The Pegasus Millions

The 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series is this Saturday, January 23 at Gulfstream Park. This event continues to lead the industry with its entirely medication-free format. This year, the Winner of the $3 million dollar Pegasus World Cup receives an automatic entry into the $20 million Saudi Cup. What is the Pegasus World Cup?  The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series is a pair of … Continue reading The Pegasus Millions

BIG Money @ The Big A

If you don’t play Aqueduct Park, and tend not to participate in multi-race Wagers, Saturday January 16th would be a good time to start. The Early Pick 5, covering the first five races of every card at NYRA tracks was, for the first time in quite a stretch, not hit on Friday, resulting in a carryover of $265,042.64 when live racing resumes on Saturday at … Continue reading BIG Money @ The Big A

Racing Is Back On Television

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced the return of America’s Day at the Races. Saturday, January 16th, will be the first of 22 days of the acclaimed national horse racing telecast to air throughout January, February and March on FOX Sports. Produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports, America’s Day at the Races will return Saturday on FS1 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. eastern time. … Continue reading Racing Is Back On Television

Santa Anita Centennial Man

It was just about a year ago the Daily Racing Blog told the story of John Shear, but given his age and the pandemic, we thought it might be nice to revisit him as he closes in on a milestone birthday. Although his preferred venue is off limits for the time being, the beloved Paddock Captain at Santa Anita will nonetheless celebrate his 100th birthday with … Continue reading Santa Anita Centennial Man

Till Death Or NYRA Do Them Part

Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Katie Davis were married (small ceremony) back in mid-December. But just this week they received a wedding gift they were not expecting.  The couple were stunned to learn that due to New York State Gaming Commission rules, their horses must be coupled (#1 & #1A) in the Wagering whenever they ride in the same race at New York Racing Association tracks. … Continue reading Till Death Or NYRA Do Them Part

Handle It

Thoroughbred horse racing saw a quarter of its race days eliminated in 2020 because of precautions and restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ever-resilient bettors, however, supported the available product as best they could. While thoroughbred owners saw a decline in purses that mirrored the loss of race days. In this difficult year, racing business fared well compared with other sports, … Continue reading Handle It

Break The Bad Habits

Last week we looked at some Winning attitudes attributed to successful horseplayers. Seeing as how it’s the resolution time of year, today’s topic is bad habits (at the track), and how to overcome them. We all have them, from novices to the railbirds. Some bad (track) habits are worse than others. The good news is that you can break a habit, but first you need to identify … Continue reading Break The Bad Habits

Winning In The New-Year

It’s a brand new year of horse racing, and as always the Daily Racing Blog is here to help. Whether you make a living playing the horses or do it as a side-hustle you need to be mentally strong. So what sets apart the Winning horseplayer from the perpetual ticket tearing loser? #1 They Move On Winning horseplayers don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves … Continue reading Winning In The New-Year

2020 Wasn’t ALL bad

2020, as we at DRB so commonly referred to as a dumpster-fire, was a challenging year on so many levels. But the successful completion of the racing season did bring some consolation with a number of feel-good stories. Here are just a few: Aftercare Aid.  The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced in late November that it had awarded $3.5 million dollars in grants to 81 Thoroughbred … Continue reading 2020 Wasn’t ALL bad

Bill Shoemaker

At 4 feet 11 inches tall and 98 pounds, it didn’t look like Bill Shoemaker could lug a couple bags of groceries, let alone control a head-strong Thoroughbred Race Horse a dozen times his weight. Still, Shoemaker personified that mysterious bond between horse and rider. He communicated with an innate light touch on the reins, coaxing the horse into the action, gentling it with his … Continue reading Bill Shoemaker