Social distancing

Secretariat demonstrates social distancing

I’ve worked from a home office since 1991, so the concept of social distancing and staying home all day is not that foreign to me. I think the problem comes when you can’t — or aren’t supposed to — leave. After my accident, I was basically stuck. First spending two weeks in rehab, and then […]

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Kentucky Derby Postponed Until September 5th

The Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 5

Churchill Downs has rescheduled the 146th  Kentucky Derby from May 2, 2020, to Labor Day weekend, September 5, 2020; the 146th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020, to September 4, 2020. Dates for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the second and third legs, respectively, of horse racing’s Triple Crown, are also under […]

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Santa Anita fatalities tied to pre-existing conditions

Santa Anita Racetrakc

Despite the publicity surrounding the wide-spread drugging revealed by an FBI investigation, an inquiry from the California Racing Board has revealed no illegal medications or procedures were involved with the 23 Santa Anita fatalities; instead, 21 of the horses had evidence pre-existing pathology at the site of their fatal injury. In plain English, the horses […]

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DOJ indicts 27 for doping in horse racing scandal

Drugging racehorses

The most recent horse racing scandal sounds like a plot out of a Dick Francis novel: 27 professionals in the horse racing industry including Jason Servis, who trains Maximum Security, and trainer Jorge Navarro, were indicted today on federal charges for using performance-enhancing drugs on racehorses. You can read the full indictment here. The cast […]

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Sometimes the best bet is the jockey

Mucho Gusto and Irad Ortiz Jr., in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle after the Pegasus World Cup

Sometimes you should just bet on the jockey. At Gulfstream Park, 27-year old Irad Ortiz Jr. rode three winners on Friday, four winners on Saturday and six more winners on Sunday. With 11 races on Sunday, he won more than half of them.  And he won on turf, on dirt, long and short distances. He’s […]

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The Santa Anita Conundrum Continues

Mongolian Groom

The death of Mongolian Groom from a catastrophic injury sustained during the Breeders’ Cup Classic has put Santa Anita under the microscope again. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  had already issued a warning to Santa Anita earlier in the week that if there is another fatality, its days were numbered and the tragedy in the final […]

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Vino Rosso Wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Injured

Vino Rossi wins the Breeders Cup Classic

Vino Rosso surged to the lead to beat McKinzie by 4 1/2 lengths in the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Higher Power was third. War of Will led the first part of the race, faded to ninth. Vino Rosso was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. who had an amazing Breeders’ Cup meet. An hour earlier […]

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