugh about. Follow the story as it unfolded on Twitter Friday. Here goes: Only 17.3% of all races in N America in 2013 were at distances of more than a […] Read More...

Usha Stud leaves its mark on invitation races

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Race videos below] The Indian Turf Invitation Cup weekend is one of the high points of the Indian racing year and is held in rotation at different centres. There are four Gr. 1 contests with the Sprinters’ Cup and the Stayers’ Cup being held on Saturday, March 1, and the […] Read More...

Usha Stud leaves its mark on invitation races

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Race videos below] The Indian Turf Invitation Cup weekend is one of the high points of the Indian racing year and is held in rotation at different centres. There are four Gr. 1 contests with the Sprinters’ Cup and the Stayers’ Cup being held on Saturday, March 1, and the […] Read More...

Truth and Honor delivers Caleb’s Posse foal at Candy Meadows

The first Caleb's Posse filly at Candy Meadows Farm foaled March 4, also the birthplace of both the stallion and mare.. Read More...

Caleb’s Posse first crop continues to arrive at Candy Meadows

After a colt from the first crop of Caleb's Posse foaled on January 30, a trio of colts have been born during the first half of February at Candy Meadows Farm... Read More...

Caleb’s Posse first crop continues to arrive

After a colt from the first crop of Caleb's Posse foaled on January 30, a trio of colts have been born during the first half of February... Read More...

The metaphysical horseplayer

Racing and gambling through the metaphysical lens. A short film by Gabriel Böhmer. Read More...

The metaphysical horseplayer

Racing and gambling through the metaphysical lens. A short film by Gabriel Böhmer. Read More...

Winchell’s first horse and her degrees of separation to Presidents

For the second consecutive weekend, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Tapit were in the limelight with stakes winners descending from female families developed by Verne H. Winchell. Yesterday, the filly Untapable won the G3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds; the weekend before, Tapiture had won the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. See the last few posts […] Read More...

Winchell’s first horse and her degrees of separation to Presidents

For the second consecutive weekend, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Tapit were in the limelight with stakes winners descending from female families developed by Verne H. Winchell. Yesterday, the filly Untapable won the G3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds; the weekend before, Tapiture had won the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn. See the last few posts […] Read More...

Risen Star starter Gold Hawk’s Winchell links

Here’s some background on G2 Risen Star Stakes entrant Gold Hawk’s pedigree. He’s from the last US crop of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold to Japan for the 2011 breeding season. Empire Maker is a son of Derby winner Unbridled and is the sire of 45 black type winners to date, including […] Read More...

Risen Star starter Gold Hawk’s Winchell links

Here’s some background on G2 Risen Star Stakes entrant Gold Hawk’s pedigree. He’s from the last US crop of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold to Japan for the 2011 breeding season. Empire Maker is a son of Derby winner Unbridled and is the sire of 45 black type winners to date, including […] Read More...

Tapit’s Winchell cross with Carols Christmas

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s recent Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture was the subject of this post three days ago. By Tapit from Free Spin, by Olympio, Tapiture’s pedigree has the Winchell imprimatur on it from many angles: Tapit was raced by Winchell, as were Free Spin (and much of her tail-female family from 3rd dam Debs Angel […] Read More...

Tapit’s Winchell cross with Carols Christmas

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s recent Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture was the subject of this post three days ago. By Tapit from Free Spin, by Olympio, Tapiture’s pedigree has the Winchell imprimatur on it from many angles: Tapit was raced by Winchell, as were Free Spin (and much of her tail-female family from 3rd dam Debs Angel […] Read More...

Tapiture’s pedigree reeked of failure until Tapit injected class

Tapiture defeated the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Strong Mandate in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn today, and that’s a good entry point for discussing the colt’s fairly weak and speed-oriented pedigree. Lukas may not know that Tapiture’s 3rd dam is Debs Angel, but he purchased and trained Debs Angel for Lee and Debi Lewis many […] Read More...

