Horse Racing Bloggers

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...

Cheyenne filly impressive in debut at Saratoga

Making her racecourse debut, Cheyenne Stables' Cavetto (GB) stormed to victory in an $80,000 maiden special weight at Saratoga on August 16... Read More...

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Loses a Prolific Sire

Horse Racing Partnerships Will Miss Offspring By Unbridled’s Song On July 25, 2013 the thoroughbred horse racing world lost one of its most popular and successful sires. At the age of 20, Unbridled’s Song was euthanized due to a brain tumor that was ruled inoperable. He had just completed his 16th season at Stud with […] Read More...

Cheyenne sales grads stakes place at prestigious Del Mar and Saratoga meets

Cheyenne Stables sales grads Stop Smiling and Bad Hombre both earned their first stakes placings recently in the Grade 2 Sorrento S. at Del Mar and the Curlin S. at Saratoga, respectively... Read More...

Cheyenne grads earn blacktype at prestigious Del Mar and Saratoga meets

Cheyenne Stables sales grads Stop Smiling and Bad Hombre both earned their first stakes placings recently in the Grade 2 Sorrento S. at Del Mar and the Curlin S. at Saratoga, respectively... Read More...

Mystical Star earns sixth career stakes placing in $100K Waya S.

Mystical Star came home a gallant third in the $100,000 Waya S. Aug. 5 at Saratoga... Read More...

Smarty Jones enjoying a fine summer renaissance

In a thirty-day period from the end of June to the close of July, Northview’s Pennsylvania-based Smarty Jones scaled new heights: he got his first Grade 1 winner, first international Derby winner, and first Canadian Graded stakes winner. Had these runners been members of his first few crops, Smarty might still be at stud at […] Read More...

breeding progress in germany is a model for the rest of us

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: This post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. The runaway victory by Novellist in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday carries several points of importance for breeding and racing. First, German breeders and their bloodstock are hitting the brass ring […] Read More...

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

Reblogged from RacingB*tch:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbMlHGEICuY&w=660&h=402] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbMlHGEICuY Who would have thought that a racing radio station would be playing Start Me Up by the Stones at 10.43am between races? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGyOaCXr8Lw But that's exactly what Perth's Racing Radio did on Monday before heading off to Echuca for the call of a race on a Heavy 9 track. It shows […] Read More...

Videos of Monsun’s leading winners in 2013

The late, great sire Monsun, a German-bred and -based genetic anomaly who died last September at age 22, leads all sires with G1 winners to date in 2013. They are Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (12F) and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12F) winner Novellist, Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate (20F), Prix Saint-Alary heroine […] Read More...

Summer Racing Attracts the Best From Coast to Coast

Horse Racing Partnerships Gear Up for the Best Meets of the Year In thoroughbred horse racing the month of July marks the beginning of the Summer meets at two of the most unique, and visited venues in the country. On the West coast, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is situated just 20 miles north of […] Read More...

Desert Party gavels for sale-best $460K at Fasig-Tipton July auction

Everett Dobson's Candy Meadows came out a big winner at Monday's Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale when a filly owned by the farm sold for $460,000... Read More...

Nipissing represents for Unbridled line in Queen’s Plate

  Two fillies, Nipissing and Spring in the Air, appear to have excellent chances in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Sunday, and one common denominator in their pedigrees is Unbridled. The latter is the sire of Nipissing’s sire, the late Niigon, and of Spring in the Air’s dam, Unbridled Run. The two were 1-2 in […] Read More...

Sticking to Your Guns

2 Year Old Focused Thoroughbred Partnerships See Prices Rise What use to be a secondary market to buy thoroughbreds, 2 year olds in training sales, have proven their value over the years with more owners drifting into the 2 year old market, while still having a hand in the popular yearling market. With foal crops […] Read More...

Danehill freshman Multidimensional hot in India

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Bangalore’s summer classics provide an early opportunity for new stallions on the block to leave their calling card and some notable stallions like Grey Gaston, Riyahi, Razeen and Burden of Proof have done just that in the past. No freshman sire had, however, bagged the double of Bangalore Fillies’ Championship […] Read More...

Danehill freshman Multidimensional hot in India

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) Bangalore’s summer classics provide an early opportunity for new stallions on the block to leave their calling card and some notable stallions like Grey Gaston, Riyahi, Razeen and Burden of Proof have done just that in the past. No freshman sire had, however, bagged the double of Bangalore Fillies’ Championship […] Read More...

Weekend Recap: Palace Malice Stuns in Belmont Win

This weekend put closure on the 2013 triple crown with yet another year gone by without a triple crown winner. 36 years and counting. This year, we didn’t even have a horse with a chance at claiming the elusive prize. Not all was bad news.... Read More...

Pedigree is Key to 2013 Belmont Stakes Success

Over the last 13 years, 10 Belmont Stakes winners had sires who won or placed well in a 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 miles during their careers. It’s not rocket science to determine that pedigree is essential to the success in this sport, but to... Read More...

Weekend Recap: 2013 Graded Stakes Winners

Five graded stakes races over the weekend and there were several who won their first career graded stakes race or won one for the first time in a while. HORSES Scatman, a four year old Scat Daddy colt trained by William Mott, won the Aristides... Read More...

Test of a Champion

Horse Racing’s Oldest Leg of The Triple Crown The Belmont Stakes is known as the final leg of the Triple Crown, and also the most grueling. It is run at a distance of 1 ½ miles five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. The Belmont Stakes is held annually at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY on […] Read More...

Videos, article on Acorn winner Midnight Lucky

Shortly after the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Lucky won the Sunland Park Oaks, I wrote about her pedigree for the May issue of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine (you can read it for free online if you register) anticipating that she’d win the Kentucky Oaks. She’d won like a freak at Sunland in track record time for […] Read More...

Big Weekend for the Little Guys

For much of the year, we’ve seen horses such as Game on Dude and Orb dominate their respective divisions. Same goes for the trainers and jockeys. We’ve heard so much about Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott and Bob Baffert for the trainers as well as, Joel... Read More...

Oxbow’s color discussed on Byk show

Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer and blogger at Running Rough Shod, brought to my attention Preakness winner Oxbow’s interesting coat color (to the naked eye “roan,” but officially registered as “bay”) as she photographed him during Derby week (see her photo below).  As it relates to heritability, his is a curious case. […] Read More...

So Who Are the Top Three Year Olds in 2013?

It’s been an interesting ride from the beginning of the year, along the Derby trail and now 2/3 the way through the Triple Crown. With the incredible run by Orb in the Kentucky Derby, then the upset win by Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes it... Read More...

Oxbow Upsets Orb, Wins Another Preakness for Lukas

As we said earlier in the week, the 2013 Preakness Stakes was Orb’s to lose and that he did. He did not display the same explosive kick that we saw in his previous wins including the Florida and Kentucky Derby. On the backstretch, while Oxbow... Read More...