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Horse Racing

Monster Sponsors American Pharoah

It was announced by ESPN that American Pharoah will be sponsored by Monster energy drinks. What this means is that the cooling blanket used in the paddock before the race and on the walkover will have the Monster label on it. That is not  such a big deal, and surely worth some revenue. However there is … Continue reading »

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Jockeys should be part of the fabric of Saratoga

On May 28, 2015, there was a public hearing in Saratoga with respect to proposed renovations to Saratoga Race Course. The full plan can be accessed here. The plan offers some very positive proposals. For instance, there is the proposal to build a three story enclosed luxury dining facility where the existing At the Rail … Continue reading »

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Thoughts on Be Bullish

On May 17th in the 3rd race at Belmont Park, the 10 year old gelding, Be Bullish ran what would become his final race. It was an otherwise nondescript $16,000 claimin race held in the middle of the card on a Sunday afternoon. There were no expectations of large amounts wagered; few fans intrigued by … Continue reading »

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April Ocala Sale

This week begins the Ocala April sale of Two Year Olds in Training. This is an outstanding sale to find horses of value for both the entry level purchaser and the mid range buyer. This sale takes place over 2 days in Ocala FL, with a undertack show that started at 8:00 this morning. Two … Continue reading »

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NYRA having troubles this winter

Every winter the New York Racing Association loses the top thoroughbred horses to warmer climates. Whether the climates are  Gulfstream Park, Fairgrounds Race Track, Oaklawn Park or various farms in South Carolina or Florida, the New York circuit loses the top quality horses through the winter. This is not new and has been this way … Continue reading »

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Did the California Stewards make the right decision in the Breeder’s Cup Classic?

California’s Stewards, the people charged with the safety and integrity of racing in the state of California had the opportunity on Saturday to make a ruling that would have not only been correct, but would have sent shock waves through racing. At the start of the race, Bayern, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, … Continue reading »

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Three New York Trainers and One Jockey suspended by stewards this week.

According to the Daily Racing Form and the New York Gaming Commission website,three  trainers: Doug O’Neil,  Bruce Levine and Brad Cox were suspended for drug violations. Additionally jockey Junior Alvarado was suspended as a result of his riding in the Jockey Club Gold Cup that caused jockey Rajiv Maragh to fracture his arm in several places … Continue reading »

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Why I Love Saratoga

I have been going to Saratoga for the racing season every year since 1977, this year will be no exception. When I started attending the track, I was merely a child, however I was captivated by both the town and the track. Almost 40 years later, nothing has changed and the excitement in the pit … Continue reading »

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Will this be the year?

On Saturday many eyes of the sporting world will be on Belmont Park in Elmont, NY to watch and see if California Chrome can win the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown has not been one since 1978, despite there being eleven chances for it to happen. Tom Durkin has called each of them, and the … Continue reading »

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5 Questions for Chris Kay

I read with interest the article by Ray Paulick detailing the fact that the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is INCREASING admission fees at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. While some people may think that an increase from $3 to $5 and Clubhouse admission from $5 to $8 as  nominal. The fact is that if a family … Continue reading »

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