jnchapel + horseracing   2001

How to bet the Preakness, according to a video game
Cummings got the idea for the simulation from a side project that has grown out of Photo Finish Racing’s cinematic. Third Time had been talking with broadcasting partners, mainly thoroughbred racing tracks themselves, to run visualizations of the field running before the race. “It's a big thing even within betting, and at the track not a lot of people know what (that day's) horses look like,” Cummings said. “So for a lot of people that's a valid way to make a bet.” That led to the kind of crude logic that informed the Kentucky Derby prediction. “It was just ‘can we make a bet happen with the past histories of these horses, their times at each split, and their speed rating?’” Cummings said.
horseracing  mobile  gaming  triple-crown 
3 days ago by jnchapel
Industry insiders promote plan for racing complex
Brad Boaz, of the Lexington, Kentucky-based architectural and engineering firm CMW, gave an overview of the “Massachusetts Horse Park” master plan, as well as presented some hard numbers, during a press conference Thursday in Boston. “Keeping the horse in mind is paramount, but also for the patron as well,” Mr. Boaz said. “We want to keep them coming back ... we don’t feel like it’s this massive structure. It’s very quaint. It’s very inviting. What we’re trying to do is take little features from some of our most favorite tracks.”
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  horse-park 
3 days ago by jnchapel
State senator seeks money for sex-trafficking victims from horse racing funds
"State Sen. Mark Montigny, who championed the state’s 2011 human-trafficking law, is pushing an amendment to the Senate budget that would redirect half of the funds slated for an account created to support Bay State horse racing to the Victims of Human Trafficking Trust Fund. The move, Montigny said, could mean 'millions' for the five-year-old trust, which the Herald reported last week has taken in just $16,000 and has yet to award a single grant to help survivors of sex trafficking."
horseracing  massachusetts  racehorse-dev-fund  legislation 
4 days ago by jnchapel
New rein for 'Queen'
"Yes, Francine Villeneuve, 52, has accomplished much in her racing career. But even though she’s no longer in the saddle come post time, Villeneuve is still helping horses down the home stretch – in an entirely new way ... by 1991, Villeneuve was the head-turning kind of jockey who got people talking. She broke several gender barriers, becoming the first woman to place in the Queen’s Plate and the first of four women ever to compete in all three Triple Crown races."
horseracing  canada  woodbine  fort-erie  jockeys  women-in-racing 
4 days ago by jnchapel
Pletcher continues to do Lukas proud
"I defended him (Derby) week. I jumped right in the middle of it and said 'Do you realize how hard it is to get one here? How about getting 48 of them here? That's an achievement if you never win the damn thing,'" Lukas said. "Getting them there has gotten to be a lot more difficult than it used to be 20 years ago. Just getting enough points to be in the race and satisfying your clientele ... the clientele dictates so much of what we do now. It's not like the old days, when an owner would ask if he could come look at his horse in the barn. Now they get really involved."
horseracing  triple-crown  trainers  todd-pletcher  d-wayne-lukas 
4 days ago by jnchapel
Group pitches horse park feasibility study
"The proposed horse park would feature a track for racing, equestrian venues, and an agri-tourism village complete with artisans making saddles and shoeing horses. The horse breeders, equestrian officials, and consultants at the presentation painted a picture of a bucolic, family-friendly facility patterned after the Kentucky Horse Park ... and the Saratoga Race Course. With thoroughbred racing on its last legs in Massachusetts, that vision seems like a stretch."
