field sizes

View From The Eighth Pole: Declining Foal Crops Loom Large For Racing

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2018 North American foal crop of 21,500, down from 22,500 in 2017. That’s a year-to-year drop of 4.4 percent. It will be the smallest North American foal crop since 1966, according to the Jockey Club Fact Book (from which all of the following statistics are derived). Of greater concern […]

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The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It’s no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important races coast to coast. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of field sizes, racehorse ownership, and the […]

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EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields At Louisiana Racetracks

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes averaged around nine per race, up a horse per race from a year earlier. Then, the call came in that a horse in Barn […]

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Remington Park Opener Features Average Field Size Of Ten Horses

The first racing program of the 2015 Remington Park Thoroughbred Season has been compiled by the track’s racing office. Opening Night on Friday, Aug. 14 features nine races with large fields competing for a lofty purse structure. A total of 97 horses entered the nine races, an average field size of 10.8 for the first […]

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West: Experience In Large Fields May Be Key For Derby Win

In a recent column for ESPN, writer Gary West points out that popular Kentucky Derby contender American Pharoah may have an Achilles heel when it comes to the first Saturday in May: he has never been part of a large field, defined by West as one with ten or more horses. With most Derby fields numbering […]

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Gulfstream Offers Purse Incentives to Draw Full Fields on Florida Derby Day

Gulfstream Park announced today it will offer horsemen purse incentives for Florida Derby Day on Saturday, March 29. Highlighted by eight stakes races, seven of them graded, including the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1), Gulfstream will increase purses in dirt races with 8 starters by $5,000 and with 10 or more starters by […]

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Del Mar: Attendance, field size higher at meet

Press Release Rises in on-track attendance, field size and purses tell a positive business tale for racing at Del Mar this summer as the seaside oval put its first two weeks of action into the record books Sunday evening. Stating the case best of all is the track’s 4.8 % rise in attendance through the […]

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