This is Horse Racing
Last week saw the end of the yearling sales season in North America and the release of the 2014 Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred. Let’s take a look at some figures and trends from the Jockey Club data followed by some insights on 2014 yearling averages.
The last race was simply too bad to be true. The racetrack wasn’t to her liking. She’s reached that point in the year, and maybe her career, when she’s had enough with the whole racetrack thing.
Owner Hank Nothhaft was in the market for horses in England this winter and set a budget of about $100,000. The idea was to buy a well-bred filly, see if she could improve in a different program, move her to the United States and after a season or two retire her to his broodmare band.
In the midst of Breeders’ Cup fever in Thoroughbred racing, the National Steeplechase Association circuit turns its final corner with three weekends to go in the season. Let’s play catch up from the weekend.
Commence the serious handicapping. The fields for the 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships were set Monday afternoon at Santa Anita Park and the 13 races present plenty of challenges for horseplayers and horsemen alike.
Eddie Graham trains steeplechase horses, and knows what he’s looking for when he goes over a prospect. And he loved Hardest Core when he saw him at the Keeneland Sales last fall.
The wait is over. Well, almost over, since only the fields for the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races will be drawn Monday afternoon and evening. The races will be long in the books in a week’s time, results left to dissect, scrutinize, analyze and reflect upon.
Like plenty before her, Ageless heads to Hollywood in search of her big break – only she’s not looking for a part in a movie.
Get right back on the horse. After a Saturday of championship races at the richest stop on the circuit last week at Far Hills, the steeplechase crowd goes racing in Virginia and South Carolina Saturday.
Less than a week remains until all eyes look to Santa Anita Park for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Despite the absence of several marquee names that include two notable defending champs – or perhaps because of those very defections – pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships were as strong as ever for North American racing’s signature event next week at Santa Anita Park.
There is a rare peace to a racehorse loose in a paddock. He’s relaxed, and can choose to do what he wants. He can eat grass, scuff at dirt, watch, take note. He’s fenced, in but free.
Major contenders for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships are dropping out almost as fast as the days are dwindling until the 2014 edition next weekend at Santa Anita Park.
Eddie Graham and Jody Petty have taken plenty of walks like this in their lives with horses – coming in from the gallop or heading back to the barn from the track.
A day at the races, or days at the races. Saturday was one day but it felt like far more as Thoroughbreds went to work on big days at Laurel Park, Far Hills, Belmont Park, Charles Town, Keeneland and pretty much anywhere else you wanted to look on a sunny, breezy October day.
Today is the day. The 94th running of the Far Hills Steeplechase.
Racetracks East of the Mississippi are the place to be this weekend with restricted or state-bred action at Belmont Park, Laurel Park and Charles Town Races leading the way.
As the sun fades on another epic day at the Far Hills Steeplechase, six horses line up in the finale, the New Jersey Hunt Cup. Lacking quantity, there is quality. The $50,000 stakes attracted the winners of this year’s Virginia Gold Cup and Mason Houghland timber stakes, the winner of the 2012 New Jersey Hunt Cup and three others looking for their breakout moments.
The Far Hills Races in New Jersey annually bring together the best of the best in American jump racing and 2014 is no exception.
Barn 42 at Belmont Park will be bustling with activity and few people – riders, trainers, racing officials and heck, even fans, mutuel clerks and outriders – figure to be as busy as Rick Schosberg during Saturday’s Empire Showcase card.