This is Horse Racing
The racing world seemed to lose more than its share of colorful characters than usual in 2014 and few can argue that the game got a little blander after the sudden death of Dominic Galluscio in March.
The name of the game is horse racing, but the people involved help play a key role in making it great.
It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, the second-to-last Saturday before New Year’s, it’s time to make the money to buy the presents to keep your family and friends joyous and fulfilled. Racetracks should offer gift certificates for future bets…$50 gift certificate for a bet of your choice at Aqueduct…Turfway…Parx…Golden Gate…we’d be finished with our shopping, “Here, Grandma, bet 50 bucks when you feel like it.”
It should come as no surprise that the days leading up to, including and immediately after the Kentucky Derby are some of the best at generating reader interest.
Crestwood Farm’s promising first-crop stallion Tizdejavu got on the board with his first stakes winner and Medaglia d’Oro was represented by a pair of stakes winners last weekend.
Willie McCarthy earned his first jockey championship this year. The 31-year-old Irishman won 23 races from 91 rides, stamping a nine-win margin on former champions Paddy Young and Ross Geraghty. McCarthy won the majority of his races for all-time leading trainer Jonathan Sheppard, including the Iroquois aboard Divine Fortune and three races aboard champion novice All The Way Jose. McCarthy also guided timber champion Hot Rize to win the Virginia Gold Cup and the New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Since we’ve got a 15 for 2015 on tap for the January 2015 issue of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred – that’s enough of a tease for that, check back later this month – we are rolling out a 14 for 2014 list for This Is Horse Racing.
This time of year, racing is about opinions. They’re like ears, everybody has them, and some stick out more than others. Who’s your Horse of the Year? I tell ya who I’d vote for… Who’s your 3-year-old of the year? You know, it really ought to be… Champion jockey? It’s gotta be… Champion trainer? No doubt about it, it’ll be…
The year is winding down, so what better time than to start reflecting on another season in the world of racing?
Late December is on its way and the New Year right around the corner after that, so what better time than to look ahead at what’s possibly in store for the top tiers of the racing scene in 2015.
The holidays are barreling down and after this weekend it will be into the single digits for shopping days until Christmas.
Rare is the opportunity for an athlete at the top of their game to go out on top. Leave the game a winner. Quit while they’re ahead.
The signs of winter are everywhere. The snow’s already fallen – some places more than others – in the Northeast. Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals replaced by countdown clocks showing the number of shopping days to Christmas. Vans and tractor trailers picking up and moving horses, taking them to warmer places this time of year than New York, Maryland, Kentucky and Illinois.
Start the day with top shelf jump racing in England. The Tingle Creek, the Becher Chase...keep it rolling through the Claiming Crown and Eighttofasttocatch’s final race at Laurel and finish it at Turfway Park. Here’s your Saturday Special. Christmas shopping? Shop online and watch racing all day.
Tapit has been hogging headlines all year, Giant’s Causeway has been especially hot in recent weeks and Unbridled’s Song has emerged as an elite broodmare sire. Those three trends continued over a stakes-packed Thanksgiving weekend in North America.
Most Turf writers would give just about anything to add an Eclipse Award trophy to a collection of keepsakes, a reminder of singular accomplishment for doing the work that you love.
Demonstrative and Divine Fortune. Divine Fortune and Demonstrative. It seems like this CD has been playing for a while. Nobody touch the repeat button. It’s too cool of a track.
Thanksgiving weekend is in the books and with it the 19 graded stakes races that were run at five tracks from Aqueduct to Del Mar and several points in between.
Norman Casse and stable pony Chumlee came off the main track at Churchill Downs Wednesday after a set completed their morning work in advance of Saturday’s Stars of Tomorrow II program.