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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...

2013 Preakness Stakes is Orb’s to Lose

Winning the triple crown has been a daunting task for any horse over the past 35 years since Affirmed won all three legs back in 1978. Several horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to be heart-broken in the Belmont Stakes. Three... Read More...

2013 Preakness Stakes is Orb’s to Lose

Winning the triple crown has been a daunting task for any horse over the past 35 years since Affirmed won all three legs back in 1978. Several horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to be heart-broken in the Belmont Stakes. Three... Read More...

emory a hamilton discusses verrazano and developing the family of too chic

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following article first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. One advantage that home breeders have in the selection of stock is that they can make themselves aware of subtleties in stock that are meaningful and can disregard things that are not. For Emory Alexander Hamilton, who bred […] Read More...

Questions of aggregation and my role in it

Jessica Chapel, a one-time news aggregator, takes Ray Paulick’s popular Paulick Report, the king of racing news aggregation, to task in this blog post, The Unethical Report. You can read the story and decide for yourself if PR is guilty as charged by Jessica, but the concept of news aggregation itself is relatively new and closely tied […] Read More...

Derby recap from Steve Byk’s show from Wednesday, May 8.

Derby recap (including more on Golden Soul), plus a look at Departing on Steve Byk’s show from Wednesday, May 8. Click here to listen. Read More...

Orb Gives Shug First Kentucky Derby Win

So let’s put this to rest that nice guys always finish last. Nice guys do finish 1st! Claude McGaughey, who many around the sport call him “Shug”, has been training horses for over three decades. He’s won every top graded stakes race imaginable except for... Read More...

A Farewell to Hollywood Park

Horse Racing Partnerships Reflect on Racing at Hollywood Park For the last several years the owners of Hollywood Park, now named Betfair Hollywood Park, have been threatening to develop the land that the track resides on.  This creates a troublesome problem for thoroughbred horse racing syndicates and thoroughbred horse racing in southern California as a […] Read More...

Jockey Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

It’s amazing to see so many great jockeys from all over the country be humbled by one single race. Over their careers, top jockeys win multiple graded stakes races from various race tracks. However, as you will see, the same jockeys just can’t seem to... Read More...

Trainers Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

Here is a list of trainers who will have their horses ready for the 2013 Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Churchill Downs. The 139th running of the “Run for the Roses“ will feature a select few hall of fame trainers, future hall... Read More...

Day 8: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Will Take Charge

The 8th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 is Will Take Charge. Will Take Charge – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas – Owner Willis Horton The chestnut colt by Unbridled’s Song... Read More...

Day 7: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Overanalyze

The 7th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Overanalyze. Overanalyze – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owner Repole Stable This Dixie Union colt had a successful debut to his career taking a five furlongs... Read More...

Day 6: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Vyjack

The 6th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Vyjack. Vyjack – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez – Owner Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld) Another son of Into Mischief comfortably won both of his starts as... Read More...

Day 5: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Java’s War

The 5th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Java’s War. Java’s War – Trainer Kenneth McPeek – Owners Charles Fipke The 2nd colt in this field is also from the late sire War... Read More...

Day 4: Kentucky Derby Feature – Revolutionary

The 4th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Revolutionary. Revolutionary – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Winstar Farms He finished 3rd in his debut at Saratoga last September after getting hammered at the... Read More...

Day 3: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Goldencents

The third horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Goldencents. Goldencents – Trainer Doug O’Neill – Owners W. C. Racing, Kenney, Dave and RAP Racing He won his debut at Del Mar on September... Read More...

Day 2: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Verrazano

The second horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is undefeated Verrazano. Verrazano – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Michael, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith The three year old More... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Orb

Over the next 12 days, we will do a feature a day on the top horses heading into the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 4th. Today we feature, in our opinion, the top contender in the expected field of... Read More...

Vyjack’s sprint pedigree discussed in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

I wrote about the speedy female family of Vyjack developed by the late Maryland horseman C. Oliver Goldsmith in the April issue (pages 60-61) of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. The issue is available online for free if you register for it here in the “Mid-Atlantic Club.” Read More...

Eddie Plesa Jr. cover story on North American Trainer magazine

Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer magazine, takes a look at conditioner Eddie Plesa Jr. in the Triple Crown issue. The full color glossy is available free online by clicking here. My commentary on Animal Kingdom’s and Graham Motion’s rescue of our self-loathing selves is on page 91 and titled, “North America — […] Read More...

Comments on Java’s War’s pedigree from Byk radio show 4/17

Spoke about Charles Fipke’s Grade 1 Blue Grass winner Java’s War on the Steve Byk radio show this past Wednesday, April 17. Listen to it by clicking here. Read More...

war pass scores with derby colts

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. Victory in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland made Java’s War the first Grade 1 winner from the progeny of 2007 champion juvenile War Pass (by Cherokee Run). The Blue Grass winner joins G2 Louisiana Derby winner […] Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Field Starting to Take Shape

After nearly eight months and 34 qualifying races, we are finally starting to see the 2013 Kentucky Derby field take shape. We still have two last chance races for those who are outside the top 20 rankings in terms of points, but for the most... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Starting to Make Perfect Cents

It was the battle of the East and West Saturday afternoon with the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1) taking place at Aqueduct and the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita. In the Wood Memorial, heavy favorite Verrazano, from leading trainer Todd Pletcher, did what... Read More...