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  horse-park 
4 days ago by jnchapel
Preakness at Laurel? The New Coke of horse racing
The editorial board is over the Stronach Group: "But as for the wisdom of investing in Pimlico, we would note that the good condition of Laurel and deteriorating one of Pimlico didn't happen by accident. It is the result of a deliberate strategy by Stronach and its predecessors to consolidate operations and investments in Laurel ... rather than warning that it would require a 'huge' commitment of state resources to keep the Preakness at Pimlico — and not acknowledging the 'huge' amount of money the state is already sending their way as a result of the legislation that legalized slots and casino gambling — Stronach officials ought to be focused on finalizing an agreement with the Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Development Corp. on a second phase of the Pimlico study."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  pimlico  preakness-stakes  stronach 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Humane Society prez to industry: ‘Get in step’ and ‘seize the issues’
“Our position is we’re not opposed to horse racing as an organization,” Pacelle continued. “If I’ve said it 10 times, I’ve said it a thousand times: If these equine athletes are cared for properly, there should not be any compromising of the welfare of the animals. These animals are built to run, in so many ways. But let’s make the tracks safe, lets make the conditions safe, let’s make the standards strict so that everyone can have confidence about what’s going on…. It seems like the most sensible course for the future.”
horseracing  equine-safety 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Women under-represented across leading roles says report
"I have to say I have done a lot of research in this area and it is the only industry I have ever worked with where women were repeatedly called girls regardless of their age, which really stood out to me."
horseracing  international  british  bha  women-in-racing 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Bob Baffert sits this Triple Crown season out
"... not even Lukas can match Baffert’s ruthless efficiency. Both have won the Derby four times, the most of any trainers in the last 50 years. But Lukas has done it starting 48 horses, versus Baffert’s 27. Both have won the Preakness six times, but Lukas’s total comes in 41 attempts — more than twice Baffert’s 18. For the past 20 years, Baffert’s California-based operation has been a Triple Crown juggernaut. He won both the first two legs of the Triple Crown in two consecutive years in 1997 and 1998. Then after years of more big-time wins both in the U.S. and across the globe, his Triple Crown triumph with American Pharoah in 2015 sealed his legacy as one of the best ever."
horseracing  triple-crown  trainers  bob-baffert 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a stud and a gentleman
“He is different, temperament-wise,” said Scott Calder, the New Zealand-bred sales and marketing manager for Coolmore. “He is quite amazing, really, just how laid-back he is and how good he is with people. You wish every horse was this easy, as he is. That was part of why he was able to do what he did. Obviously, he has talent, but especially the Triple Crown, you’ve got the crowds and the travel, and if you put too much energy out on the training track in the morning, that’s going to catch up with you, too. So you’d have to think that was part of what got him through it, I’m sure.”
horseracing  champions  triple-crown  american-pharoah  sires 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Schmuck: Barrier-breaking Hank Allen trains sights on a pair of sports
"When Hank Allen arrived at Churchill Downs to get his horse ready for the 1989 Kentucky Derby, he had to know it wouldn't be business as usual. He would become the first African-American trainer in 78 years to run a horse in thoroughbred racing's most storied event when Northern Wolf finished sixth behind Hall of Famer Sunday Silence, but some of the questions that rang out when he was surrounded by reporters on that first day outside the stakes barn weren't quite what he expected ... there were some other indignities for Allen, including a struggle to pick up his credentials and tickets for his wife and Northern Wolf's owners, but it certainly wasn't the first time he had run into that kind of thing. When he started his professional baseball career, the black players still had to live apart from their white teammates when they went south for spring training."
horseracing  triple-crown  kentucky-derby  preakness-stakes  trainers  racing-history 
6 days ago by jnchapel
Women in horse racing under-represented in most prominent areas
BBC report on BHA survey: "It found more women are entering racing from college courses, outnumbering men by a ratio of nearly 70:30. But the report identifies what is being described as 'career stagnation' once women try to make progress." BHA press release on the survey: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/bha-response-womens-representation-diversity-horseracing-industry-survey/
horseracing  international  british  bha  women-in-racing 
6 days ago by jnchapel
Senate sweeps race horse fund to invest in DCR, DEP
Tucked into the Senate's $40.3 billion fiscal year 2018 budget proposal is an outside section that would sweep $15 million from the Race Horse Development Fund into the General Fund by June 30, 2018, availing the Senate to $15 million in new revenue that it proposes to spend other programs ... the Senate's outside section calls for the $15 million from the Race Horse Development Fund to be "expended to support programming and operations for the department of agricultural resources and the department of conservation and recreation."
