Archives for October 2017

The Wider World of Horse Racing’s Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His Work

This weekend is the Jim McKay Maryland Million card from Laurel Park.  Let’s look back at his amazing career life.

The late sportscaster Jim McKay, and his grandson, James Fontelieu, are shown attending the 1997 Kentucky Derby . McKay’s contributions to equine journalism and Maryland racing will be honored next month at Harford Community College. (Courtesy the …

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A Score of a Lifetime from $80 Pick-6 Ticket

Press Release

Purchased for just $80 at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., there was one winning ticket in today’s Single Ticket Pick 6 Jackpot, and it resulted in a potentially life-changing payout of $549,864 Sunday at Santa Anita.

With a Single Ticket Jackpot carryover coming into Sunday of $368,281, there was $279,915 in “new money” bet into today’s popular $2 minimum wager, resulting in a total Pick 6 pool of $648,196.

In addition to the Jackpot payout of $549,864, there were 60 consolation tickets with five winners, each worth $534.

Santa Anita apron

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With Corey Nakatani off all of his mounts today, Jamie Theriot picked up Irish-bred Pantsonfire for trainer Richard Baltas in the ninth and final race, a one mile turf affair for maiden special weight fillies and mares three and up.

Off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 11, Theriot took hold of his mount in the run to the clubhouse turn, began to patiently weave his way through traffic around the far turn and was full of run through the stretch drive, winning by 1 ¾ lengths over second choice No Cats Allowed with Tyler Baze.

In what was her seventh career start, Pantsonfire, who is owned by Starry Night Racing, Jeremy Peskoff, Mark Silverstein and Jeff Ward’s Next Wave Racing, paid $6.80 to win and banked $30,000.

Sunday’s Pick 6, which began with race four, was won by 7-2 shot Van Cortlandt ($9.80); the fifth race, the $70,000 Speakeasy, went to Beautiful Shot, who upset 1-5 favorite Mourinho and paid $10.00; the sixth went to 9-5 favorite Skelton Pass ($5.60); the seventh was won by Fast Pass, who at 13-1, paid $29.00 and race eight was taken by 9-5 favorite Roman Tizzy, who paid $5.60.

Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For additional racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

Great Horse Racing Videos – RIP Champion Distaffer Inside Information

Champion distaffer Inside Information passed away this week.  She holds the record for the largest margin of victory ever in a Breeders’ Cup race, 13 1/2 lengths.  Let’s take a look back at her devastating win in the 1995 Distaff over the likes of Serena’s Song, Mariah’s Storm and stablemate star Heavenly Prize!

YouTube:  Seconds after Inside Information scored the most decisive victory in Breeders’ Cup history, the sun appeared for the first time Saturday.

Apparently, even the heavens were impressed with the 4-year-old filly’s 13 1/2-length destruction of her nine rivals in the Distaff.

Called by some in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup the most competitive of the seven events, the Distaff instead turned into a showcase for Inside Information, trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Dinny Phipps.

In addition to watching the daughter of Private Account shatter Princess Rooney’s record (seven lengths) for easiest Breeders’ Cup victory, McGaughey and Phipps saw her entrymate, Heavenly Prize, rally from far back to get second, more than two lengths in front of Lakeway.

Proven already over off tracks, Inside Information moved to a new level Saturday in what was her final start, and in so doing, wrapped up the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top older filly or mare. The entry paid $3.60 as the 4-5 choice.

Her final time over a surface labeled good was 1:46, the fastest for the Distaff since the distance was shortened from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/8 miles in 1988. The victory was her seventh in eight starts this year and 14th in 17 lifetime.

“If that wasn’t an Eclipse Award performance, I don’t know what is,” jockey Mike Smith said after the first of his two Breeders’ Cup victories Saturday.

Laurel Park Handle Continues to Climb

For the third consecutive year and eighth consecutive meet, Laurel Park registered an increase in average daily handle during its recently-completed summer meet.

Source: Laurel Park Handle Continues to Climb

NTRA Making Progress on Credit Card Issues in Horse Racing

Washington DCThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association expects to soon announce specific banks that will recognize credit card transactions used to deposit money at account-deposit wagering (ADW) online outlets.

Source: NTRA Making Progress on Credit Card Issues

AGOS Horses to Watch – October 12, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com (AGOS) Visitors

The last big weekend is in the books and the countdown to the Breeders’ Cup has officially started. At the time of this post, there are 24 days, 4 hours and 2 minutes. You’ll want to keep tabs on final workouts, shipping schedules and the overall health reports you’ll find in many Thoroughbred publications. The summer is over and the races are in the books. Now is the time to keep on top of your reading and combing over race replays.  Best of luck!

