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  • Great-Grandmother Rides $53 Winner At Tampa Bay Downs

    01/29/2017 5:25:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Paulick Report ^ | January 29, 2017
    A devout woman, she credits her personal relationship with Jesus Christ for enabling her to keep competing. “The Lord keeps putting me together – I've broken every bone in my body, I have a titanium leg and I have a plate and screws in my arm,” she said. “I just follow the lead of the Lord and try to be obedient.” And, she added with a smile, “I don't want to retire, and I think I have the mount back on Blue (Haze of Fire).”
  • [Vanity] Photo of a thoroughbred horse at Belmont Park in New York

    09/11/2016 7:30:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies ^ | September 11, 2016
  • Canada's Biggest Stud

    07/27/2016 5:06:08 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | July 27, 2016 | Joe O'Connor
    Every stallion has a “tell,” says Bridgette Jablonsky, and, in this moment, in a dimly lit barn at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pa., Somebeachsomewhere, the legendary Canadian harness racing champion and international Hall of Fame horse, is telling Jablonsky he is ready to perform. Somebeachsomewhere’s readiness is never a certainty. He is a finicky and, at times, apathetic lover. To hasten his readiness Chiptease, a mare in heat, is in the barn, standing idly by as her would-be mate nips at her hindquarters, throws back his head, inhales deeply and, after 10 minutes, starts dancing about on his hooves....
  • Two horses die in first four races of Preakness Saturday

    05/21/2016 11:16:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse, died shortly after winning the first race of the day. The Maryland-bred horse came from behind to win the race as a 9-1 underdog. It collapsed on the way back to the barn after exiting the winner’s circle. Tragically, Homeboykris collapsed after leaving winner's circle on way back to barn after winner's circle and died. — David Grening (@DRFGrening) May 21, 2016 Four-year-old Pramedya collapsed in the middle of the fourth race with a broken left front leg and was euthanized on the track. It was the fifth start of the filly’s career. The horse’s jockey,...

    05/21/2016 11:19:36 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies ^ | 5/21/16 | DML Admin?
    The Preakness started off in a strange and tragic way. The winning horse of the first race at Pimlico Race Course died on its walk back to the barn. Homeboykris won the race by a half-length. But after having his picture taken in the winner’s circle, he collapsed and died.
  • Kentucky Derby

    05/07/2016 10:45:09 AM PDT · by supremedoctrine · 85 replies
    self | 5-7-2016 | supremedoctrine
    I haven't found yet our usual FR Derby thread. I will start one,even though the race is a mere 5 hour away.
  • Ocala’s Ivan Rodriguez Gelfenstein balances socialist revolution with horse racing opulence

    03/03/2016 8:02:48 PM PST · by houstonastros · 4 replies
    Mysterious Venezuelan socialist "businessman" now a rich capitalist-- builds $20 million horse racing facility and flies in private jet? Where'd he get (steal) the money?
  • American Pharoah Wins Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown

    06/06/2015 7:35:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    newyorktimes ^ | JUNE 6, 2015 | JOE DRAPE
    As American Pharoah came out of the far turn and squared his shoulders to let his rider, Victor Espinoza, stare down the long withering stretch of Belmont Park, a sense of inevitability surged through this mammoth old grandstand. The fans in a capacity crowd strained on their tiptoes and let out a roar from deep in their souls. It was going to end, finally — this 37-year search for a great racehorse. No, a battered old sport was looking for an immortal thoroughbred, one worthy to stand alongside Sir Barton and Assault, War Admiral and Whirlaway, Count Fleet and Citation,...
  • American Pharoah wins Belmont Stakes, ending 37-year Triple Crown drought

    06/06/2015 5:35:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 49 replies ^ | 6-6-2015 |
    American Pharoah became the first horse in over three decades Saturday to earn the Triple Crown, placing 1st in the Belmont Stakes after winning the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby earlier in the season. In one of the sporting world's rarest feats, the bay colt with the unusually short tail defeated seven rivals in the grueling 1 1/2-mile race, covering the distance in 2:26.65 to end the longest stretch without a Triple Crown champion in history. American Pharoah is the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to win three races on different tracks at varying distances over a...
  • The 147th (2015) BELMONT STAKES! Will the 37-year drought end today??

