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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

Horse Racing Partnerships | 10 months ago
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...

He’s coming back…or is he?

Or is he? People want to know where Ed DeRosa, or @EJXD2,  is. The dude eating wings. Why no Derosa on twitter. MT @SheaLeparoux Great scene here at eclipse award party http://t.co/L43YnkjqV6—   (@Pullthepocket) January 17, 2014 I think DeRosa isn't tweeting because all CDI employees except @jeremyclemons are not allowed to in 2014 by […] Read More...

Middle-aged men and a rough racing culture sounds familiar

The following excerpt is from a blog post about a day at the races at the Hippodrome in Moscow. My Twitter pal Ani Wandaryan (@goldentent) brought it to my attention, and when I read the paragraph below I was fascinated by its similarity to a day of winter racing in New York.  The post can […] Read More...

Commonalities in racing despite differing climates

The polar ends of racing were randomly depicted in two recent and unrelated blog posts that appeared on back-to-back days this week, and their juxtaposition here shows how stark the contrast in air is from the top of the game to the bottom. On the 16th, the America’s Best Racing blog—which exists to publicize (and glamorize) […] Read More...

Korean Classic Winners Speedy First & Major King In USA For 2014 Campaign

Originally posted on Horse Racing in Korea:Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First and Minister’s Cup winner Major King are in the United States where they will be trained and raced for at least the first part of the year. Stateside: Korean Derby and Oaks winner Speedy First The pair, who between them won… Read More...

war front showing his speed in a climb to the top

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. In the great test of the racetrack, one thing is certain. Speed kills the opposition, and a stallion or broodmare who consistently transmits speed, whether quality front-running speed or powerful finishing speed, has a license to become a […] Read More...

State of Racing

Horse Racing Partnerships | 11 months ago
How horse racing partnerships view racing State of Racing   Thoroughbred horse racing has seen strong gains in 2013 from sales average as well as attendance and handle. Thoroughbred sales and handle drive the industry from within and is what fuels the game. For those of us involved in thoroughbred horse racing syndicates, yearling sales […] Read More...

A State of Existing, North Dakota

Reblogged from Find the Beauty: “Ghost towns stud North Dakota, and this empty house is just one bone in a giant skeleton of abandoned human desire.” A quote from a perfectly written article for National Geographic about North Dakota titled, “The Emptied Prairie” By Charles Bowden I remember, as a little child, walking hand in hand […] Read More...

Bossert got mad as hell today and didn’t take it anymore

Watch Peter Finch in “Network” below before you read the rest of this post, will ya? Jerry Bossert of New York Daily News, stuck in a leaking and pigeon-shatted press box at rain-soaked Aqueduct today, reprised the specter of Finch on Twitter this afternoon in a spontaneous rant against the Man—in this case, the “new” […] Read More...

リアルインパクト牝系図(Family line of Real Impact)

Reblogged from pedigreenotebook: Family Number 3-l Solita | Solabar - Arlington Matron Handicap | | Starsweet | | | Sweet Little Star | | | | Only Above | | | | | El Cielo - Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr.3), San Simenon Handicap (gr.3) in 2000, Morvich Handicap (gr.3) in 2000/01 | | | […] Read More...

Murioi runs away with Indian 2000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of Indian 2000 Guineas below] Murioi (Dubawi – Zacheta’s Girl) — which is a biblical word meaning ten thousand — found the Deltin Casinos Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr.1 an easy picking today at Mahalakshmi in Mumbai as he posted an emphatic victory, scoring by three and a half lengths […] Read More...

The trajectory of an illegal drug and its repercussions

Just imagine this: A new performance-enhancing drug is discovered, it comes into the hands of a relative few, and they exploit it for 20 years before it’s legalized and available for all to use as a “therapeutic” medication. At first, the drug in question is illegally obtained and expensive to produce and only those with […] Read More...

Latest EIPH and Lasix study has a precedent in Brazil

The latest “Lasix Study,” commissioned  by Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and conducted by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, was released yesterday with enough “evidence” for those for and against the use of race-day furosemide (Lasix and Salix) for EIPH (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage) treatment to ring their respective bells. And the bells were ringing yesterday on Twitter from […] Read More...

Mariinsky scores easily in Indian 1000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Video of race below] Second favourite at 5/1, Mariinsky (Burden of Proof – Sabre Dance) hit the front fairly early in the straight and then motored comfortably to pick up the Deltin Casinos Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1, the first Classic of the year at Mahalakshmi in Mumbai this afternoon. Richard […] Read More...

