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  • What Race Officials Noticed in a Photographer’s Finish(truncated)

    01/27/2015 1:31:48 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 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
    bloodhorse.com ^ | 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
    nola.com ^ | 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
    NESN.com ^ | 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: http://horseracinginside.com/wordpress/free-2012-preakness-stakes-past-performances/
  • Zenyatta has foaled [Diary Post #454]

    03/08/2012 11:35:05 PM PST · by Nepeta · 15 replies
    Zenyatta.com ^ | 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
    DRF.com ^ | 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
    BloodHorse.com ^ | 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....
  • Borel: 'We're Going to Win' Belmont Stakes

    06/01/2009 5:16:18 PM PDT · by gate2wire · 45 replies · 895+ views
    Bloodhorse ^ | June 1, 2009 | Ron Mitchell
    An exuberant Calvin Borel expressed confidence that Mine That Bird will win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after working the diminutive gelding a half-mile in :50 on a warm, sunny June 1 morning at Churchill Downs. “Perfect,” said Borel, who won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with the son of Birdstone trained by Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. for owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach. “He’s ready. We’re going to win. No questions asked.” The boast by the hard-working, likable Borel was similar to the one he made previous to winning the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr....
  • The 141st Belmont Stakes (Borel Goes for Jockey Triple Crown)

    06/06/2009 11:56:59 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 62 replies · 1,883+ views
    race coverage begins at 3:00 central, Preakness winner Rachel Alexanda will not run at least until the Breeders Cup
  • Rachel Alexandra won’t run in Belmont

    05/29/2009 3:54:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies · 639+ views
    AP (via yahoo) ^ | 5/29/09 | JEFFREY McMURRAY
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)—Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Belmont Stakes, opening the way for jockey Calvin Borel to return to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in his quest for a personal Triple Crown. Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra’s co-owner, said Friday the spectacular filly “deserves a well-earned vacation.”
  • Award-Winning Jockey Likely Paralyzed After Being Thrown From Horse

    05/26/2009 5:11:33 AM PDT · by Justaham · 5 replies · 447+ views
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Jockey Rene Douglas may be paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a race at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago, his agent said. Agent Dennis Cooper said Douglas spent seven hours in surgery on Sunday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital and afterward doctors told him the jockey could not feel his lower limbs. Cooper said doctors won't know Douglas' status for certain until swelling reduces in about two weeks.
  • No Horse Sense At ABC?

    05/04/2009 9:17:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,062+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Monday after the Kentucky Derby, you’d think ABC would know which way horses run around an American racetrack—counter-clockwise—as you’ll see in the photo of Mine That Bird’s stunning triumph the Run for the Roses. But have a look at the Dem and Republican horses in the animation that Good Morning America used today to illustrate James Carville’s theory of why Democrats, according to his new book, are positioned to rule for 40 years. Yup, they’re running clockwise. View video here.
  • Two big Kentucky Derby prep races today: Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby

    04/11/2009 12:38:26 PM PDT · by ETL · 2 replies · 471+ views
    various sources | Me
    TODAY'S MAJOR KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACES... Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Grade: I, Purse: $750,000, Distance: 1-1/8 miles Track: Keeneland Saturday, April 11, 2009 @6:00 PM ET Blue Grass packed with questions By Marty McGee, Daily Racing Form, April 09, 2009 LEXINGTON, Ky. - The multitude of questions that surround the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes might well be answered with even more questions. Such is the nature of the Polytrack surface at Keeneland, which two years ago produced the Kentucky Derby winner in Blue Grass runner-up Street Sense but last year gave the Derby its last-place finisher in Blue Grass...
  • Three major Kentucky Derby prep races today: Santa Anita Derby, Illinois Derby and Wood Memorial

    04/04/2009 12:32:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 2 replies · 637+ views
    various sources | Saturday, April 4, 2009 | Me
    TODAY'S MAJOR KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACES... 6th Race, SANTA ANITA PARKSanta Anita Derby (TELEVISED LIVE ON NBC, BEGINNING AT 2PM PDT, 5PM EDT) Post Time: 2:40 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $750,000 Grade: 1 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch)http://ntra.equibase.com/eqbNTRAGetFreeFF.cfm?trk=SA&rd=04/04/2009&cty=USA&de=D&rn=6 ________________________________________________ 7th Race, HAWTHORNEIllinois Derby Post Time: 4:15 PM (local time) Distance/Restrictions: 1 1/8 Miles, Dirt, 3 Year Olds, Purse: $500,000 Grade: 2 FREE PAST PERFORMANCES FOR ILLINOIS DERBY: (direct link to pdf file from EQUIBASE -free/no catch)http://ntra.equibase.com/eqbNTRAGetFreeFF.cfm?trk=HAW&rd=04/04/2009&cty=USA&de=D&rn=7 ________________________________________________ 9th Race, AQUEDUCT, NEW...
  • On the 2009 Kentucky Derby trail: contenders, past performances w/video, schedule of prep-races

