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.”

Barry Irwin Discusses What Horse Racing Needs

by author Barry Irwin

In the last 31 of my 50 years in horse racing, I have earned my livelihood forming racing partnerships. I have been able to do this because, in spite of the obstacles and challenges, enough people still want to race horses, so I have been able to continue with my enterprise.

I am involved in one segment of an industry that provides many folks and entities the opportunity to also make a living with Thoroughbreds.

But the number of people interested in the game is shrinking.

As a keen observer as well as a participant, I feel confident in saying that the ongoing contraction of the game is a direct result of cheating by the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs that tilt the playing field in favor of crooked trainers and owners interested in dominating over their rivals by illegal methods.

All of the enterprises in which folks are involved within the industry: breeding, pinhooking, sales companies, racetracks, training, writing, advertising, acting as agents–all of it–is dependent on one simple thing: the integrity of the race. Horseplayers have to feel good about the honesty of a contest to want to bet on the outcome…

NY horse racing partnership finding success

By PAUL ANTONELLI

Recorder Sports Editor

Aaron Cotugno has been a fan of thoroughbred horse racing ever since he was old enough to walk, when his uncle, John Liggero Jr., took him and the rest of the family to Saratoga Race Course every year on Opening Day.

It was there that his uncle, who had a table on the third level of the clubhouse near the finish line for every meet, held his annual gathering with family and friends to watch the greatest horses in the world compete at the sport’s most prestigious meet.

Decades later, Cotugno, a resident of Amsterdam with his wife Nicole and two sons Carson and Spencer, is a player in the thoroughbred business, calling the shots for Take A Shot Stables — a small partnership comprised of about five or six investors in each thoroughbred. The partnership currently has three horses in training, Free Kitty, Smiles from Sadie and I’m Elmer J. Fudd.

Last Thursday, Cotugno’s group pulled off a rarity and a first for the partnership, with …

How to Own a Racehorse

(CNN) Want to become a racehorse owner but don’t want to break the bank? The “Sport of Kings” may be dominated by royalty, rock stars, celebrities and tycoons, but for racing fans with more moderate cash reserves there are several cost-effective ways to buy into the sport…

For those with more modest means, horses can range from about $2,000-$20,000, according to the UK’s Racehorse Owners Association (ROA). Training a racehorse doesn’t come cheap, either. The average cost of training and racing a racehorse in Britain is $29,280 a year, says the ROA.
No wonder more than 60% of all racehorses trained in Britain are held either in a joint ownership, syndicate or partnership.

Bob Levy, horse racing innovator, was the ultimate people person | Dick Jerardi

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How Trainer John Sadler helped turn grape growers into horse racing powerhouse owners

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Eleven Sires Dominate at 2018 Keeneland Fall Sales

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With 26 yearlings selling for $1 million plus in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, 11 sires with three or more sold in Book 1 accounted for 465 yearlings or 47% of the number cataloged in Book 1.

Is Horse Racing Dead?  Apparently not if the Keeneland sales in Lexington KY are any indication.  Check out the full Blood-Horse story below.

Source: Eleven Sires Create Book 1 Surge at Keeneland

QnA with NFL Star and Racehorse Owner Jacob Tamme

From NFL to Farming: Jacob Tamme Chats Cows and Horse Racing

Q. Advice I would give to anyone considering getting into racing as an owner:

A. Start small. Heck, stay small. There’s nothing wrong with being a 5% partner on a great filly or colt. I’ll take 5% of a really good one over 50% or even 100% of an average one any day. Find the right person or people to partner with and set realistic expectations. If you are starting your own operation from scratch and have the resources to go it alone, even more important to find the right advisors and horsemen to help you get started.

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Justify’s Win Illustrates a Major Problem in Horse Racing

By Charles Simon

Justify ran his eyeballs out in winning the Preakness and, truly, he has done some amazing things by being pushed to the limit in a modern racing world where risk taking is seemingly a foreign concept. He is headed to Belmont with a chance to win a quite unique version of the Triple Crown. However, one of the biggest underlying issues of horse racing is being exposed during this fantastic and rapid ascent by Justify.

The very top of racing is polluted with conflicts of interest, with too few horsemen training all the best horses for a narrow group of very wealthy people that have increasingly chosen to join together rather than compete against each other. When Triple Crown-runs and our most important races are now potentially compromised because of that situation, how much longer until the validity of the results of the sport are questioned?

