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Pull The Pocket: The NFL and horse racing’s ecosystems

In the latest post at Pull The Pocket, the writer compares and contrasts the business ‘ecosystems’ behind horse racing and the National Football League. PTP writes that the NFL is a $9.5 billion business, which seems like a low dollar figure, since a good part of it is driven by a ‘shadow economy’ – that […]

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Denk on Curlin: Very good chance we haven’t seen anything close to the best of his progeny

In his latest post for his blog, Unlocking Winners, writer Pete Denk profiles two-time Horse of the Year and freshman sire, Curlin. Denk evaluates the performances of Curlin’s progeny that have raced; the chestnut horse has had 12 winners from 37 starters so far.

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Frankel’s success: ‘It takes a team to make a champion’

The mighty Frankel concluded his incredible career last Saturday, going out on top with a superb victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot. As Frankel readies for a new career as a stallion, Abigail Anderson and The Vault website showcases the hard-working team that was behind the making of this incredible champion.

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DeRosa: Wise Dan…’A Classic problem’

Wise Dan turned in yet another scintillating performance over the weekend when winning the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland. That victory was his fourth win of the year; if not for a narrow head defeat in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), the 5-year-old would be undefeated this season. Many fans firmly […]

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Pull The Pocket: ‘When people stop asking racing to solve problems’

In his latest column at the Pull The Pocket blog site, the writer observes how even the most devoted racing fan can develop a form of ‘malaise’ when it comes to trying to initiate change. After continually running into roadblocks, many people just give up and stop trying. They also stop caring. Pull The Pocket […]

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Brooklyn Backstretch: ‘In New York, we wait…and wait…’

“Like those poor refugees in Casablanca, here in New York, we continue to wait…and wait…and wait,” writes Teresa Genaro at her Brooklyn Backstretch blog. New York racing (and the rest of the country, for that matter) has been waiting for months now for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to announce the reconfiguration of the NYRA board. As […]

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Perry Ouzts: ‘Hero of the local circuit’

Of the jockeys that have won 6,000 races or more, there are only three that are currently active-Russell Baze, Edgar Prado, and Mario Pino. However, there soon will be someone joining that elite list, and it might not be someone that you’re aware of: Perry Ouzts. Over the blog by The Track Philosopher, the writer […]

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Left at the Gate: ‘Still waiting’ on Gov. Cuomo

“Gov. Cuomo will put the New York Racing Association out of its scandal-scarred misery ‘promptly’ after the historic Saratoga Race Track ends its meet,” was the official word out of Albany regarding changes on the NYRA board. That was announced in July. As we move towards the middle of September, there’s still no word from […]

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Best of the Blogs: Rick Dutrow and the short turnaround

In a new post at the  And Down the Stretch They Come blog, trainer Rick Dutrow and his success with horses racing on short rest is discussed, and the question is raised as to why this practice isn’t more common in racing. Dutrow has had great success doing this, most recently sending Willy Beamin out […]

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DeRosa: ‘Stars? We don’t need no stinkin’ stars’

Horse racing has lost several big name members of the 3-year-old class to injury and retirement recently, and several fans and many in the industry are lamenting the lack of star power left in the crop. One person who is not doing that is Ed DeRosa, who contends in his latest blog entry at Twinspires.com […]

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