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Nice Ballcap, Mr. Speaker

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner is on board the Orb bandwagon despite the Malibu Moon colt’s loss in the Preakness Stakes. Boehner was photographed wearing an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing ‘Ideas Man’, CNET Founder Halsey Minor Files Bankruptcy

Yes, I’ll go ahead and admit to what someone said on Twitter after news broke that Internet entrepreneur and horse racing enthusiast Halsey Minor had filed for Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Gulfstream-Calder Deal in the Works?

Rumors have been floating around for weeks that the Stronach Group, owner of Gulfstream Park racetrack and casino, may be purchasing rival Calder, the racetrack and casino owned by Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Vet Caught Injecting Cibelli Horse Suspended 90 Days, Agrees to Cooperate

The veterinarian who injected a Jane Cibelli-trained horse on the day it was to race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 27 has been suspended 90 days as a result of a stipulated agreement with the state of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Are California Horsemen Obsessed With Lasix?

How important is Lasix to Thoroughbred owners and trainers in California? Important enough for the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to say “no thanks” to a 2014 Breeders’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Flying Orb: Hope, Disappointment, and the Triple Crown

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Preakness, Orb seemed to morph from Kentucky Derby winner into a mythical creature with wings. In the eyes of many, he would fly past the Preakness field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

At 77, Lukas Still Running Them and Still Winning

D. Wayne Lukas didn’t get 14 Triple Crown race victories by sitting on the sidelines. He’s always believed in running his horses, sometimes to a fault. That’s how he racked up all those money titles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stevens, Oxbow Go Wire to Wire, Upset Preakness

There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2013. Under 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, Oxbow led the 138th running of Saturday’s $1-million Preakness Stakes throughout and defeated Itsmyluckyday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Big Muddy: Fair Grounds Turf Course ‘Broken’

The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is asking the Louisiana Racing Commission to conduct a review of the turf course at Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans, following a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Claiming Rule Still Needs Revision

After months of delay it’s good to see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally appointing members to the New York State Gaming Commission created last year to replace the now dissolved State Racing and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Reaches Critical Juncture

With recent resignations of two of the 13 members from the board of directors over policy and philosophical differences, it’s clear the Breeders’ Cup has been sailing in some choppy waters lately.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Reflections on a First Derby Experience

I’m pretty sure I’ve been watching the Kentucky Derby on television my whole life. My mom plopped me in front of it as a toddler to keep me quiet, and had no idea what she started. The first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Hollywood Park: Land ‘Simply Has a Higher and Better Use’

We all knew the end was near, but officials with Bay Meadows Land Co., the real estate development operation that owns Betfair Hollywood Park, have made it official: There will be no more live racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Gulfstream Lands Year-Round Simulcast Rights; Calder Appeals

As Gulfstream Park and Calder racetrack get closer to their South Florida showdown, the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has given the green light for Gulfstream to run one day, June... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Camera in Every Stall? Merging Derby Security and Marketing

It’s hard to imagine making the Kentucky Derby a much more popular event than it is already, but I have an idea that could lead to increased public interest in the competing horses, heighten the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Bomb-Sniffing Handicapper: Derby Day

On Kentucky Oaks day, instead of pink, I saw mostly red. Sniffing out longshots can be a perilous business, and the bomb-sniffer was in a great deal of peril Friday, with none of my finds making a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Bomb-Sniffing Handicapper: Oaks Day

I’ll admit, I have a pretty good gig. I only work a few days a year. I’m called into duty on the big racing days to make sure we don’t ignore the longshots who might otherwise slip... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Zarooni and Cibelli: A Study in Contrasts

On Jan. 27, a veterinarian hired by Tampa Bay Downs to conduct pre-race soundness examinations walked into trainer Jane Cibelli’s barn and caught private vet Orlando Paraliticci allegedly injecting a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

High Anxiety in California

Can’t blame horsemen in California for having a little high anxiety. Bay Meadows Land Company bought Hollywood Park from Churchill Downs in 2005. The owner is a development company, not a racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] 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...

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...

