By Richard Rosenblatt From three of the most beautiful racetracks on the planet – Del Mar, Saratoga, and Royal Ascot — thoroughbred racing moves forward on Saturday with wagering up and fans flocking to the rail to take in the action. The top race of the day is the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) for 3-year-olds fillies at the Spa with unbeaten Malathaat the 2-5 favorite in a field of four – yes, just a quartet entered for a prestigious race won by champions including Monomoy Girl, Songbird, and Ashado. At Del Mar, there’s a pair of Grade 2
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By Margaret Ransom The $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (G2), one of the Del Mar’s signature turf races for older horses, will be contested for the 48th time on Saturday and a field of seven will break from the gate in the 1 1/8-mile grass feature, including LNJ Foxwoods’ multiple Grade 2 winner United, who won last year’s edition. Named for Del Mar’s longtime publicity director, the race has drawn some of the best grass stars on the West Coast, with a sprinkle of good shippers from the East. Past winners include Wickerr, Tsunami Slew, Al Mamoon, Fly Til Dawn, Tight
By Ray Wallin Are you part of the 95% of people reading this article that do not know that today is World Statistics Day? I made that up, but it sounded good, didn’t it? Mark Twain once quipped “There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” You can get the first two from politicians and our good friend Rail Guy. The last one you can get anywhere. You can watch the news and hear about the percentage of kids in a school system that are underperforming and the recent trends for employment and the stock market. At
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By Ed McNamara The pedigree screamed turf. Her sire was Irish River, winner of seven Group 1 races in France. Her damsire was Roberto, hero of the 1972 Epsom Derby. It was August 1988, and I couldn’t wait to bet on Meadow Mist. Her career debut was rained off the turf, and she finished far back in the slop. A few weeks later, she was entered in a mile grass race at Saratoga, and it was go time. I touted my friend John Quinn, who said he was on board. This was long before internet accounts and smartphones, so my
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By Noel Michaels The Saratoga racing season attracts the best horses and horsemen, not only from New York but from everywhere. Trainers from many circuits point their best horses to Saratoga, and the competition for winners is stiffer there than anywhere else. With the best barns bringing their best stock to the Spa, so many trainers are set to rack up wins in the standings, but who will lead the way? Here is a look at the cream of the training crop at Saratoga – the projected top 10 trainers for meet, which opened last week for a 40-day run.
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By Mike Farrell Bill Shannon, the late baseball historian and the “Dean of Official Scorers,” lived by this credo in the ballpark: Always pay close attention because something might unfold that you’ve never seen before. Shannon, who had a mild interest in horse racing, would have been fascinated by the unpredictable events that played out Saturday at New Jersey’s racetracks. Never had there been dual disqualifications on the same day of both apparent winners of two of the state’s premier races. Double DQs. “How about that!” to quote Mel Allen, in keeping with our baseball motif. The chaos started at
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By Richard Rosenblatt Should anyone be surprised by the official result of the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1)? Hot Rod Charlie outdueled Mandaloun in a thrilling stretch duel to finish first by the slimmest of margins but was disqualified for interfering with Midnight Bourbon (unseating jockey Paco Lopez), and Mandaloun was declared the winner of Saturday’s Haskell at Monmouth Park. Just what horse racing needs – another controversy in one of its nationally televised races. This is simply the latest of several unsettling events involving the biggest races for 3-year-olds, starting with the Triple Crown. And when all the
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The $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) had to settle for a trio of runners-up from the Triple Crown, but that doesn’t mean the 54th edition of the marquee race at Monmouth Park will be any less exciting. Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon, and Hot Rod Charlie — second in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1), and Belmont Stakes (G1), respectively — are the star attractions in a field of seven going 1 1 /8 miles with the winner earning an expenses-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in November. The Haskell will be televised by NBC Sports from 5-6 p.m.
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Boundaries are marked in various ways. It could be a fence, sign, wall, hedge, or even a moat filled with alligators if your Homeowners Association will allow it. Physical boundaries in life can keep the deer out of your yard or kids from cutting across your lawn when they walk home from school. We’ve all seen the degenerate who is begging someone for a buck so he can stay in the game or the guy picking up tickets off the floor in the hopes of finding a winner to keep playing. These are the extreme cases of not setting boundaries
If you grew up in New Jersey, as I did, during the summer you never said you were going to the beach. You went “down the shore,” a Jersey-ism whose origin is unknown. For as far back as I can remember, my family rented a cheap bungalow for two weeks in July or August. We would pass signs for Monmouth Park approaching Exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway but never stopped. My grandmother and her older brother, Uncle Pete, played the horses, but Nana never accompanied us on vacation. If she had, I’m sure I would have made my
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