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Is the horse race inevitable?

I find myself both captivated by and grossed out by the way the news media cover Presidential elections. I watched MSNBC three nights in the last week. I expect to be flipping between the channels tonight, for the posturing both before and after the results of the New Hampshire primary come in. Show More Summary

Songbird looks like a special filly in Las Virgenes romp

There are those rare moments in horse racing when even the losing bettors stand up and applaud when they are witnessing greatness. That was the scene on a gorgeous, cloudless Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita, where the unbeaten 3-year-old filly Songbird, sent off at odds of 1-9, showed why she...

Scientists overcome hurdles for champion racehorses

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are a step closer to preventing the kind of injuries that affect ageing race horses like champion hurdler Rock on Ruby, the winner of Coral Hurdle at Ascot in 2015. For the first time,...Show More Summary

We’re ignoring an American apocalypse: While everyone obsesses about Trump, the middle class is still rapidly dying

The presidential election is certainly important, but in our horse race fervor we've forgotten what really matters

Some top high school football players undecided with signing day at hand

If college football recruiting was compared to a horse race, USC might typically be illustrated by Traveler busting loose from the middle of the pack and flying past the field down the stretch. The Trojans have annually been fast closers on national signing day, even when NCAA sanctions limited...

Bernie's Social Strategy Nearly Steals Iowa

Having finished within.3 percentage points of Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Caucuses, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has – at least for now – transformed the Democratic presidential primary from a coronation into a horse race. The results...Show More Summary

Clinton Beats Sanders, 50-50

I'm not much of a horse-race guy, but it sure seems like the horse race is now key to the future of the Democratic primaries. The problem for Bernie Sanders is that he has an obvious structural disadvantage—superdelegates are almost 100 percent Clinton supporters—as well as a problem in the states following New Hampshire. Show More Summary

Watch The Trump Brats (And Other Scenes From The US Campaign Trail) In Virtual Reality

The US Presidential Horse Race is a uniquely American spectacle, one that most Australians haven’t gotten to experience it first hand. Well, if you’ve missing your chance to “Feel the Bern” in real life, at least know you can experience it virtually. More »      

Smokey Image wins California Cup Derby with new trainer

Sitting at his home in Hurricane, Utah, trainer Greg James had his eyes locked on the television, watching a horse race some 390 miles away at Santa Anita. His emotions were mixed, though heavily leaning toward happy. He was watching Smokey Image, who until a few months ago had been a fixture in...

Horse Racing: California can't afford to let its horses get away

The numbers are startling, the reality is staggering. If California's first-class horse racing tracks are to survive, they are in large part dependent on a third-place breeding program. A track such as Santa Anita needs inventory, and if it didn't have California breds running, it probably would...

Watch The Trump Brats (and Other Scenes From the Campaign Trail) In Virtual Reality

The Presidential Horse Race is a uniquely American spectacle, but unless you live in one of the (sparsely populated) early caucus states, you probably haven’t gotten to experience it first hand. Well, if you’ve missing your chance to “Feel the Bern” in real life, at least know you can experience it virtually. Read more...

Meilyr Jones (ex Race Horses) releasing solo debut -- watch the video for "Featured Artists"

by Bill Pearis Some of you may remember Welsh band Race Horses who put out two albums of idiosyncratic pop in the early part of this decade. The band split a couple years back, and now frontman Meilyr Jones is...

Jockey’s agent accused of hacking NYRA computers for inside info

2 weeks agoNews / Crime : NYPost: Crime

A professional jockey’s agent hacked into the New York Racing Association’s computers hundreds of times to get inside information on horses needing a rider to snare more work for his client, authorities said Tuesday. Miguel “Mike” Gonzalez, 52, of Oceanport, NJ, paid two unidentified NYRA employees $100 a month each to use their log-ins and...

Ice Cube on Oscars: Once Your Horse Loses the Race...Tear Up Your Ticket

Ice Cube was on The Graham Norton Show on Friday and was questioned about his reaction to the #OscarsSoWhite debate.  “You can’t boycott something...

Invite Suggests Updated Ferrari FF Reveal Coming Soon

The Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] FF is now the oldest Prancing Horse in the stable but work on an updated version has been underway for some time. Now, it appears the reveal of the updated FF is coming soon. Ferrari recently sent an invite for the world premiere of a V-12 grand tourer with 2+2 seating, which points to us the updated FF. A few glimpses of...

Bloomberg May Run For President After Becoming "Frustrated" With Race Gone "Haywire"

If you enjoy the circus, then this presidential campaign is for you. In the last nine months, we’ve witnessed the unlikely rise of not one, but two dark horse candidates to the top of the polls and we’ve also had the pleasure of looking...Show More Summary

First Hollywood Park stadium scenario would have helped horse racing

There is no shortage of finger-pointing when it comes to blaming the root causes of horse racing's long slide in this country. There's the lack of uniformity between states in regard to medication and the perception of cheating. There's the large takeout that tracks grab from the bettors, in some...

An election about substance

Back when Jay Rosen and I were doing the Rebooting the News podcast, a constant theme of Jay's was what he called the "horse race" -- how reporters would cover the polls, or theatrical performances in debates, what they called "optics" -- as opposed to substance. Show More Summary

Michael Wrona hopes Santa Anita is his final port of call

The 3-year-old chestnut gelding rounded the turn for home, taking the lead in the deep stretch during the fourth race last Saturday at Santa Anita. The race wasn't important, just 5 1/2 furlongs for horses that had never won. But track announcer Michael Wrona, voice swaddled in an Australian accent,...

And the Best Picture Oscar could go to, oh, just about all 8 nominees

LOS ANGELES — This is the point at which the Oscar Best Picture normally sets up as a two-horse race: Birdman or Boyhood? 12 Years a Slave or Gravity? But this is not a normal year, and these are not normal horses. SEE ALSO: 2016 Oscars:...Show More Summary

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