Belmont Park

10/7/17

Race #5 – Starter Allowance – 1 1/16 on turf – #2 – King of Spades

King of Spades = Son of Street Cry who is 3/5 ITM at Belmont and cutting back from 1 1/4 to 1 1/16. He was dropping in class and had the services of Joel Rosario in the saddle. He was bumped soundly at the start and was pinched back. He got back on task and managed to finish 5th this day. – A cleaner trip has him right in the mix.

Race #8 – The G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the dirt – #4 – Enticed

Enticed = Son of Medaglia d’ Oro coming in off a strong maiden win. Kiaran McLaughlin trainee who ran green but still got the win at first asking. He owned a bullet work coming into the race and a solid work tab keeping all systems ready. He did an excellent job of tracking the pace but was shuffled into the 6 path at the top of the lane. It doesn’t take much to get a two-year-old off task and he put together a solid run finishing 3rd this day.

Race #9 – The G3 Hill Prince – 1 1/8 miles turf – #6 – Bricks and Mortar

Bricks and Mortar = Chad Brown trainee and a son of Giant’s Causeway. He was 2/2 at Belmont with wins and was a beaten favorite in the G3 Saranac at Saratoga. His late punch has been his calling card and Joel Rosario was in the saddle. – He was in tight after the break and forced to take up and steady. He made a good late run for the show dough and will be heard from next out with a little cleaner start.

Race #11 – Allowance – 1 1/16 turf – #4 – Minsky Moment

Minsky Moment = Chad Brown runner with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This son of Flatter has been heavily bet the last 5 of 6 starts and has yet to run on the turf. His breeding suggests he should relish the sod and Ortiz win 18% on the greensward. He was bottled up around the far turn and was forced to tap on the brakes a few times. He tipped off the rail and made a strong late kick weaving in and out of traffic.

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Keeneland

10/7/17

Race #5 – The G2 Woodford – 5 1/2f on the turf – #1 – Conquest Panthera

Conquest Panthera = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Mark Casse. They were dropping in class and cutting back from 1 mile to 5 1/2f. This son of Kitten’s Joy has faced some tough runners and the sprint this day was coming off his 3rd off the layoff – 17%. He broke slowly from the gate and saved ground the entire trip. Albarado tipped off the rail and made a strong late challenge finishing a very game 4th place.

Race #7 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – #3 – Dona Bruja

Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the irons for Ignacio Correas. She exited the 1 3/16 G1 Beverly D and was a beaten favorite that day. Ever since coming in from Argentina she has looked better with every effort. She is 11/11 ITM on the turf and was turning back to a flat mile. – She kicked going 6 wide and made a strong late run. Maybe a little more ground would be to her liking and if she gets the right distance she will come rolling late in the lane.

South Dakota-Based Bet Rebate Company Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A South Dakota-based telephone wagering and off-track betting company catering to high-end horseplayers seeking rebates has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after losing a lengthy legal battle with the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, a former business partner.

Source: South Dakota-Based Bet Rebate Company Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

British Horse Racing Targets True Fans Among Younger Players

Ascot racecourse in UKHorse racing in England is on an “upward curve” but faces challenges in keeping both the traditionalists and the younger generation happy, a leading figure in the sport says. Paul Fisher, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, which is responsible for blue riband events such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, said it is… [Read more…]

Is Horse Racing Dead? New Mexico Track Reports Gains

Press Release: Albuquerque Downs

Albuquerque Downs ended its 57-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet on September 24, recording increases in total wagering handle and average daily purse distribution.

A total of $13,078,819 was wagered on Albuquerque Downs’ 543 live races, an increase of 3 percent over the $12,706,327 wagered on the track’s 582 live races during its 60-day season in 2016. Of the total wagered this year, $3,284,178 was bet on track and $9,794,641 was wagered at off-track sites.

horse racing blinkersAlbuquerque Downs’ average daily handle on its live races reached $229,453 per day, an increase of 8 percent over last year’s average daily handle of $211,772. The track’s average-per-race handle — $24,086 — was 10 percent higher than the 2016 average-per-race handle of $21,832.

Much of Albuquerque Downs’ handle increase can be attributed to the fact that, for the first time in its history, the track’s all-Thoroughbred Wednesday programs were featured on TVG starting on July 26.