Derby144 workout Justify at Santa AnitaAx Man won the Sir Barton over the same track as Justify did on Saturday with a better speed figure (99 to 97). Does that mean he would have won Preakness or is better than Justify? Absolutely not, but it does mean that him not participating in the Belmont Stakes because his trainer is shooting for a Triple Crown with a different horse is a little unsettling. I completely understand why they wouldn’t run, but it’s still an uncomfortable situation to try to explain away.

Audible might have won the Preakness considering the 1/2 length margin that Justify won by over clearly inferior horses with running styles very similar to Audible’s running style. If Audible who is owned by the same group that owns Justify doesn’t run in the Belmont and goes on to be the best three year old post-Triple Crown season, it could be the first modern day Triple Crown that comes with an asterisk.

Sure, Justify is a great horse who will have earned it if he completes the Triple Crown with a Belmont win but having potentially two of the arguably top five, healthy three year olds not competing because everyone seems to be on the same team… well, to be kind, it is not a ‘good look.’ We have no idea if they could beat him but the whole idea of racing is to race to see if they can.

These are our very best and most important races, and they are increasingly fraught with conflict of interest which are more readily apparent because of the spotlight focused on the Triple Crown. Think about how compromised our regular graded stakes can be affected in a similar though more subtle manner? We won’t even go into regular overnight races and the issues created there.

The entire premise of the sport of horse racing is competition. “My horse is better than yours. Let’s prove it on the track”. The more bastardized the top of the sport becomes, the more the foundation of the entire game is weakened. If this past week’s white-hot debate over the ‘future of racing in a sports betting legalized world’ doesn’t make this situation even more troubling, you just aren’t paying attention.

Imagine if the owners of the Golden State Warriors bought a 20-percent stake in the Houston Rockets before the Western Conference Finals? How do you think that would go over with sports fans? And our sport is supported by people BETTING on it!

 

  • Charles Simon is a successful, veteran trainer based out of South Florida.

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What Makes a Winner – The DNA of Champions

It is well known that genes are responsible for most of the traits in all living beings. Of course external conditions have their due influence on the development and overall well being, but we have long determined that good genes will very likely produce good offspring. Ever since the first domesticated wolf we have also learned how to cash in on this knowledge. And cash is plenty in the world of horseracing. Champion blood foals regularly sell for well over $1 million. That’s why the first thing that is being prized when selecting a racehorse is the genetic pool it sprung from.

Thoroughbreds are the most used breed of horses for racing, and for a good reason. These horses have been specifically bred for speed and stamina. It started in the 17th century with the growing interest of British aristocracy in horseracing, and today all Thoroughbreds can be traced back to 74 British and imported mares, known as the Royal Mares, and only three stallions of Arab, Barb and Turk origin, the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Barb. And thus began an official record – the General Stud Book – which lists only those horses that can be traced back to the Royal Mares and these three stallions.

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Thoroughbreds’ anatomy makes them the perfect racing horse. Preferred, quality Thoroughbreds have long necks, deep and broad chest, short backs, lean bodies and long legs. They are classified as a hot-blooded breed, meaning they are very agile, fast, spirited and bold. Not so long ago the only way to assure these traits in a horse was heavy inbreeding, but in 2010 Dr. Emmeline Hill managed to isolate the single gene responsible for muscle development and muscle fibre type, now popularly known as the speed gene.

Experiments in equine genetics have shown that it is possible to breed a horse with more muscle mass capable for short bursts of speed suited for quarter mile races or a leaner horse that could perform better on longer courses such as the Derby. Even with these advancements in equine genetics scientists agree that DNA probably accounts for 30 – 35% of a horse’s performance. Come race day training, nutrition, jockeys and track conditions could prove more important for the outcome. Still, 35% is a lot you can bet on.

Racehorse breeding is the most tightly controlled and regulated animal breeding program. And the reason why, as we said, is because there is a lot of money in horseracing. It is an industry with revenue of $4 billion in US alone, $139.2 million were wagered on the Kentucky Derby last year, more than $10 billion are wagered in US each year. In horse racing crazed Japan that number is more than $24 billion. A big chunk of these billions come from online betting. Placing a bet is possible on many sites, fast and safe; you can also get good tips on how to pick your winner. It’s easy now that you know what makes one.