Monthly archive - March 2012

“Blinkers On. Blinkers Off.”

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Venerable racing official Robert V. “Bobby” Weeks, was a familiar figure in the paddocks of Santa Anita Park, Del Mar and Hollywood Park from the 1960s until his death in 1992 at age 75. Among his many duties as paddock judge was to dispatch the horses to the track. Weeks will forever be remembered for his distinctive and throaty command, “Riiiiiiiiiiider’s up!” Read more

Equine Forum Podcast – March 10, 2012

Today’s Equine Forum on HRRN features our interviews with special guests: Jim Cornes (Dubai World Cup Stables Coordinator), Eddie Kenneally (trainer of Battle Hardened), and HRRN’s Sean Clancy talking about the Cheltenham Festival. Plus, hear the call of the first four stakes on Dubai Super Saturday.

Haley Turner Interview

Reposted with permission from our friends at Dubai Racing Club

Jockey Haley Turner talks with Rupert Bell about riding Margot Did in Saturday’s Meydan Sprint

Royston Ffrench Interview

Reposted with permission from our friends at Dubai Racing Club

Jockey Royston Ffrench previews his Dubai Super Saturday mounts with Rupert Bell

Luca Cumani Interview

Reposted with permission from our friends at Dubai Racing Club

Trainer Luca Cumani talks Duabi with Rupert Bell

Dubai Super Saturday & Tampa Bay Derby Live on HRRN

Dubai coverage presented by AmWest Entertainment available exclusively on HRRN website

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Thursday it will provide exclusive live coverage of Dubai’s “Super Saturday” races, followed later that afternoon by coverage of the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.

HRRN’s Dubai broadcast, presented by AmWest Entertainment, will air exclusively via live internet streaming on the HRRN website from 11:00 a.m. – Noon EST. HRRN’s coverage will include live calls of the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 and Group 1 Jebel Hatta, as well as the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold on taped delay. In addition, HRRN plans bonus coverage of the Group 3 Burj Nahaar and Meydan Sprint during their popular Equine Forum talk show which airs weekly on Saturday morning’s from 8:00-10:00 a.m. EST. The Equine Forum can be heard on 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY and is streamed live on the HRRN site.

HRRN returns Saturday afternoon with coverage of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) beginning at 4:00 EST. The broadcast will feature bonus coverage of the Hillsborough Stakes (G3) and Suncoast Stakes, and can be heard on select HRRN affiliates and will be streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. A complete HRRN schedule along with a listing of affiliates and streaming information is available on the HRRN site.

Mike Penna will anchor the HRRN coverage along with analyst Jude Feld.

Disappointed But Not Defeated

By Eclipse Award-Winning Writer Sean Clancy, St Publishing

Well, Valdez is no longer undefeated. Riverdee’s British runner finished fourth in the Doncaster Sales Bumper on Saturday at Newbury. My in-running comment would read: Pulled hard, never settled, saved ground, lacked room, slow to respond when called upon, switched lanes several times in stretch, stayed on well to just miss third.

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Old Guys Rule

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Handicaps, races where the weights are assigned by the racing secretary in an effort to equalize the field, have been contested for centuries. They have somewhat gone out of fashion in American racing’s modern era, partially because of the reluctance trainers have to running their charges under high imposts and also because most of the Grade 1 races today are run under “weight-for-age” conditions. Read more

Super Lineup for Dubai’s Super Saturday of Rich Stakes

Champions, Millionaires, Grade/Group 1 Winners Set to Race. Exclusive live coverage on HRRN, 11:00 a.m. EST with bonus coverage throughout Saturday Equine Forum show from 8-10 a.m. EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 5, 2012— More than 20 international Grade/Group 1 winners are likely to compete on the March 10 Dubai Super Saturday card of seven stakes worth a total of $1,775,000 that are the principal preps for the world’s richest day of racing—the $27-million Dubai World Cup (G1) program on March 31.

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First or Second Time Out? A Good Trainer Knows the Answer

By Art Parker
(Reprinted with permission from our friends at A Game of Skill)

The best horse players pay attention to trainers, at least to a small degree. Some players look beyond the initial statistics and general information. Some, like me, try to keep up with a great deal of information looking for an edge.

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