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The Friday Show: ‘I’m Talking Haskell, That’s It’

Trainer Bob Baffert didn’t mince words this week when asked about what’s next for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. He only wanted to talk about one thing. “I’m talking Haskell.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What Next For Racing, Triple Crown Winner?

One thing that will be missing in next year’s Triple Crown races is that overwhelming sense of historical anticipation that’s been woven into the series for many years. The moment is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Protecting A Legend: Insurance Costs Behind A Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Completes Triple Crown Sweep

It’s over. horse racing’s 37-year affair with frustration has ended. American Pharoah, owned and bred by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, lit up Belmont Park with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Preakness 140: One To Remember, On And Off The Track

There is something special about the Preakness. It’s not as big an event as the Kentucky Derby or as important a horse race as the Belmont Stakes. But the middle jewel of the Triple Crown for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Far From Over, Dortmund, Firing Line pedigrees discussed on Byk show

Latest appearance on the Steve Byk radio show on Wednesday was all about Blame’s classic prospect Far From Over and the duo of Dortmund and Firing Line, sons of Big Brown and Line of David, respectively. Note that Line of David, originally advertised for $2,000 LF, stands now for $3,500. Firing Line, by the way, […] Read More...

Shared Belief Overcomes a Double-Team to Remain Undefeated

Michael Compton | 10 months ago
Despite losing ground on both turns, Shared Belief collared Fed Biz in the stretch and fought to an impresssive win in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. It would be difficult to imagine a wider trip for the odds-on favorite. With Victor Espinoza aboard the Bob Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom floating Mike Smith and Shared […](Read more...) Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bayern Sharp in Haskell Score

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Kaleem Shah’s Bayern broke sharply and rolled to a sharp score in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Bayern defeated runner-up Albano by 7 ½ lengths and covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 4/5. Wildcat Red checked in third. The filly Untapable, who went off as the […](Read more...) Read More...

Bayern Impressive in Santa Anita Allowance

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
In a race that could have Derby implications, Bayern stretched out to a mile and dominated a $58,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, winning by 15 lengths. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, Bayern covered the distance in 1:35.77—and was then ridden out past the wire another sixteenth of a [...](Read more...) Read More...

California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Is Cobalt a Killer in Horses?

Cobalt isn’t listed in the 15 pages of drugs published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in its “Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.” So it caught many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Midnight Hawk Best in Sham Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Midnight Hawk stamped himself as a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in winning Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. With two scratches out of the Sham, the field was reduced to four and 2-1 second choice Kristo, with Rafael Bejarano up, was sent to the lead going into the first turn, [...](Read more...) Read More...

Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Vet Records Provided Voluntarily in Secret Compass Death

While the California Horse Racing Board has yet to act on a proposal that would make it mandatory to provide veterinary records for post-mortem examination of horses that died at CHRB licensed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Questions Still Unanswered in Baffert Sudden Deaths

Sometimes I’m a little slow at figuring things out. It’s been just over four months since racing writers at several publications got ahold of California Horse Racing Board necropsy reports detailing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Personal Attacks Don’t Solve Mystery of Baffert Horses

“My name’s Ray, and I’m an addict.” I don’t know how many hundred times I’ve said that since I began going to 12-Step meetings in 2004, the year I spent 14 days at a rehabilitation hospital for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Code West Edges Uncaptured in Matt Winn Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Gary and Mary West’s Code West, runner-up in the Risen Star (G2) this winter, collected the first stakes win of his career with a valiant head triumph over Uncaptured in Saturday’s $113,100 Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs. Code West, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.37 to give Southern California-based Hall [...](Read more...) Read More...

Fast Bullet Fires Winning Shot in True North Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Fast Bullet took advantage of a surface kind to speed on the Belmont Stakes undercard to win the True North Handicap (G2) on April 7. The Zayat Stables colorbearer shot to the lead coming out of the gate and turned back a late bid from entrymate Justin... Read More...