    06/06/2015 1:32:17 PM PDT · by ETL · 160 replies
    various sources | June 6, 2015 | self
    Scheduled race time: 6:50pm (ET)
  • American Pharoah to go for Triple Crown in June 6 Belmont Stakes

    05/26/2015 3:48:13 PM PDT · by ETL · 70 replies ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jenny Kellner
    For the third time in four years, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown hopeful when American Pharoah attempts to add the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6, the final and most demanding leg of the series, to his victories in the Kentucky Derby and in yesterday's rain-drenched Preakness. It will mark the 14th time since Affirmed swept all three races in 1978 that a horse has had a chance to join the 11 Triple Crown champions; none have succeeded. Three of those attempts have been by American Pharoah's Hall of...
  • 2015 Preakness Stakes (LIVE 6:18pm ET on NBC)

    05/16/2015 2:55:40 PM PDT · by ETL · 76 replies,, | self
    1./ American Pharoah 3/C L Victor Espinoza 126 Bob Baffert 4/5 2./ Dortmund 3/C L Martin Garcia 126 Bob Baffert 7/2 3./ Mr Z. 3/C L Corey Nakatani 126 D. Wayne Lukas 20/1 4./ Danzig Moon 3/C L Julien Leparoux 126 Mark Casse 15/1 5./ Tale of Verve 3/C L Joel Rosario 126 Dallas Stewart 30/1 6./ Bodhisattva 3/C L Trevor McCarthy 126 Jose Corrales 20/1 7./ Divining Rod 3/C L Javier Castellano 126 Arnaud Delacour 12/1 8./ Firing Line 3/C L Gary Stevens 126 Simon Callaghan 4/1
  • An early look at tomorrow's Preakness Stakes

    05/15/2015 7:23:29 AM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies and (links included) | 5/15/15 | self
    2015 Preakness Stakes Distance:One Mile And Three Sixteenths - (Dirt) Pgm PP Horse Name (L) WT. Jockey/Trainer Owner M/L Odds 1 1 American Pharoah L 126 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables, LLC 4-5 2 2 Dortmund L 126 Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Kaleem Shah, Inc. 7-2 3 3 Mr. Z L 126 Corey S. Nakatani D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 20-1 4 4 Danzig Moon L 126 Julien R. Leparoux Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley 15-1 5 5 Tale of Verve L 126 Joel Rosario Dallas Stewart Charles E. Fipke 30-1 6 6 Bodhisattva L 126 Trevor McCarthy...
  • An Early Look at this Saturday's 2015 Preakness Stakes

    05/14/2015 4:30:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 10 replies and (links included) | May 14, 2015 | self
    PIMLICO RACE COURSE 2015 Preakness Stakes 13th Race Distance:One Mile And Three Sixteenths - (Dirt) Conditions:For three-year-olds, $15,000 to pass the entry box, starters to pay $15,000 additional. 60% of the purse to the winner, 20% to second, 11% to third, 6% to fourth and 3% to fifth. Weight 126 pounds for Colts and Geldings, 121 pounds for Fillies. A replica of the Woodlawn Vase will be presented to the winning owner to remain his or her personal property. Program Selections:1-2-8-7 Pgm PP Horse Name (L) WT. Jockey/Trainer Owner M/L Odds 1 1 American Pharoah L 126 Victor Espinoza Bob...
  • What Race Officials Noticed in a Photographer’s Finish(truncated)

    01/27/2015 1:31:48 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies ^ | 01/27/2015 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    On first glance you might miss it. But what race officials in Houston spotted in a photographer’s finish line-area picture of a horse race has led to the jockey facing felony charges.
  • 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...
  • Triple Crown Hopeful California Chrome Has Bay Area Ties

    06/07/2014 2:22:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 6, 2014
    A racehorse with connections to Albany's Golden Gate Fields is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 this weekend. Jean Elle reports.A racehorse with connections to Albany's Golden Gate Fields is looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 this weekend. California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby on May 3 and the Preakness Stakes on May 17 and is slated to compete in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Watch California Chrome race for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. The horse has been undefeated...
  • At the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome Creates Gambling History: A Sure Thing Bet

    06/06/2014 11:01:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/06/2014
    Pari-mutuel betting, for better or worse, is in my blood. My maternal grandfather spent every day for 60 years plying the greyhound tracks of South Florida and Massachusetts, and there’s enough of him in me to draw me to Belmont Park every time there’s a shot at the thoroughbred Triple Crown. There’s also enough of him in me to know that while I can’t guarantee that California Chrome will win the 146th Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, I can guarantee there’s a sure thing for anyone who wants to bet the race. This...
  • Who is California Chrome?

