jnchapel + horseracing   1954

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 
5 hours 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 
yesterday 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 
2 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 
2 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 
5 days 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 
5 days 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 
5 days 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 
6 days 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 
6 days 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 
8 days 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 
8 days 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 
13 days 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 
16 days 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 
24 days 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 
28 days 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 
28 days 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 
29 days 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 
4 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 
5 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 
8 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 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
What impact would a purge on illegal immigrants have on U.S. racing?
“It would be almost impossible to operate stables in this country without immigrant workers,” said trainer Dale Romans (left). “There’s just not that type of worker anymore in this country.”
horseracing  labor  immigration 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
Different generations, same goals for Eppler, Gaudet
Despite her pedigree and her lifelong experience at the track, Gaudet admits that she’s faced some resistance on a backstretch with few other women trainers. She remembered two male trainers telling her that she had no shot at success unless she came to work as his assistant before going out on her own.

“’You’re not going to get the opportunities unless you work for a trainer like me and I essentially hand them to you,’” she remembered them saying.

In another example, she recalled a jockey’s agent that refused to return her phone calls…until she started winning, and now she hears from him regularly, asking if she’s got anything his client might ride. The answer is always, said Gaudet, “No.”

“It’s comical now,” she said. “But it’s sad that you have to go through that.”
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  mary-eppler  women-in-racing  lacey-gaudet 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
Teenage Swedish jockey hopes to make it in US
“Annie is very good and she won a lot of races for me,” Hallencreutz said. “The horses like her. She sits still, they run for her and she won some races for me when we didn’t expect she would win. She rides in work in the mornings but I have some other jockeys that I use. I don’t use her in some of the bigger races. We have a lot of South American male jockeys who ride here and do very well. She can’t compare with them yet, but she was the top apprentice here.”

Lindahl said that can be a problem for her and other female jockeys in Sweden.

“It’s hard (for a female jockey) in Sweden, but I think it’s harder in England and Ireland and even here,” she said. “We get quite a lot of chances actually, but in the big races they pick the guys. They think boys are stronger and boys are better.”

The other problem all Swedish jockeys face is that trotting is so popular in the country that Thoroughbred racing can seem almost invisible. The top harness drivers are big stars in the country, on par, even, with the Swedes playing in the NHL. Not so for jockeys.