Horsemen benefited from Albuquerque Downs’ brisk business, as the track paid $9,317,484 in purses for 57 days, down less than 1 percent from the $9,406,287 paid for 60 days in 2016. However, average daily purses in 2017 reached $163,465, up 4 percent over the 2016 average of $156,771, and the 2017 average-per-race purse of $17,159 was 6 percent higher than last year’s average-per-race purse of $16,162.

Albuquerque Downs’ 2017 season was scheduled for 58 days, but one date — Friday, August 11 — was canceled due to weather conditions.

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Alfredo Juarez Jr. was Albuquerque Downs’ leading Thoroughbred jockey with 51 wins from 160 mounts, nine more than runner-up Elvin Gonzalez, who rode 42 winners from 188 mounts. Juarez also led all Albuquerque jockeys with mount earnings of $708,540.

Albuquerque Downs’ leading Thoroughbred trainer, Justin Evans, prepped the winners of 39 races from 127 starters, 20 more than runner-up Henry Dominguez, who won 19 races from 105 starters. Evans also finished first in starter purse earnings at $561,075.

Jose Luna Silva topped all Albuquerque Downs Thoroughbred owners with 11 winners from 32 starters, five more than runner-up Solitaire Stable, which won six races from 30 starters. The father-and-son team of Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, topped the track’s owner standings with purse earnings of $115,795.

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On the Quarter Horse side, Isaias Cardenas was Albuquerque Downs’ leading jockey with 30 wins from 172, two more than J. Martin Bourdieu, who won 26 races from 132 Quarter Horse mounts. Agustin Silva topped all Quarter Horse riders in purse earnings with $458,538 from just 41 mounts.

Jesus Carrete topped all Albuquerque Downs Quarter Horse trainers with 30 wins from 76 starters, 16 more than runner-up Ernest Fennell, who prepped the winners of 14 races from 32 starters. The winner of the $252,515 La Fiesta Futurity on closing day with Strykr Force, Carrete also topped the track’s trainers in purse earnings at $502,939.

Jesus M. Estrada was Albuquerque Downs’ leading Quarter Horse owner with 10 wins from 19 starters, two more than Carrete, who won eight races from 17 of his own starters. Carrete, who is also the owner of Strykr Force, topped all Albuquerque Quarter Horse owners in purse earnings at $212,238.

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The many outstanding equine performances at Albuquerque Downs, which paid a track-record $1.5 million in purses during its closing weekend (September 23-24), were topped by reigning American Quarter Horse Association world champion Jessies First Down. A homebred 6-year-old gelding trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Ted G. Abrams of Houston, Jessies First Down won the September 24, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship, which for the first time in its three-year history offered its winner a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Albuquerque’s richest and most prestigious stakes for Thoroughbreds, the 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap on August 5, was won by Richard Keith’s American Dubai. Rodney Richards trained the 4-year-old Virginia-bred colt.

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Live horse racing will resume at Albuquerque Downs on June 29, 2018. The scheduled 55-day season will run through September 23.

2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Post Times

The Breeders' Cup horse racingThe Breeders’ Cup has released post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, which will be held on November 3-4, for the first time, at the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif.

The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

The 34th Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, November 3 with a total of 10 races, four of them Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be five undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time of the first race at 11:25 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6 and will have a post time of 2:25 p.m. PT (5:25 p.m. ET). The $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be the ninth race on the program, with a post time of 4:35 p.m. PT. Post tme for the 10th race will be 5:17 p.m. PT.

All of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

There will be 12 races on the Saturday, November 4 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be three undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time for the day’s first race at 10:10 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4 and will have post time of 12:00 p.m. The first eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:35 p.m. PT (8:35 p.m. ET), and will be televised live on NBC.

 2017 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS POST-TIMES

BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races (All Times Pacific)

Friday, November 3  
Race 1 11:25 AM
Race 2 12:00 PM
Race 3 12:35 PM
Race 4 1:10 PM
Race 5 1:45 PM
Race 6 2:25 PM  
Race 7 3:05 PM  
Race 8 3:50 PM  
Race 9 4:35 PM  Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Race 10  5:17 PM

 

Saturday, November 4 
Race 1 10:10 AM
Race 2 10:45 AM
Race 3 11:20 AM
Race 4 12:00 PM  
Race 5 12:37 PM  
Race 6 1:14 PM  
Race 7 2:00 PM  
Race 8 2:37 PM  
Race 9 3:19 PM  
Race 10  3:58 PM  
Race 11  4:37 PM  
Race 12  5:35 PM  Breeders’ Cup Classic