Horse Racing Bloggers

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...

Battle Ensues in 2013 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap

This time of year, the attention is usually on the three year old male division due to the prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown races (Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). This week however, the focus comes away from the three... Read More...

France Galop’s response to EIPH questionnaire

re the last post on Hong Kong’s treatment of EIPH, this was France Galop’s response to the same questionnaire at the International Summit on race day medication (2011). Read More...

Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

How do vets in Hong Kong treat EIPH, as furosemide is not used race day or in training? The following are answers provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in a survey form for the International Summit on race day medication held June 13-14, 2011, in New Y... Read More...

If the horse could talk

The following excerpt is from an entertaining blog post by Michael Cox (@kemblaCoxy on Twitter) in the South China Morning Post. Michael covers racing in Hong Kong, and as you might tell, he’s not one to sugar coat the game. Read it in its entirety here. If racing wants to pretend it’s still the good [...] Read More...

Indian Derby: Super Storm in fairy tale finish for Jimmy Fortune and owners

(See Indian Derby video below—SHF) By Maj. Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)—The 20 to 1 outsider Super Storm (Rebuttal – Cielo Vodkamartini), ridden by Jimmy Fortune, trained by Satish Narredu and bred at Hazara Stud, grabbed the lead inside the final furlong and lasted out determinedly to beat the favorite Wind Stream, Hemisphere, and the Indian 2000 [...] Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby, Three More Races

Three more races will run as part of the Prep Season in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series with 51 precious points on the line. The Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita and Withers... Read More...

new kentucky stallions for 2013: hansen

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: Hansen (2008 gr c by Tapit x Stormy Sunday, Sir Cat) Ashford $12,500 This stallion prospect for 2013 is part of Coolmore's ongoing plan to conquer American racing and breeding. As linchpin of that effort, the... Read More...

Using the Hong Kong model in a kinder, gentler way

Wherever you sit on the Lasix debate, it’s important to realize that bleeders haven’t materialized overnight and are not a figment of one side’s imagination; also, that Lasix (furosemide) has been shown to help control EIPH (Exercise-... Read More...

Under the spotlight: pedigree of Malibu Moon colt Orb

Orb and Cerro are two three-year-olds on the radar for the classics after winning allowance optional claiming races at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream the same day, Jan. 26. Both colts have similar records—two wins from five starts—and are improv... Read More...

Mine That Bird and Canonero II – Both Derby Longshot Winners Trained at High Altitudes

Reblogged from ThoroEdge Equine Performance: Mine that Bird and Canonero II are commonly recognized as the biggest upsets in modern Derby history, with post time odds only surpassed by the 91-1 Doneraile, winner of the 1913 edition of this American cla... Read More...

Stats & History Go Against Two Year Old Champion

It’s an interesting phenomenon why two year old male Eclipse Award winners don’t experience similar success at three as they did at the age of two. Some go on to win graded stakes races, but it’s quite rare for them to win the Kentucky Derby... Read More...

Blogger returns in a new vehicle as others succumb to Twitter noise

It’s been three years since I ranked some of my favorite blogs/bloggers of 2009 in a January 2010 post. I was reminded of how infrequently many of them post nowadays when I saw today the re-emergence of one of them in a Tumblr vehicle, Exacta-Mun... Read More...

oxbow and paynter: not genetic twins

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: In a bit of Twitter-ing exuberance, KTA/KTOB posted the following: In fairness to the organization, they were probably being more playful rather than practical in choosing to make that comment. However, let's... Read More...

Tweets from Day 2 of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Su-Ann Khaw ‏@inkmarksofsu Ola tweethearts! All set up and looking forward to Day 2 of the@CapeTSales kicking off at 5:30pm pic.twitter.com/3lHEURT4 SAF Champ Igugu wine at @CapeTSales pic.twitter.com/GJmaHFY6 Intere... Read More...

book review: noor, by milton c. toby

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred's Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky By Milton C. Toby Published 2012 by The History Press, Charleston SC 29403; www.historypress.net; $19.99 As a writer and reader on ... Read More...

More on albuterol, the bronchodilator option for New York horsemen

re the post below this about albuterol usage in New York, Andy Belfiore of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) weighed in to my queries in the conversation below: I first became acquainted with albuterol in 1994 when trainer Noel... Read More...

Is there a loophole for bypassing clenbuterol in New York?

New York has a new withdrawal-time rule in place for clenbuterol, the bronchodilator that aids in breathing and also provides some steroidal-like properties that aid in muscle gain. It’s 14 days withdrawal now, and here’s the memo. However,... Read More...

