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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

#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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...