Another turf writer for Blame

Michael Veitch of The Saratogian is the latest turfwriter to throw his hat in the ring for Blame as Horse of the Year. While arguing that Zenyatta did not diminish her greatness in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Veitch marks her down for not facing any other Grade I winners the rest of the year […]

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Bluegrass Stakes winner Stately Victor to run in ungraded Prairie Bayou

With a disappointing 10th in the Clark Handicap after not being a factor in this year’s Kentucky Derby, Stately Victor will run as the likely favorite in the Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park. “We keep trying him on the dirt, and he keeps telling us no,” said trainer Mike Maker. “We’ll run him this […]

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Dwyre: Any vote for Blame over Zenyatta will be wrong

Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times makes his case for Zenyatta over Blame in the Horse of the Year voting. He points out not only her 19-1 record with only a narrow head bob at the end keeping her from immortality, but the effect she has had on the sport in general this year. […]

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HRI – Zast: A Triple Crown winner in 2011 is a wish with a reasonable chance to come true

On the ninth day of Christmas, little Vic Zast is asking Santa for a Triple Crown hopeful to stuff his stocking and makes the case it has never been easier. Do you think he’s on to something or has the venerable turf writer been sipping too much egg nog over the winter break?

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Fair Grounds to host 2011 Claiming Crown

The Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans will take over the 13th running of the Claiming Crown on Dec. 3, 2011. The slate of races was held at Canterbury Downs for 10 of 12 years with Parx Racing and Ellis Park holding the event each for one year.

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They Are Off: Three horses to watch for in 2011

Last year, Michael Chamberlain of the blog They Are Off offered three horses to watch for 2010. Choosing Blame, Rachel Alexandra and…Piscitelli? Well, no one can be right all the time.

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Prospects look bleak for racing in UK before Christmas

Due to a second big freeze, it is becoming harder and harder to imagine any racing at Sedgefield, the only track with a card before this weekend in the UK. Course clerk Fergus Cameron said, “It’s minus 8C and still extremely cold. At the present time, the track, in my view, is unraceable.”

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Aussies say farewell to So You Think

Harkening back to the times of Phar Lap and Tobin Bronze, Australian racing fans now say goodbye to dual Cox Plate winner So You Think.

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Santa Anita main track reopened for training

For the first time since Friday when poor drainage and heavy storms kept horses from training on the main track, Santa Anita is open for training runs. However, severe rainstorms are expected on Wednesday and could curtail training further on the new dirt track.

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