View From The Eighth Pole: Does Weight Matter Any More In Horse Racing?

The recent passing of longtime racing official Thomas E. (Tommy) Trotter served as a reminder of what being a racing secretary at a major track in the golden age of horse racing was like, when one of the primary components of the job was compiling weight assignments for horses nominated to handicaps. The idea for […]

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Tommy Trotter Dies; Longtime Racing Secretary Piled Weight On Racing Greats

Thomas E. (Tommy) Trotter, a longtime racing official who once saddled the great Forego with a 138-pound impost, has died in Florida at the age of 93. A fourth-generation horseman, Mr. Trotter was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Louisville, Ky. He was the son of C.H. (Tobe) Trotter, a trainer who mysteriously was lost at […]

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TRF Says Goodbye To Longtime Resident Quick Call

Quick Call was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, October 8 at the age of 35 due to the infirmities of old age. Foaled in 1984, Quick Call was the oldest horse in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s herd of 650 horses. In his lifetime he was a successful racehorse, then a riding horse and finally arrived at […]

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Mitole Rebounds To Dominate Forego

His seven-race win streak may have come to an end last out when defeated in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, but William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole got back on track this Saturday with a dominant performance in the Grade 1 Forego. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya broke on top but settle just off the pace of […]

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Warrior’s Club Turns In Maintenance Breeze For G1 Forego

Warrior’s Club, a 5-year-old graded stakes winner for Churchill Downs Racing Club, visited the Oklahoma training track on Wednesday morning, breezing four furlongs in 50.31 seconds. Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Warrior’s Club is expected to make his next start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego on Travers Day, Saturday August 24. […]

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No Dozing The Sleeper Pick In Forego; Hawksmoor Should Handle Soft Turf In Ballston Spa

Mr and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson’s No Dozing put in his final work before Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga, breezing four furlongs in 51.22 seconds on the Oklahoma training track Monday morning. The Forego is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile this fall at Churchill Downs. Trainer Arnaud Delacour […]

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Limousine Liberal ‘Impressed’ Colebrook In Belmont Sprint, Points To Forego

Earning his first win outside of the state of Kentucky in dramatic fashion, Limousine Liberal couldn’t have picked a more opportune time. Sent off as the 9-5 post-time favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship, the 6-year-old Successful Appeal gelding took the overland route to victory, racing five wide and overcoming bumping at the top of the […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Long-Time Assistant Clerk Of Scales Eddie Brown

Veteran racetracker Eddie Brown, currently assistant to the clerk of scales for the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), is this week’s guest on Across the Board with Andy Serling, now available for download. Brown joined Serling on the morning of January 20 at Aqueduct Racetrack to talk about his more than six decades of working […]

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Four-Time Travers Winner ‘Big Money Mike’ Voted Jockey Of The Week

Multiple graded stakes winning jockey and master of the Travers Stakes, Mike Smith is the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending August 27, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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