Extra Race Security Brings Confidence, Peace of Mind

You know the drill: shoes off, pockets empty, laptop out of the case. It’s what travelers have come to expect in the post-9/11 days of air travel in the United States. Transportation Security... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Workout: How Riders Get Fit After Injury

Following the advice of his doctors, Ramon Dominguez still hasn’t set a timetable for his return to the saddle following a skull injury sustained in a January 18 spill. Even after he’s declared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cibelli Case: Two Months and Counting

It’s been nearly two months since veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci was banned from the Tampa Bay Downs premises by track management because of an incident that took place at the barn of trainer Jane... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Ray’s Top Ten: Top 10 Reasons to Sue the Breeders’ Cup

But seriously, folks, has it really come to this? Threatening to sue the Breeders’ Cup because you don’t agree with the medication policy adopted by the organization’s board of directors two years... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lose-Lose: ClassicStar Breeding Scam Still Claims IRS ‘Victims’

In his playing days, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski was known for laying out opponents with vicious hits, occasionally drawing fines for his brutality. Since his retirement, the 47-year-old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

West Virginia Officials Widen Program Trainer Probe

Racing officials in West Virginia have scheduled a hearing on Saturday to look into allegations that Scooter Davis was using program trainers – including his father Billy Ray Davis and Douglas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside the Jockey Club: A Horse by Any Other Name

The deadline to submit names for Thoroughbred foals has just passed, and the registrar’s office at the Jockey Club is buzzing with phone calls and clacking keyboards. Names specialist Kim Brixey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Annual Non-Profit Salaries Survey: Executive Pay Falls

Just as so many American families and small businesses across the country have done some belt tightening in recent years, so, too, have numerous non-profit organizations serving various segments of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Veitch Wants Life at Ten Case Reopened

Former chief Kentucky steward John Veitch has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to reopen the case, currently in the state’s Court of Appeals, that led to his suspension and ultimate dismissal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeneland Makes Calculated Moves With Quarter Horse Venture

When it was reported earlier this month that Keeneland was pursuing a new deal in Eastern Kentucky, surely it raised a few eyebrows. Keeneland and Quarter Horse racing?  Keeneland and Instant Racing?... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gotham Stakes preview

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel talk about the recent attrition on the Kentucky Derby trial, and bring in Brisnet’s Ed DeRosa to help break down Saturday’s Gotham Stakes. Read More...

Let’s Get Serious

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel preview a serious weekend of Kentucky Derby preps, headlined by Sunday’s Fountain of Youth. The guys discuss what to expect from early Derby fave Union Rags in his seasonal debut, along with the Pletcher duo – Algorithms and Discreet Dancer. They talk El Padrino, the rest of the Risen Star cast and […] Read More...

Maiden Madness

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel talk about the continuation of new shooters onto the Kentucky Derby trail, and interview the owner that potentially holds the strongest hand in this year’s Kentucky Derby picture. Read More...

Who’s Taking the Money?

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
The TCI guys take a look at betting trends in the Derby Future Wager pools, and also preview the major preps in California and Arkansas this Presidents Day weekend. Read More...

More Young Guns

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Quick recap of the Hutcheson S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park and several other races that produced more Young Guns on the Kentucky Derby Trail. Is it too late for a maiden winner to make it to the Kentucky Derby? Wait till you see what Bob Baffert thinks. Read More...

Fast-Paced Derby Snapshot

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
The TCI boys quickly catch you up on the progress of major Triple Crown contenders yet to make their 3-year-old debuts, and tell you where they will likely surface. They also discuss a couple of races this weekend that could have an impact on the Triple Crown Trail. Read More...

Still wide open

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel discuss the trio of key three-year-old prep races over the weekend in Florida, New York and California. Who stepped up? Who disappointed? And who looks best moving forward on the Triple Crown Trail? Read More...

Prep Preview

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel preview Saturday’s trio of key Derby preps, and explain why this weekend could be the biggest so far in this young Triple Crown season. Which 3yos will step up? Watch it. Comment. Read More...

Season Premiere

2012 Triple Crown | 2 years ago
Jon & Joel kick off the third year of TCI – aka Triple Crown Insider – and catch up on the three-year-old picture through the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream. Read More...