“It’s strange because Thoroughbred racing is so much more exciting than trotting and so much faster,” Lindahl said. “I guess it is because there has always been a lot of trotting throughout the country. Everyone knows about trotting.”
horseracing  international  sweden  florida  gulfstream-park  jockeys  women-in-racing 
10 weeks ago by jnchapel
Oppenheim: The pop-up Pegasus
"One place where I do think the buy-in concept could also work, although again on a pop-up basis, is at smaller tracks, especially if not fuelled by slots money. Smaller, regional, ‘country’ racing–the Minor Leagues as opposed to the Majors, if you will–is really ‘local’ racing. Local sponsorship has to be a major part of the formula for local/regional racetracks, and I could envision a scenario where 10 local owners put up say $25,000 each to create a local $250,000 extravaganza. But for us, the takeaway from the Pegasus is not that this is a new model for day-to-day or even ‘Saturday’ racing, but that it is indeed a new and mainly laudable model for the application of Pop-Up events to our sport."
horseracing  big-days  pegasus-world-cup 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
France Galop female jockey rule criticised by Turner, Gordon, and Kirby
She said: "I think an allowance would give a lot more females more opportunities to get rides at lower weights, but personally, I find it a bit offensive. Last year I had a claim and was competing against the male apprentices and I won it fair and square."
horseracing  international  france  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
French hail ‘pioneering’ move to introduce weight allowance for female jockeys
Tony McCoy, the 20-times champion jockey over jumps, has called in the past for a similar weight allowance for female riders to address differences in physical strength between men and women. “The female jockeys are very, very competent riders but perhaps a woman should receive an allowance like a filly does in a race,” McCoy said in November 2015. “It’s a very physically demanding sport and they’re not going to be as physically strong as a bloke. They can’t be."
horseracing  international  france  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Weight allowance for female riders introduced in France
France is to bring in a 2kg (4lb) weight allowance for female jockeys in nearly all races on the Flat and over jumps from March in a move which France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild hopes will dramatically increase opportunities ... France Galop vice president Jean-Pierre Colombu said: "Bringing in a weight allowance for female jockeys is a real opportunity for them. This measure is designed to encourage trainers and owners to make as much use of the many women riders within the industry in the afternoons as during morning training."
horseracing  international  france  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Who needs a whip? Some riders just use a bit of persuasion
"The day they ban us carrying a whip is the day I stop going out there," he said. "A simple tap on a young horse's shoulder can be enough to prevent an accident."
horseracing  international  france  whipping 
january 2017 by jnchapel
My View: Suffolk Downs and its role in gender equality
From 2014: "In some ways, the horse racing business lags behind the nation on the fair employment front – it will never be a hotbed of social change. There is exactly one female jockey — Julie Krone — in the Hall of Fame. But change has been steady over the last few decades and Suffolk Downs was one of the reasons. Which is encouraging to the larger feminist cause; if racing can do it, other sports should be able to follow – even golf, even the NFL."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  jockeys  women-in-racing 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Mental pressures are enough without social media abuse
"Ciaran was obviously annoyed with the unseat due to how well the mare was travelling at the time. However, by the time he got home he did not give the incident a second thought. This was until the social media backlash began. Twitter messages, Facebook messages and Facebook pages sharing a video of the unseat all started bombarding his phone. Threats, expletives, abuse and general torment in huge volumes began plaguing him. Soon it became overwhelming, with Ciaran having no choice but to delete his Twitter account and block many sites on his Facebook. The sheer level of spite shocked even this hardened jockey."
horseracing  social-media  jockeys 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Racing Industry still out in left field with regards to data
Matt Gardner, 2016: "But, hey, keep on charging for what other sports offer for free. I'm sure any day now we'll see horse racing's version of Bill James or Nate Silver come along to offer new and innovative ways to look at horse racing which they were able to create after shelling out thousands of dollars for essentially box scores. But I wouldn't bet on it."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Release the data
ThoroTrends, 2013: "... the most interesting and beneficial uses of the data will be the ones we never saw coming. This is kind of the exciting part. Release the data. Let the innovators innovate."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Data power
Joe Applebaum, 2015: "I have a modest proposal for horse racing: The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), through their subsidiary Equibase, should follow the example of the NBA and make available a comprehensive database with all breeding and racing information from the beginnings of our sport. The TJC and TRA should lead our industry into its digital future by building a highly functional, but accessible website that would allow fans, handicappers, academics and industry professionals the ability to access its database at the most basic level. For the good of the sport, this information should be freely available. What drives the popularity of the NFL, MLB and the NBA? Gambling and its close cousin, fantasy sports. Well, horse racing was the first fantasy sport. We have a 150 year history of data collection and a long standing respect for its analysis–think Lowe, Tesio, Ziemba, Beyer. Sadly, we have been left behind in the race for gaming dollars and consumer interest."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase  jockey-club 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Art Sherman: Bracing himself for life without California Chrome
“One day I’m going to have a book,” he added. “You’ll see a lot of interesting facts about my whole life. There’s a lot of good stories, things people don’t know. It’s not just a case of a guy suddenly getting a good horse - we’ve been around a lot of good horses. My career was always good. We won a lot of graded stakes, but nothing like until Chrome came along.”
horseracing  california-chrome  art-sherman 
january 2017 by jnchapel
The contentious fight to save New England racing
1. “The only purpose of keeping the place open was to keep racing alive while the horsemen explored the concept of an equestrian center,” said Lou Raffetto, the former vice president of racing at Suffolk and now a consultant to the New England HBPA and the manager of the meet when Suffolk races. “We don’t believe right now that the right thing to do was to run a full meet. I sat down as a conduit with horsemen and management and advised them that racing had to stay visible and viable to show people that if done properly it can be fun and exciting.”