    03/22/2009 7:51:54 AM PDT · by ETL · 3 replies · 2,403+ views
    various sources | Me
    2009 Derby Contenders:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contenders Contender PP's (Past Performances):Brisnet's weekly updated PDF past performance file of Kentucky Derby hopefuls:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contender-pps For more info at the site (http://www.kentuckyderby.com/), hover your mouse pointer/cursor over "Racing Information" and select from the drop-down menu. --------------------------------------------------------- Prep race schedule from mid-March to Derby Day, May 2ndMarch:Mar 14 2009: Louisiana Derby - Fair Grounds, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $600,000Mar 14 2009: San Felipe - Santa Anita, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $200,000Mar 14 2009: Rebel - Oaklawn, Grade II, 1 1/16 miles, $300,000Mar 14 2009: Tampa Bay Derby - Tampa Bay Downs, Grade III, 1 1/16 miles, $300,000Mar...
  • Tracking the 2009 Kentucky Derby contenders (4 big prep races today)

    03/14/2009 9:33:56 AM PDT · by ETL · 6 replies · 1,785+ views
    Here are a few must-have links for the upcoming Kentucky Derby... (there's even free video of prior races at the site) 2009 Derby Contenders:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contenders Contender PP's (Past Performances):Here is Brisnet's weekly updated PDF past performance file of Kentucky Derby hopefuls:http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/contender-pps Derby Prep Schedule: (major races leading to the Derby)http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/racing-information/preps-schedule For more info at the site (http://www.kentuckyderby.com/), hover your mouse pointer/cursor over "Racing Information" and select from the drop-down menu.
  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Revenge is Sweet (Gotham Stakes)

    03/07/2009 5:13:15 AM PST · by gate2wire · 31 replies · 454+ views
    I Want Revenge is a horse on a mission. The son of Stephen Got Even has traveled across the country to get a head start on his compatriots back home. While they remain in California, content to scamper along on the synthetic surface, oblivious to the test that awaits them on May 2, I Want Revenge is willing to find out right now, once and for all, whether he will get hit by a dirt bomb or take to the loam like a kid to a sandbox. If it turns out to be the latter and he can defeat a...
  • NLPC Uncovers $183,000 in Contributions (from horse racing interests) to Friends of Blagojevich...

    02/02/2009 7:46:57 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies · 1,788+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) ^ | February 2, 2009 | Ken Boehm
    National Legal and Policy Center Focuses on Next Phase in Blagojevich-Johnston “Pay to Play” Saga Uncovers $183,000 in Additional Contributions to Friends of Blagojevich from Johnston horse racing interests New figures demonstrate more than half of all horse racing contributions from 2002-2007 came directly from Johnston-owned/affiliated interestsFalls Church, Virginia - Today the National Legal and Policy Center publicly released an in-depth analysis of financial contributions made to Friends of Blagojevich from Balmoral and Maywood race track owner John Johnston and other Johnston-owned/affiliated interests. The new analysis reveals that previous accounts of Johnston contributions to Friends of Blagojevich greatly under-reported the...
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Who do you think is going to win the crucial race tomorrow?

    11/03/2008 4:54:44 AM PST · by beagleone · 14 replies · 416+ views
    Vanity | 11/3/2008 | Me
    I mean in the Melbourne Cup. Which horse should I bet on? Any inside scoop?
  • Big Brown Retired After Workout Injury

    10/13/2008 9:18:44 AM PDT · by richmwill · 7 replies · 281+ views
    The Blood Horse ^ | 10/13/08 | Karen Johnson
    Big Brown Retired After Workout Injury Updated: Monday, October 13, 2008 11:19 AM Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 10:34 AM By Karen Johnson and Steve Haskin Dual classic winner Big Brown has been retired after sustaining an injury during a workout at Aqueduct the morning of Oct. 13. The winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) had worked in company with Kip Deville over the turf course, with the stablemates finishing together in final time of 1:12 4/5 for six furlongs. Afterward, it was determined that the colt had grabbed a...