Cosequin presents OTTB Showcase: Double the Adventure

Growing up in North Dakota, Jessica Monson was bitten by the horse bug early. Like many with such an affliction, she took any chance she could find to be around horses, which eventually led to caring for and occasionally riding an old Appaloosa mare down the road from her parents’ home. Eventually, the mare’s owner […]

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Cosequin presents OTTB Showcase: Facebook and Fence Posts

Facebook has become a great connector of people and information. Looking for a good restaurant to try? Ask your Facebook friends for input. Then, once you dine there, post photos and information for your friends so they can enjoy (or avoid) the same experience you had. Before you know it, seemingly everyone with a computer and […]

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Wesch: At the End of the Day, Stewards are People Too

There is undeniable power and responsibility that comes with being part of a three-person judge and jury that rules over all things racing at a Thoroughbred meeting. There’s also unavoidable subjection to criticism and animus because of the unwritten but understood part of the job description. “At the end of the day, you’re almost always […]

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Hazel Park Revving Up for First Thoroughbred Meet in 30 Years

Horse racing fans in Michigan have been unable to watch and wager on live Thoroughbred racing in the state on a regular basis for many years. Although racetracks such as Mt. Pleasant Meadows have hosted mixed race meets – Thoroughbreds along with Quarter Horse and Arabian racing – harness racing has been predominate for many […]

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Remembering ‘Miracle Man’ Trainer Oscar Barrera

It’s been 30 years since Steven Crist wrote in the New York Times that Thoroughbred trainer Oscar Barrera was running the “best magic show in town.” Barrera was doing things no other trainers dared try, astonishing bettors and fellow horsemen during a remarkable run that took New York horse racing by storm. When Barrera died in […]

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OTTB Showcase: Bringing Thoroughbreds ‘Full Circle’

This week’s tale is one of two horses, one whose breeder has been as integral a part of his second and third careers as she was in bringing them into this world, and the other, who ended up in the same stable via claim, and has more than reaped the rewards. Ann Banks is a […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Kentucky’s Horse Power

Did you know there are a lot of horses in Kentucky? It seems such a silly question, like asking about peaches in Georgia or corn in Iowa.   But there’s great value in understanding the details and economic impact of a state’s key industry, even if the broad conclusion appears obvious. This week, researchers unveiled […]

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Avoiding artificial insemination’s slippery slope

I’ve heard most of the arguments – pro and con – on the issue of artificial insemination, and as with many contentious matters in our industry there are legitimate cases to be presented on both sides. Having said that, however, at least in my estimation, it is welcome news that Australian Federal Court Justice Alan […]

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Awesome Gem retired: won graded stakes over five seasons

Awesome Gem, a 9-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again who won graded stakes over five different racing seasons from 2007-2012, has been retired, according to Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds, the partnership that campaigned the horse. Finley said trainer Craig Dollase called with the bad news that filling was detected in the area of […]

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