Posted: June 4, 2020

Pinatubo Could Prove Best of the Crop

This Saturday at Newmarket in England, Pinatubo could prove himself the best three-year-old in the crop. Not just locally, but of the entire world. While Contrail has sent hearts racing during his bid for the Japanese Triple Crown, and America’s best runners will clash both this weekend in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and also June 20 in the revamped Belmont Stakes (G1), perhaps no horse’s 2020 debut has been more heavily anticipated than Pinatubo’s. The Godolphin runner will finally be unveiled in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, where he faces...

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Posted: June 2, 2020

Two-Year-Old Sales Start Again – What to Expect

Ocala Breeders' Sale / Photo Credit: Tibor & Judit Photography The last time I looked at two-year-olds-in-training sales, the market had virtually collapsed, in the shadow of a looming pandemic and a stock market crash. At the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.’s March sale – the only one held so far this year – both average and median price dropped more than a third from last year, and more than half the horses listed in the catalog went home unsold. After a decade of steadily rising prices – last year some...

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Posted: June 1, 2020

Horse Athletes: The Physical Impact Of Emotional Stress

Daddy Long Legs Photo Credit: Courtney Snow/Past The Wire Stress; An Introduction Few things in life are more compromising than stress, it is universally experienced, individually managed and presents itself in two basic forms, emotional stress and physical stress. Stresses that are physically emanated, especially those which are more protracted in their recovery time, can negatively affect the psyche. Depending on circumstances, where physical stress is or has been experienced, you can be hopeful that once the physical issue is remedied so is the collateral psychological anxieties that hitched a...

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby Extension, adds Ohio Derby and Others

More series races to be added LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that the Ohio Derby has been added to the extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve.” The...

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