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Rebel Possible for Brandi

Owner Willis Horton and trainer D. Wayne Lukas are considering entering filly champion Take Charge Brandi in the March 14 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, the same race American Pharoah is expected to make his first start in since last September. Lukas told Mary Rampellini that the Kentucky Oaks is still Brandi’s goal, but Horton […]

Itsfiftypoints for a Star

Kentucky Derby preps moved into the 50-point round with the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream and Risen Star at the Fair Grounds yesterday, and Itsaknockout and International Star both essentially secured places in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May with their respective wins. Charts, replays, speed figures, and the […]

The Big C(hange)

How to end winter racing at Aqueduct: As the saying goes, it would be a shame to let such a good crisis go to waste. Bill Finley wrote a great column today, calling for the end of winter racing in New York. The editorial board of the Times has already provided their political cover on […]

Mis- Names

I noticed Pain and Misery’s name among the early Triple Crown nominations and asked the obvious question, “Why?” Jay Hovdey has the answer: “Ray and I have had a few horses together, but I’ve always named them,” [co-owner Dr. Leonard] Blach said. “I told him it was his turn with this one, but he kept […]

Winning Legende

Legende has a ways to go before he reaches the rarefied level of his full sister, two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Gentildonna, but the 3-year-old colt made an auspicious career debut at Kyoto Racecourse on February 15. Michele MacDonald recaps the race for Thoroughbred Daily News: Legende (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) … entered the […]

Popcorn Time

Here is my latest contribution to Horseplayer Monthly, HANA's (Horseplayers Association of North America) free online magazine. I figure that it would be the thing to do to have these videos embedded somewhere on the internet, so why not here?: If you are a fan of horse racing related movies you may be surprised at what one can find on Youtube. Show More Summary

Dark Pools

Michael Cox reports on unregulated betting exchanges: [It] might sound like a lot of money to bet on horses that you don’t want to actually win, but if the liquidity was high enough on CITIbet, it could easily be a lucrative strategy. Because CITIbet pay-outs are based on the home totalisator dividend, a bet on […]

Superior Belief

California Chrome went to post in the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday as something of an anomaly — he was the first Horse of the Year since All Along in 1984 not to enter the gate as the favorite in his or her first start back the following year. All Along had […]

Location Location Location

It seems that one of horse racing's largest entities has given up on the idea of pari-mutuel growth in North America. It is probably realistic given the direction the industry leaders are heading, especially when it comes to the effects...Show More Summary

Is Horse Racing Really Aware Of Daily Fantasy Sports?

After starting to look into Daily Fantasy Sports the past year and now playing it somewhat regularly the past month and a half, I'm starting to feel that potentially there could be an unprecedented decline in horse racing in the very...Show More Summary

Short Term Pain Tolerance Needed To Fix Horse Racing

Horse racing is dying (but it doesn't have to). Handle and interest keeps sinking year after year as Horseplayers are literally dying off or just get fed up, and they are not getting replaced. This is reality, and large statues of horses...Show More Summary

Disappointed In Who He Is Named After, I'm Still Going With Moreno

I'm not into horse owners names, never was, never impressed, after all, I've owned lots of horses in the past myself. Though I must admit, I have fond memories of watching races as a kid and being able to identify the silks of Windfields,...Show More Summary

Time Out

Pat Cummings recently wrote an article about run-ups. To me, run-ups are track specific and since I'm not a pace handicapper, they don't affect me as much as they affect others. Still, the main point is a good one, since gambling dollars...Show More Summary

Closing Day

Bo Badger and Taylor Hole gallop back after winning the last race at Suffolk Downs on October 4, 2104. More photos from closing day at the track. “They should have been here two years ago,” said trainer Kevin McCarthy, looking over the Suffolk Downs paddock fence at a crowd that pressed three deep despite the […]

The Massachusetts Experiment

One year’s decline isn’t a trend, but the fatality rate reduction at Suffolk Downs reported by racing director Jennifer Durenberger is still impressive: Let’s look first at the catastrophic injury rate for the meet: 1.24 per thousand starts. This is down from 1.73 in 2013 — a nearly 30 percent reduction … Thanks to the […]

Winning Bets, Losing Fans

Michael Gee went to the track with newbies on Saturday: Cornelius, a Bruins fan of note, was the third member of our party. He’s roughly my son’s age. He had never been to a horse race. He didn’t know how to read a program or the Daily Racing Form, at first anyway. But before the […]

Closing Eve

Closing day at Suffolk Downs has long been poignant. Since the track became the last in New England, get-away day has meant a scattering — of horses and trainers and riders to Florida and Maryland and others points south — and the start of another winter. The backstretch empties. The grandstand echoes. First frost ices […]

Moving On

What’s next for some Suffolk Downs backstretch families? She said her father, who is an outrider at the track, has been going to Maryland for the winters over the last several years, and will likely have to go down there for nine months now and then go further into the south for the remaining three […]

Super Saturday Aftermath

Two weeks ago, the Breeders’ Cup Classic looked as though it would be a showdown between two 3-year-old Californians. Now it’s setting up as an East Coast vs. West Coast sophomore clash, after Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist exited a troubled Jockey Club Gold Cup with his second Grade 1 win and an improved, blinkers-off style, […]

Super Saturday 2014

Today’s group and graded stakes with potential Breeders’ Cup implications from Newmarket to Santa Anita, listed in order of approximate post time: Results, replays, and updates to come through the day.

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