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“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

To use an old cliché, there really was something for everyone this past weekend in the world of Thoroughbred racing. In California, a tarnishing, aging star tried to knock the rust off and start another run at a Breeders’ Cup victory while a new kid on the block tried to anoint himself the top dog as the division leader sits on the sidelines.

In Florida, a fabulous filly took what were supposed to be her final steps on the track as a racehorse before heading off to her new career as a mother just hours before the defending sophomore champ took his first strides towards a Horse of the Year title he fell just a nose short of last year. We’ll start in California. Read more

“Hey Big A, What Do You Say?”

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

While there was plenty of great racing in several divisions this past weekend, my focus, as it usually is this time of year, was on the three-year-olds. Aqueduct, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream each played host to a graded stakes that, in theory, could have Triple Crown implications down the Trail. But what I have to say this week is that those races left a lot to be desired. We’ll start in New York.

Back in 2003, the gutsy gelding Funny Cide became the first and only New York-bred to win the Run for the Roses. In this past Saturday’s Withers, a race that offered precious Kentucky Derby points, a pair of statebreds in the undefeated Samraat and Uncle Sigh were each sent off at even money and turned what looked like a two-horse race on paper into reality. Read more

Hey Big A, What Do You Say?

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

Unlike a majority of sports fan who are focused on nothing else but the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl when the holidays are over, I go from singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to humming My Old Kentucky home as soon as the Christmas decorations come down.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big sports fan but the thing I will be most concerned with next Sunday at the Super Bowl party I will be at next week is where the winners of the Withers and Sam F. Davis, both to be run on Saturday, are pointing next. And, of course, if there is any of Eddie’s famous chili left for the second half. Read more

Hey Big A, What Do You Say?

By Anthony “The Big A” Stabile

For the first installment I think it’s only fitting that we wrap up last season before looking ahead to what should be another action-packed season of Thoroughbred racing in 2014. And what better way to do that than by recapping the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, held this past Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.

For the second consecutive year, the night belonged to Wise Dan, who made history by becoming the first horse to win three awards in consecutive years by once again being crowned Horse of the Year as well as Champion Older Horse and Turf Horse. Six for seven on the year, with all of his victories coming on the turf, Wise Dan capped off his season by defending his title in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and joins Secretariat, Forego, Affirmed, John Henry, Cigar and Curlin as the only horses to win multiple Horse of the Year titles since the inception of the awards in 1971. Read more

20 Hours of Breeders’ Cup Coverage Begins Tuesday Live from Santa Anita

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Monday more than 20 hours of on-site Breeders’ Cup coverage live from Santa Anita Park beginning Tuesday, October 29.

This year marks the seventh consecutive in which HRRN has partnered with Breeders’ Cup to provide the national radio broadcast of racing’s championship days.

HRRN’s coverage begins Tuesday morning with the network’s popular Breeders’ Cup Countdown Show hosted live from Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET. The Breeders’ Cup Countdown can be heard each morning Tuesday through Friday and features interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners, handicappers, and various industry professionals, as well as real time reports and updates as Breeders’ Cup contenders appear on the track.

On Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, HRRN returns with exclusive live coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Coverage airs Friday from 4:30-8:00 p.m. ET and Saturday from 3:00-9:00 p.m. ET with pre and post race interviews, analysis and the live call of every Breeders’ Cup race.

Additional Breeders’ Cup week programming on HRRN includes: Trainer Talk, Presented by Fasig-Tipton on Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 ET, the Brisnet.com Call In Show on Thursday from 6:00-7:00 ET and the Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview Show on Friday beginning at 3:00 ET.

In addition, fans can enjoy a special Breeders’ Cup edition of HRRN’s weekly Equine Forum show on Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. ET.

HRRN’s broadcasts will be available nationwide on SiriusXM satellite radio as well as on HRRN affiliates throughout the country and will be streamed worldwide on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Live streaming also available for iPhone and iPad users.

A complete Breeders’ Cup week schedule along with a listing of affiliates and SiriusXM channel information can be found on the schedule page of the HRRN website.

HRRN President, Mike Penna will anchor the coverage along with analysts Jude Feld and Kurt Becker with paddock interviews and commentary provided by Sean Clancy and Chad Summers. Lee Dellapina and Shawn Seay will produce.

Countdown to the Cup

Personal Ensign’s remarkable stretch run to remain undefeated in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

How Leading Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey Play the Claiming Game

By Art Parker, author of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns”
(Reprinted with permission from our friends at A Game of Skill)

In a couple of weeks most horse players taking in the Keeneland meeting will think of August 17, 2013 when they hear the name Ramsey. That was the day that thoroughbred owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey stood high above the world of thoroughbred racing. It was the day they won three Grade 1 races in about one hour. They did this at two of the top venues in racing, Arlington Park and Saratoga Race Course. The Ramseys won the Secretariat Stakes and the Arlington Million in Chicago and the Sword Dancer at Saratoga. Many people were eye witnesses to the feat at those tracks, from all the simulcast parlors and OTB locations in the country and all of those that play the game at home with ADW. But there were more eyes watching as millions of television viewers saw the incredible feat without changing the channel. Read more

Equine Forum – September 21, 2013

Mike Penna and Jude Feld broadcast live from our Lexington, KY studio. Special guests include Mike Gathagan, Jerry Hollendorfer, Ollie Figgins, Erich Zimny and Barkley Porter.

Ballerina, Travers, Personal Ensign & Pacific Classic Top Stellar Weekend on HRRN

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships fast approaching, Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY announced today, they will return to historic Saratoga Race Course this weekend with live coverage of Breeders’ Cup Challenge races from coast to coast.

HRRN’s “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” series resumes Friday afternoon from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET with coverage of the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes, an automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint division.

Coverage continues Saturday with four hours of Travers day broadcasts beginning with a special edition of the network’s popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, hosted live from Saratoga. The Equine Forum airs from 8-10 a.m. ET and can be heard on Sirius 93/XM 209 along with select terrestrial affiliates across the country and is streamed worldwide on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Read more

HRRN Returns to Arlington with Exclusive Arlington Million Coverage this Saturday

Broadcast to include Beverly D., Secretariat and American St. Leger

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY announced today, they will return to Arlington Park  for the ninth consecutive year to provide exclusive on-site coverage of Arlington’s International Festival of Racing this Saturday.

HRRN’s broadcast will air live from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET and include a trio of Grade 1 events on the Saturday card: the Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat as well as the second renewal of the American St. Leger.   Fans can tune-in throughout North America on SiriusXM satellite radio and various terrestrial affiliates across the country. In addition, the broadcast will be streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.  The live stream is also now available to iPhone and iPad users through the HRRN site. Read more