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South America breeds tough horses, but profits are weak in racing industry

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:06:00 EST

COLUMN: In Chile - as in so many horse racing nations - the industry is often its own worst enemy, resisting changes that might improve its health.

Microbets: Overall, the benefits trump any drawbacks

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:33:01 EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. A bettor playing Gulfstream Park's races last month cashed a ticket that was almost unprecedented in U. S. parimutuel wagering. He collected $221,677 for a winning combination that cost 10 cents. The wager, dubbed the Rainbow Six, represents an innovation sweeping the sport...

Tampa Bay Downs: A success story threatened by flaws

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:10:01 EST

MIAMI - Once a humble, low-level track, Tampa Bay Downs now regularly makes important racing news. On Saturday trainer Todd Pletcher's undefeated colt Brethren runs in the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Next month, Uncle Mo, the brilliant champion of his generation, starts his preparation for the...

Kentucky Derby speculation starts with Sunday's Holy Bull, and there's reason to get excited

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:19:00 EST

This year's class of three-year-olds has the potential to make up for recent lackluster Triple Crown races.

Zenyatta's fans disagree, but Blame is horse of the year

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 21:17:01 EST

Blame earned the horse-of-the-year title by beating his main rival in a head-to-head championship showdown.

'Lord of Misrule' beautifully captures language of the racetrack

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:11:00 EST

Horse racing has rarely inspired serious fiction. Novels about the sport are usually formulaic (e.g., Dick Francis mysteries) or filled with cliches (e.g., the triumph of an underdog). So it was a shock when "Lord of Misrule," a new novel set at a bottom-level West Virginia racetrack in the early...

Valiant loss puts Zenyatta's prowess in perspective

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:26:02 EST

Despite a narrow loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Zenyatta acquitted herself well and deserves consideration as the greatest U.S. filly or mare of all time.

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At Breeders' Cup, Zenyatta needs to show she can deliver on dirt

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 01:20:03 EDT

To validate her the historical place her backers say she deserves, Zenyatta must win on a dirt track Saturday, and the odds aren't in her favor.

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Approval of slots casino referendum will forever change Maryland horse racing

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:44:02 EDT

The outcome of Tuesday's referendum on slot machines in Anne Arundel County will permanently change the face of Maryland horse racing . Laurel Park is likely to terminate live racing, perhaps as soon as Dec. 18, and operate only as a simulcast facility. The Bowie Training Center will be closed....

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'Secretariat' introduces extraordinary horse to a new generation

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 01:19:00 EDT

LOS ANGELES -- The makers of the movie "Secretariat" hope to attract millions of viewers who weren't yet alive when the great horse was racing in 1972 and 1973. Those members of the audience may wonder how much of the narrative is fact and how much is Hollywood gloss.

'Secretariat' introduces extraordinary horse to a new generation

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 12:26:01 EDT

LOS ANGELES - The makers of the movie "Secretariat" hope to attract millions of viewers who weren't yet alive when the great horse was racing in 1972 and 1973. Those members of the audience may wonder how much of the narrative is fact and how much is Hollywood gloss.

Zenyatta takes Lady's Secret Stakes for 19th straight win

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 23:00:01 EDT

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. - Zenyatta made history Saturday, scoring her 19th consecutive victory and equaling the longest winning streak in the modern history of U.S. horse racing . As usual, she didn't make it look easy.

Zenyatta's fast, but doesn't belong in racing's pantheon

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 23:27:01 EDT

LOS ANGELES Californians have always loved their thoroughbred stars, but no horse in many years has excited them as Zenyatta has. They will roar for her at Hollywood Park on Saturday, when she makes her final appearance in her home state and tries to win her 19th consecutive race. Zenyatta inspir...

Rachel Alexandra isn't quite herself as she loses Personal Ensign Stakes in the stretch

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:35:00 EDT

A year after her electrifying triumph at the Woodward Stakes, Rachel Alexandra's glory days are behind her.

At Travers Stakes, Afleet Express hugs the rail and gallops to victory

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 23:52:00 EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - On paper, the 141st running of the Travers Stakes had looked so closely matched as to be indecipherable. The finish was so close that the naked eye couldn't discern that Afleet Express was the winner. His razor-thin margin of victory was all the doing of jockey Javier Ca...

Admiral Alex might be a long shot in Travers, but don't tell his trainer

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:55:00 EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. One of the most talked-about horses at Saratoga this summer was a 3-year-old who had not yet run in a single race. On the day he was entered, analyst Andy Serling told his audience on the track's pre-race television show: "If you haven't heard a tip on Admiral Alex in the s...

Maryland racing can look to Charles Town, and see what could have been

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:45:00 EDT

CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. Charles Town Race Track has operated since 1933 and it introduced slot machines in 1997, but it had never experienced a gambling frenzy like the one that occurred last month. Table games - including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker - were made legal as of July 1, and it...

Monmouth has a plan

Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In an effort to boost purses and wagering, New Jersey track experiments with three-day-a-week schedule, with purses averaging $1 million a day.

