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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...

Daily Racing Form

Thoroughbred Partnerships Benefit From The DRF Have you ever been to the races and not known the first thing about how to pick a winning horse in a race? Many people find themselves betting on horses for a number of reasons that really have no bearing on whether the horse will win the race or […] Read More...

2012 Horse Racing Top Performers

It was yet another roller coaster ride for the Sport of Kings in North America with high points and low points, but all in all it was a solid year that saw impressive horses, fantastic horses and above all tremendous winning streaks. Below, we compiled... Read More...

Machiavellianism leaves them in the cold in Indian 2000

See the Nakshatra Indian 2000 Guineas at Mahalakshmi in Mumbai from today: Hyderabad invader MACHIAVELLIANISM, No. 13, in white noseband, explodes in the middle of the straight. The winner is a son of US-based Belmont Stakes winner Jazil. The same conn... Read More...

Pletcher Should Win 2013 Eclipse Award – Top Trainer

Todd Pletcher is to horse racing what the New York Yankees are to Baseball, Los Angeles Lakers are to Basketball and the Dallas Cowboys are to football. You either love them or hate them. whether you like him or not, Todd Pletcher had an incredible... Read More...

Cash & Points Up for Grabs in 2012 CashCall Futurity

The last race of 2012 as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series takes place on December 15 in the 32nd running of the $750,000 Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at BetFair Hollywood Park. The top four in the race will get precious points... Read More...

Executiveprivilege, How Will She Rebound in Starlet?

It’s much easier to deal with the rigors of sports and competition when all is good, but a true competitor or athlete shows the ability to rebound after defeat. The Bob Baffert trained filly Executiveprivilege will take to the track in unfamiliar territory on Saturday,... Read More...

California Bred Program

Thoroughbred Partnerships Take Advantage Of Cal Bred Program Thoroughbred horse racing in California has recently received a boost in incentives for both breeding and racing California Breds in California. Horse Racing Syndicates throughout the state would be hard pressed to find better value elsewhere than racing Cal Breds in California. With the industry reporting a […] Read More...

Serena’s Song’s yearling sales history is blueprint for Grace

Can Amanda Pope recoup her $10 million investment in Havre de Grace? Though the 2011 Horse of the Year is a “collector’s item,” Ms. Pope has said she plans to sell commercially from the mare with the hopes of at least getting some of ... Read More...

Shackleford Retired, He Was More Than Winning

In this day in age, we see athletic super stars across the World that perform just for the money, have negative attitudes, and might not play 100% of each and every minute of a game, match or race. Modern sports has become a business and... Read More...

Game clips highlighting middle infielder from Brooklyn

Some actual game footage from this past summer highlighting 2014 middle infielder Joe Fernando, in the early stages of college recruiting as a first semester junior with interest from several academic D1 schools. He’s 1 for 4 at the plate in the ... Read More...

2012 Delta Downs Jackpot, Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby, as part of the new system in qualifying for the 2013 Kentucky Derby continues Saturday, November 17 at Delta Downs. The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) is the 7th race in the first section of the Road to... Read More...

Mystical Star gets black type once again in G3 Long Island H.

Mystical Star, a daughter of Awesome Again out of the Capote mare Capture a Star, is now 4-3-0 in 11 starts with earnings of $385,132 Read More...

A small piece of fiction: Life on a stud farm in another era

Perhaps a short story? Yes, I wrote it. Homer ran the place for the Captain. He was the foreman, only 23. I was 16, his assistant. Not in any official way. Just did what Homer told me to. Everyone on the place called me his boy, but not in a fairy sort... Read More...

Sharp Secretary: from $1,100 to $110,000 at Keeneland

Check out the price valuation of this filly, from a $1,100 short yearling, to stakes winner of $346,012, to claimer, to her sale the other day at Keeneland. Keep in mind that despite her paltry price as a yearling, she’d matured into an extremely... Read More...

Post Breeders Cup – 2012 Clark Handicap & More

Now that the Breeders’ Cup is in the rear view mirror, many racing fans believe the season comes to an end. That is not the case. There are several key races left in the 2012 racing season in many divisions. So, what lies ahead? 2012... Read More...