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“We’ll Meet Again” … Gambling Fun on Hold, for Now - Posted on: March 29, 2020

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo touched off the horror that was World War I. That afternoon in Paris, between the third and fourth races at Longchamp, an army officer broke the news to French President Raymond Poincare. In “July 1914: Countdown to War,” author Sean McMeekin writes: “Although intrigued by the report, Poincare did not leave his seat, not wishing to miss the finish of the race then underway.” Talk about lack of perspective. Most historians would agree that in the grand scheme of things, The Great War turned out to be more

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Tiz the Law Overpowers Field to Win Florida Derby - Posted on: March 29, 2020

There’s at least one definite in horse racing right now – Tiz the Law rules and has to be considered the favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) whenever they Run for the Roses. Seizing the lead around the final turn, jockey Manny Franco gave Tiz the Law a little nudge and that was that – the 3-year-old colt pulled away from his rivals and won the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday by 4 ¼ lengths. Shivaree, an 80-1 long shot who set the pace with Ete Indien in hot pursuit, wound up second, three-quarters of a

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Santa Anita Park Cancels Live Horse Racing - Posted on: March 27, 2020

Santa Anita Park became the latest racetrack to cancel live racing, and officials did so just before the start of Friday’s first race. “In accordance with instructions received from Los Angeles County Health Department, Santa Anita Park will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ stated a news release issued Friday by Santa Anita, which is owned by The Stronach Group. “At this time, there are no known cases of the COVID-19 at Santa Anita Park.’’ Santa Anita was one of three major racetracks in the United States still conducting live racing. The two

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Kentucky Derby Top 10: Tiz the Law is No. 1 Favorite - Posted on: March 27, 2020

Kentucky Derby Top 10: Minutes after the field crossed the finish line in last weekend’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), and Wells Bayou had delivered a gate-to-wire victory to clinch a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) rescheduled for Sept. 5, the Fair Grounds canceled the final week of its meet. Whether there remains a makeshift road to the Derby is questionable, since of greatest importance is how federal, state and local authorities decide to help halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) . During the week, the Dubai World Cup was canceled, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct was

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Florida Derby Favorites: Top 10, Tiz the Law is No. 1 - Posted on: March 27, 2020

Florida Derby Favorites: Minutes after the field crossed the finish line in last weekend’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), and Wells Bayou had delivered a gate-to-wire victory to clinch a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) rescheduled for Sept. 5, the Fair Grounds canceled the final week of its meet. Whether there remains a makeshift road to the Derby is questionable, since of greatest importance is how federal, state and local authorities decide to help halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) . During the week, the Dubai World Cup was canceled, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct was canceled,

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Eddie Mac’s Book: Go With Tiz the Law in Florida Derby; After That, Who Knows? - Posted on: March 27, 2020

By Ed McNamara When writing about the distant past, a favorite phrase of historians is “We really don’t know.” Amid a worldwide pandemic, that also applies to the immediate future. All we know now is that the Kentucky Derby has been postponed until the first Saturday in September, and even that is very tentative. Beyond Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1), there are no signposts. “Thinking a whole lot past this weekend is very likely to give you a pretty strong headache,” said trainer Michael Trombetta, who will challenge 6-5 favorite Tiz the Law (post 7 of 12) with talented but

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Try As They Might, All But 1 Harness Track Closed Due to Coronavirus - Posted on: March 27, 2020

By John Furgele While professional sports leagues and federations around the world have suspended or postponed their seasons – the 2020 Tokyo Olympics recently fell into line — harness racing has tried to soldier on through the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, handle was up at many tracks; not a surprising development as it was the only game in town, even without spectators. There was a void, and the sport gamely tried to fill it by operating behind closed doors. One by one, however, tracks began to suspend racing. MGM Resorts International announced on March 10 it was shuttering Yonkers Raceway

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Eddie Mac’s Book: Go With Tiz the Law in Florida Derby; After That, Who Knows? - Posted on: March 27, 2020

By Ed McNamara When writing about the distant past, a favorite phrase of historians is “We really don’t know.” Amid a worldwide pandemic, that also applies to the immediate future. All we know now is that the Kentucky Derby has been postponed until the first Saturday in September, and even that is very tentative. Beyond Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1), there are no signposts. “Thinking a whole lot past this weekend is very likely to give you a pretty strong headache,” said trainer Michael Trombetta, who will challenge 6-5 favorite Tiz the Law (post 7 of 12) with talented but

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Top Jockey Javier Castellano Tests Positive for Coronavirus - Posted on: March 26, 2020

By US Racing Team Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus and is following doctor’s orders to stay in self-quarantine for the next 14 days. Castellano, a four-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top rider, was scheduled to be aboard Candy Tycoon in Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. One of the most respected riders in the world, Castellano posted on his Twitter account Thursday that “after being in New York with my family last week, I was asked by Gulfstream to come early to Florida to get tested for the

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Grants Pass Downs – COVID-19 Press Statement - Posted on: March 26, 2020

Grants Pass Downs – Press Statement – March 26, 2020: “Grants Pass Downs has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming spring race meet, which was scheduled to begin on May 10, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, the backside will not open for training in April. Although this was a difficult decision to make, we are certain it is the right one. Our management team saw no possible avenue to continue with our planned schedule in a way that meets aligns with our mission and meets our commitment to the health

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