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

Right Down Santa Claus Lane

SANTA CLAUS (foaled in 1961) was a British-bred Irish trained race-horse and sire.  As a three year-old in 1964 the dark-coated bay stallion had his best year on the turf.  His most notable achievements were Winning the Irish 200 Guineas Stakes, as well as the Epsom and Irish Derbies. These Victories (in part) earned SANTA CLAUS the 1964 British Horse Of The Year award. SANTA CLAUS, no doubt, brought a lot of joy to … Continue reading Right Down Santa Claus Lane

2020 Top Earners

Jockeys, like most of us, have not had an easy go of it in the gas-fueled dumpster fire that is 2020. The COVID pandemic led to reduced purses and cancellations or postponements of major races. It also halted racing on various circuits for weeks or months at a time and triggered restrictions that sometimes made it harder for jockeys to ride in other jurisdictions. Despite … Continue reading 2020 Top Earners