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The Tale of the Tail - Posted on: December 9, 2018

  So far, I have talked about some telling features of a horse — the eyes, the ears and sweating. The other end of the horse can also clue you in to its mood. Often you will not get a good look at the horse’s eyes, but you are generally guaranteed to get a view of the horse from the side or walking away from you in both the paddock and post parade. So like the Zac Brown Band sings (with the help of Alan Jackson), “Don’t be falling in love as she’s walking away.” Tail Swishing Violently I’m not

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Handicapping Reports for Saturday - Posted on: December 7, 2018

Below are FREE handicapping reports for Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018: WIN FACTOR REPORT Uses criteria such as speed, form, class and fitness to assess the fair odds of the top four win contenders in each race. Saturday Coming soon. PACE PROFILE REPORT My personal favorite, this report features par speed figures along with my unique speed rations and a bunch of other interesting stuff. Saturday Coming soon. RACE REPORT CARD Grades (A-F) each entrant in four key categories: speed, class, jockey and trainer. Saturday Coming soon. WORKOUT REPORT Features a numerical assessment (0-100 percent) —

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Lukas Wrong to Say Gambling Doesn’t Drive Racing Industry - Posted on: December 5, 2018

Recently, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won practically every big race imaginable, including the Kentucky Derby four times, weighed in on the future of horse racing. While I agreed with the majority of what he said, one of his statements left me flabbergasted, flummoxed and frustrated. “Gambling does not drive the industry,” Lukas told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. “The purse structure, although it’s gotten better in this country, if we just had to depend on that, I think the industry would greatly suffer.” Gambling does not drive the industry? Say what? Look, I’ll grant you that Lukas

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Lukas Was Wrong to Say Gambling Doesn’t Drive Racing Industry - Posted on: December 5, 2018

Recently, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won practically every big race imaginable, including the Kentucky Derby four times, weighed in on the future of horse racing. While I agreed with the majority of what he said, one of his statements left me flabbergasted, flummoxed and frustrated. “Gambling does not drive the industry,” Lukas told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. “The purse structure, although it’s gotten better in this country, if we just had to depend on that, I think the industry would greatly suffer.” Gambling does not drive the industry? Say what? Look, I’ll grant you that Lukas

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Is Remsen Winner Maximus Mischief a Legitimate Kentucky Derby Contender? - Posted on: December 4, 2018

Although the Remsen Stakes (G2) hasn’t produced a Kentucky Derby winner since Thunder Gulch in 1995, the annual feature for two-year-olds has certainly generated more than its fair share of good horses. Mohaymen was an early Kentucky Derby favorite after his Remsen score in 2015 and Honor Code was responsible for more buzz than dying housefly when he captured the 2013 Remsen after a runner-up performance in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and a scintillating last-to-first win in his debut. Then, of course, there is Catholic Boy. He followed his Remsen victory in 2017 with a second-place finish in the Sam

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Six Hilarious Race Calls You’ve Got to Hear! - Posted on: December 3, 2018

Like any fan of the game, I have seen and listened to my share of historic moments in horse racing. Yet, the race calls that stand out the most in my mind are the funny ones — whether it was the announcer, the names of the horses or both. I remember these like they happened yesterday. In a game where you have to expect the unexpected the minute the gate opens, track announcers have to be prepared for anything and everything. As a New Jersey native and spending my formative years on the apron of Monmouth Park with my Uncle

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For Trainer Rylee Grudzien, Age Is All Relative - Posted on: November 30, 2018

While most 18-year-olds spent the Thanksgiving weekend either over-eating, sleeping late, binge-watching television, hanging out with their friends or a combination of all four, budding thoroughbred trainer Rylee Grudzien spent her holiday as she does every day — rising before the sun and overseeing her string of eight runners currently based at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. While some of her peers would likely say her choices are nuts for an 18-year-old with an entire life of responsibility still ahead, the young conditioner actually believes she’s already living a dream and her decisions are well worth any sacrifices some think

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FREE Handicapping Reports for Cigar Mile Day - Posted on: November 30, 2018

Below are FREE handicapping reports for Aqueduct on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018: WIN FACTOR REPORT Uses criteria such as speed, form, class and fitness to assess the fair odds of the top four win contenders in each race. Saturday Aqueduct PACE PROFILE REPORT My personal favorite, this report features par speed figures along with my unique speed rations and a bunch of other interesting stuff. Saturday Aqueduct RACE REPORT CARD Grades (A-F) each entrant in four key categories: speed, class, jockey and trainer. Saturday Aqueduct WORKOUT REPORT Features a numerical assessment (0-100 percent) — the greater, the better — of

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Day in the Life - Posted on: November 30, 2018

Best jokes and humor about horse racing, jockeys and the track  

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Stallion Stories: The Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable Cigar - Posted on: November 30, 2018

By Wes Lanter (as told to Margaret Ransom) Originally posted on December 15, 2017 A racing fan to the core, there hasn’t been an important race that well-respected Kentucky horseman and stallion manager Wes Lanter hasn’t watched, especially if it included any children or grandchildren belonging to one of his boys. But in 1994, Lanter was card-carrying bandwagoner for reigning Horse of the Year Holy Bull, who would meet up with the eventual superstar known as Cigar in the 1995 Donn Handicap (GI). What Lanter remembers most from that 1 1/8-mile race was that it was a passing of the torch

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