2. Raffetto believes there will be ample opportunities for local horsemen to run if his group and backers can get the equestrian center to become a reality. He sees it existing in the western part of the state and including not just a racetrack, but sections for dressage, hunter jumpers, 4-H clubs and even horse retirement. But it won’t be cheap. He says building the racetrack will cost $60 million and the entire facility will cost about $150 million. Raffetto sees the equestrian center track racing about 75 days a year with purses averaging $200,000 a day.”
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs 
january 2017 by jnchapel
"From the Horse's Mouth"
The story of how the 1970 comic book published by Suffolk Downs came to be: “Ever since I took this job,” Bill said, “not a day passes that I don’t think of doing a comic book that will instruct guys and gals at the track all about how to bet on a race,” Bill said. “Do you know that a majority of people at the track think they are betting against the track and not against each other? That’s one of the things they can learn. There’s so much more." [Art by Vic Martin, published by Story-Art, 16 pages, including covers, supplement to the May 31, 1970, Boston Globe.]
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  media  comic-books  marketing 
january 2017 by jnchapel
The great Pegasus World Cup game of cat and mouse
“This year everyone was playing cat and mouse with Arrogate, then Coolmore came in and no-one had a deal. We all waited too long to decide what to do,” said Ruis, who intends to purchase a Pegasus starter. “I think everyone went after Arrogate and they were in the catbird seat. I imagine everyone who doesn’t have a horse now had talked to them. Then Coolmore came in and most of us are little guys compared to them.”

So far, no one has spoken about the exact details of their Pegasus deals for reasons understandable to Paolucci, who races under the banner of Loooch Racing Stables.

