PAIR OF 2014 BREEDERS’ CUP WINNERS WEARING SPEED SILKS®

Speed Silks full bodyJockeys aboard Bayern and Goldencents sporting racing’s latest innovation.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Twenty jockeys competing in this year’s Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita —including winners Bayern and Goldencents­— were wearing Speed Silks®, a new patent-pending aerodynamically-engineered equine jockey uniform.

Speed Silks is the brand name of a product line consisting of silks, helmet covers, jockey pants and boot sleeves. All Speed Silks gear is form-fitting and made entirely of Aero Dimplex®, a patented technical fabric that’s uniquely textured to reduce drag. Aero Dimplex is the world’s most aerodynamically-efficient fabric between 14 and 47 miles per hour.

Darby Racing Technology, LLC sold the first set of Speed Silks in August of 2013; they have since been worn in multiple graded stakes victories and Triple Crown races. Darby Racing Technology has acquired the likes of Baffert Racing, Conquest Stables LLC, Reddam Racing LLC, Team Valor and many other notable stables and owners as clients.

On Friday, W.C. Racing’s Goldencents won his second consecutive $1-million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) with jockey Rafael Bejarano in Speed Silks. The next day, Kaleem Shah, Inc.’s Bayern earned a victory in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with jockey Martin Garcia wearing Speed Silks gear.

Speed Silks creator Matt Darby says he was thrilled to hear from representatives from both barns, especially since they contacted his company so soon after he opened his doors.

“Glenn Sorgenstein of W.C. Racing called me back in February for a couple of sets. He told me he like the idea behind the technology… and that he thought they looked great, which is a nice bonus.

“Jill Baffert was the person who contacted me from Baffert’s organization, and that was back in November of last year. She had seen one of our ads in Trainer, and likewise appreciated the idea of silks engineered for performance. She ended up ordering sets for a number of Baffert clients in the weeks leading up to the 2014 Kentucky Derby, including Kaleem Shah. Those are the same Speed Silks that Bejarano wore last weekend in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He’s won a lot of races in those silks, actually.

“On Friday and Saturday [October 31 and November 1], we had 20 jockeys in Speed Silks across 13 races at Santa Anita, and in just the Breeders’ Cup races, we had five on Friday and four on Saturday. That would have been enough to keep me happy, but getting a pair of Grade-1 wins is just incredible.”

Matt Darby and his wife Darci designed Speed Silks over two years, and built the product from the ground up exclusively for use by jockeys. Both their blueprint and manufacturing process allow for seamless designs; no matter how complex the silks pattern, no seams are added to the garment, as the colors are dyed directly onto the Aero Dimplex fabric. The state-of-the-art dye sublimation process allows for very bright, saturated colors and razor sharp detail.

Speed Silks are available with an optional thumb-sleeve cuff, modeled after the jerseys worn by competitive cyclists. Darby says it’s testament to the “form-follows-function” philosophy he stuck to during the design process.

“We even manufacture and sell Speed Silks boot sleeves, which are essentially tubes of black Aero Dimplex fabric that are designed to slide down over the jockey’s boots. The texture of our Aero Dimplex fabric is more aerodynamically efficient than even a perfectly smooth surface…our boot sleeves highlight the fact that you want to get every available square inch of your jockey covered in this stuff.

“Aerodynamic drag has a much, much greater effect on the speed of the horse than a lot of people realize,” Darby says. “The horse has to work much harder to overcome wind resistance than he does to overcome the inertia of his own mass.”

Darby Racing Technology is working with Australian equine equipment and apparel retailer Horsefabulous to bring Speed Silks products to the Asia/Pacific market. The two companies are currently working to have Speed Silks officially approved by Australian horse racing authorities, and have already begun selling Speed Silks gear in New Zealand, with expansion planned soon into Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and of course, Australia.

Matt Darby is available for comment or to answer any questions about Speed Silks, and can be reached at Matt@SpeedSilks.com or (806) 570-6920. Visit Speed Silks online at www.SpeedSilks.com or on Facebook (Speed-Silks) and Twitter (@SpeedSilks).

Kerry and Catherine Jordan of Horsefabulous can be reached at info@horsefabulous.com.au or by phone at +61 2 9613 3265 (Australia). Visit Horsefabulous online at www.horsefabulous.com.au.

Speed Silks® is a trademark of Darby Racing Technology, LLC in the U.S. and other countries.

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ARLINGTON MILLION TO BE BROADCAST NATIONWIDE LIVE ON HRRN

Radio Broadcast will include American St. Leger, Beverly D. and Secretariat

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY announced today, they will return to Arlington Park for the eighth consecutive year on Saturday, August 18, to provide live coverage of the 30th Arlington Million.  HRRN’s broadcast will be aired nationwide on Sirius channel 94 beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET and include the inaugural running of the American St. Leger as well as the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes and Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes.

The Arlington Million is part of HRRN’s “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series” presented by Breeders’ Cup, which features live coverage of 36 Challenge races leading up to HRRN’s broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 2nd and 3rd at Santa Anita.  A complete Challenge Series broadcast schedule can be found on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.  The Million is a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, while the winner of the Beverly D will punch their ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

In addition to the live race coverage, HRRN will host a special Arlington Million edition of their popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, from Arlington on Saturday morning.  The Equine Forum airs live from 8-10 a.m. ET and can be heard on Sirius channel 93, HANK 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY, and ESPN 680 AM in Louisville, KY.  All broadcasts via live streaming provided on the HRRN website.

HRRN President Mike Penna will anchor the coverage along with analyst Jude Feld, who is regular contributor here on AGameofSkill.com.

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is the Eclipse Award winning broadcast organization, providing live radio coverage of many of the sport’s biggest races throughout the year.  In 2012, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, and is the exclusive radio network of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and provides the national radio broadcast of the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Radio Coverage of 5 Graded Stakes Races this Weekend

 Davona Dale (G2), Sabin (G3), Very One (G3), Mac Diarmida (G2), and the Kentucky Derby prep race, Fountain of Youth (G2), showcased on coverage

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Wednesday that for the seventh consecutive year, they will begin their  yearlong broadcast campaign from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.  HRRN will be on site to provide exclusive live coverage of five graded stakes this Saturday and Sunday.   

On Saturday, HRRN will have coverage of the Davona Dale (G2), Sabin Stakes (G3), and Very One (G3) from 3:30-5:30 EST.  The Sabin will feature the return of Eclipse Champion Royal Delta for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, while the Very One is highlighted by Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf hero Perfect Shirl. Sunday’s broadcast will showcase leading Derby prospects in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner up Union Rags squares off with Algorithms, winner of the Gulfstream’s Holy Bull Stakes earlier in the meet. 

HRRN’s coverage will air from 4:30-5:30 EST. HRRN’s broadcasts can be heard on Sirius 93 – XM 209, as well as on select HRRN affiliates and on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.  A complete HRRN schedule along with a listing of affiliates and streaming information is available on the HRRN site.

In addition to the live race coverage, HRRN will host its popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, live from Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning.  The Equine Forum airs from 8-10 a.m. ET and can be heard on HANK 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY, and is streamed live at www.horseracingradio.net.  Mike Penna will anchor the HRRN coverage along with analyst Jude Feld.  Sean Clancy will provide paddock commentary and interviews.

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is the Eclipse Award winning broadcast organization, providing live radio coverage of many of the sport’s biggest races throughout the year.  In 2012, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. For more information please contact Mike Penna at mike@horseracingradio.net