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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Racing In Harsh Light On Big Stage Again

While the 141st Preakness Stakes provided fans with a second Triple Crown installment of the Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry, horse racing once again found itself in the glare of national media for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

‘Lifetime Of Work’ Produces Classic Victory For Keith Desormeaux

For more than 20 years, Keith Desormeaux labored in relative obscurity in horse racing's trenches, far from the glory of the Pimlico infield winner's circle that Exaggerator brought him to after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That'll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Triple Crown Talk Plus $12 Million Reasons

Less than a year removed from the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, we have an undefeated horse heading to the Preakness, having already completed the rare double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Nyquist: The ‘Respect’ Myth And The Luck Of The Irish

And so the discussion begins again in the wake of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Nyquist win the Triple Crown? Of course, he can. As I've said in previous years, the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome-ology, Racing Filmology

Quite a few horses have won two legs of the Triple Crown in recent memory — in fact, 24 since 1971. But has any of those winners generated as many followers — and detractors — as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Chalk, Announcer Antics?

It's going to be hard to top a racing season that featured a Triple Crown winner, but time marches on, and the path to the 2016 Kentucky Derby is about to ramp up. In this week's Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

After Triple Crown Feat, Espinoza Considers Retirement

When you become the first Triple Crown-winning jockey in almost four decades, it's hard to come up with another career highlight to add to the bucket list. That's one of the reasons American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

American Pharoah Honored As World’s Best Racehorse; Shared Belief Remembered In London Ceremony

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is not only America's Horse of the Year for 2015, but after a ceremony in London on Tuesday, he is also the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse. Owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: Horse Of The Year And A Trivia Question

On June 6, when American Pharoah crossed the finish line triumphant in the Belmont Stakes, it appeared the race for Horse of the Year was a done deal. After all, he had just completed the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Drills at Del Mar

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (with Martin Garcia aboard) worked four furlongs in :47.60 at Del Mar Sunday morning. Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat were on hand as their superstar readies for his next appearance. While American Pharoah tops a list of 16 horses nominated to the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Aug. […] Read More...

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: Where Have All The Good Ones Gone?

Anyone who knows the sport of horse racing understands that it can be an unpredictable and unforgiving business. That’s become all too clear in 2015. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years took... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Lifting Curses, Stamping History?

The American public may have started moving on to other things following American Pharoah’s historic achievement, but for the horse racing industry, there’s still a lot to consider since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership.... [[ 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 Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ 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...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Things Happen In The Belmont

With the Triple Crown vacant since 1978, it obviously takes a rare combination of horse, connections, and circumstances to pull off one of the most difficult feats in sports. In addition to the grind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... 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...

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...

‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] 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: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ 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...

Gutsy Godspeed prevails in Indian 1000 Guineas

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Link to video of Indian 1000 Guineas at end of post.] Godspeed (Multidimensional – Almandine), despite wandering about a bit in the closing stages as she is wont to, held on determinedly by a neck to deny the odds-on favourite Maisha (Footstepsinthesand – My Pension) a victory in the New […] Read More...

Amazing Grace slams Signature Indian St. Leger field

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.) [Indian St. Leger video below] Dr. Vijay Mallya’s Amazing Grace (Hurricane Run – Efrhina[IRE] by Woodman) slammed champion Alaindair (Multidimensional- God’s Grace) by seven long lengths without breaking into a sweat to win the Signature Indian St. Leger, Gr.1 at Pune on Sunday. They say “it’s better to travel hopefully […] Read More...

Mushka fam has ties to big prices, stamina, Darley

The Bernardini filly from Mushka that topped the first day of Keeneland September at $1.2 million has long ties to big commercial prices at Kentucky auctions stretching back to the 1980s. Price is usually tied to performance, and there’s plenty of high-class classic form in this family tracing back to the 1976 Kentucky Derby and […] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: The Almost-Crown

In this week’s edition of his column, Bill Rawlings, coach driver for the America’s Best Racing RV, recalls his first Belmont Stakes experience. This was my second trip to Belmont Park, after ABR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: Triple Crown Fever

This week, we debut a series that shares insights from the perspective of someone who is just learning the sport of horse racing. Bill Rawlings is a relative newcomer to the game and will be touring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for 146th Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Post positions for Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes (G1) were drawn today, and Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner California Chrome drew post position No. 2. Looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome is unbeaten this year, and his connections report that the 3-5 morning line […](Read more...) Read More...

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Training for the Triple Crown: How Times Have Changed

Trainer Art Sherman said he plans to breeze Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome one time during the three weeks between the May 17 Preakness and June 7 Belmont Stakes. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

With ‘Nasalgate’ Over, Time to Focus on What’s Important

Thankfully, the three stewards in New York – one employed by The Jockey Club, one by the New York Racing Association, one by the New York State Gaming Commission – have saved horseracing from further... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

How Heavy a Load Can California Chrome Carry?

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will tote 126 pounds to the post in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Pimlico racecourse in Maryland, but the California-bred colt is carrying so much more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...