California Post-Mortem Program Has Major Flaw

One year ago, horsemen in New York were facing a major crisis when state government and racing regulators demanded answers for the sudden increase in equine racing fatalities at Aqueduct racetrack.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

CHRB: No Spike in Sudden Equine Deaths

The California Horse Racing Board said the number of non-musculoskeletal sudden deaths of horses in racing and training at California racetracks has not spiked, contrary to an article published in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

UPDATED: Cardiac Failure Fatalities Spike in California, Baffert Barn

What is causing a significant increase in sudden deaths by cardiac failure among horses at California racetracks, and why were traces of rodenticide, or rat poison, found in post-mortem toxicology... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Governor Charlie Sets Track Record in Sunland Derby Win

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Governor Charlie turned back eight rivals in winning Sunday’s $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in track record time. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Governor Charlie stalked the early pace, vied three wide around the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile test and drew clear in the lane. The son of Midnight Lute crossed the wire [...](Read more...) 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...

Brigand Tops General George at Laurel

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Trainer Bob Baffert has won Maryland’s marquee race, the Preakness Stakes (G1), five times during his Hall of Fame career. But the Souuthern California-based trainer had never sent a starter to Laurel Park until Brigand won the City Of Laurel Stakes ... Read More...

Flashback Set for Robert B. Lewis ‘Scrimmage’

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Bob Baffert has been down the Kentucky Derby trail enough to know that the first Saturday in May is light years away from Feb. 2. Regardless, Baffert sends out one of his top Triple Crown prospects on Saturday when Flashback will go postward in the Rob... 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...

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...

Game On Dude Rebounds With Win in Native Diver

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Game On Dude rebounded from a poor performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3, winning the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The 10th lifetime victory for the 3-10 favorite did not come easy. The 5-year-old Awesome... Read More...

Game on Dude Set for Native Diver Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Game On Dude, who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup July 7, will try for his third win in four local starts in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Owned by Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moo... 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...

Coil Wins Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Coil and Capital Account swept the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) for trainer Bob Baffert Saturday at Santa Anita. Coil edged Capital Account by a head in a finish decided by a photo. Amazombie, last year’s champion sprinter, was fourth as ... Read More...

Game on Dude, Baffert, Bejarano in Santa Anita Spotlight

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Bob Baffert and Rafael Bejarano teamed up to win three of the five Grade 1 races at Santa Anita on Saturday. In the Awesome Again Stakes (G1), the centerpiece event, Game on Dude won the race by 3 ¼ lengths under Bejarano and earned an automatic berth... 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...

Fed Biz Gives Baffert Milestone Stakes Win in El Cajon

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Kaleem Shah’s Fed Biz gave trainer Bob Baffert his 100th stakes victory on Friday at Del Mar. Fed Biz, considered a top Triple Crown prospect early this year, returned from the sidelines with an impressive score in the El Cajon Stakes under Joe T... Read More...

Contested Best in Test Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Even-money favorite Contested came from off the pace to regain her winning form with a two-length victory in the 87th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Contested rebounded from a last-plac... Read More...

Executiveprivilege Takes Care of Business in Sorrento Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Executiveprivilege remained perfect in three career starts with a victory in the Sorrento Stakes (G3) at Del Mar on Wednesday. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Executiveprivilege did what she needed to do to come away with the win under Rafael Bejarano. S... Read More...

Paynter Takes Over Division Lead With Haskell Win

With the departure of I’ll Have Another to injury that eventually forced him to retire, the three year old male division was left for Bodemeister to control. The Bob Baffert trained colt who destroyed the competition in the Arkansas Derby by 9 1/4 lengths fell... Read More...

Paynter Dominates Haskell Foes for Zayat Stables

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Paynter carried the colors of Zayat Stables home on top in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Zayat Stables colorbearers finished second in each of this year’s Triple Crown races. Bodemeister finished second in both ... Read More...