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  • Racing Hall of Famer Cigar Dead at 24

    10/09/2014 9:23:52 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 13 replies ^ | October 8, 2014 8:42 PM | Frank Angst
    Racing Hall of Fame member Cigar, whose 16-race win streak from 1994-96 included victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died at age 24 Oct. 7 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. Cigar, who died from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck, had resided at the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions since 1999. In all, the son of Palace Music—Solar Slew, by Seattle Slew, won 15 stakes including 11 grade/group I scores. Cigar earned Horse of the Year honors in 1995 and 1996, and was named champion older...
  • Tuley: O'Neill cashes his 200-1 Kentucky Derby future ticket

    06/29/2012 6:22:55 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 2 replies
    DRF ^ | 06/28/2012 | Dave Tuley
    Doug O’Neill has been the face of horse racing for the better part of two months... On this day, O’Neill was just a regular horseplayer all excited about cashing a Kentucky Derby future-book ticket. Okay, so he wasn’t a typical bettor, as he was holding the only 200-1 ticket on I’ll Have Another bought at the Buffalo Bill’s race book, but since he was clean-shaven, he could have walked in incognito if the three Vegas sports reporters waiting for him hadn’t been tipped off to his arrival. O’Neill’s $100 ticket was bought at 4:48 p.m. Pacific on Feb. 3, the...
  • Secretariat's Preakness Time a Record

    06/20/2012 6:34:59 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 10 replies
    The Blood-Horse ^ | June 19, 2012 | Blood-Horse Staff
    The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday in a special hearing at Laurel Park that 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that still stand at the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Belmont States (gr. I), also set the record in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico 39 years ago. In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the official time of the Preakness was changed from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53. Secretariat is one of 11 Triple Crown winners.
  • Alpha, Gemologist Clash in Wood Memorial

    04/07/2012 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 8 replies
    The Bloodhorse ^ | April 5, 2012 2:38 PM | Jason Shandler
    With Union Rags going down in the Florida Derby (gr. I) last weekend, there is room for a new No. 1 on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail. Perhaps it will come from one of the main contenders in the $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Either Withers (gr. III) winner Alpha or the undefeated Gemologist could lay claim to the top spot if they were to impressively win on Saturday, and those two will lead a field of eight in the 1 1/8-mile race....
  • Baffert Released From Dubai Hospital

    03/29/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 7 replies
    Thebloodhorse ^ | March 29, 2012 5:55 PM | Blood-Horse Staff
    Trainer Bob Baffert was released from a Dubai Hospital March 29, three days after suffering a heart attack following his arrival in the United Arab Emirates to manage his horses for the World Cup. Baffert, 59, is expected to attend the races March 31 at Meydan Racecourse. He has two starters on the program, Game On Dude in the $10 million World Cup (UAE-I) and The Factor in the $2 million Golden Shaheen (UAE-I). At 1:39 p.m. in Dubai, Baffert put out a statement on Twitter: "Just released from hospital. Going to my hotel and relax with my family. Glad...
  • Trainer Baffert Suffers Heart Attack

    03/26/2012 5:38:53 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 20 replies · 9+ views
    Thebloodhorse ^ | March 26, 2012 3:27
    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had a heart attack early March 26 while in Dubai, where he was preparing to run Game On Dude and The Factor in Dubai World Cup races March 31. Baffert’s assistant, Jim Barnes, said from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., that Baffert was “doing very good” after having three stents inserted in two arteries. Barnes said he had spoken to the trainer’s wife, Jill, who had accompanied her husband to the Middle East, along with their young son, Bode. Barnes said Jill Baffert told him the procedure went well, and “everything should be...
  • Animal Kingdom comes to Pimlico as Preakness day dawns

    05/21/2011 7:22:21 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 33 replies
    Thoroughbred Times ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2011
    The cast for the $1-million Preakness Stakes (G1) is finally fully assembled as a trio of classic aspirants, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, arrived at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn early Saturday morning. The crowd began arriving shortly thereafter and all were greeted by Sunny skies and a cool breeze, foreshadowing what could be one of the nicest days of weather a big event in American racing in years. Animal Kingdom shipped southwest from trainer H. Graham Motion’s base at Fair Hill Training Center at 5:32 a.m. EDT and arrived in Baltimore at...
  • Toby's Corner Out of Derby Consideration

    05/03/2011 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 3 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | May 3, 2011 | Ron Mitchell
    Toby's Corner, who upset juvenile champion Uncle Mo in the Resorts Casino New York Wood Memorial (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Late on May 2, Motion noticed the colt was off in his left rear and Toby's Corner was sent to New Bolton Center in West Chester, Pa., to be examined. The colt spent the night at New Bolton and all the tests proved negative. He returned to Motion's farm near Fair Hill earlier May 3. Officials at Churchill Downs said May 3 that additional details would be...
  • Soldat Favored in Loaded Florida Derby

