Posted: April 1, 2020

Kentucky Derby Leaderboard and Some Early Derby Thoughts by Jonathan Stettin

With racing all but at a halt, why not take a look at the current Kentucky Derby point leaders. As of now the Run for the Roses is scheduled for September 5th, 2020. Who knows what things will be like come fall, but let's go on the side of hope and anticipate the race going off as currently scheduled. Things will be different this year. The Covid-19 impact will make a mark on the race. The race may or may not be the first time these three-year olds go a...

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Posted: April 1, 2020

Why Horse Trainers Are Quitting The Game

Kiaran McLaughlin Photo Credit: NYRA Amid all the rest of the chaos in racing over the past few weeks, two of New York’s leading trainers, Kiaran McLaughlin and Gary Contessa, announced that they’re closing their barns and leaving the work that each of them has done for more than 20 years. They’re not leaving racing entirely – McLaughlin has become a jockey agent, and Contessa is hoping to join racetrack management – but they each concluded that it’s impossible to make a living as a trainer, especially as a trainer...

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Posted: March 31, 2020

Covid-19 and Some of the Possible Long Term Effects on Horse Racing: A New Normal

Covid-19 has put some unexpected and unprecedented chaos into the "modern" world. Horse Racing, the Sport of Kings, already struggling on many fronts, is of course not exempt. The "new normal" what will it be? We are all seeing the short term impact. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 5th, 2020. That is as of now. In reality who knows what things will be like come September. To quote Robert Burns; "the best laid plans of mice and men Gang aft a-gley." The Dubai World Cup along with...

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Arkansas Derby on May 2nd, is That the Next Big Kentucky Derby prep?

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 20, 2020) – Oaklawn announced today that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the...

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