Let’s catch up on the Sport of Kings with some of our backside blurbs on the latest horse racing news:
According to Bob Baffert, Jose Ortiz will replace Drayden Van Dyke on Improbable in the Arkansas Derby.
David O’ Rourke is now the permanent CEO and President of NYRA. David had been the interim CEO following Chris Kay.
Gunmetal Gray underwent successful surgery for the condylar fracture he sustained while training at Santa Anita.
Santa Anita resumes racing Friday with an eight race card, and some their “new normal” rules.
The Gulfstream Park Championship meet concludes Saturday with the Florida Derby and supporting cast of undercard stakes. They will also have what could and should be in excess of 10 million in the Rainbow 6 pool with a mandatory payout. There is currently more than 2 million in there and if it is not hit by a single ticket before Saturday the pool will be massive.
Keeneland opens their spring meet in less than two weeks on a Thursday.
Saturday is Dubai World Cup day at Meydan Race Course.
The $700,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (Grade 3) has been selected for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, providing Kentucky Downs its first “Win and You’re In” race as a launching pad to the Breeders’ Cup. Well deserved.
Almond Eye will be headlining the Dubai Turf as she makes her first start of the 4-year-old season under Christophe Lemaire.
Horse Racing Ireland and a number of other regulatory authorities in the country to be consolidated into a single gambling authority. Maybe the US will take notice.