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John Henry and Round Table are considered to be the best turf thoroughbreds in America. John Henry's first stakes win on turf? The 1978 G3 Round Table at Arlington Park. The $1,100 rags to riches story was by far the oldest horse at age nine to capture Horse of the Year. Exterminator and Kelso are closest at age seven. Sam Rubin has to be the luckiest owner in history, having bought his champion over the phone sight unseen for $25,000. "To be honest, I don't know that much about racing. I'm a horseplayer who got lucky with his only horse," said Rubin. "Do you know how John Henry was sent to California to do so well?" he asks. "John had been racing in New York, and the grass season was coming to an end because of the weather. Lefty Nickerson told me that there were big grass races out there and said he had a close friend, Ron McAnally, who was an excellent trainer. I needed advice on what to do and wasn't too sure where to get it. Instead of going to Alfred Vanderbilt or Dinny Phipps, I went to Cohen Johnson, who has the binocular concession at the New York tracks. I asked Johnson what to do and he said, 'Mr. Rubin, you send John Henry to California, and McAnally and the horse will do good.' It was excellent advice. Sire Ole Bob Bowers once sold for $900. His main claim to fame was a race on dirt at Bay Meadows, the 1968 Tanforan Handicap. A layer of discarded mushroom compost had been put on the track to make it fast, and Ole Bob Bowers ran over those mushrooms as if his heels were aflame, tying a world record. That win is remembered as The Mushroom Miracle.
A stable worker at Belmont Park has died from COVID-19, trainer Tom Morley shared on social media Tuesday, after his employee Martin Zapata succumbed to the virus on Tuesday. The Blood-Horse reports Zapata was one of 20 backstretch workers at Belmont Park to have tested positive for coronavirus as o...Read More
Basin is the most intriguing horse in this race. Will he improve and if so how much? Is he the most talented horse in this race, I think he could be.
Tiesto worked 4f, April 7th, in 52.00 (b) finishing 16/16
Hofburg worked 4f, April 7th, in 51.40 (b) finishing 13/16
Harvey's Lil Goil worked 4f, Mar 7th, in 49.40 b) finishing 2/16
Casa Creed worked 4f, April 7th, in 51.80 (b) finishing 15/16
Blamed worked 4f, April 7th, in 50.80 b) finishing 12/16
Mascha worked 3f, April 7th, in 37.40 (b) finishing 3/12
Nonna Madeline worked 4f, April 7th, in 49.02 b) finishing 1/3
Come Dancing worked 6f, April 7th, in 1:12.60 (b) finishing 1/1
Moonlit Garden worked 5f, April 7th, in 1:01.80 (b) finishing 2/7
Retired and bred to Candy Ride
Off to a 2-for-2 start to her career, Ain’t No Elmers is a logical sort of 3-year-old to test stakes company next time out.The only problem for connections?“With the shortage of races and opportunities, everyone’s pointing toward the same race,” said trainer Bret Calhoun, who has the Goldencents fil...Read More
  • ReBel via Disqus · Ain't No Elmers?? This name is disgusting! Who the he11 gave this beautiful filly a name which references a horrific stain on the racing industry? When I was a kid, I recall my grandpa joking about slow horses "heading to Elmer's" aka The Glue Factor. As a little girl who loved horses, learning what that phrase meant nearly broke my heart. Hearing a horse named Ain't No Elmers makes light of a painful stereotype which still hounds the industry. · 30 minutes ago
Off a winning 4-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park, Hidden Scroll's next start could mean a return to stakes company.The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun, who scored a 12 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong allowance race back on March 1, is a candidate for Oaklawn Park's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3)....Read More
  • Classic via Disqus · A date with Whitty? Sounds like a fun race to watch. · 4 hours ago
California Chrome has quite a legacy, and I hope his offspring continue to build on it.
Wins 2008 Classic on Conventional Dirt...That Santa Anita Synthetic Surface Crap was a Joke During Breeders Cup Day...
Shivaree is receiving a freshening and will not run in next month’s Arkansas Derby (G1), his trainer said Tuesday. Ralph Nicks said the Florida Derby (G1) runner-up exited the race healthy, but with the uncertainties of the national racing picture due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3-year-old son of ...Read More
  • JanBer via Disqus · I actually think there's quite a bit of distance influence in Shivaree's pedigree, would love to see him try another route. · 9 hours ago
Matthew O'Connor, a 22-year-old native of Manhasset, N.Y., picked up his first career win when Duellist captured Saturday's opening race at Gulfstream Park. The victory occurred at a spectator-less Gulfstream Park, but the event was not without its celebrations. "My mom and dad watched the race in t...Read More

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