horseracing  massachusetts  racehorse-dev-fund  legislation 
7 days ago by jnchapel
Technology that could revolutionise gambling and change the world
"Simply called Bookie, it will be the first true betting exchange run on blockchain technology and utilising digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin as payment method."
horseracing  technology  wagering  blockchain 
7 days ago by jnchapel
Will Zhukova’s victory help entice more European raiders to the U.S.?
"The prize money numbers for turf racing in the U.S. are way beyond the levels on offer on the other side of the Atlantic, particularly in Britain. Yet the standard of runners is way behind. America’s turf riches are vulnerable."
horseracing  international  turf-racing 
7 days ago by jnchapel
Will women jockeys get a claim in Britain?
JFC: "To my way of thinking, this kind of response (significant but restrained) makes it more likely that other racing jurisdictions will follow the French lead. I’m thinking mostly of the British Horseracing Authority, which is not naturally sympathetic to the idea but might prick up its ears if it felt the change improved the situation of female jockeys without provoking outrage among the men. But I’d say Britain already has more of a culture of female success in the saddle than France, thanks in large part to Hayley Turner but also to her fellow champion apprentices Josephine Gordon and Amy Ryan. A weight allowance here probably would provoke a faster uptake by trainers and owners, not least because there are quite a few young women around who have already proved they can win, like Hollie Doyle, Jane Elliott, Shelley Birkett, Lulu Stanford and Rachel Richardson. And there seems a ready supply of others who can become like them, 7lb claimers in their late teenage years who appear unpromising at first but get the hang of it after 30, 40 or 50 rides."
horseracing  international  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
7 days ago by jnchapel
Don Munger 1923-2017
"At the time of his death Munger still was producing on the racetrack, counting three wins in 21 starts at the current meet. Until recently, he still hauled horses to Emerald Downs from his 37-acre farm in Enumclaw and for many years also shoed and ponied his horses to the starting gate."
horseracing  washington  emerald-downs  trainers 
7 days ago by jnchapel
France-Galop claims success for women’s weight allowance scheme
"A formal review of the allowance will take place at the end of May, at which point there will be three months of results to take into account. But France-Galop have already had a dip into the available figures and found that women collectively had ridden 20 winners compared to 11 at the same point of the 2016 season. François Boulard, racing director of French racing’s ruling body, said female jockeys had been given 25% more rides than last year and had been placed 130% more often. Speaking at Deauville races on Saturday, he added that the number of individual female jockeys to have had rides had gone up by more than 20%."
horseracing  international  france  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
8 days ago by jnchapel
Michelle Payne: ‘People doubt female riders. There’s more to it than strength’
Payne is so composed I wonder if her “get stuffed” line might have been planned soon after she slipped off her victorious horse, Prince of Penzance, in Melbourne? “No, it was done spontaneously. It was totally off-the-cuff. But I’m really happy to have said it because there were lots of doubters and many people have said women jockeys aren’t good enough. After winning the greatest race in Australia it felt the perfect time to say it to them.”
horseracing  international  australia  jockeys  michelle-payne  women-in-racing 
8 days ago by jnchapel
In Park Heights, a struggle to save a neighborhood
"When we run the Preakness here," Ritvo says, "we try to get everybody out before it gets too dark." ... Schleifer says the Stronach Group is standing in the way of progress. "If we found a partner to rebuild that facility, you would see private investment come in on every corner," he says. "These guys are holding Park Heights hostage." ... Losing the Preakness would be a huge blow to the neighborhood's rebirth. "If you had the Super Bowl in your backyard every year, you would never let it go," Hurley says. "I don't understand how anybody could be OK with it going to Laurel."
