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60 Years Ago: Public Perception Of Horse Racing Not So Good Then Either

Federal Men aka Treasury Men In Action was a TV series that ran in the Golden Age of television, from 1950-1955. Here is a horse racing related episode: "Case of the Losing Gamble" Original broadcast date: December 16, 1954. An investigation is launched into a person's taxes and horse racing. Show More Summary

Before the Hall of Fame

I remember Ashado mostly for her fourth-place finish, a dead heat with Island Sand, in the 2005 Personal Ensign at Saratoga. I met trainer Larry Jones that weekend, when he hired me to walk his filly. It was the first time I’d handled a $1 million earner, and Island Sand was ill-tempered and nippy. Her […]

More Media

John Pricci on the racing media: Without objective coverage, what passes for reportage these days often is rewritten press releases, that is when industry media bother to make the effort at all. Internet news disseminators have joined this bandwagon, learning to follow the money—their own—and tend not to trumpet any commentary that could be construed […]

Bayern Figures

The Travers is now a possibility for Bayern after the 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert wired the Haskell, winning by 7 1/2 lengths (replay). He was given a Beyer speed figure of 109 for the effort, two points higher than his freaky Woody Stephens win on Belmont Stakes day, and the second-highest Beyer awarded […]

Dettori’s Spa Day

Frankie Dettori’s luggage didn’t make it to Saratoga on Friday, but he eventually did, getting to the track in time to leg up on Tiz Sardonic Joe in race seven after missing his first two rides on the card. In borrowed tack (his pants were lent by Rajiv Maragh, his crop by Julien Leparoux), Dettori […]

Media Matters

There are two newsstands in my neighborhood, and some time ago, I stopped at one to pick up a magazine with a cover story that was being chattered about online, but which was not online because its publisher is notoriously hostile to the web. A student from a local business school stopped me as I […]

Dettori’s Spa Day

Frankie Dettori’s luggage didn’t make it to Saratoga today, but he eventually did, getting to the track in time to leg up on Tiz Sardonic Joe in race seven after missing his first two rides on the card. In borrowed tack (his pants were lent by Rajiv Maragh, his crop by Julien Leparoux), Dettori rode […]

Summer Begins

Saratoga opens today! Hooray! Don’t forget your mortality as you’re joining Tom Durkin in his final opening race call, “And they’re off at the Spaaaaa!” Because, “The Spa may be timeless, but we aren’t.” (I kid, Joe. That’s so true.) Today’s Schuylerville Stakes drew five 2-year-old fillies, which has Bill Finley pondering how to fix […]

Last Word (This Year)

NYRA’s Martin Panza on why he’s not having conversations about changing the Triple Crown schedule by moving the Belmont Stakes into July: “Right now if you look at the Triple Crown, a month or three weeks before the Derby is when the preps end and there’s really not another big 3 year-old race until a […]

Analyzing The EquiLottery

Almost 5 years ago I wrote a blog piece Could A National Lottery Help Racing Grow? That post was made before the Ontario Liberal government pulled the plug on the Slots At Racetrack partnership. It was evident back then that horse racing was not growing and that there was a need to attract new gamblers with new money. Show More Summary

Tired Of Small Fields Anyone?

It is getting tougher and tougher to make a score at the track. There are many reasons why, but number one is, without a doubt, the seemingly never ending parade of races with 4-7 betting interests in them.Whether you make horizontal or vertical wagers, short fields limit value and limit how much you can win. Show More Summary

Fantastic Fugue

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes ended in a new course record time of 2:01.90 and a reversal of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf finish when The Fugue kicked clear to win by two lengths over Magician. Watch the replay: Heavily favored Arc winner Treve finished third. Jockey Frankie Dettori said the filly didn’t feel right […]

The Calendar

Bob Ehalt on tinkering with the Triple Crown schedule: Moving the Belmont Stakes to July will not help NYRA. If anything it will turn June into a dead spot on the NYRA calendar and force it to conduct its biggest race of the year during a period of time most people in the New York-area […]

Countdown

Jockey Jane Magrell is closing in on 1000 wins: “I’m not a wimp,” she said. “I’ve got six-pack arms that are bigger than the thighs of most male jockeys, and I don’t take any crap. I don’t hold anything back, and I don’t candy coat anything. “I start my day at 4 a.m. When I […]

Dans La Famille

Ryan Goldberg profiles the remarkable Criquette Head-Maarek: … as far back as the age of 5, Head-Maarek said, she told her father she wanted to be a trainer. “One day he said to me, ‘You marry a trainer, but you won’t be a trainer because there are no women trainers,”’ she recalled. But in 1978, […]

Belmont Figures

Tonalist was given a Beyer speed figure of 100 for winning the Belmont Stakes. TimeformUS rated his performance a 102.

Dissipated

Dick Powell: No matter what the reason for California Chrome coming up empty when it counted, I am convinced that had the Belmont been run a week earlier, two weeks after the Preakness instead of three, he would have won since he was full of energy then. I felt the same way with Funny Cide […]

Broken Line

When William Nack visited 1943 Triple Crown winner Count Fleet in 1973: His groom reached over and patted the Count on the neck. “There has always been a living Triple Crown winner,” the groom said. “Ever since Sir Barton won. You could always go visit one, like you’re visiting this horse today.” The groom asked […]

Your Horse Right Here

Dick Jerardi: If we were not all spooked by so many near misses and locks that were not locks, this Belmont would be about as complicated as this Derby and this Preakness. One horse stood out in both races on form. That horse, California Chrome, ran right to his form. Why, really, should the Belmont […]

Crushed

When Birdstone passed Smarty Jones in the 2004 Belmont Stakes: “There were 120,000 people there that day, and I bet 119,000 of them were rooting for Smarty Jones,” [jockey Edgar] Prado said. “It was very loud, a lot of noise going down the stretch. I could hear everything, people screaming, but as I got closer […]

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