Valerie Grash

Foolish Pleasure Blog: Evidence of first night racing uncovered

Valerie Grash, writing in the Foolish Pleasure blog, updates a previous post about the origins of night racing in the United States with a fascinating piece that appeared in Harper’s Weekly in August 1894 entitled “Horse-Racing by Electric Light.” In her research into the subject, Grash has stumbled upon evidence of what was most likely […]

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Foolish Pleasure: U.S. needs to catch up in girl power

At her Foolish Pleasure blog, Valerie Grash analyzes the past three years of top-level performances by fillies and mares around the world.  Indeed, the results reveal that the ‘fairer sex’ has come on strong as the number of top-three finishes in group or graded stakes races has increased each of the past three years. But […]

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Foolish Pleasure: How the Breeders’ Cup is hurting the sport

While she’s looking forward to next month’s Breeders’ Cup events like most racing fans, Foolish Pleasure blogger Valerie Grash writes that nothing would make her happier than to see the Breeders’ Cup go away.  Her explanation: “… by focusing entirely on getting a horse to the Breeders’ Cup and the subsequent promise of an Eclipse […]

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Foolish Pleasure: NTRA Thoroughbred Poll way off base

At her Foolish Pleasure blog, Valerie Grash minces no words about the latest NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.  Grash says the fact that second-ranked Tizway is anywhere near the top of the poll is “utterly ridiculous” and that the five fillies and mares in the top ten have far outshone Tizway’s performances so far: “Yes, Tizway won […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Switching Gears

It’s that time of year again. Nearly everyone in horse racing gets Derby Fever, and the Paulick Report is no exception. The debate over Horse of the Year between Zenyatta and Blame was the No. 1 story from the time the two crossed the finish line heads apart in the Breeders’ Cup Classic until the […]

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Foolish Pleasure: I just don’t care about California racing anymore

Valerie Grash at the blog Foolish Pleasure has had enough of betting in California but it’s not about the upcoming takeout increase. “Call it East Coast bias if you will, but I just feel more confident wagering my dollars on form that makes sense. Over the past several years, results from California tracks have been […]

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Yet Another Lament: Foolish Pleasure

Our friend Valerie Grash at Foolish Pleasure laments that owners and breeders don’t see the bigger picture happening to racing. That the customer is not being catered to.

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It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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It has been almost two weeks since Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel shocked the sports world with their improbable long shot victory in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. And as with any Derby aftermath, the question lingers in the air; will this be the year we end the Triple Crown drought? If […]

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