Remember the Corrupt Horse Racing Practices Act of 1980?

The above excerpt is from the Sept. 17, 1980, New York Times. Steve Crist is the author. We haven’t come a long way, baby. Read More...

History lesson: drug usage comes full circle

The recent Penn National “interstate fraud” arrests, coming one day after a Senate House subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2012—the racing bill that would introduce Federal oversight and phase out Lasix—renewed cries for drug reform and featured a well-publicized and impassioned plea from Arthur Hancock for the government to protect horses by doing away with Lasix […] Read More...

Read Michael Slezak’s TVline columns of American Idol here!

The entertainment portion of The Best-of-Twitter-Blogs Daily is usually culled from the work of @MichaelSlezakTV. Read his columns here. He’s an avid horse breeder/owner, too. The Best-of-Twitter-Blogs Daily is out! paper.li/sidfernando/be… Stories via @TBAblogs @EJXD2— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 27, 2013 Read More...

A New Era for California Racing

California Horse Racing Partnerships are Optimistic 2014 will bring many changes to California horse racing across the state. The inevitable closing of Hollywood Park is finally here, with the final racing date on December 22, 2013. This will end 75 years of history at the historic track, but also begin a new era of racing […] Read More...

Snapshot of Triple Crown winners by percentage of imported or foreign-bred ancestors could lead to conclusions

The 11 US Triple Crown winners spanned the time frame from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978, roughly about 60 years. Each is listed below by year of classic wins, name, the number of generations to the first imported or foreign-bred ancestor in the pedigree (in parenthesis  after name; if a sire or […] Read More...

November sale meeting led to this soliloquy on Fazenda Mondesir, Spend a Buck, and Ghadeer

Lately I’ve been waxing lyrical on the significance of imported bloodstock. This soliloquy took place on Twitter on Nov. 9. Saw one of the owners of Brazil's Fazenda Mondesir at the sale. Farm, started in the 1930s by the Peixoto de Castro family, bred Einstein.— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 09, 2013 Einstein, by Spend […] Read More...

Some French history behind the female line of Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew

Regarding the post below this one (discussing the pedigrees of Imagining, Super Saver, and Revolutionary), the foundation of some of the best racers of the Phippses—and many, many others—is the imported French mare La Troienne, the dam of Baby League. The story of La Troienne is well known, but here’s the long story short: the […] Read More...

Twitter discussion: Ray Paulick and I note the breeding of Phippses behind Imagining

@raypaulick the other half of the pedigree secure4.werkhorse.com/enicks/display…— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 16, 2013 @raypaulick yup. Same as Super Saver sidfernando.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/sam…— Sid Fernando + Obser (@sidfernando) November 16, 2013 The chart of the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap. Read More...

Coolmore puts its money down on War Front’s projection

War Front’s stud fee has followed the upward trajectory of Tapit’s, and in 2014 both young sires—two of the best in North America—will stand for $150,000 after beginning their respective careers modestly. Tapit began for $15,000 at Gainesway in 2005, spent some time at $12,500 during the difficult early years, then started the upward march […] Read More...

shared belief makes a positive prevue for sire candy ride

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. A number of years ago, one of the favored anti-drug slogans was “Speed kills.” Though questionable for drug deterrence, the slogan is ever so true in horse racing. The horse with the most speed kills his opposition. That was […] Read More...

European and turf blood is seeping back into North American breeding

One of the most interesting aspects to the sale topper at Fasig-Tipton November, Betterbetterbetter, is her all-European pedigree and that she was purchased by an American, Mandy Pope. Bought for $5.2 million from John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale consignment, Betterbetterbetter is by Galileo—the best sire in Europe (and perhaps the world)—and from the Darshaan blue-chip […] Read More...

Small-time racing is the subject of remembrances by Nevills and White

Two recent well-received and highly personal posts/articles by Joe Nevills of Daily Racing Form and Emily White of horseracingnation.com highlight the benefits of small-time racing in the biggest possible way: as the entryway into a lifetime love affair with the sport. For Nevills, the venues were Mount Pleasant Meadows and Great Lakes Downs in Michigan […] Read More...