horseracing  triple-crown  preakness-stakes  pimlico  baltimore  maryland  mid-atlantic  stronach 
9 days ago by jnchapel
Bergman: All gamblers owe a debt of gratitude to the late Jack Cohen
"What was so impressive about Mr. Cohen to me was his ability to get around obstacles in his way. At the forefront of his effort to put out past performances in Sports Eye, his publication that had only given entries, results and selections, was an obstacle called the track program. The program printed for the tracks at Roosevelt and Yonkers was a product of Doc Robbins. That product was a monopoly of sorts and Mr. Cohen had to figure out how to get access to information in advance of race day in order to provide “his version” of past performances in a timely fashion. Ultimately what he did was pay off Robbins’ employees to provide him a minimal amount of information that would allow for his staff to connect-the-dots and provide a competitive product."
horseracing  media  data  past-performances 
10 days ago by jnchapel
Cathy Schenck closes the book on Keeneland Library career
"Cathy has been an invaluable resource for people no matter the complexity or purpose of their questions. Perhaps they were researching material for an article or book; exploring the career of a relative involved in the industry; or seeking information about their favorite Thoroughbred – famous or otherwise. Cathy knew where to look for material, and the speed of her responses to queries was nothing short of amazing. Among those who benefited from her expertise is Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling Seabscuit: An American Legend ... [in] July 2002, Cathy was among the Keeneland officials who cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Keeneland Library’s new home: a 10,000 square-foot building that today houses nearly 30,000 books, approximately 1 million photographic negatives, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles about all aspects of the equine industry ..."
horseracing  libraries  archives  keeneland 
11 days ago by jnchapel
Bury the lede
"All gamblers know it’s not about the winning tickets but the stack of losing tickets it takes to get there. If the Player’s Pool is about entertainment for participants, there’s also been an education going by their results. By scraping what’s made available on Twinspires’ website, I was able to cobble together results of all the Player’s Pools since October of last year (for pools before that, the archives are spotty and in some cases missing). Since October 2016 and through this past weekend’s Derby, the Player’s Pool has collectively wagered $501,847.70 with a return of $251,260.24. Accounting for taxes of $40,383.00 on those returns, the Player’s Pool has lost $290,970.46, losing $3 for every $5 wagered."
horseracing  wagering  adws  twin-spires  players-pool 
11 days ago by jnchapel
Mystery, late-race mayhem add chapter to Abel Tasman saga
"I wish that filly the best of luck," Callaghan said by phone before the Oaks. "She was good to me."
horseracing  kentucky-oaks  abel-tasman  trainers  california 
12 days ago by jnchapel
NBC Sports recruits BuzzFeed for the Kentucky Derby
1. NBC Sports and BuzzFeed plan to produce numerous videos and articles around 10 core ideas. For instance, one idea is to cover the celebrity presence and culture around the Kentucky Derby, which will include sending BuzzFeed to the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala to interview celebrities on the red carpet. There will be multiple Facebook Lives on the day of the Kentucky Derby, including a shoot inside the owner’s box at Churchill Downs and an interview with NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk.

2. “When we sat down with BuzzFeed, we thought a recipe video for a mint julep made the most sense,” Palla said of the unofficial Derby cocktail. “They said they understood why we’d think that and why it’s central to the Derby, but their data suggested focusing on desserts. You look at the numbers, and you can see why we’re letting them be the experts [in areas] where they are the experts.”
horseracing  media  nbc  kentucky-derby  buzzfeed  social-media 
15 days ago by jnchapel
Could Always Dreaming be the horse of Todd Pletcher’s lifetime?