    04/02/2011 5:34:22 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 7 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | Friday, April 1, 2011 | Jason Shandler
    The $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) was shaping up to be the most intriguing Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep of the season anyway. With speedball Flashpoint now involved, it has become a must-watch race for all those handicapping the Triple Crown. Dazzling Hutcheson (gr. II) winner Flashpoint and four of the top Kentucky Derby contenders are among a field of eight that was drawn for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby. The April 3 event at Gulfstream Park is the feature on a 12-race card with a probable post time of 5:42 p.m. EDT. Despite drawing...
  • Questions about M-1 Carbines(Vanity)

    03/26/2011 12:35:09 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 66 replies
    I now have an M-1 carbine and have some questions. Maybe someone here can help me? It has the bayonet lug so I assume that means it was refurbished after the war. Some of my does one remove the upper stock? Is there a serial number on the barrel under the upper? How does one remove the rear sight? It covers the manufacturer's name.
  • Road to the Triple Crown: The Factor brings Baffert back to Oaklawn

    03/19/2011 6:25:49 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 18 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | March 16, 2011 | Jeff Lowe and Ed DeRosa
    In just two races, The Factor has blazed his way to a place among the most exciting three-year-olds in the nation. The Rebel Stakes (G2) on Saturday at Oaklawn Park will be a crucial step in determining how far his talent will take him in horse racing. The War Front colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, will look to Oaklawn for the second straight year as a proving ground for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). Last February, Baffert sent a horse to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for the first time since 2001, and he may have wondered what took him...
  • Wood Memorial Renamed; Now Worth $1 Million

    03/18/2011 5:45:34 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 9 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | March 17, 2011 | Blood-Horse Staff
    The purse for this year’s renamed Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (gr. I) has been increased to $1 million through a presenting sponsorship from Resorts World New York to the New York Racing Association, both parties announced March 17. “We are honored to be a part of this historic r ace that has been a staple of Queens for decades,” said Mike Speller, president of Genting New York. “From the beginning, one of our goals in building the new casino facility at Aqueduct has been to strengthen and support New York’s storied horse racing industry. Through this partnership...
  • Road to the Triple Crown: Uncle Mo ready to pick up the trail

    03/12/2011 7:39:25 AM PST · by Holen1 · 26 replies
    Thoroughbred Times ^ | March 09, 2011 | Jeff Lowe
    Add one more (unofficial) victory to Uncle Mo’s sparkling ledger: he made it to Point B, the chance to pick up the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail on Saturday in the Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The bridge from two to three is not without peril—Uncle Mo is the 27th winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and four of his predecessors exited the Kentucky Derby hunt before their initial races at three, including Macho Uno, Vindication, and Midshipman since 2001. Trainer Todd Pletcher has been working with a fairly tight calendar since Uncle Mo returned...
  • To Honor and Serve makes first of two Derby preps in Fountain of Youth

    02/26/2011 5:04:57 AM PST · by Holen1 · 6 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 02/24/2011 | Mike Welsch
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – When it comes to winning the Kentucky Derby, suddenly less has become more. Three of the last four winners, Street Sense in 2007, Big Brown in 2008, and Super Saver last year came into the Derby with only two preps as 3-year-olds under their belts. And if all goes according to plan, the two current favorites for the 2011 Derby, Uncle Mo and To Honor and Serve, will take the same route with only two starts on their itineraries between now and May 7. To Honor and Serve will have the first of his two Derby...
  • It's a Date: Zenyatta Booked to Bernardini

    01/27/2011 5:39:55 AM PST · by Holen1 · 11 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | January 26, 2011 | Blood-Horse Staff
    Owners Jerry and Ann Moss will send their Horse of the Year Zenyatta to young stallion Bernardini in 2011. A son of two-time leading sire A.P. Indy , Bernardini was champion 3-year-old male in 2006. In 2010, with his first crop to race, Bernardini was the leading freshman sire by number of graded/group winners and by number of stakes winners. He sired a grade I winner in A Z Warrior and Italian group I winner Biondetti. Bernardini is out of grade I winner Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American , and stands at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington. Zenyatta (Street Cry—Vertigineux,...
  • Zenyatta Crowned Horse of the Year

    01/18/2011 7:38:02 AM PST · by Holen1 · 24 replies
    The Bloodhorse ^ | January 17, 2011 9:37 PM | Eric Mitchell and Ron Mitchell
    Zenyatta, the daughter of Street Cry who sustained her only loss in 20 starts when second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), was honored Jan. 17 as North America’s Horse of the Year for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs. The winner, announced during the Eclipse Awards dinner, received 128 first-place votes, edging out Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame , who received 102 votes. The third finalist for Horse of the Year honors, Goldikova, received five votes. There was one abstention and two no votes. Moss congratulated the connections of Blame, noting “Blame is a wonderful...
  • Federal 38 Special Hi-power Ammo (Vanity)

