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TIHR’s 14 for 2014: No. 11

6 hours 15 min ago

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.

TIHR’s 14 for 2014: No. 12

December 20, 2014

The name of the game is horse racing, but the people involved help play a key role in making it great.

Saturday Special: December 20

December 19, 2014

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.”

TIHR’s 14 for 2014: No. 13

December 19, 2014

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.

Breeding Watch: Rolling along

December 18, 2014

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.

Champion Jockey: Willie McCarthy

December 18, 2014

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.

TIHR’s 14 for 2014: No. 14

December 18, 2014

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.

Demonstrative, Divine Fortune lead steeplechase Eclipse race

December 18, 2014

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…

Here & There: Dec. 16

December 16, 2014

The year is winding down, so what better time than to start reflecting on another season in the world of racing?

Monday Morning Trainer: Future Stars

December 15, 2014

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.

Saturday Special: Dec. 13

December 12, 2014

The holidays are barreling down and after this weekend it will be into the single digits for shopping days until Christmas.

Breeding Watch: Lots to Love

December 11, 2014

Northview Stallion Station’s Not For Love has been a perennial leading sire for more than a decade and the veteran son of Mr. Prospector showed no signs of slowing down with a stakes trifecta Dec. 6.

Monday Morning Trainer: Out on top

December 8, 2014

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.

Sure Sign

December 5, 2014

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.

Saturday Special: December 6

December 5, 2014

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.

Breeding Watch: Big 3 Rolling

December 4, 2014

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.

‘I’ve still got some time’

December 2, 2014

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.

Steeplechase Rewind: 2014 hurdle horses put on a show

December 2, 2014

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.

Monday Morning Trainer: Lots to digest

December 1, 2014

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.

Casse juveniles set for Stars of Tomorrow II

November 29, 2014

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.