“Our Derby record has been talked about a lot,” said Pletcher, who matched the record of his mentor, trainer D. Wayne Lukas, with his 48th Derby starter. “But I felt like this week people were defending it for me for some reason. You know, when you look at it now, I think this was our 17th Derby, and we’re fortunate enough to have two wins and two seconds and I think three thirds, it looks a little better. To me, it felt like I really needed that second one, you know? One more."
horseracing  kentucky-derby  always-dreaming  trainers  todd-pletcher 
15 days ago by jnchapel
Kentucky Derby: Teen jockey hopes to join race
"Amelia Hauschild has ambition to ride in the Kentucky Derby one day, but she knows how tough it is to be a young woman in the sport of kings. In this short documentary, the 16-year-old has just gotten her apprentice jockey license, and competes in her first professional race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz."
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
17 days ago by jnchapel
Trump immigration policy spurs ire at Kentucky Derby: 'We can't find workers'
“It’s hypocritical,” said Jesus Ibanez. “We are glad that they are concerned for the individuals working at the horse stalls, but this has been happening throughout the city, and they say nothing.”
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  kentucky  louisville  churchill-downs 
17 days ago by jnchapel
Does new Aqueduct turf course signal broader NYRA changes?
"Reached by phone Friday, Martin Panza, NYRA’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, said that he is not at liberty to speak on the record about detailed long-range plans involving the future of the two tracks, which are separated by 10 miles on the Belt Parkway. But he did add that an announcement having to do with that topic could be in the pipeline for later this year."
horseracing  new-york  nyra  aqueduct  belmont-park 
17 days ago by jnchapel
Women jockeys could transform the Kentucky Derby
1. If young, stereotypically-masculine strength is required to compete, somehow that didn't prevent Krone, who weighed 100 pounds "soaking wet," from winning the Belmont. It also didn't prevent 105-pound Bill Shoemaker from winning four Kentucky Derbies, the last at age 54.

2. The more likely culprit is persistent gender discrimination. The best evidence comes from a 1995 study which found that, though women won less prize money than men overall, that happened because women didn't get good horses in good races. In fact, women actually won more money than men who rode similar horses in similar races. Women outperformed men with the opportunities they got, but women didn't get the opportunities they deserved.

2. How would women respond if they saw more of their own in the saddle?
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
18 days ago by jnchapel
Why running the Kentucky Derby costs some horse owners millions of dollars
“Fifty years ago, an owner ran in the Kentucky Derby because he thought his horse could win it. Now, it is more the experience of being there, without major regard for your chances.”
horseracing  kentucky-derby 
19 days ago by jnchapel
Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation
Baldemar Bahena's journey toward the American dream started as a teenager on the backside of tracks. When he left Mexico on a visa, he spoke a little English but had a knack with horses.

More than 30 years later, Bahena oversees dozens of workers as Romans' top assistant. Bahena and his wife became U.S. citizens and they settled into a four-bedroom home in Louisville. Their two teenage children are college bound.

"He's a great American success story," Romans said of his friend.

But Bahena, 49, worries the door of opportunity may be closing behind him for other immigrant workers toiling at racetracks in search of a better life for their families.

"They're good people," he said. "They're working hard all the time. They're kind of scared."

Bahena voted for Trump because of the Republican's business background, and said he holds out hope the new president will make things better.

"I tell everybody, just chill out a little bit and I think in another year or something, it'll be all right," he said. "I think he's going to change his mind because he's a real, real good businessman, and he's going to figure it out that these people are good people."
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  racetracks  churchill-downs 
22 days ago by jnchapel
Michelle Payne: A jockey’s rise from muddy paddocks to fancy ballrooms
Payne believes that a lack of faith in female jockeys persists, despite her Cup win. “Most trainers and owners, if they have a choice to put on a jockey, they will put on a male,” she says. “If something goes wrong, they’ll blame the fact that they put a female jockey on, even though it probably would have happened with a male jockey. That’s just the mentality of how they think in racing in Australia.”