    01/01/2011 11:05:47 AM PST · by Holen1 · 59 replies · 6+ views
    Please forgive the vanity, but I am relatively new to shooting handguns. Sort of inherited some ammo- Federal 38 Spc Hi-power. 158 grain lead bullet. Hate to sound stupid, but here's my question-is this ammo I should use at the range, or something I should use for home/self defense?
  • Coach K passes Smith on all-time wins list

    12/30/2010 5:51:30 AM PST · by Holen1 · 12 replies · 4+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | ANDREW JONES
    The Greensboro Coliseum is now home to three of Mike Krzyzewski's landmark moments in his fabulous career. The venerable building is where Krzyzewski first squared off against Dean Smith, in 1980 in just the third game of his Duke career in the first round of the extinct Big Four Classic, which pitted the four ACC teams from North Carolina in a tournament every December before conference play began. It's where Krzyzewski's Blue Devils sent their first salvo to the rest of the vaunted ACC when they knocked off Michael Jordan and top-ranked North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals in...
  • A Response to "I Lied"(For Horse Racing Fans and Horse Lovers in General.)

    12/21/2010 5:54:17 AM PST · by Holen1 · 17 replies
    The Bloodhorse ^ | 20 Dec 2010 | Abigail Anderson c/o Steve Haskins
    We spent many weekends at my grandparents’ house when I was growing up and somewhere along the way, the ritual of watching the Kentucky Derby evolved. Grandpa and I would sit together in front of the television that first Saturday in May and talk about the runners. Then we would each choose a favorite and explain the reasons for our choices. Grandpa usually made his selection based on bloodlines. And so it was I learned about Man O’ War, War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Gallant Fox, Count Fleet, Whirlaway, Stymie, Citation, Nashua and Assault, as well as entertaining stories about Will Harbut,...
  • Heartbreaking Thriller: Blame Beats Zenyatta

    11/06/2010 5:19:05 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 48 replies
    The Blood-Horse ^ | Saturday, November 6, 2010 | Eric Mitchell
    Zenyatta's history-making winning streak ends by a nose to Blame in a thrilling $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) (VIDEO) under the lights at Churchill Downs Nov. 6. Blame is a homebred son of Arch for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. “To be filled with anticipation and see it come through is a feeling can’t describe,” said Seth Hancock, president of Claiborne Farm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. With the Classic, Blame won his third grade I race of the year. Earlier he won the Stephen Foster Handicap and Whitney Handicap, and he finished second in the...
  • Post-Race Fisticuffs Follow BC Marathon

    11/06/2010 5:08:14 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 9 replies
    The Bloodhorse ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Ron Mitchell
    A post-race fight between jockey Calvin Borel and rider Javier Castellano upstaged the $454,500 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. III) (VIDEO), the first race on the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup World Championship card at Churchill Downs. The scuffle began as Borel and Castellano were weighing out following the 1 3/4-mile race that included some serious bumping at the five-sixteenths pole as the field rounded the second turn for the second time. Replays showed that Castellano, aboard Prince Will I Am, bore out, impeding Romp, who was ridden by Martin Garcia. Garcia’s horse stumbled badly and the rider was clearly out of...
  • Busy Day on the Track at Churchill Downs

    10/30/2010 9:40:16 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 2 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | Saturday, October 30, 2010 | Blood-Horse Staff
    It was a brisk 34 degrees when the track opened for training at Churchill Downs the morning of Oct. 30, and there were nearly two dozen contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Championships who went through their final paces for the Nov. 5-6 races. Details on the workouts will follow, but here is a review of the works: Breeders' Cup World Championships workouts at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
  • Wide-open Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe tops Longchamp card

    10/03/2010 6:07:22 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 4 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | Friday, October 01, 2010 | Desmond Stoneham
    The 89th Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) on Sunday can safely be described as wide open, and an ability to act on the soft ground at Longchamp will be an advantage. The maximum of 20 horses are entered, and the Aga Khan will once again have a strong hand to play as he owns and bred favorite Behkabad as well as Prix de Diana (Fr-G1) (French Oaks) winner Sarafina. Behkabad has plenty to recommend him. He is trained by current champion trainer Jean-Claude Rouget at Pau and is already twice a winner at the course and Arc distance...
  • Lady’s Secret, Jockey Club Gold Cup lead prep bonanza

