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Derby time machine: radio broadcasts through the decades

Racing history buffs, find a good set of earbuds and get comfortable–the racing history blog Colin’s Ghost unearthed clips of Kentucky Derby radio broadcasts last week which date as far back as 1936. Among the favorite calls for Colin’s Ghost authors are the 1936 call, for which the blog also links to some pre- and […]

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Jockey Delgadillo is ‘living the dream’ at Golden Gate

Like many sons, jockey Jose Delgadillo has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. The 17-year-old is doing just that, getting his start at Golden Gate Fields this winter. His father, journeyman Agapito, has been a regular on the southern California circuit for years. The younger Delgadillo has several familiar people helping him during […]

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Bredar: ‘Where’s the love for apprentice jockeys?’

There have been a few articles in racing publications recently in which the writers have stated that the Outstanding Apprentice Jockey category of the Eclipse Awards should be eliminated. Richard Migliore, a past recipient of the honor, wrote a column in the Daily Racing Form in defense of keeping the category. In her latest blog […]

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Blog: It’s time to downgrade some of our G1s

A recent post on the blog “Breeding Right” suggests that with the decrease in foal crop should come an adjustment in the graded stakes system to keep Grade 1 races as challenging and comparatively rare as they were intended to be. In fact, the author suggests, ten of the current 99 non-Breeders’ Cup Grade 1 […]

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DeRosa: Little Mike for Horse of the Year

In his latest post at Twinspires.com, writer Ed DeRosa unveils his ballot for the 2012 Eclipse Awards. At the top of his list for Horse of the Year? Little Mike. DeRosa writes that Little Mike’s sweep of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), Arlington Million (gr. IT) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) […]

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U.S. sires dominate 2012 leaderboard in Korea

Eight of Korea’s ten leading sires for 2012 are American-bred, according to Horse Racing in Korea. Topping the list is 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Menifee, who is also the leading juvenile sire of 2012. Also listed are Forest Camp, Volponi, Vicar, and Exploit. The blog reports that One Cool Cat leads the list […]

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Pricci: Compelling Eclipse race is the one for trainer

Horse Race Insider’s John Pricci writes in his latest post that while this year’s contest for equine Eclipse Awards may be confounded by Lasix vs. non-Lasix performances, the trainer award is equally tough to call. In comparing the various statistics, he noted that Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, and Dale Romans are likely front-runners for the […]

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‘The Taxman Cometh’: Playing the ponies and the ‘fiscal cliff’

Almost as soon as the dust had settled on the November elections, the political focus shifted to the looming “fiscal cliff.” Lawmakers in Washington are working to reach some sort of agreement to prevent the country’s economy from charging over that ‘cliff’. In his latest column at his Business of Racing site, Steve Zorn discusses […]

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Midwest Stables: Working behind the scenes to help retired Thoroughbreds

Richard and Karen Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds began as just a two-horse stable in 2001, but in just over a decade has developed into a powerful operation with close to 200 horses in training. Not only has Midwest become one of the winningest operations in the sport, but the Papieses have also done a tremendous amount […]

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Retired Thoroughbred has turned into quite an artist

Metro Meteor amassed earnings of close to $300,000 during his racing career. The hard-knocking gelding by City Zip made 26 starts, won eight times, and was stakes-placed at ages two and five. ‘Metro’ loved to race, and would’ve continued had his knees not betrayed him. After having surgery on his knees twice during his career, […]

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