“We can’t discuss the terms,” Paolucci said. “It’s a secret. If it were up to me, I’d talk about it. The reason no one is saying anything is because of the impact it could have on the negotiations with the remaining stakeholders.”
horseracing  stronach  gulfstream-park  pegasus-world-cup 
january 2017 by jnchapel
So long, Seneca Falls OTB
"When I do care to bet on a big race, like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont — and I am not actually covering it — I always go to the Off-Track Betting outlet in Seneca Falls. It’s a nice, clean place with extremely friendly employees. It is with some sadness that I tell you that this particular OTB, along with some others in the state, is scheduled to shut its doors for good in the coming week or two. From what I hear, the OTBs in Newark and Auburn will remain open. In addition, due to contract issues at Finger Lakes ... simulcasting and betting of races has been halted. This will limit opportunities to wager."
horseracing  wagering  otb 
january 2017 by jnchapel
New England’s colorful 'King of the Fairs' dies at 88
"For anyone who knew Figueroa at Rockingham Park and Suffolk Downs, the two main tracks at which he was stabled for decades, conversations with 'King Carlos' often involved being shouted at in heavily accented English while trying to avoid his wildly gesticulating arms. He was forever phoning the Suffolk press box with good-natured demands for publicity and press coverage, and Figueroa liked to regale anyone who would listen with outlandish, difficult-to-document claims, like the time he allegedly singled all the winners in the very first Pick Six in the country when Rockingham offered the bet in the 1960s."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  trainers  carlos-figueroa 
january 2017 by jnchapel
'King of the Fairs' Figueroa dies at age 88
Michael Blowen remembers: "We have a horse here at Old Friends named Summer Atttraction, who I think just turned 23, that I owned. Carlos ran him as a 2-year-old in a two-furlong maiden race at Suffolk Downs in a four-horse field in 1997 on a big day. One of the other horses was owned by Jim Moseley (Suffolk's late track owner and a prominent owner and breeder) and that horse cost over $200,000. Summer Attraction, whom I paid $5,000 for, won. So Carlos decided to next run him at Saratoga in the Sanford (G3). The race came up so tough that Favorite Trick (eventual 2-year-old champion and 1997 Horse of the Year) scratched out of it. In the paddock, the reporters all wanted to talk to Carlos even though Nick Zito, Wayne Lukas, and the other big-time trainers were there with their horses. Carlos told them, 'If my horse wins, they're going to rename the race Sanford & Son.' My horse ran two furlongs and stopped cold. That story sums up The King."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  trainers  carlos-figueroa 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Colorful New England trainer Carlos Figueroa dies
"Carlos Figueroa, a legend in New England racing circles, died Tuesday at age 88 at his home in Salem, N.H., not far from the now-defunct Rockingham Park. His wife, Pearl, reportedly went to wake him, but could not."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  trainers  carlos-figueroa 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Paths diverge on road to Derby
“We like the Blue Grass; we like Keeneland,” said Oxley, who won the 2001 Derby with Monarchos. “But ultimately, if your horse goes to stud, everyone wants to stand a Grade I winner ... I’d have to say we’re going to look hard at all the Grade Is.”
horseracing  kentucky-derby  derby-preps  keeneland  bluegrass-stakes 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Walter's war on the whip
"Walter threatened to turn up at the 1967 Melbourne Cup where he and his followers would link arms across the straight, effectively becoming human hurdles. The Victorian Racing Club had finally had enough of Walter and his antics. The VRC obtained a Supreme Court order, restraining him from entering racetracks. Walter knew the men with red robes and long grey wigs would take a dim view if he breached the order and he would be dispatched to the clink for contempt. Not long after his protest ended, the VRC changed the rules on the use of the whip. The persuader was cut down to size and the fore and hind quarters became the only place a horse could be hit and, for the most part, only if the horse was in the mix towards the end of the race."
horseracing  international  australia  whipping 
january 2017 by jnchapel
The secret (and not so secret) eye of W.J. Gray
"... one of the most fascinating of my discoveries began on an ordinary day, when I was trawling ebay for no particular reason. I was scrolling through a search I routinely do of vintage horse photos when I stumbled upon a relatively rare Phar Lap, at a ridiculous price. I bought it and then returned to the seller’s listing, to see what else s/he had on offer. What came up was the kind of 'find' that makes a collector dizzy: photos of the beloved Exterminator, the great Discovery ..."
horseracing  racing-history  photography  great-horses  champions  california  bo17 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Mary Eppler becomes first woman to win training title at Laurel Park
"It was the first race of the day and Eppler's final race of a meet in which she became the first woman ever to win a training title at Laurel. There was not a lot of fanfare. The early races on New Year's Eve day didn't exactly pack the grandstand and it was apparent last weekend that Eppler was going to finish with more victories than a number of top trainers with more starts and horses. A few fans stopped by to congratulate her, but she seemed happy to blend in with the paying customers and eager to get to one of the big television screens inside to watch the replay. The training title and the significance of it didn't really dawn on her until people started bringing it up recently and reporters started to call."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  laurel-park  trainers  women-in-racing  mary-eppler 