    10/02/2010 5:50:23 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 15 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | Friday, October 01, 2010 | Jeff Lowe
    The Breeders’ Cup World Championships still are five weeks away, but a big part of the puzzle will take shape this weekend with eight Grade 1 races and the return of champion Lookin At Lucky on the schedule for Saturday, followed by two more on the domestic front and the giant Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) card at Longchamp on Sunday. Whether sensory overload or just a sampling of the 14-race extravaganza at Churchill Downs on November 5 and 6, the weekend will feature many angles and storylines, perhaps none more prominent than Zenyatta’s bid for a 19th...
  • Derby Winner Real Quiet Dies

    09/28/2010 5:09:37 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Bloodhorse ^ | September 28, 2010 | David Schmitz
    Real Quiet, who was nosed out of becoming racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, died Sept. 27 in a paddock accident at Michael Jester’s Penn Ridge Farm near Harrisburg, Pa. The 15-year-old son of Quiet American was examined at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. “He broke five cervical vertebrae from C-5 through C-9, which is basically from his withers to his head,” said Jester, who served as stallion manager. "I asked our stallion manager Chuck (King) what happened when he took Real Quiet to the paddock, and he said the horse walked toward his water,...
  • HOY Rachel Alexandra Retired

    09/28/2010 5:05:45 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Bloodhorse ^ | September 28, 2010 5
    A day after Rachel Alexandra turned in a bullet four-furlong work at Saratoga’s Oklahoma Training Track, her majority owner, Jess Jackson, announced that the reigning Horse of the Year had been retired from racing. "As you know, despite top training and a patient campaign, Rachel Alexandra did not return to her 2009 form,” Jackson said. “I believe it's time to retire our champion and reward her with a less stressful life. We are delighted she will retire healthy and happy to our beautiful farm in Kentucky (Stonestreet Farm near Lexington). Related Photos RachelAlexandraMore Photos of Rachel Alexandra. “Rachel Alexandra owes...
  • Rachel Alexandra faces distance test at Saratoga

    08/29/2010 5:30:14 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 10 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | August 26, 2010 | Steve Bailey
    There are few mountains left for reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to climb, but she will try something for the first time Sunday as she takes on four challengers in the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. The four-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly, who is riding a two-start unbeaten streak after runner-up finishes in her first two starts of the season, will tackle 1¼ miles for the first time in her career on Sunday. A successful finish may set her up for a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on November 6 at Churchill Downs,...
  • Rising stars headline Travers Stakes

    08/28/2010 6:17:00 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 7 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | August 25, 2010 | Jeff Lowe
    Triple Crown veterans Super Saver, Ice Box, First Dude, and Fly Down all will reassemble on Saturday, but they will have plenty of competition for the spotlight with A Little Warm and Trappe Shot leading the charge of rising stars in the $1-million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. The field of 11 lacks the divisional leader, Lookin At Lucky, but still offers a career-shaping opportunity for the Triple Crown set, all trying to bounce back from disappointing performances, and for the up-and-comers facing an elite test for the first time. Oddsmaker Eric Donovan installed Jim Dandy Stakes (G2)...
  • Alabama Stakes features marquee matchup

    08/21/2010 8:36:08 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 6 replies
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | August 18, 2010 | Mike Curry
    The two leaders of the three-year-old filly division, Devil May Care and Blind Luck, will meet in the $500,000 Betfair TVG Alabama Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course with a combined seven career Grade 1 wins between them. Both fillies contested the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) with Blind Luck finishing third behind winner She Be Wild and Devil May Care 11th of 12 in her first and only start on a synthetic surface. This year they have emerged as dominant players in the three-year-old filly division. Devil May Care won the Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2)...
  • Classic winners clash again in Haskell

    08/01/2010 9:06:38 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Tom De Martini
    Two of this year’s three classic winners are set to tangle with six talented three-year-olds for divisional supremacy in the $1-million IZOD Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Super Saver and Preakness Stakes (G1) victor Lookin At Lucky headline the Oceanport, New Jersey, track’s marquee event and will face stiff competition from a deep field. WinStar Farm’s Super Saver enters the race off a dull eighth-place Preakness effort following his 2 ½-length Kentucky Derby victory. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the Maria’s Mon colt steadily has improved in recent weeks....
  • Final Mesa has experience edge in Schuylerville(Saratoga starts today!!!)

    07/23/2010 10:03:50 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 5 replies · 2+ views
    The Thoroughbred Times ^ | July 20, 2010 | Pete Denk
    Saratoga Race Course begins its extended 40-day meeting on Friday with the $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for two-year-old fillies and the $75,000 James Marvin Stakes for older horses. Trainer Wesley Ward’s and Ice Wine Stable’s Final Mesa is the probable favorite for the Schuylerville if she reaches the starting gate. Unbeaten in three starts, Final Mesa is a two-time stakes winner and has won her races by an average margin of nearly seven lengths.