Conversation with Steve Byk: sales, BC, and the Phipps stallion prospects

Had a chance to talk Breeders’ Cup (London Bridge and the juvenile Euros), the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November mixed sales (24 seven-fig lots at FT and 14 at Keeneland, plus foreign buying), and the Phippses (Orb and Point of Entry to stud and how the stable has transitioned to a family operation with keener bottom-line […] Read More...

Horse Racing Syndicate Looks to Home State for Recent Success and Value

Watching prices soar at the Keeneland Yearling sale is a good sign that the economy is recovering and that the thoroughbred horse racing industry is strengthening. With the move from quantity to quality in the past few years the number of horses has shrunk but demand has remained steady. These are all good things for […] Read More...

My Experience with Electronic Cigarettes

I’ve been smoking nearly all my life. It’s not something I’m proud of. I’ve tried quitting several times, tried all the different options, and nothing worked. Before hearing about electronic cigarettes I thought that I was going to be smoking for the rest of my life. I heard reports that electronic cigarettes were a good […] Read More...

An Acquired Taste Canters Away With the Signature Premier Indian St. Leger

By Major S. Nargolkar (Retd.) An Acquired Taste (Strong Contender – G Waitin On O[USA] by Brocco) drew upsides the front runners rounding the final bend and then sauntered away to win by nine and a half lengths from Tintinnabulation and Wind Stream. There have been longer margin St. Leger winners but no one had […] Read More...

breeders in japan have their eyes on the classic prize

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post was first published at Paulick Report last week. “Well, who wants to win the Arc?” was the comment of a local participant whose apparent goal is to win sprints on dirt. That is, quite literally, the root opinion of a large portion of the participants in […] Read More...

About Horse Racing Blog

Do you look forward to the Kentucky Derby every year? I count down to that day like most people look forward to Christmas! I’m a fanatic for all things related to horse racing and I created this website to showcase my favorite sport. Whether you enjoy racing because of the beautiful horses or you get […] Read More...

Horse Racing Makes A Fun Family Outing

If you have never been to see a horse race you should do so for your next family outing. Most other forms of gambling are off limits for your children but not horse racing! Your entire family can take part in this age old tradition. Of course your kids cannot bet on horses but they […] Read More...

How To Find The Right Horse Racing Tipster

If horse racing is your thing then you have come to the right place. My guess is you are in it to win it and in this blog post we are going to discuss some ideas to make that happen for you. You need to find a good horse racing tipster to get you betting […] Read More...

How To Predict the Outcome of A Horse Race

Predicting the winner of a horse race can be a hard thing to do. There are a ways that you can actually have a better chance at predicting a horse race however and that is what we are going to focus on in this blog post today. One thing you need to know before you […] Read More...

The Best Way To Make Money on Horse Races

The most important thing to do to insure you are going to win the next horse race you bid on is to get a good horse. Of course that doesn’t guarantee you a win, but it does help your odds quite a bit. The next best way to make money on horse races is to […] Read More...

Tips For Winning At Horse Racing

The first thing you should do to prepare to win a horse race is to do your research on the horses. Choosing a horse that has won before is a great place to start in your search for the right horse. The age of the horse makes a difference as well. You should also pay […] Read More...

Mystical Star a game third in Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational

Cheyenne Stables’ Mystical Star showed her heart once again in Saturday's Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park, battling to a third-place finish, beaten less than a length... Read More...

Mystical Star Faces Seven Others in Flower Bowl Invitational

Cheyenne Stables’ Mystical Star returns to the track on Sept. 28 looking for her second consecutive stakes victory when she takes on seven other horses in the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Read More...

Residual Value Is The Name Of The Game

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Partnerships Target Fillies For Residual Value In today’s thoroughbred horse racing market it is becoming increasingly difficult to purchase quality individuals year in and year out at reasonable prices. With foal crops down close to 30% the last few years and demand remaining the same, prices have sky rocketed throughout the yearling […] Read More...

First-crop classic types selling well at Keeneland

Claiborne first-crop sire Blame is enjoying a banner Keeneland September yearling sales. To date, his stats are dazzling for a horse whose yearlings were conceived on a $35,000 stud fee: 28 sold for a gross of $5,442,000, for an average price of $194,357 and a median of $192,500. The latter number is particularly impressive. Blame’s […] Read More...

Mystical Star sets course record in $150,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon

Cheyenne Stables' top-class mare Mystical Star returned to the winner’s circle by taking Saturday’s $150,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon... Read More...