Preakness Stakes winner is 'Lucky,' and pretty good, too

Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

After some not-so-lucky moments, Lookin At Lucky reestablishes himself as the leader of his generation with a victory at the Preakness Stakes

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Super Saver has the speed, but Lookin At Lucky is the better bet

Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

BALTIMORE Super Saver was blessed by racing luck when he won the Kentucky Derby, and fortune has continued to smile on him as he awaits the Preakness Stakes. Second-place Ice Box, who was badly blocked in the stretch run, was probably the best horse at Churchill Downs, and he might have been favo...

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Cautious approach deprives Preakness Stakes of challengers

Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Trainer Todd Pletcher has one source of concern as he brings Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver into the Preakness: the calendar. He frets about putting his colt back into competition only two weeks since he ran at Churchill Downs.

Beulah Park: Attractive betting product pays off for Ohio track

Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Ohio's Beulah Park shows that even in a bad economic climate, an attractive betting product will find customers.

Working on the rail all day pays off for Borel

Mon, 03 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The rail is the preferred mode of transportation for jockey Calvin Borel, who on Saturday won his third Kentucky Derby in four years.

Kentucky Derby: Expect Ice Box, Lookin At Lucky there at the end

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Based on the assumption that all the speed horses in the Derby will collapse, my play will be an exacta box of Ice Box and Lookin At Lucky.

Kentucky Derby: Trainers focused more on their reputations than their horses

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Most trainers have stopped employing sound judgment and horsemanship to determine whether a horse belongs in the Kentucky Derby, Andrew Beyer writes.

For Maryland horse racing, the refrain stays the same in battle for survival

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"M eet the new boss: Same as the old boss." That cynical refrain from The Who's 1971 classic "Won't Get Fooled Again" sums up the latest development in Maryland horse racing. When the bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp. canceled an auction of Laurel and Pimlico and instead transferred the tracks to...

Quality Road's Donn Handicap win at Gulfstream Park sets up an interesting 2010 horse racing season

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Quality Road's performance in Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park changes the outlook for the entire horse racing season.

Grand venue enjoys rebirth

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Once Florida's racing jewel, Hialeah Park begins its restoration with a program for quarter horses, and thoroughbreds may be next.

Kirk Ziadie's presence at Laurel Park is a new low for Maryland horse racing

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Kirk Ziadie's success as a thoroughbred trainer in Florida generated more suspicions than accolades, and his presence at Laurel Park illustrates the sad state of Maryland horse racing.

There's only one choice for Horse of the Year

Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

In the debate over which filly deserves to win Horse of the Year honors, there's only one answer: Rachel Alexandra.

Slots vote could be death knell for Laurel, most of Maryland racing

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

For more than a decade, people in the Maryland horse racing industry have dreamed that their sport could be revived by the legalization of slot machines. Those hopes were crushed Monday night.

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Zenyatta wins Breeders'

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Zenyatta rolled to a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, likely capping off her career with 14 wins in 14 starts.

Andrew Beyer: A very Euro-friendly Breeders' Cup

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

ARCADIA, CALIF. European horses won two of the six Breeders' Cup events at Santa Anita on Friday, and their performances were almost certainly a harbinger of many more victories Saturday afternoon. If the invaders should dominate, their success won't be an accident, and it won't be solely due to the...

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Zenyatta will be lacking in horsepower in Breeders' Cup Classic

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Zenyatta's no Rachel Alexandra and she isn't the horse to beat in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

A Showdown Between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta Would Be One for the Ages

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. After her electrifying photo-finish victory in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, Rachel Alexandra should be entitled to rest on her laurels. The filly has campaigned steadily since February, racing at seven different tracks and winning all eight of her starts. With three...

Rachel Alexandra Wins Woodward Stakes by a Head

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Star filly Rachel Alexandra made history at Saratoga Race Course by becoming the first female to win the prestigious Woodward Stakes on Saturday, holding off Macho Again by a head.

Rachel Alexandra Crashes Through Glass Ceiling

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Entering Saturday's Woodward Stakes, Rachel Alexandra has been America's best racehorse, regardless of gender.

Summer Bird Displays His Pedigree at Travers

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Summer Bird, winner of this year's Belmont Stakes, earned a 3 1/2-length victory over ong shot Hold Me Back at the Travers Stakes.

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Borel Rides Superbly, Yet Mine That Bird Gains in Defeat

Sun, 17 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

As in the Kentucky Derby, Calvin Borel rides another tactically brilliant race to win the Preakness aboard Rachel Alexandra, but Mine That Bird shows he's no fluke and shines in defeat.

Preparation, Not Gender, Will Be the Key to Rachel Alexandra's Preakness Run

Fri, 15 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

BALTIMORE Millions of casual fans will be watching the Preakness Stakes on television to see if Rachel Alexandra can become the first member of her sex to win the race since 1924. Many of them will surely misunderstand the nature of filly vs. colt confrontations in horse racing. While there are...