Monthly Archives: November 2011

Article: Veitch reportedly dismissed without cause

Vetch reportedly dismissed without cause http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/11/28/veitch-dismissed.aspx
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday dismissed chief steward John Veitch without cause, effective immediately, according to published reports. Veitch was at the center of the Life At Ten controversy from the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in which Life At Ten was allowed to race in [...]

Article: Baze Escapes Serious Injury at Golden Gate

Baze Escapes Serious Injury at Golden Gate http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/66375/baze-escapes-serious-injury-at-golden-gate
Jockey Russell Baze, racing’s all-time leader with 11,415 career victories, escaped serious injury in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields Nov, 27. His mount, Reinvent, crashed through the breakaway inner rail on the turf course while leading in mid-stretch. 
Reinvent stayed on his feet [...]

Article: Rapid Redux Claims North American Record | BloodHorse.com

So, maybe Rapid Redux was nor running against champions, 20 in a row, given all the randomness in racing, is impressive. 
Rapid Redux Claims North American Record | BloodHorse.com http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/66302/rapid-redux-claims-north-american-record
Rapid Redux makes history with win number 20. Robert Cole Jr.’s Rapid Redux became the all-time North American win leader in modern times with [...]

Article: Talks to determine Maryland’s horse racing schedule moving slowly - baltimoresun.com

We’re hoping they get this resolved soon. Just don’t appoint a Super Committee!
Talks to determine Maryland’s horse racing schedule moving slowly - baltimoresun.com http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bs-sp-racing-commission-1122-20111121,0,2060243.story
Maryland horsemen learned Monday afternoon they’d have to wait longer for a definitive answer on the state’s racing dates for the 2012 season.
“We’ve had productive meetings,” said John McDaniel, a [...]

Article: Jockey Club partners with NBC for live racing series - Thoroughbred Times

Kudos to  the Jockey Club! 
Jockey Club partners with NBC for live racing series - Thoroughbred Times http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/11/08/jockey-club-partners-with-nbc-for-live-racing-series.aspx
The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group, CNBC, and six racetracks, will provide live coverage of six major prep races for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brand (G1) in the spring over four consecutive [...]

Article: Belmont Attendance Better, Total Handle Dips

Larger fields would help!
Belmont Attendance Better, Total Handle Dips http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/66144/belmont-attendance-better-total-handle-dips
All-source wagering dipped by more than 10% during the Belmont Park fall meet, according to the New York Racing Association, although on-track attendance improved during the 35-day stand.
The meet concluded Oct. 30. It was originally scheduled for 37 days, two more [...]

Article: Monmouth Meet: Down From 2010, Up From 2009

Hopefully, the extra days will help…
Monmouth Meet: Down From 2010, Up From 2009 http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/66145/monmouth-meet-down-from-2010-up-from-2009
Business at Monmouth Park this year expectedly dropped after what appears to be a one-time “Elite Meet” last year, but average daily figures were still much higher than those recorded for the comparable 2009 meet.
The 71-day 2011 [...]

Article: Charles P. Pierce on the 2011 Breeders’ Cup - Grantland

Charles P. Pierce on the 2011 Breeders’ Cup - Grantland http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7202943/the-decline-horse-racing
There are easier ways to gamble these days. There are other sports that are more suited to television and the other forms of instant communication, more conducive to a human attention span reckoned now in milliseconds. Even on a weekend like the [...]

Article: Santa Anita bucks industry trends, ends autumn meet with solid gains

The increase in field size is very good news for the ValueCapper!
Santa Anita bucks industry trends, ends autumn meet with solid gains http://www.examiner.com/horse-racing-in-los-angeles/santa-anita-bucks-industry-trends-ends-autumn-meet-with-solid-gains
 ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2011)—Santa Anita’s inaugural 24-day Autumn Meet concluded Sunday, as The Great Race Place stood tall in the face of declining industry revenues,  posting significant gains in on-track  attendance, handle [...]

Article: Breeders’ Cup 2011 - What a mess! - Horse Racing - MiamiHerald.com

Breeders’ Cup 2011 - What a mess! - Horse Racing - MiamiHerald.com http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/07/2490823/breeders-cup-2011-what-a-mess.html
There have been multiple reasons why horse racing has declined as a viable sport over the last five years. The three main causes that come to mind are drug scandals, race-day medication debates, and the breakdown of high profile horses such as Barbaro [...]