    06/06/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | 6-6-14 | Johnette Howard
    ELMONT, N.Y. -- If you listen to horsemen during the Triple Crown chase year after year, they talk as if a special racehorse becomes a champion not only because of how fast he runs, but also because of who he is. So what makes California Chrome a special racehorse and a champion, instead of just a horse with a great backstory? Co-owner Steve Coburn, the Wilford Brimley lookalike in the 10-gallon hat, fingers the trait that all of Chrome's handlers cite: "It's been amazing to watch his personality develop and watch his mind develop." His mind? Really? Angel Cordero Jr.,...
  • Who Do You Like? Betting The 2014 Belmont Stakes

    06/05/2014 10:31:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/05/2014 | Teresa Genaro
    There will be a lot of people on Saturday at Belmont Park rooting for California Chrome to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown, and a lot of people who think he has a shot to do it. But there will also be people trying to beat him: his morning line odds of 3/5 aren’t going to offer much in the way of an ROI, and 21 horses have entered the starting gate of the Belmont Stakes with Derby/Preakness wins in hand, only to fall short. A field of 11 will try the test of the champion on Saturday...
  • Man o’ War–racing’s greatest thoroughbred and “mostest hoss”

    04/30/2014 10:12:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/30/14 | Doug Book
    In the spring of 1921, Texas oil baron William Waggoner offered thoroughbred breeder and racing veteran Samuel D. Riddle $500,000 for his peerless, 4 year old chestnut colt, Man o’ War. Riddle politely turned him down. When on the very next day the oil man raised his offer to $1 million, Riddle was said to have replied, “Mr Waggoner, many men can have a million dollars, but only one can have Man o’ War. I’m not interested in parting with him.” Determined to own the greatest thoroughbred the racing world had ever known, an exasperated Waggoner exclaimed, “Come, Mr. Riddle,...
  • Former Asmussen employee commits suicide

    03/30/2014 7:38:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | March 29, 2014 | Mary Rampellini
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Harry Hubbard Johnson, who recently left the employ of trainer Steve Asmussen at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., committed suicide Friday in Kentucky. Johnson was Asmussen’s shed foreman, a position that ranks a level below assistant trainer. He died two days following his 27th birthday. “He was a kind soul and a pleasure to be around,” Asmussen said Saturday. “I feel horrible for the whole Johnson family.” Johnson’s death comes a little more than a week after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released controversial video and audio footage recorded undercover in the...
  • Pennsylvania Bill Would Gut Horse Racing Fund

    01/31/2014 6:15:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Bloodhorse ^ | January 31, 2014 | Tom LaMarra
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker's proposal to gut the Race Horse Development Fund supported by revenue from slot machines generated a strong response from the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which represents owners, breeders, and trainers of racehorses in the state. Republican Rep. Todd Stevens introduced legislation that would shift $250 million a year—almost the entire amount racing and breeding gets from slot machine revenue—to fund education in Pennsylvania. In statements, the lawmaker from southeastern Pennsylvania said horse racing is for the wealthy and elite, and that education should be the priority.
  • The long goodbye for Hollywood Park, through knowing eyes

    12/14/2013 12:24:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
    Richard Warren recalls the heyday when celebrities such as Cary Grant, Lucille Ball and Fred Astaire would linger in the box seats, but on Saturday the buzz will be a bit restrained, even for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity... With the track's final day, Dec. 22, looming, he has become, for the thousands who know him, a sort of symbol of past joy and current sadness...
  • Vanity - Kentucky Derby 2013 Picks and Predictions

    05/04/2013 9:04:56 AM PDT · by Slump Tester · 69 replies
    5/04/2013 | Self
    Lets's start a thread for posting our Derby picks. We need an FR bookie. We can play for told-ya-sos. I'm a cheapskate who's broke all the time, so I'm only betting on the big race. I'm putting $2 across the boards on "Normandy Invasion" and also $2 across the boards on "Frac Daddy". I know it's stupid to pick them because you like their names, but every once in a while it works. I picked a horse named "Frisk Me Now" once in some podunk race and it won even though it went off at like 50 or 60:1. The...
  • Oklahoma, New Mexico horse-racing tracks linked to Mexican drug cartel, Feds say.

