Month: April 2019

Five Key Takeaways from a Triple Derby Prep Saturday

Tom Pedulla presents five key takeaways from a trio of pivotal Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve prep races on Saturday – the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park, the Grade 2, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct.…

With fatalities mounting, horse racing has rejected safer surfaces at its own peril – Courier Journal

Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide LEXINGTON – The statistics are indisputable. If the welfare of the horse is racing’s paramount consideration, synthetic surfaces are safer than dirt. They are also headed toward extinction. As racing seeks shelter from a storm caused by a spate of equine fatalities, including the catastrophic breakdown of Dallas…

Saturday Stakes: It’s Go or Go Home Time

Kentucky Derby Tips and Picks

The road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby is winding towards its end. Saturday is the second to last stop before the journey that started last fall in Kentucky ends next week in Arkansas. For many horses running in this Saturday’s Derby Prep races, it’s their last chance to make early May reservations for Churchill Downs.…

Former Jockey On Horse Racing Deaths – NPR

The Santa Anita Derby is one of the qualifying races for the Kentucky Derby. But a string of horse deaths have put the industry under scrutiny. Former jockey Richard Migliore talks with Scott Simon. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The Santa Anita Derby is today – a million-dollar horse race that helps position thoroughbreds for the Kentucky…

Mares and Foals in Great Hands with Sebastian at Claiborne

James Sebastian began working at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm in 1966. What started out as a way to make ends meet, working at Claiborne has become a labor of love for Sebastian and, simply, home. A native of Jackson, Ky., in Breathitt County, Sebastian was a 21-year-old looking for a job when he came…

Five Questions to be Answered in the 2019 Santa Anita Derby

The last of three premier Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve preps scheduled for Saturday is the $1 million, Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/8-mile race (post time 7:14 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN) features a compact but competitive group of six 3-year-olds, including the 2018 champion 2-year-old male, Game…