The Biz

DIFFERENT TRACK, SAME STORY: BLIND LUCK EDGES OUT HAVRE DE GRACE IN ALABAMA

Blind Luck rallied to win the Alabama Stakes, holding off Havre de Grace at the wire for the second race in a row. Read more at Brisnet BETFAIR TVG ALABAMA (G1) QUOTES  Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Blind Luck (No. 4): “I thought when Joel [Rosario] made his move coming into the lane he would […]

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BAFFERT PUTS PRESSURE ON DEL MAR TO DITCH POLYTRACK

Perhaps chief among the outspoken critics of Del Mar’s Polytrack surface has been Bob Baffert. Now that Santa Anita has said it will revert back to dirt, he is putting the pressure on Del Mar to follow suit or lose his stable of horses to another track starting next summer. “They always say they’re […]

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RACHEL TO RUN 10 FURLONGS FOR FIRST TIME IN CAREER

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will make her 2010 Grade I debut in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga. It will also mark the first time she has run 10 furlongs in her career. “I think it’s time,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “It’s still a big question and Sunday’s the best time to […]

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BELMONT 2012?

Ed Fountaine of the New York Post reports that ‘fruitful discussions’ were had over the weekend between the Breeders’ Cup and the New York Racing Association, leading to speculation that Belmont Park will return to the Breeders’ Cup rotation as soon as 2012. Read more at the New York Post

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CHARLES TOWN TABLE GAMES DEEMED A SUCCESS SO FAR

A month and a half after table games were introduced by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, officials are deeming the change a success. Not only have more people been playing slot machines and other casino games, but racing handle has increased by 15-20%. “We thought that would be the case because there’s a […]

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SINGING THE DEL MAR BLUES?

After winning at a 23% clip last year, trainer Jeff Mullins has become anything but a regular visitor to Del Mar’s winner’s circle having not won a single race during the 2010 summer meet. While some of it is the lack of racing luck, Jeff Nahill surmises that the main reason for Mullins’ troubles this […]

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SUPER SALVAGE?

This year’s Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has a less than stellar go of things since his perfect trip on the first Saturday in May. Coming up short and never a major factor in either the Preakness or Haskell, the Maria’s Mon colt was just another horse in this year’s Travers draw and was made […]

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RACHEL VS. LIFE AT TEN

This Sunday will mark Rachel Alexandra’s return to Saratoga after last year’s narrow victory in the Woodward against older males. While the Personal Ensign is limited to fillies and mares, the competition may actually be steeper as last year’s Horse of the Year will face off against a red hot Life At Ten. On top […]

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CALIFORNIA: PUTTING THE CART AHEAD OF THE HORSE

By Ray Paulick The California Horse Racing Board’s process of licensing betting exchanges in California will be lengthy, so I am very skeptical why the amendment to Assembly Bill 2414—authorizing exchange wagering–was furtively inserted as the clock was ticking down to midnight on the 2010 legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. Exchange betting is a […]

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HOW LONG CAN ARLINGTON LAST?

This weekend marks another running of the Arlington Million, a race expected to draw around 30,000 fans and show off the suburban Chicago track. However, the behind-the-scenes race shows a much different picture. Arlington Park is fighting for survival without alternate forms of gambling according to executives with Churchill Downs Inc, the company that currently […]

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