    06/14/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Tammy8 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2012
    RUIDOSO, N.M. – In the stables at a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico, workers quietly nicknamed Jose Trevino Morales's stables as the "Zetas' stables" and say they often saw people show up with bags of cash to buy the horses. On Tuesday, authorities raided those stables and a horse ranch in Oklahoma accusing Trevino and others of running a sophisticated money-laundering operation connected to one of Mexico's most powerful and ruthless drug cartels. Federal authorities accuse Trevino's older brother, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up the horse operation that...
  • I'll Have Another to lead post parade before start of the Belmont

    06/09/2012 6:34:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | June 09, 2012 | Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune
    ELMONT, N.Y. — New York Racing Association officials were hopeful the Triple Crown bid today by I’ll Have Another would lure a record crowd, more than the record 120,139 who jammed Belmont Park to see Smarty Jones try to cap the Crown, but fail, in 2004. Although I’ll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont because of an injured tendon, fans still will see the Derby and Preakness winner. With jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard, I’ll Have Another will lead the post parade for the Belmont Stakes. "NYRA asked us if we’d be interested, and we told them we’d be...
  • I'll Have Another Won't Run in Belmont Stakes, Erases Hopes of First Triple Crown Since 1978

    06/08/2012 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies ^ | 6/8/2012 | Mike Cole
    Horse racing was dealt a devastating blow on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed that his horse, I'll Have Another, won't run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. O'Neill confirmed that news on The Dan Patrick Show. O'Neill cited injury as the reason the horse won't run in the race. "It's his left front leg," O'Neill told the show. "This morning, he looked perfect. I took him and did a little something with him and after training, the swelling came back." O'Neill also said that the horse looked like it was suffering from tendinitis. I'll Have Another was looking...
  • I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

    06/08/2012 8:41:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.
  • What’s at Stake in the Belmont

    06/02/2012 2:17:45 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2012
    The horse racing industry should be deeply shamed that extraordinary security measures had to be ordered to guard horses in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes from the doping abuses engulfing thoroughbred racing. The horses will be kept in an isolated barn with visitors limited, feed and hay bales checked for drugs, and veterinarians and trainers under daily watch to ensure there is no manipulation of food or medication. If anyone thinks this is an overreaction, they should take a look at the record of Doug O’Neill. He is the trainer of I’ll Have Another, the horse primed for the chance to...
  • Free – 2012 Preakness Stakes Past Performances (PDF file), plus (free) prior races video & charts

    05/19/2012 6:24:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies
    For major races such as this, free past performances are usually provided. It's on a PDF file.Link again here:
  • Zenyatta has foaled [Diary Post #454]

    03/08/2012 11:35:05 PM PST · by Nepeta · 15 replies ^ | March 8, 2012
    Zenyatta foaled a Bernardini colt Thursday evening about 10.10! Mother and son are doing fine. Photos at the link above.
  • Mountaineer: Rapid Redux will have to overcome post, pace to set record (20 Straight Wins)

    11/21/2011 8:19:50 AM PST · by Rational Thought · 3 replies
    The Daily Racing Form ^ | 11/20/2011 | Joe DeVivo
    If Rapid Redux extends his winning streak to a modern-day United States record 20 races Monday night at Mountaineer Racetrack, he will truly have to earn it. Although the 5-year-old Rapid Redux has dominated the $5,000 starter allowance ranks throughout the mid-Atlantic region en route to tying the record shared by 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta and the New Mexico-bred mare Peppers Pride, there are several potential stumbling blocks in his path when he faces nine other older horses going a mile in Monday’s eighth race. First, Mountaineer’s leading jockey, Deshawn Parker, must be able to work out a...
  • Rapid Redux scores No. 18 in a row at Charles Town (Thoroughbred extends streak)

    10/15/2011 4:43:09 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 1+ views ^ | 10/14/2011 | Ira Kaplan
    Rapid Redux won his 18th straight race Friday night at Charles Town, putting him one victory away from tying the modern-day record of 19 straight, held by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride. J.D. Acosta took Rapid Redux right to the lead in the 1 1/8-mile starter allowance, and they never gave their backers an anxious moment. Rapid Redux covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.94 over a track rated good and paid $2.80.
  • Timonium: Rapid Redux records 16th consecutive victory (Thoroughbred wins 16th straight)

