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ABR Blog: ‘So How Fast Did Fort Larned Run?’

The eagerly-anticipated debut of Breeders’ Cup champion Fort Larned ended before it began on Saturday, as the Ian Wilkes-trained horse stumbled out of the starting gate and lost rider Brian Hernandez Jr. Fans could only watch helplessly as Fort Larned zipped past his rivals and soon opened up a big lead on the field, as […]

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DeRosa: Pletcher’s ‘Better Than You Think’ in the Derby

For over a decade, trainer Todd Pletcher has been a regular sight at the Kentucky Derby; only once, in 2003, did he not have at least one horse entered. Many times, Pletcher has run multiple horses in the 10-furlong classic, and he has one winner of the race during that time. It is mainly due […]

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Blog: Horse racing TV needs to promote racing films

In an article for GamingToday.com, Robert Mann asks why racing channels such as TVG and HRTV don’t show actual horse racing movies on their networks. Mann noticed that during the off season, the Major League Baseball channel has been showing older baseball films, and thinks that TVG and HRTV could follow suit with showing racing […]

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Blog: ‘Could NJ racing be coming to an opportunity?’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has until Feb. 7 to sign a bill that would make online gaming legal in the state. Even with the deadline looming, the governor has not indicated whether or not he will sign the legislation. In a new post at the View from the Racetrack Grandstand website, the writer says […]

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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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