Racing

DROSSELMEYER DUBAI-BOUND?

Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer will be turned out for 60 days and then resume training after a bone scan revealed no significant ankle problems. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> WinStar racing manager Elliott Walden said that he will resume training in the fall and be pointed toward the Dubai World Cup next year. Read it at […]

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BLACK TIE AFFAIR RIP

Fan favorite and 1991 Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair died today at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown KY. Click here for a touching tribute from Rick Capone of the Examiner. Below is the complete press release from Old Friends.   Black Tie Affair, the 1991 Horse of the Year, was humanely […]

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WORKFORCE OVERTAKES QUALITY ROAD

In the most recent World Thoroughbred Rankings, Workforce has overtaken Quality Road after his win in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Making only his third appearance, he defeated his rivals by 7 lengths and set a course record. Despite his impressive Metropolitan Handicap win, Quality Road slips to number two in the rankings with […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODD!

On his 43rd birthday, Todd Pletcher got the gift any trainer would want — a grade 1 victory. His filly Devil May Care, who last ran 10th in the Kentucky Derby, took the Mother Goose at Belmont Park by 1 1/4 lengths over Connie and Michael. “It was a big race from her, and […]

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VEITCH ON RACHEL AND Z: IT SEEMS AT THIS POINT THE BEST CHANCE IS THE BREEDERS’ CUP AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

Michael Veitch of The Saratogian discussed in his column today the possibility of Rachel vs. Zenyatta during the 2010 season. While he admits the most likely meeting will be the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he dreams of a possible matchup at Saratoga this summer. Do you think this is possible? Likely? Should Shirreffs dodge Quality […]

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WORLD CUP TUNES OUT ASCOT

In the country of England, where modern soccer was said to have been invented in the 1860s, The World Cup has taken over the news cycle as expected. One of the casualties of this fervor was last week’s Royal Ascot meet, which saw television ratings drop from 18% audience share to 10% over the same […]

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SCOTT: RACING AT TWO NOT A NECESSITY FOR SUCCESS

As Jeff Scott of The Saratogian asks, what do Curlin, Tiznow, Azeri, Mineshaft, Saint Liam, Zenyatta, Pleasantly Perfect and Informed Decision among others have in common? None of them raced as two-year-olds. Before the 2000’s, it was rare for an unraced two-year-old to have much success. But as Scott points out, the first decade of […]

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LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Trainer Carl O’Callaghan came to New York from Ireland as a teenager 18 years ago and found the living was anything but easy. Homeless for a time, sleeping under bridges and eating out of dumpsters, he made his way to Belmont Park, and then to California, exercising horses at first and then opening a public […]

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WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JOE HIRSCH?

As an indication of how far the profession of turf writing has fallen, an article in Southern Utah’s the Desert Valley Times by Duke Hunt talks about the future of Rachel and Zenyatta. It’s a rather innocuous article talking about their dominance this weekend and how they are the real stars of the sport this […]

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CHURCHILL HIKES PURSES 10%

Due to strong wagering on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs has announced a 10% overnight purse hike for the remainder of the spring meet. But at an average of $3,000 per race, officials warn that purses are still well below what they were a few years ago. “By no means does […]

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