    09/05/2011 9:06:51 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 2 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 09/04/2011 | Joe DeVivo
    Rapid Redux, a 5-year-old gelding based at Penn National Race Course with trainer David Wells, extended his winning streak to 16 races Sunday by taking the eighth race at Timonium. In winning for the 14th time this season and 16th time since his streak began last December at his home track, Rapid Redux joined all-time greats Citation and Cigar as Thoroughbreds who have won 16 in a row. The mares Zenyatta and Pepper’s Pride share the North American record of 19 straight.
  • Churchill Downs in KY hit hard by possible twister

    06/23/2011 7:18:33 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6-23-11 | DYLAN LOVAN, AP
    A possible tornado damaged several horse barns at Churchill Downs, prompting track officials to temporarily halt races Thursday at the famed Kentucky Derby horse track. Some horses have been moved to private farms, Keeneland racetrack in Lexington and to different barns at the facility, track president Kevin Flanery said. Flanery said multiple barns sustained damage after 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday when the storms blew through the area, knocking down poles, trees and power to thousands in Louisville. Flanery called off Thursday's racing card while workers assess damage and do repairs, but said he was optimistic racing can resume Friday and...
  • Kentucky Derby - May 7, 2011

    04/30/2011 2:56:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Yes, it's just a week away. Right now, there are 21 horses listed. Thought I'd give everyone a link to the official Derby site and a look at each of the horses.
  • Putting a new, strange face on Preakness

    03/30/2011 11:46:57 AM PDT · by OddLane · 28 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 29, 2011 | Jill Rosen
    Half-man, half-horse and altogether drunk, the Preakness' newest pitchman, introduced Tuesday, is a "party manimal" with one job: reassuring young people that this year's infield festivities will indeed be rowdy, raunchy and booze-soaked. Kegasus, a centaur with a nipple ring, body hair and ample beer gut, is the centerpiece of the new ad campaign for Maryland's leg of the Triple Crown. Starting this week, he'll be spreading his hard-partying message on television, radio and social media outlets that cater to the 21- to 40-year-olds the race hopes to reach. Only hours old, the campaign was already garnering criticism Tuesday for...
  • 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...
  • “Schizophrenic” State Planning

    10/05/2010 12:27:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/5/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Horse racing industry is both victim of state efforts to kill gambling and beneficiary of state efforts to subsidize gamblingRonald Reagan once famously quipped that government economic experts have a simple motto: "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." When it comes to horse racing, Michigan government's economic experts appear able to implement more than one of these seemingly contradictory plans at a time. The state of Michigan and Wayne County showered millions upon millions of tax dollars on the Pinnacle Race Course in Huron Township in 2008. The...
  • Horse Racing Subsidies Fail to Win, Place or Show

    08/31/2010 6:04:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2010 | Michael LaFaive
    A column in today's Detroit News shows remarkable sympathy for government support of Michigan's dwindling horse racing industry. Several points stand out: Column: "Lansing is allowing an established segment of the entertainment industry - horse racing - to wither, taking with it hundreds of jobs and small businesses." Response: Who died and made Lansing the savior for any industry? Tastes and preferences in entertainment change, but that reality hardly justifies taxpayer subsidies to a lucky handful, whether they were buggy whip makers turned obsolete by Henry Ford in the past or horserace promoters today. Column: "When you're in a state...
  • Bo Derek appointment to Horse Racing Board put on hold by state Senate

    08/25/2010 7:06:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/10 | Patrick McGreevy
    Actress Bo Derek may be a "10," but state lawmakers Wednesday indefinitely put off a decision on whether to confirm her appointment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a state board. The Senate Rules Committee delayed action on the governor’s appointments of Derek, Keith Brackpool, David J. Israel and Richard A. Rosenberg to the California Horse Racing Board. If confirmed, they would all serve well into the administration of the next governor, who takes office in January.
  • My Secret To Win At Gambling Finally Revealed

    05/22/2010 5:12:54 AM PDT · by mattstat · 65 replies · 1,327+ views
    One of the difficulties that world-famous public personalities such as myself face is that people think we have the answer for every question. That isn’t true. It’s only mostly true. Because I deal with numbers, about twice a week I receive emails from people the world over asking me to sell my Secrets To Win At Gambling. It turns out I do have a system, which, if I thought I could get away with it, I would sell. I’d have to insist on payment up front, though; no refunds. You’ll see why in a moment. Here is a typical email:...
  • Nobody interested in THE PREAKNESS??

