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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale: The Original ‘Distracted’ Kentucky Derby DQ’d Horse

The controversy over this year’s Kentucky Derby disqualification refuses to die, even after the running of the second leg of the Triple Crown. In this edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Maryland, Joe Nevills tells us the story behind the […]

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The Oft-Forgotten ‘Great Race’ At Pimlico That Wasn’t A Preakness

When Preakness revelers stream through the gates of Pimlico this weekend, many of them will walk by a golden outline of three old-timey horses stretched out in full flight, heads apart. That logo isn’t just a generic nod to Pimlico’s long history, but surprisingly, it’s not commemorating a Preakness of old, either. The three-horse gold […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Derby Perspectives, Preakness Picks

A lot of people in the horse racing industry are ready to move on from the controversy of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but even as the second leg of the Triple Crown approaches, the buzz in Baltimore still revolves around what happened in Louisville. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Chelsea […]

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Gorajec: RCI’s Scare Tactics On Lasix Ban Disingenuous, Ill-Informed And Just Plain Shameful

I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) had just issued a press release warning its member commissions that any attempt to ban the administration of race-day Lasix could lead to the inhumane practices of administering formaldehyde as a Lasix substitute and have horses denied feed […]

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Dominguez’s 360 Gentle Touch Riding Crop: Why It’s Different And How It Fits Into The Whip Debate

In the hubbub of the Kentucky Derby disqualification drama, replays and still images have been analyzed and watched thousands of times as viewers try to get a handle on Maximum Security’s path of travel and the resulting domino effect. One thing people probably weren’t looking at closely, however, was the whips the jockeys were carrying. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Five Questions On The Kentucky Derby DQ Controversy

It’s been a wild week in the horse racing industry, to put it mildly, and The Friday Show responds with a lively discussion befitting the moment. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick answer a series of “inquiries” about what happened with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of winner Maximum Security Saturday, whether it was the right call […]

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South Dakota Horse Racing Pipeline That Produced Bill Mott May Be Shut Down

While the rest of the world debates Saturday’s Kentucky Derby disqualification of Maximum Security, I’m worried about more important things, like how to bring horse racing back to Fort Pierre and Aberdeen in South Dakota. This year, for the first time in 70 years, there will be no horses racing on the bullring track at […]

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Lamoreaux: Mott A Class Act Who Shouldn’t Have To Defend Himself

Roger Maris lost a lot of his hair from the pressure of his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961. He was forever known in baseball as Roger Maris, you know, the guy with the asterisk after his name. Bill Mott already had a thinning hairline, even before he took on the pressure […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: So Many Stories To Tell

Kentucky Derby week is always filled with a plethora of storylines; it’s hard to get to all of them. In this Kentucky Derby 145 edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Chelsea Hackbarth touch on a couple of stories that may not be so well known, starting with an assistant trainer for Kentucky Oaks […]

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