Horse Racing Bloggers

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...

2012 Breeders Cup Results – Day 2

Day 1 on Friday saw just one favorite win out of the six races. Only Royal Delta could rise to the challenge and show the betting public they were correct in their pick. We also witnessed a nine year old gelding from Argentina win, a... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Results – Day 1

After all the wait, the 2012 Breeders Cup Championships was finally here. What makes this event so special is that it brings the best of the best, for the most part, from around Europe, North America and other parts of the World to compete against... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Turf

The 2012 Breeders Cup Turf is set to run on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:18pm PST. A field of 12 will face each other for the 1 1/2 miles event on the turf. This is good mix of European and American talent. Included in... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Mile

The 2012 Breeders Cup Mile is set to run on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:40pm PST. A field of nine will face each other for the one mile event on the turf. This is arguably the toughest race of the 15 as each competitor... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Classic

November 3, 2012 at 5:30pm PST will mark the 29th running of the prestigious Breeders Cup Classic. The $5,000,000 1 1/4 miles race has seen superstar horses such as Curlin, Cigar, A.P. Indy, Awesome Again and Sunday Silence among others win. In a field of... Read More...

Breeders Cup Pre Entries and Contenders

We are now just 8 days from the 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. The Breeders Cup Pre Entries are in and over 180 horses were entered in the 15 championship races. You will see a excellent mixture of North... Read More...

The Career of Frankel Compared

Over the past year or so, I’ve heard many people try to compare the career of Frankel to that of Zenyatta, Black Caviar as well as other all time stars. Is it possible to do so? I believe it is possible, but at the end... Read More...

Breeders Cup 2012 Challenge Nearing Its End

The Breeders Cup 2012 World Championships at Santa Anita is just over three weeks away. With the date closing in quickly, that means the Breeders Cup Challenge as part of the Win and You’re In series is coming to an end. Upon the conclusion of... Read More...

Mystical Star second in G1 Spinster

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star put in a game stretch run to be second in the $500,000 Spinster Oct. 7 at Keeneland, her first start against Grade 1 company on the main track... Read More...

Counterparty gets first black-type in $100K Presidents’ Cup

Cheyenne Stables' Counterparty stepped into stakes company for the first time in her career in the $100,000 West Virginia Presidents' Cup S... Read More...

15 More Challenge Races for 2012 Breeders Cup

Last weekend, there were 14 races as part of the 2012 Breeders Cup Challenge Series. Belmont Park and Santa Anita held their respective Super Saturday’s with multiple Grade 1 races now in the books. Newcastle and Curragh over in Europe had three races as well.... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Dates & Post Times

We are now less than one month away! Pages have been created and added for all 15 races including the main event, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. To view these pages, you can either select them by scrolling over the Breeders’ Cup Challenge title at the... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Implications This Weekend

This weekend has serious implications for the upcoming 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships in early November at Santa Anita. As part of the Win and You’re In Challenge Series, there are a combined total of 14 races across the United States and Europe. Super Saturday... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2012 Just Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe another year has flown by. In just over six weeks time, the 29th installment of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship will be held once again at Santa Anita race track in Arcadia, California. A total of 15 races worth 25.5 million... Read More...

Bob Baffert Still Going Strong, Despite

It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions for trainer Bob Baffert these last few months, both on and off the track. In March, he had a heart attack in Dubai as Game on Dude was preparing to run in the Dubai World Cup. He... Read More...

Del Mar Futurity Closes Successful Meet

It was Saratoga’s turn on the weekend with the running of the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes. Shanghai Bobby made it look easy with a 3 3/4 lengths win over favorite Fortify and Bern Identity. For Shanghai Bobby, it continued his winning streak as... Read More...

Forego the Woodward This Weekend

Ok, maybe the title is a bit too much, but in my opinion the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga this weekend is a much more appealing race than the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. I believe the Woodward is Mucho Macho Man‘s to lose. In... Read More...

Dullahan, Alpha, Golden Ticket Create Instant Classics

It’s been a well documented disaster season for the three year old male division in terms of the number of star horses lost to injury and retirement. Among others, we’ve lost Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, Arkansas Derby and triple crown double... Read More...

Thoroughbred Times TODAY column on Henrythenavigator

Click here to read about Ashford Stud’s freshman sire, now represented by two Group 1 colts in Europe. Read More...

Ghostzapper colt from ‘Rags’ and Jazil family wins Derby

For the fifth consecutive year, a US-based sire was represented by the winner of the Russian Derby. Ghostzapper’s well-bred son Ghost Honour won the 2400-meter Russian classic on dirt at the Central Moscow Hippodrome Sunday, August 19, following ... Read More...

Little Mike Saves Americans, Wins Arlington Million

It’s great for horse racing when you have International flavor in three consectuive races. There’s just something about Americans vs Europeans no matter what the sport. Today at Arlington Park had three Grade 1 turf races with favorites from both sides of the pond. The... Read More...

Field of 10 Set for Beverly D. Stakes (G1)

The one part of the summer meet at Arlington Park that I like are the major turf races. It has the healthy International competition between American vs European horses. It’s one of the few times throughout the racing season, European connections will travel their top... Read More...

Racing Spotlight Remains on Turf, Arlington Park

Last weekend, the five year old chestnut Wise Dan returned to turf for the first time in 10 months and easily won the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga by five lengths. The Charles Lopresti trainee has performed very well in his limited action on... Read More...

Travers Stakes, Another Watered Down Race?

It’s been quite a year for the three year old male division. You’ve read our articles about the injuries sustained to the top horses from January up to now. Out of Bounds (Sham Stakes winner), Algorithms (Holy Bull Stakes winner), Thunder Moccasin (Hutcheson Stakes winner)... Read More...

Shackleford, Ron the Greek Part of Upset Weekend at Saratoga

It was one of those crazy weekends where nothing went right for the favorites and everything went right for the betting public. A total of 8 graded stakes races across the continent and 7 of them resulted in upsets. The only favorite to win was... Read More...