    05/15/2010 7:52:00 AM PDT · by supremedoctrine · 56 replies · 949+ views
    Supremedoctrine, the Handicapper | MaY 15 2010 | Self
    All our usual Triple Crown chat seems to have evaporated. Today is the Second Leg of the TC. A field of 12 goes postward at Pimlico today for the Preakness Stakes.
  • Lookin At Lucky on Rail; Sidney's Candy in 20 (Kentucky Derby post positions, odds)

    04/28/2010 8:41:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies · 673+ views
    Blood-Horse ^ | April 28, 2010
    Morning-line favorite Lookin At Lucky drew post 1 for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the post position draw Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Post 1, while it hasn’t produced a winner since Ferdinand in 1986, has the most wins in the Kentucky Derby, along with post 5, since 1900. For an overview of winning Kentucky Derby post positions, click here.
  • (March 30, 1970) Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago

    03/30/2010 6:38:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies · 756+ views ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Schmitz
    Secretariat Foaled 40 Years Ago by David Schmitz (Secretariat, shown as a 2-year-old, was foaled March 30, 1970) March 30 marks 40 years since the birth of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat at Christopher T. Chenery’s The Meadow near Doswell, Va. It’s a date well worth remembering by any racing fan but especially by those who were around during Secretariat’s racing days and more so by those lucky enough to see the strikingly handsome chestnut colt with three white stockings in action. Secretariat’s magnetism was evident soon after the colt’s birth. Chenery’s daughter, Penny, was so overwhelmed after getting her...
  • Dick Francis dies aged 89

    02/15/2010 3:58:17 PM PST · by MrsPatriot · 7 replies · 338+ views
    Telegraph, UK ^ | Published: 7:30PM GMT 14 Feb 2010 | By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
    Dick Francis, who used his career as a champion jockey to launch an even more successful one as a thriller writer, died yesterday at the age of 89.
  • The Feds Are Investigating NY Governor Patterson Over Video Lottery Deal

    02/10/2010 9:03:13 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 265+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/10/10 | The Lid
    Earlier this week, we suggested that rather than the rumored sex scandal NY Governor Paterson's actual problems may surround the awarding of a state contract for video lottery machines at the Aqueduct Race track. New York TV Channel WPIX is reporting that the Eastern District of the US Attorney's office in Brooklyn are investigating Governor David Paterson over the awarding that lucrative contract. The Governor's office has been ripped apart at the seams because of the tainted deal. Some Paterson aides have signaled they may quit over what some call his "corrupt decision" to give the lucrative Aqueduct gaming contract...
  • The Day at the Races (Government-run Bookie goes bankrupt)

    12/04/2009 6:02:26 PM PST · by Onerom99 · 5 replies · 380+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/4/09 | Jerry Bossert
    So the inept New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. finally filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection yesterday, officially becoming the first bookmaker that couldn't make a profit (See Page 8). Despite handling close to one billion dollars a year in wagers, the incompetent organization still can't break even, blaming others for its problems when NYCOTB is its own. OTB pushed for nighttime thoroughbred simulcasting, and got it, and now is paying for it dearly. It's the biggest mistake that NYCOTB made, thinking people would gamble on Penn National and Mountaineer like they wager on Aqueduct, Belmont or Churchill Downs. It...
  • Zenyatta and the 2009 breeders cup classic

    11/10/2009 10:14:16 AM PST · by jpsb · 10 replies · 545+ views
    jpsb | Nov 10, 2009 | jpsb
    Zenyatta and the 2009 Breeders Cup Classic “Zenyatta is over rated”, “Zenyatta never beat a quality horse”, “Zenyatta doesn't have the speed to win”, “Zenyatta peaked last year” and “Zenyatta is all hype”. Perhaps most insulting of all “Zenyatta is racing in the Classic so her lose there will not be as damning as her certain lost to Careless Jewel or Music Note in the Lady's Classic”. It is a good thing horses don't read news papers or blogs. Perhaps she did and that's the reason she did not want to go into the gate at the Breeders Cup Classic....