horseracing  international  australia  jockeys  michelle-payne  women-in-racing 
24 days ago by jnchapel
Racetrack family: Bob and Shilo Johnson like ‘em fast
“That’s one of the reasons we come here. There’s quite a few horses here that aren’t going to race here. They’ll go to Canterbury Park. There’s that deep sand surface we train on at home, and you come here and it’s a tighter surface and it acclimates them to different surfaces and the grandstand,” Bob said. “Once they leave Fort Pierre, they’ve pretty much seen all of it.”
horseracing  midwest  south-dakota  fort-pierre 
25 days ago by jnchapel
Santa Anita officials, horsemen to discuss entry issues
"Morris said there are approximately 2,800 Thoroughbreds in training in Southern California that race at Santa Anita – about 1,750 at Santa Anita, 750 at Los Alamitos, and 360 at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County. Through Sunday, after seven days of the spring-summer meeting, fields had averaged 7.34 runner per race, slightly less than the average of 7.59 runners at the winter-spring meeting, which ran from Dec. 26 to April 9 and was plagued by wet weather in the winter."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  horse-population 
26 days ago by jnchapel
Girvin wearing Z-bar shoes; final Derby work delayed to Saturday
"... video of the horse taken earlier this week at Keeneland and posted on the Instagram site of @takechargelady, the account of Anne Eberhardt Keogh of the Blood-Horse, clearly shows Girvin with Z-bar shoes on both front hooves. Z-bar shoes are used on horses for any number of hoof issues, ranging from a problem with the sole, the frog, to an abscess, to a quarter crack."
horseracing  kentucky-derby  girvin 
27 days ago by jnchapel
1970s teen phenom Jane Driggers, the pioneering Portland jockey who outraced sexism
"... everywhere she went — Portland Meadows, Spokane's Playfair and beyond — fans wanted to see her. They lined up for her races. But the teen — maybe because of her gender, maybe her age, maybe her sudden success — engendered extreme reactions. The cheers seemed to be louder when she took the trophy. And when she didn't the 'verbal assaults' were also greater. Driggers tried to shrug off the response, good and bad. 'They love you when you win and hate you when you lose,' she said. 'You hear them. Spokane was really bad. Sometimes I might get mad at the people, but I won't say anything. I won't even look at them.'"
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
27 days ago by jnchapel
At Churchill Downs, immigration crackdown causes unease on the backstretch
"... backstretch workers are part of an ecosystem that for decades has operated on a 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy. No one at the track could recall a raid or any other enforcement action related to immigration on the grounds themselves, but all agreed the threat is increasingly acute as they prepare for the sport’s marquee race. Trainers say they would prefer to hire legally, but faced with a deficit of American applicants or legal visa-holders, they have no choice but to accept people willing to work jobs that require long hours and pay between $10 and $15 an hour."
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  racetracks  churchill-downs 
27 days ago by jnchapel
Women jockeys shining at Emerald
"The foursome — Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo, Jennifer Whitaker, Sandi Gann and Kate Repp — shattered the state record last year by combining to win 11 stakes. The total was the highest by the female jockey colony at one race meet since Washington legalized horse racing in 1933. The previous record was seven, set by Vicky Aragon (now Vicky Baze) at Emerald Racing Association's 1993 meet held at Yakima Meadows. The previous best at Emerald Downs had been five, in 1997. It was the first time in the state that four women had won stakes races. The previous best was two. The four each won at least 20 races last year. The local jockey colony is still predominantly male, but the women have gained respect from the men. The four stakes winners are acknowledged as talented riders, and they're getting good horses, which is a good part of the battle." [From 2007.]
horseracing  pacific-northwest  emerald-downs  jockeys  women-in-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Driggers helped win West — on horseback
"She enjoyed two fine seasons at this city’s Playfair Race Course. She was the first to win a stakes race at three tracks. The Spokane Sports Writers and Broadcasters honored her, again and again. Bay Meadows put her picture on a billboard. For several years, Portland Meadows ran the Jane Driggers Debutante Stakes. 'That was a great time of my life,' Proctor said ... 'I really like to ride. Riding is one of the most natural things I can do.' These days, the race-riding pioneer is surrounded by horses. She married into a prominent racing family, and her husband manages one of America’s showplace breeding farms. Her life is full. A girl can’t ever have too many horses." [Interview with Proctor from 2012.]
