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2019 Kentucky Derby: New Jersey hopes rest with Vekoma, Tax

A year ago it was Firenze Fire that boasted local ownership, and this year it’s Vekoma and Tax that have ties to the Garden State.

Franklin Lakes resident Raymond Hill, III, who grew up attending Monmouth Park, who owns a piece of two starters in the Run for the Roses, part of partnerships in both Tax and Vekoma.

The versatile Vekoma, a son of Candy Ride who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, is coming off a 3 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, having won three of four career starts for trainer George Weaver.

Hill owns Vekoma, a $130,000 yearling purchase, along with New Hampshire brothers Ted and Mike Gatsas.

Tax, ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Danny Gargan, ran second in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in his last start, finishing behind Tacitus, a closer who is expected to be one of the top choices in the Derby.

Posts for the 145th Kentucky Derby

Run for the Roses, Saturday May 4, 2019

Here is the post position draw for this Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby

1.War of Will, 20/1

2. Tax, 20/1

3. By My Standards, 20/1

4. Gray Magician, 50/1

5. Improbable, 6/1

6. Vekoma, 20/1

7. Maximum Security, 10/1

8. Tacitus, 10/1

9. Plus Que Parfait, 30/1

10. Cutting Humor, 30/1

11. Haikal, 30/1

12. Omaha Beach, 4/1

13. Code Of Honor, 15/1

14. Win Win Win, 15/1

15. Master Fencer, 50/1

16. Game Winner, 5/1

17. Roadster, 6/1

18. Long Range Toddy, 30/1

19. Spinoff, 30/1

20. Country House, 30/1

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21. Bodemeister, 30/1

Wet track appears very likely for this year’s KY Derby.

COMING SOON

Rich Nilsen’s full-card Kentucky Derby analysis

with commentary on ALL 20 Starters.

 

Century Mile the horse racing future in Edmonton

Bye, bye Northlands Park. Hello happiness.

For several years, horsemen have been unhappy campers at the century-long home of horse racing in Edmonton. But not now. Not as they get ready for Opening Day of a new era of horse racing.

The first-ever thoroughbred race card at Century Mile goes to the post Sunday afternoon at 1:45 with high hopes of good times ahead for the industry.

“We all saw Northlands deteriorate to the point it was beyond sad,” said trainer Tim Rycroft, a veteran of 30 years on the track including a lengthy spell at Toronto’s Woodbine until returning to his hometown 13 years ago.

“You could tell the writing was on the wall. Nobody seemed to care there toward the end. It was once a really nice thriving place with a proud tradition,” he said of the track that once owned the title of being the per capita betting capital of the horseracing world.

“They were just letting it slide into the abyss,” he said.

“I loved it at Northlands Park. It was a great racetrack. Over the years it just deteriorated and deteriorated and the horsemen were told one B.S. story after another. It became terrible the way the horsemen were treated.

“They let the barn areas go to hell. Instead of fixing bathrooms and stuff their idea was just to slap a piece of plywood on the door and put up a big closed sign.

Trainer Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Quarter Crack

Trainer Richard Mandella did a media interview outside the barn last week to discuss the history of Omaha Beach and his quarter crack issue.   Omaha Beach is the possible post time favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby after two impressive wins at Oaklawn Park.

Mandella discusses how a quarter crack issue with a racehorse is comparable to when a person rips their finger nail.  Listen in.

 

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Britain’s Jockey Club has enlisted Marvel comic book artists …

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Jockey Club has enlisted Marvel comic book artists to give the superhero treatment to some of the country’s all-time wonder horses in a bid to win over a new generation of racing fans.

The 24-page book “Magnificent Racehorses”, penned by artists from the stable that created the likes of Black Panther and Spider-Man, was being published ahead of the Grand National at Aintree.

It tells the stories of 10 crowd favorites of the past including three times National winner Red Rum, super stallion Frankel and Cheltenham Gold Cup great Desert Orchid.

“Horseracing is the second biggest spectator sport in Britain and we want to ensure a new generation of fans are constantly discovering the drama and excitement of its stories,” said Jockey Club Racecourses chief executive Paul Fisher.

The Jockey Club, founded early in the 18th century, runs Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse as well as other leading venues including Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket.

Tiger Roll, last year’s National winner on a photo finish, was the 7/2 favorite to repeat the victory at Aintree in a 40-horse field over 30 daunting fences.

Last year’s race was watched by an estimated worldwide television audience of 600 million.