Training monotony is a problem in Hong Kong, writer says

Interesting look at Hong Kong racing from another side—theirs. Hong Kong racing seems to put the magnifying glass on everything – particularly jockeys, trainers and race tactics – but nowhere does horse temperament matter more in term... Read More...

Bullet Train, Frankel’s pacemaker, is intriguing prospect in Kentucky

Bullet Train (@studBulletTrain on Twitter) ended his career as a racehorse in quite the opposite manner that he began: as a lowly pacemaker for his younger, three-quarter brother Frankel. But he wasn’t Fredo Corleone—the weakling—to F... Read More...

2013 Holy Bull Stakes Continues Prep Season

The Kentucky Derby Prep Season has 13 races under its belt with six remaining. Of the first 13 races, just two horses have won twice. The first is Goldencents and the other is recently crowned two year old male champion Shanghai Bobby. The Harlan’s Holiday... Read More...

The Current Pitcher Most Likely to Win 300 Games

Reblogged from Burly's Baseball Musings: Who is the active pitcher most likely to win 300 games? Since Randy Johnson became the last 300 game winner, there's been a lot of talk that we may have seen the last 300 game winner for at least the next couple... Read More...

All Lies and Jests!!!!!

Reblogged from Boojum's Bonanza: The general racing public seems obsessed with the idea that one day in the not too distant future genetics will be able to produce a “superhorse.” Putting aside the question of how likely that really is to happ... Read More...

Some numbers to consider in the average-starts-per-year debate

Dr. Larry Bramlage had this to say (see red circled paragraph) at one of the Jockey Club Round Table Conferences about the decline in the number of starts in US racehorses of the present era versus those from the 1950s: Was his math correct? I jotted s... Read More...

Stunning upset in Indian Oaks for Mull of Kintyre filly Maple Star

 (See video below—SHF) By Maj. Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)—Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy, the Grand Old Man of Indian racing who had been going through a drought of Classic wins recently, has struck back tellingly, winning three Oaks run this year.... Read More...

Aqueduct synthetic surface was actually a Task Force item for consideration

NYRA’s decision to revisit a synthetic surface for Aqueduct’s inner dirt track meet at its Jan. 25 board meeting got this response from DRF’s Steve Crist: Four months ago, New York state released the results of a comprehensive investi... Read More...

Eclipse Awards

Every Thoroughbred Syndicate’s Dream The Eclipse awards are American Thoroughbred horse racing awards that are given to the top horses in their respective categories at the end of each year. The Eclipse awards began in 1971 and were created by three different governing bodies in horse racing: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, The Daily Racing […] Read More...

Scratching from a showcase or race is sometimes the victory

If you’ve had any background in sports—and I don’t mean as a couch potato horseplayer—you’ll appreciate what I’m about to tell you. I’ve got a young ball player in the house, 16, a junior, with college baseball... Read More...

fed biz struck right note for his stallion family

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. If you bet the first three home in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita according to their sales prices, then you had ... Read More...

Question on Twitter and some answers about the Byerley Turk sire line

This morning on Twitter, Ed DeRosa asked an interesting question about the viability of the Byerley Turk’s sire line. Read the interaction for yourself: Dunaden, the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner, was sired by Nicobar, an unheralded Indian Ridge stal... Read More...

Elusive Quality, 20, ready for 2013 with a new champion to his credit

Darley’s top senior sire Elusive Quality, 20, is coming off a year in which his European-based two-year-old daughter Certify went four-for-four with the G1 Shadwell Fillies’ Mile and a championship to her credit for home team Godolphin. Add... Read More...

2013 Eclipse Awards – Winners

Below, we go through each award for Horse, Trainer, Jockey and Owner and give our selection to who we feel will win the respective honors for the 2013 Eclipse Awards. Please feel free to comment at the bottom with your thoughts or selections. HORSE OF... Read More...

Nostalgic look back at the ‘trickery and thievery’ of Northampton

From the comments section, unedited and as written: “Thank you all for those great memories. I worked as a Mutuels Clerk on weekends in the Infield every year from 1977 till the closing in 2005. 29 great years of unbelievable racing stories. Bill... Read More...

2013 Sham Stakes Begins Derby Trail

It was another solid year for two year old colts and gelding hoping to make their early mark for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Of those who should be considered early contenders for the Run for the Roses on May 4, 2013 are Shanghai Bobby (Breeders... Read More...

Remembering Roberto Clemente and his horse on the 40th anniversary of his death

Racing researcher Rosana Rivera, a native of Puerto Rico, remembers her island’s most famous ball player and his connection to racing as an owner. Photo courtesy Ms. Rivera. — SHF By Rosana Rivera Today, December 31 2012, is the 40-year-old... Read More...