Same Phipps imprimatur on Revolutionary and Super Saver

Revolutionary, WinStar’s Louisiana Derby winner, traces in tail-female to the same renowned ancestress of its 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver: La Troienne. WinStar bred Super Saver from a mare purchased from the Phipps stable but purchased Revolutionary as a two-year-old for $235,000 at the 2012 OBS March sale. Bred by WS Farish, the colt […] Read More...

Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

Spoke about some Derby horses and Animal Kingdom on Steve Byk’s show Wednesday. Noted the Jockey Club influences in Orb (bred by Janney and Phipps), Revolutionary (Farish), Hear the Ghost (Farish and Lazy F Ranch), Verrazano (Hamilton), Lines of Battle (Darby Dan family), etc. Click here to listen to our conversation.   Read More...

East & West in Kentucky Derby Trail Spotlight

Technically, there are six remaining races in the 2013 Road to the Kentucky Derby series. In reality, it comes down to four as the last two are desperation races for those on the bubble. Those who usually run in those races bypass the run for... Read More...

Animal Kingdom Wins 2013 Dubai World Cup!

It felt like an episode of Sesame Street for the American contingent at the Meydan Racecourse for the Dubai World Cup event. The number of the day was “11″. Not exactly what racings fans from the U.S or the connections of those who flew their... Read More...

Jam-Packed Weekend Ahead of Us, Enjoy!

Wow, where do we begin?! It doesn’t matter if you reside in the United States or around the World, the “World” of horse racing will have plenty to offer this coming Saturday, March 30. The Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up as we head... Read More...

Now is the time to pull out all the stops for Caviar…

Reblogged from Thedarkknight On Racing: 16-1, 12-1, 8-1, 6-1, 5-1, 7-2, 5-2.... If you saw that sequence of odds on an upcoming race you would think there was an almighty gamble being hatched and that the horse in question probably had a very strong chance of winning. But these odds aren't for an upcoming race […] Read More...

The New Kentucky Derby Points System

Horse Racing Syndicates Discuss the New Kentucky Derby Points System The Kentucky Derby, run on the first Saturday in May each year for the best 3 year olds in the country, is one of if not the most prestigious race in the world. Horse racing syndicate’s dreams live and die with the Kentucky Derby each […] Read More...

The 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail Heats Up

It’s been an interesting 2 1/2 months so far with winners coming from expected and unexpected places. We saw the 2012 two year old male champion Shanghai Bobby lose for the first time in his career to Itsmyluckyday in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at... Read More...

Super Ninety Nine, Horse to Beat in Rebel Stakes

24 races down, just 12 races to go before we determine the qualifiers for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Of the 24 races as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system so far, only one horse has dominated a specific race. That horse... Read More...

Strong 2013 debut for Mystical Star in G3 Hillsborough S.

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star turned in a strong effort in her 2013 debut on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing third... Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby Continues

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues this weekend on both sides of the country with valuable points on the line for the 17 colts and gelding who are entered. The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs has eight entrants including highly touted... Read More...

New Derby recap show, website unveiled in social media

Caught this today on Twitter. A new Derby recap show with Ed DeRosa (on left, with the doughnut) of Brisnet and Sean Feld (in hoody), the promoter of Bullet Train. Both men are opinionated presences on Twitter—and, one presumes, in daily life. Interesting content with a handicapping angle, presented by a couple of “regular guys” […] Read More...

Coming To America Part II

Reblogged from John W Hills: So, we landed in Washington DC, on Concorde, on time. To be greeted by a new phenomenon. The mobile Jetway. You think your on the ground, technically you are, you think your in America, yes, but in fact you actually have yet to arrive. Instead you are now driving around […] Read More...

2013 Santa Anita Handicap, Race of the Week

The Kentucky Derby trail is in full swing with just over 10 weeks remaining on the schedule. The 2013 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct this weekend features a few horses who could make it to the big race in May (Overanalyze and Vyjack among others).... Read More...

#BlackCaviar Lightning Day at Flemington: Tweet Recap and Photos

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Tweet Recap Su-Ann Khaw ‏@inkmarksofsu Rockin' red lips to see the unbeaten champ #BlackCaviar at@MelbCupCarnival #FabulousFlemington pic.twitter.com/WsupXUmQ Casquets (Fastnet Rock ex Suitely (Woodman)) wins the Listed Talindert Stks - bred on the same Fastnet Rock x Woodman mare cross as Rothesay Placings in the Listed Talindert Stks: Annenberg (Artie Schiller) and Essie's Pride (Murtajill) Sunshine and blue [...] Read More...

Rules and Regulations of Horse Racing

Horse Racing Syndicates Understand the Regulations Thoroughbred horse racing is a unique sport in which there is no central governing body of the sport. Instead, each state has its own horse racing board or governing body that regulates that state’s rules and regulations. In some ways this is can be a good thing because rules […] Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Season Officially Begins

The Road to the 2013 Kentucky Derby intensifies this weekend with the launch of the second chapter of the new points based system the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The first chapter called the Kentucky Derby Prep Season consisted of 19 races across the United... Read More...

A bad day at the track

[Fiction inspired by current events---SHF] The man is up early as usual. He’s making the rounds on the backstretch of a flea-bitten racetrack nestled in a dust bowl. It’s four o’clock in the morning. Still dark outside but light is hinted at on the horizon. The man goes stall to stall in a barn; horse [...] Read More...

Last Two Races in Kentucky Derby Prep Season

No, that doesn’t mean we are that close to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The running of the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields and Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park will put an end to the Derby Prep Season that included 19... Read More...

Photos from Cape Town

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Read more… 97 more words Check out Su-Ann Khaw on Vine for a video of Trippi from Drakenstein Stud---SHF Read More...