Trainer Ken McPeek joined Mike Penna to talk about his new app “HorseracesNOW”, discuss this year’s Kentucky Derby and looks at issues facing the industry
By Rich Nilsen.
(Reprinted with permission from our friends at A Game of Skill. Read more Derby profiles on their site)
This son of Empire Maker may have peaked in the G1 Arkansas Derby, when he overcame a very tough outside post that afternoon to crush the field by 9 1/2 widening lengths. He got the final 1/8th of a mile in a shade under 12 seconds, which is simply phenomenal and explains why he won by so far. In the process Bodemeister earned a very strong 105 BRIS Speed Rating and an even bigger 108 Beyer speed figure. Read more
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Monday they have reached an agreement with all three Triple Crown racetracks for HRRN to provide the national radio broadcast of the 2012 Triple Crown for the second consecutive year. Having reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated, HRRN will provide the exclusive broadcast of both the 138th Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 4th, and the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 5th. HRRN will then move on to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD for the 137th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19th, then return to New York for the final jewel in the crown, the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9th. Read more
Airdrie Stud’s Bret Jones kicks off today’s show talking about their Oaks & Derby contenders and previews a great fundraiser to benefit the Markey Cancer Center. Then Ed DeRosa from Brisnet and Churchill Downs Director of Communications Darren Rogers share their thoughts on Derby contenders. In the second hour, Mike & Jude are joined by Steve Castagnola and John Gasper to handicap Saturday’s stakes races. Plus, Roy Steele from horsewhispererusa.com calls in to “Help You Win More”
Churchill Downs Director of Communications Darren Rogers looks ahead to Kentucky Derby 138
On today’s special Blue Grass Stakes edition of the Equine Forum on HRRN, hosts Mike Penna & Jude Feld broadcast live from Keeneland and visit with special guests: Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin, trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Adele Headley Green & Adiclere Evans from Silks Unlimited and Erich Zimney from Charlestown. In hour 2, Michael Hernon (Gainesway), Steve Castagnola (Vinery) and John Gasper (Vinery) handicap Saturday’s stakes races.
Jonathan Sheppard talks about Blue Grass Stakes contender Ever So Lucky and discusses his philosophy on training
Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin joins Mike & Jude on the Equine Forum to talk about Blue Grass contender Howe Great and Vinery Spiral winner Went the Day Well
Series of broadcasts will include Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Grade 2 Charles Town Classic
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Tuesday, a series of four live Blue Grass Stakes week broadcasts beginning Thursday, April 12th. HRRN will provide exclusive on-site coverage of the Grade 1 Vinery Madison from 4:30-5:00 ET on Thursday, followed by the Makers 46 Mile on Friday beginning at 5:00 ET.
HRRN’s full slate of Saturday broadcasts kicks off with a special Blue Grass Stakes edition of their popular Equine Forum show hosted live from Keeneland. The Equine Forum airs weekly from 8:00-10:00 a.m. ET on 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY and streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. HRRN then returns Saturday afternoon with a 2-hour broadcast of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and Arkansas Derby (G1) from 5:00-7:00 ET. In addition to the major Derby preps, coverage will include the Commonwealth (G2) and Jenny Wiley (G1).
Live race coverage continues Saturday night on HRRN with an exclusive two-hour broadcast of the Charles Town Classic (G2) from 9:00-11:00 ET.
The Blue Grass Stakes and Charles Town Classic broadcasts can be heard nationwide on Sirius channel 93 as well as on select HRRN affiliates. All HRRN broadcasts will also be streamed live on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. A complete HRRN schedule along with a listing of affiliates for each broadcast and streaming information is available on the HRRN site.
Mike Penna will anchor the HRRN coverage along with analysts Jude Feld and Sean Clancy.
Listen to today’s special Santa Anita Derby edition of the Equine Forum on HRRN. Hosts Mike Penna & Jude Feld broadcast live from Santa Anita and visit with special guests: Jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Doug O’Neill, Ed DeRosa from BRIS, Erich Zimney from Charlestown, SA racing secretary Rich Hammerle and Jennie Rees from the Louisville Courier-Journal.