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Jane Proctor remembered as a pioneering woman jockey
"She was probably one of the strongest women I've seen ride. She wasn't super muscular but she was able to finesse the horse. She had a strong stick," said Harry "Hap" Proctor, who married Jane in 1984.
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Horse-park backers feel heat of competition for $15 million fund
"We want to have a one-of-a-kind horse park and make it an attraction for people to come out to in the equine disciplines," Paul Umbrello, executive director of the NEHBPA, said. "So you have a 4H trade show in a pavilion building, you have an indoor and outdoor area where it could be one for a jumping event and one could be for carriage ... there would be something for everybody to come out. You wouldn't have to be someone who just wants to go to the races."
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  horse-park 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Hovdey: Jane Driggers: Unforgettable
"Portland Meadows no longer runs the Jane Driggers Debutante Stakes, which is too bad. The race was named for one of the best-known riders of the Northwest circuit in the 1970s, who also happened to be a young woman possessed of uncanny athletic ability and tenacity of spirit. In an era still suspicious of women as jockeys, Driggers was on a pace of winning more than 50 races a year when she retired in 1984 to marry horseman Hap Proctor, start a family, and eventually move to Ocala, Fla., where they managed the Glen Hill Farm of Leonard Lavin. You would never refer to the fit, feisty Jane Proctor as any kind of matriarch, except for the fact that no one could imagine life without her love of horses and boundless energy lighting up the landscape. Life without Jane Proctor began this week when she died from the ravages of an aggressive, malignant brain tumor. She was 61. The Thoroughbred world is less now for her loss but a better place because she was here."
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Pioneer jockey Jane Driggers Proctor dies at 61
"She rode her first Spokane winner on July 4, 1973. By meet’s end, she was the West’s leading apprentice of either sex and was elected Inland Northwest Woman Athlete of the Year. After riding 33 winners here in 1974, she rode Shaynaman to 1975 Horse of the Meeting honors at Portland and guided sprint star Grey Papa to victory in the Memorial Day Handicap at Longacres, the Seattle-area track. She was the first woman to ride a stakes winner at Portland Meadows, Playfair and Longacres."
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Pletcher ready for another Kentucky Derby run
"We've kind of always taken the approach that this race is the reason why a lot of people are in the business. To have that opportunity, to have a potential starter in the Kentucky Derby, it means a lot to the owners," Pletcher said. "Part of the excitement for us is to see the enjoyment and the excitement that the owners get having a participant in the Derby, participating in the race, participating in the walkover, the post-position draw. It's a very, very exciting time."
horseracing  kentucky-derby  todd-pletcher  trainers  owners 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
More injury transparency needed
"Of course, any strategy would be more elaborate and would evolve over time. The point, though, isn’t the particulars. The point is the mindset — because it’s ultimately not the public’s job to understand the sport; it’s the sport’s job to make itself understood. And the tracks bear a responsibility in doing that."
horseracing  equine-safety 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Black fences
"It seems an obvious question, as the history of black jockeys becomes more mainstream, why racing wouldn’t try to attract what would seem to be a natural and historic fan base. It’s both possible and probable that tracks first ran off their black spectators in the early years of Jim Crow and didn’t bother to woo them back when segregation was legally ended. At Keeneland, a separate wooden grandstand near the finish line served black crowds until 1953, when it was torn down to expand the main grandstand. Although there was no longer an officially segregated section for black spectators, observers said they continued to congregate at that part of the track. Now, racing’s grand pooh-bahs may be too worried about numerous other problems aside from the diversity of its audience."