january 2017 by jnchapel
For Eppler, 'doing right by the horses' finally pays off
"Mary Eppler heard so many discouraging voices when she began operating as one of the few female trainers on the Maryland circuit in 1980. Her parents, Katherine and Bill, warned that she would congregate with 'riffraff' and thought the backside was hardly the place for a college-educated woman. She believes most of her six siblings viewed her as the 'black sheep' of the family after opposing her parents' wishes and choosing her uncommon career path. Doug, one of two brothers, continually urged her to get a 'real job.' Eppler was subjected to gossip and considerable skepticism by veteran male trainers who doubted her ability to meet the demands of a rigorous job ..."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  laurel-park  trainers  women-in-racing  mary-eppler 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Eppler wins historic training title at Laurel Park
"Eppler has won 761 races, including the 1996 Futurity Stakes (gr. I) with Traitor for the late Alfred G. Vanderbilt, for whom she got her start breaking and hot walking horses at Sagamore Farm. The holder of an accounting degree from Loyola College and a one-time actuary analyst in the medical insurance industry, she is perhaps best known for her work with Page McKenney. The Pennsylvania-bred gelding, who will soon turn 7, has won 15 races and more than $1.3 million in purses for Eppler and owners Adam Staple and Jalin Stable since being claimed for $16,000 in July 2013. During that time he has finished in the top three in 28 of 30 starts."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  laurel-park  trainers  women-in-racing  mary-eppler 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Santa Anita Park on Instagram: “That's ✌️winners for ☝️trainer."
Peter Miller scores with a dead heat in Race 3! #SantaAnitaPark (December 31, 2016)
horseracing  california  santa-anita  trainers  deadheats 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Masochistic disqualified from purse money in Breeders' Cup Sprint
"In their ruling, the stewards will amend the official order of finish and prize money for the original third- through seventh-place finishers – Mind Your Biscuits, A.P. Indian, Limousine Liberal, Delta Bluesman and Noholdingback Bear. Each runner will be promoted one position, while Masochistic will be disqualified from all prize money."
horseracing  california  breeders-cup  drugs-in-racing  steroids  masochistic 
december 2016 by jnchapel
2017 challenges and solutions: Eric Hamelback
"There are several companies making money off of our trainers’ efforts and our owners’ property. Are those owners being properly compensated? No. We must stand up for our owners and trainers. What defines the rights of an owner? What rights do we have that we are not claiming in today’s media and data-rich technological world? We are in a situation where the racetracks, advance-deposit wagering platforms and other media sources pat owners on the head and say, 'What is mine is mine and what is yours is mine ...' For our success and survival, horsemen must have a genuine understanding of what belongs to us and what rights we have to the equine athletes’ images and the data they produce. It is imperative that owners and trainers get a fair portion of the 'product' their properties produce every day. Owners must come together and decide if purse accounts are being properly supplemented from the fees collected by others in this business. There are entities selling statistics to horseplayers and fans as handicapping tools or to the racetrack programs. Do percentages of those sales go back to the purse structures? Who actually owns the collective rights of a horse race?"
horseracing  content  media-rights  horsemen 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Oppenheim: The sales year
"There is massive interest and enthusiasm among enough people who want to own good horses — ‘Saturday’ horses — and there are even quite a few people, judging from the strength of the prices for broodmare and broodmare prospects, who want to breed them, and not just for money. But the polarity now between 'what they want' — 'they' in this case being a lot of people who are newly willing to put money in the thoroughbred business — and 'what they don’t want' is starker than ever. There are horse racing economies — national, international, and local — and there need to be more efficient methods both of producing the horses with the potential to achieve the various levels, and of placing the horses where they belong once their level is identified. In short, in order to improve its chances of surviving and prospering, ‘Horse Racing Inc.’ needs to take a really serious look at how it can reorganize itself."
horseracing  business-of-racing  sales  auctions 
december 2016 by jnchapel
India’s only woman jockey can’t afford to lose
She shares, “My first derby was a touching one. I was in Hyderabad. The crowd of 30,000 people gave a standing ovation and everyone was so crazy happy. My horse Brown Sugar had injured himself in the last 200 m of the race and he still managed to win, staving off the other horses,” she says.
horseracing  international  india  jockeys  women-in-racing 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Somehow, in horse racing, the show (bet) still goes on
"Lately, this low-risk, low-reward bet is in serious need of a makeover. If it were at a family gathering, it would be the crazy uncle or the hideous Christmas sweater your grandma made for you to wear."
horseracing  wagering  show-bet  california 
december 2016 by jnchapel
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