Racing Resolutions

We’re 10 days into 2022, and anticipation is already building for what’s to come this year. There will be plenty of exciting races, memorable moments, and great times to be had this year at tracks all across the country. Everyone (even horseplayers) make New Year’s resolutions; some are more successful than others. Here are a few for racing fans that are certainly attainable. 1. PICK THE … Continue reading Racing Resolutions

The Road To The Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is a series of select races that award a sliding scale of points to the Top 4 finishers. This has determined preference for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby (Grade I) field since 2013. The 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run at the historic Louisville, Kentucky racetrack for the 148th consecutive year on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. As was … Continue reading The Road To The Derby

Crossing The 2021 Finish Line

Thoroughbred fans returned to tracks with great enthusiasm after a year’s absence due to the pandemic. Business was brisk on all fronts as racing celebrated some sense of normalcy and looked ahead to a bright (hopefully) future. Here are just a few highlights from the year that was 2021. WHAT A HORSE: There will be no suspense when Horse of the Year is announced. It … Continue reading Crossing The 2021 Finish Line

Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race which first ran on January 28th, 2017 at Gulfstream Park.   It is run over the dirt at the distance of 11⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) and is open to horses four years old and up. With a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running, the Pegasus World Cup surpassed the Dubai World Cup as the richest horse race in the … Continue reading Pegasus World Cup

Derby Dreaming

It’s never too early. Kentucky Derby fever starts minutes after Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Winner crosses the finish line. Between now and the actual Run For The Roses horseplayers worldwide are looking for the diamond in the rough, which could lead to a life-changing Winning payoff the first Saturday in May. That said, here are a few ways in which to identify Derby contenders that are … Continue reading Derby Dreaming

MEDINA SPIRIT Dies

MEDINA SPIRIT, the controversial Winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby, died of an apparent heart attack following a five-furlong workout Monday morning at Santa Anita Park. The incident happened after the horse completed a five-furlong workout in 1:01.40. The breeze took place at about 7:45 Pacific Time. California Horse Racing Board Equine Medical Director Jeff Blea said there were signs of trouble near the conclusion of … Continue reading MEDINA SPIRIT Dies

2022 Kentucky Derby Art

Today Churchill Downs released the 2022 Official Art of the Kentucky Derby by Kentucky artist Aimee Griffith. This is the sixth year in a row that Churchill Downs has, fittingly, tapped a Kentucky artist for this honor. Griffith, who was born and raised in Bardstown and resides in Lexington, utilizes watercolor as her primary medium because of the luminosity, the gradients and unexpected nature of … Continue reading 2022 Kentucky Derby Art

Breeders’ Cup Is Special

The 38th Breeders’ Cup Championships are set for November 5-6 at Del Mar Race Course. Ever since the late John Gaines’ vision became a reality back in 1984 with the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park, the event has brought together the best of the best in the horse world to compete in a group of races that offer both money (huge purses) and prestige (influencing the year-end Eclipse … Continue reading Breeders’ Cup Is Special

Breeders’ Cup At Saratoga?

On Monday we talked about this years Breeders’ Cup Championships, and how the end-of-year event rotates each season to different iconic racing venues. This year being Del Mar. So this begs the question- why hasn’t the oldest race course in America ever hosted this extravaganza? That’s right, Saratoga has never been home to the Breeders’ Cup. The charm, beauty and the atmosphere at The Spa … Continue reading Breeders’ Cup At Saratoga?

LIAR

The Bob Baffert catalog of disaster added another item Friday, when the New York Racing Association charged him with detrimental conduct. A September 27th video hearing will give Baffert, a two-time Triple Crown-Winning trainer, his chance to refute the charges. If the charges hold, Baffert’s rights to train horses or enter races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course would be either suspended … Continue reading LIAR