Racing

TOBA reduces Graded Stakes for 2011

It seems logical that as the number of races in the U.S. declines year to year, so should the number of American Graded Stakes. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association cut the number of AGS races by 13, from 287 this year to 274 in 2011, a decline of 2.6%. That’s slightly higher than the […]

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Hollywood Park to cancel final two Wednesday cards

Hollywood Park will return to Thursday-Sunday racing for the final two weeks of the Autumn meet. Due to a limited number of entries, the track was granted the reduction by the California Horse Racing Board. This means Hollywood Park will be open for simulcasting only both Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Gates will open […]

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White: Z ranks behind Ruffian on all time list

While Jon White believes Zenyatta will be voted Horse of the Year over Blame, he doesn’t quite have her in the top spot of all-time female horses. Ranking just behind Ruffian in the two position, Zenyatta is ahead of some pretty classy ladies including Personal Ensign, Regret and Rachel Alexandra. What say you?

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West Points: This Alcindor isn’t just huge; he can move, too, gracefully and quickly

Alcindor is already turning heads two races into his career. “He’s such a big horse we’ve been taking our time with him,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “He’s a big grand-looking horse. He’s big, long and fast. He’s exciting. He looks like he has a lot of star power.”

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Watchmaker: Is a quick hook good for NYRA?

Yesterday’s first day of inner track racing at Aqueduct was canceled due to a rainstorm. Mike Watchmaker wonders if they’ve overreacted a bit or if this more cautious approach is what’s best for all involved.

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BC Dirt Mile champion Dakota Phone heads up Native Diver field

Spotting his six rivals from six to nine pounds each, Dakota Phone has clearly been determined the class of the field after his narrow victory in the BC Dirt Mile at Churchill in November.

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Well Armed back on track at Hollywood Park

Eoin Harty’s Well Armed, who won the 2009 Dubai World Cup and has not raced since August 2009, has returned to training. Coming back from a surgery in the summer of 2009 to have a bone chip removed from his ankle, Well Armed does not expect to race until the spring of 2011.

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Where do you stand on Aqueduct inner track racing?

As Nick Kling of The Troy Record states, there two ways to look at winter racing in New York. Either you ignore it completely for Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs or Santa Anita or you find the challenge of handicapping Aqueduct’s inner track a rite of passage each winter. Where do you stand? And more importantly, […]

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Could Display Stakes win be springboard for Triple Crown success?

Not usually mentioned in the conversation with big time Derby preps, will Tiz Blessed can use his victory in the Display Stakes as a springboard to success in 2011? While he broke his maiden at Saratoga, his next start out in the Garden State Stakes was ‘a nightmare’. Perhaps the Tiznow colt is on his […]

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Point/Counterpoint…and Susan Lucci?

The Daily Herald, a suburban paper that encompasses much of the Chicagoland area, published a point/counterpoint on the Zenyatta vs. Blame HOTY argument. Joe Kristufek made the case for Z and Brian Spencer of Horseplayernow.com for Blame. Kristufek “A vote for Blame certainly isn’t wrong, but if you love and care about the horse racing […]

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