Racing News

Sunday round-up & other thoughts

Random thoughts and other reactions to yesterday's racing action.

Graydar Sidelined with Ankle Chip | BloodHorse.com

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Claire Novak at the BloodHorse.com reports on a big blow to the Classic division - Graydar will be out for about two months due to an ankle chip.

Shanghai Bobby given a rest - Brisnet

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I'll be honest, I find this somewhat odd: "There's nothing obviously wrong with him but we will go over him thoroughly and give him some time off to fully recover from his long campaign. He'll be sent to Payton Training Center today and allowed to have the down time that he seems to need right now," Pletcher reported. Shanghai Bobby won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in early November. Didn't race again until late January in the Holy Bull, followed by the Florida Derby on March 30. That's three races in five months. That's doesn't seem like a tough campaign; just the opposite.

Always in a Tiz has Lung Infection

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It was found post-Southwest. Should be somewhat of an excuse for his flat run. But I'm still not sure if it makes me think any more highly of the Smarty Jones field.

$500,000 Penn Mile debuts in 2013

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A new, half a million dollar race for three-year-olds on the lawn at Penn National will debut on June 1st. The introduction of another high money turf race is quite nice, especially for horses that don't quite belong in the Triple Crown series due to surface or distance limitations. This could be a nice option for horses that run well on synthetics in the spring.

Sports Betting and Horse Racing

The debate in New Jersey continues to rage concerning the attempt to allow sports betting at Monmouth Park. What I don't understand is the belief that gambling is a zero sum game.

Eblouissante, half to Zenyatta, wins debut

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While the odds of great success are long, it's always fun to watch siblings of famous horses make their racing debuts.

Questing had Eye Injury

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Good news here, nothing serious. And this is a true statement if I've ever heard one, "It's really a shame, because the race would have set up perfectly for her, with her speed and the way the track was playing, favoring speed. She was coming up to the race in fantastic shape."

Frankel to Battle Foes, Conditions on Saturday

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With a turf that looks to be rated as Soft come Saturday, it might be a challenge... Ok seriously, Racing Post? Frankel will be fine. His acceleration and the stamina he has demonstrated thus far should carry him over any surface. Thought it is awesome that they only summarily discuss the other runners and focus instead on the surface as the major hurdle.

Horse Racing News & Links (10/4/12)

A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Belmont Scratches, Changes & Track Conditions

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A look at the track conditions, scratches and changes for Saturday's Fall Championship at Belmont Park

Around The Backstretch: News & Links

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A look at the items making news and notes around the horse racing world.

Friday Notes

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Horse racing news and notes for Friday, September 14th.

Around The Backstretch - 8/27/2012

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A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing on Monday, August 27th.

2013 Breeders' Cup To Santa Anita? Is It Time To Start Thinking Outside-The-Box?

The Breeders' Cup is reportedly heading back to Santa Anita for 2013. Is it time for us to re-shape how the Breeders' Cup is structured between tracks?

Around The Backstretch - 8/8/2012

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A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing on August 8th, 2012.

Del Mar And Saratoga Set To Begin 2012 Meets

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A look at the opening of the 2012 Saratoga and Del Mar meets, including the full stakes calendar for both tracks.

Around The Backstretch: Friday News And Notes

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A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Around The Backstretch: Tuesday News And Notes

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A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Algorithms Knocked Off The Kentucky Derby Trail

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Algorithms, one of the top early contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby, has been knocked off the Derby trail due to a fractured splint.

Arlington St. Leger Added To Million Day

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Arlington Park has added a new $400,000 stakes race to it's Arlington Million day program: the Arlington St. Leger. Modeled after the St. Leger races in England and Ireland, the Arlington St. Leger...

2011 Eclipse Awards Finalists

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The finalists for the 2011 Eclipse Awards were announced by the NTRA, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

December Handle Up Nationally - Have We Turned The Corner?

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National wagering on thoroughbred racing in December of 2011 was 18% higher than in December of 2010. That is the first month-over-month gain since February of 2008, according to the Daily Racing...

Rapid Redux Holds Off Awesome Rhythm To Win 22nd In A Row

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Rapid Redux wins his 22nd race in a row after holding off Awesome Rhythm at Laurel Park.

NBC Sports Network: An Opportunity For Horse Racing (Updated)

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NBC Sports Network Transforms From Versus; Horse Racing Will Be Part Of Platform

Back From Christmas Vacation

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A review of the items making news in horse racing.

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