Tapiture’s pedigree reeked of failure until Tapit injected class

Tapiture defeated the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Strong Mandate in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn today, and that’s a good entry point for discussing the colt’s fairly weak and speed-oriented pedigree. Lukas may not know that Tapiture’s 3rd dam is Debs Angel, but he purchased and trained Debs Angel for Lee and Debi Lewis many […] Read More...

Who gets the Triple Crown trips?

I was on Steve Byk’s radio show At the Races yesterday discussing Triple Crown colts. These conversations—if you’ve listened over the last year or so, you know this—are unscripted and can meander all over the place,  mostly because Steve is up on pedigree and turf history and has the ability to swim to depths most […] Read More...

Who gets the Triple Crown trips?

I was on Steve Byk’s radio show At the Races yesterday discussing Triple Crown colts. These conversations—if you’ve listened over the last year or so, you know this—are unscripted and can meander all over the place,  mostly because Steve is up on pedigree and turf history and has the ability to swim to depths most […] Read More...

Sustainable earns first black type in $100K Dearly Precious S.

Cheyenne Stable's 3-year-old filly Sustainable gave a very good account of herself in her first added-money start of her career, finishing a clear second in the $100,000 Dearly Precious S... Read More...

Why I Hate Horse Racing

Horse racing occupies a small fraction of the population in the United States. However this small area of the country holds a huge amount of money and prestige. Horse racing has been around for thousands of years and dates back to the early Greek and Roman civilizations. For whatever reason horse racing has held a […] Read More...

First Caleb’s Posse colt born at Candy Meadows Farm

The first colt by multiple Grade 1 winner Caleb's Posse was born Jan. 30 at Candy Meadows Farm in central Kentucky... Read More...

Scat Daddy gets 1-2 finishers in El Derby at Valparaiso Sporting Sunday

[El Derby video below] Ashford-based Scat Daddy’s first Chilean crop is now age three and firing in the turf classics as it suggested it would as dominating juveniles last season. The son of Johannesburg had the first two home in the El Derby at Valparaiso Sunday, and the winner, Solaria, his first G1 winner at […] Read More...

Scat Daddy gets 1-2 finishers in El Derby at Valparaiso Sporting Sunday

[El Derby video below] Ashford-based Scat Daddy’s first Chilean crop is now age three and firing in the turf classics as it suggested it would as dominating juveniles last season. The son of Johannesburg had the first two home in the El Derby at Valparaiso Sunday, and the winner, Solaria, his first G1 winner at […] Read More...

Danehill sire gets 1-2 finish in McDowell Signature Indian Derby

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian Derby below] A brilliant ride at Mahalaxmi today by jockey Y.S. Srinath atop Alaindair (Multidimensional – God’s Grace) enabled the gelding to nail the public fancy, Dubawi’s son Murioi, and then stride away without alarms to win comfortably by two and a half lengths from the filly Starry […] Read More...

Mystical Star booked to sire sensation Lonhro

Longtime Cheyenne Stables star Mystical Star has been retired from racing, and will be bred this year to international sire sensation Lonhro (Aus)... Read More...

‘Mil’s Life’ is about an inner city jockey and his one-eyed horse

From the notes: “Mil’s Life” examines the intimate relationship between an aspiring jockey, Jamil Pratis, and his one-eyed horse, Dusty. The film will explore one man’s passion for racing while uncovering the true nature of the environment that has defined his character and determination. My nephew Nick Colt, a film major at Temple, is editor on […] Read More...

Santa Claus wins a photo finish at Hipodromo Camarero

Words and Photos by Rosana Rivera [Video of race below] Every January 6th Puerto Ricans commemorate the “Día de los Reyes” (Day of the Epiphany), the date on which according to Catholic tradition, the Magi, or Three Wise Men, visited Baby Jesus with offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Moreover, on this day, the islanders […] Read More...

Indian Oaks: Isn’t She Special lives up to her name at Mahalakshmi

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian Oaks below] A brilliant tactical ride, planned by jockey David Allan and that very astute trainer S. Padmanabhan, saw Isn’t She Special (Ace – Rain Splasher) lift the Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, Gr.1 at Mahalakshmi on Saturday. She was quickly off the blocks but the jockey was […] Read More...