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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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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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