horseracing  history  kentucky 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Eight years after its creation, EID shows improvement in U.S. racing
"It's important to recognize it's unlikely that any one rule change is responsible for the downturn in Thoroughbred deaths. Dr. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow, said so far his team has been able to explain just 35 percent of the change in fatality rates with its statistical models. The remaining 65 percent of the rate reduction that hasn't been quantified, and it may or may not be influenced by those regulatory changes. Among the factors associated with 35 percent of the fatality rate decline: racing at two years old (horses are more likely to make their first starts at two, which is associated with reduced risk of injury), fewer races at six furlongs or under, fewer starts on dirt tracks not rated 'fast,' and longer periods of time with the same trainer."
horseracing  equine-safety  injuries  injury-database  eid 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Pegasus stakeholders to meet, get paid, discuss 2018 event
"While the Pegasus garnered intense interest from horse-racing fans due to its enormous purse and a rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome ... the revenue share for each stakeholder is not expected to exceed $400,000, including a $250,000 payment guaranteed to each starter who finished worse than third. As a result, nine of the 12 stakeholders in the race are expected to lose a significant amount of money on their $1 million investment."
horseracing  pegasus-world-cup  gulfstream-park  business-of-racing 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Suffolk Downs ... and out
"After 2018, there won’t be any thoroughbred racing unless somebody is able to come together with a strategy and a plan to find a location and keep it going," Crosby said, noting the lack of racing will result in a significant economic loss. "There are pretty substantial investments around the commonwealth by people who have some aspect of a thoroughbred business, horse farms, stables, people who provide hay for horses, veterinarians, blacksmiths," he said. "There is a significant industry that would like to continue the thoroughbred racing."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Suffolk Downs sale approved by Gaming Commission
"We're disappointed because this does take away the possibility for us to keep at least some kind of racing alive at Suffolk Downs for the long term, but the good thing about it is that now that there won't be full-time racing for us there, everybody has to buckle down and reach a solution to the problem so we can keep our people in the game," [NEHBPA president Anthony Spadea] said.
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Assessing greatness requires history's lessons
"As Gosden noted, the best make hard look easy. But because he is a horse of his time, Arrogate’s eventual place among the greats will be defined by standards that would have been dismissed as mundane in bygone eras. He will never carry or concede significant weight. He will never be considered durable, with only a dozen or so starts. And while huge purses will continue to muster full fields around him, time is running out for a worthy challenger to come along."
horseracing  great-horses  arrogate  dubai  dubai-world-cup 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
Billions of reasons why Americans are so keen to attract more runners from Japan
"To understand the importance of the Japanese market on the [Kentucky] Derby, if Japanese fans can match the $40 million wagered on the Arc, it would boost the Derby handle by about 33 percent and, with the takeout at Churchill Downs ranging from 17.5 to 22 percent, that would amount to an extra $8 million for the track, its horsemen and the government to divide."
horseracing  international  japan  wagering  handle 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
The source of the sports word 'upset'
Though the story has become entrenched in racing lore, there is one small problem: "Upset" had already been in use to refer to the unexpected defeat of a horse for more than four decades. George Thompson, a librarian at New York University, scoured newspaper databases to find examples extending back to 1877. As a verb, "upset" has an even longer racing history. Thanks to newly digitized databases, I found an example in the Sept. 5, 1857, issue of a New York sporting journal, the Spirit of the Times: "The favorite, Ellermire...was upset by the Dipthong colt."
horseracing  writing  language  usage  upset 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
'Who will do the work?' Trump's migrant crackdown risks horse racing's future
"When it comes to its workforce, American horse racing could be galloping towards a crisis. A visa program that serves the racing industry poorly plus a dearth of US employees willing to do the sport’s grunt work – the grooming, the exercise-riding and the hot-walking of racehorses – has long left racing heavily reliant upon undocumented workers from Mexico and elsewhere in Central and South America. But now, the recent spate of raids by immigration agents and threats to pull federal funding to sanctuary cities has many US racetracks and horse-farms rattled."
horseracing  labor  immigration 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
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