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Breeders Cup 2020

( culture / sports / horseracing )
The Breeders Cup is happening today! And yesterday, but we missed that. Today is the big day, anyway. I am really looking forward to the Classic, the final race. Some big names. Go to breederscup.com UPDATE: Authentic won it handily by 2-1/2 lengths. Morning-line favorite Improbable nosed ou... read more

Harness Racing Legend, Billy Direct

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I just learned that a harness racing legend, Billy Direct, was born near where I live. I just thought that was pretty cool. See HistoricMarkersTN/MarkerDetail?markerID058-047. It says his time was 1:44 but in fact it was 1:55. This was in 1938, I guess before they could use fractions of secon... read more

American Pharoah Vs. Secretariat, Who Would Win?

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Interesting!The 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran the sixth-fastest Belmont Stakes ever, but if he was racing against Secretariat's record time in 1973, he would have been a distant second. Watch the two races side-by-side.Source: American Pharoah vs. Secretariat: Who Would Win? ... read more

American Racehorse, Cigar, Dies At Age 24

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Sad news. He was one of the greats. We saw him in retirement at Kentucky Horse Park several years ago. via Cigar, American racehorse, dies at age of 24. The two-time United States horse of the year won 16 consecutive races during 1995 and 96, including the inaugural Dubai World Cup. Cigar event... read more

California Chrome, A Horse Of A Uniting Color

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They have a 77-year-old trainer who thought his big-time days were over, and a jockey who grew up afraid of horses.They pulled California Chrome's name out of Coburn's cowboy hat. If not for the luck of the draw the horse could have been named Seabisquick. California Chrome a horse of a uni... read more

Hollywood Park, What A Run It Had!

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Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it's torn down. It's sad, but that part of town has been the 'hood for several decades now, so it's no surprise no one wanted to go there.I worked there once, briefly, with the harness horses. It was back ... read more

Mucho Macho Man Grooves To His Song

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Breeder's Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man grooves to his song. It was apparently removed (probably due to copyright issues), but here's the horse winning that race, and the Village People singing that song, anyway! UPDATE: 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic - Mucho Macho Man - 3:15 The Village Pe... read more

Travers Stakes (2013)

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Several big name horses in it this year: Verrazano, Haskell winner Palace Malice, Belmont and Jim Dandy winner Orb, Kentucky Derby winner And here's a listing of ALL the races at Saratoga.The Travers is Race 12.... read more

Zenyatta Lost

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Zenyatta lost by half a head!This is the Breeder's Cup Classic I'm talking about.I thought she was hurt or something the way she ran dead last, 20 lengths behind.Then she came out of nowhere and would have won with two more strides, but it was too late.It figures the horse who beat her is na... read more

A Day At The Races

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from 1994 The first Saturday in May. What does this date mean to you? Probably nothing, except that Spring has finally arrived, unless you live in California where it's been Spring already for two months or more - real Spring, not calendar Spring. But ask any horse racing buff and they will ... read more