Get to Know the Horse Owners of the Kentucky Derby

Derby hopeful Vekoma with his owners after winning the Blue Grass Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire) The greatest two minutes in sports is right around the corner! Get to know the people who own the runners in this year’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve below in order of each horse’s …

OwnersWertheimer and Frere

About: Wertheimer et Frere is the name of the Thoroughbred partnership between brothers Alain and Gérard Wertheimer of France. Their grandfather Pierre co-founded esteemed fashion empire Chanel, which the brothers still operate along with vineyards and other luxury clothing companies. They have campaigned a number of top Thoroughbreds around the world including Solow, Goldikova, and Halfbridled.

Owner: Katsumi Yoshizawa

About: Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, Katsumi Yoshizawa now runs Yoshizawa Stables, a large private horse training operation in Japan that does everything from initial training to selling racehorses. His training operation has been responsible for horses such as six-time Group 1 winner Gold Ship, 2014 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Just a Way (who is also Master Fencer’s sire), and many other top Japanese racehorses. Yoshizawa also opened a school for training Japanese horsemen in 2017. Japan has a shortage of exercise riders and grooms, and the facility is helping teach those interested in working in racing the skills to ride work and be a groom. Yoshizawa travels to Keeneland sales in Kentucky regularly, and bought Master Fencer’s dam, Sexy Zamurai, at the September auction in 2005.

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Long Overdue. Jockey Craig Perret inducted into National horse racing hall of fame

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Craig Perret was inducted into the the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Monday, making the New Orleans native only jockey in the 16-member class of 2019.

Perret joins Calvin Borel (2013), Randy Romero (2010), Kent Desormeaux (2004), Eddie Delahoussaye (1993) and O. Eric Guerin (1972) among Louisiana jockey inductees.

Joining Perret in the class, are champion fillies Royal Delta, My Juliet, and Waya along with members of the Hall’s 12 Pillars of the Turf category: James E. “Ted” Bassett; Christopher Chenery; Dick Duchossois; William S. Farish; John Hettinger; James R. Keene; Frank E. “Jimmy” Kilroe; Gladys Mills Phipps; Ogden Phipps; Helen Hay Whitney; Marylou Whitney; and Warren Wright Sr.

Perret, 68, won 4,415 races in a career that spanned from 1967 through 2005. He was voted an Eclipse Award as the Outstanding Jockey of 1990, the year he guided Unbridled to victory in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Carl Nafzger. Perret also rode Bet Twice to victory in the 1987 Belmont Stakes.

Perret also rode champions Honest Pleasure, Rhythm, Housebuster, Storm Song, and Smoke Glacken, among others. He was honored with the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1998 and won four Breeders’ Cup races, including the inaugural Sprint in 1984 aboard champion Eillo.

Perret was inducted in the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Kentucky Fan’s tribute to his favorite player?

Naming a racehorse after him, of course.

Snell Yeah, a horse whose name was inspired by Kentucky football player Benny Snell, trained at Keeneland ahead of a race at the track on April 18. Snell Yeah is wearing blue silks in the video. By

There’s already a fan favorite in the 4 1/2-furlong race for maidens in Thursday’s second race at Keeneland (4/18/19).

Snell Yeah, trained by John Ennis, is named after former University of Kentucky running back Benny Snell, who broke the school’s all-time records for rushing and career touchdowns during the 2018 season. Specifically, it’s a direct reference to Snell’s personal catchphrase tattooed across his stomach.

Co-owner Scott Stephens didn’t know his colt’s namesake would go on to set so many records or help lead the Wildcats to their first 10-win campaign in decades when he christened him a year ago. He just loves UK football — the Ashland native has been a season ticket-holder since 2004 — and the way Snell played, and wanted to recognize one of the best to ever wear blue and white.

“He’s got the best attitude,” Stephens said. “I love that kid and his personality. … You can tell he loves the game.”

Horse race betting is coming to Biloxi in time for the Kentucky Derby

They’re off and running and Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi is the first casino on the Coast to take bets on horse racing.

The ribbon cutting is at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Contact Sports Book and comes just ahead of the race for the Triple Crown that starts with the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Bets can be placed everyday at two windows, where tellers will help with common or more advanced bets, or two self-service kiosks in the sports book, said general manager Keith Crosby.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Crosby said. While the sportsbook at the Palace opened in August, “We hadn’t gotten to the point where it (betting on horses) was permitted,” he said.

“This is a project we have worked on for several years,” Crosby said, “and we are excited to offer our guests the best possible wagering opportunities on all major U.S. tracks…