Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance posts tagged "TBA"

Human Cost

Ran into my pal the usher the other day at Laurel. That is, the ex-usher. Because Laurel -- besieged by nearby tracks with slots-infused purses and battling the collapsing national economy -- no longer needs ushers on normal days. ... Read More

Giving Racing Thanks

In the spirit of the holiday, I suggest that we suspend our criticism and for a least one day, celebrate what we love about the world of Thoroughbred racing. This particular list trends towards New York, as is appropriate for a Brooklyn-based blogger.... Read More

Maintain the Integrity of the Sales Catalogue

I argue that the integrity of the catalogue is lacking, that black-type alone no longer separates horses in the way it used to. The original logic guaranteeing integrity, to get owners to race in tough races for a reward has been lost.... Read More

A Horse of the Same Color

A number of weeks ago, Donna and Dallas Keen received an email from a young woman, "Hi ... I have one of your race horses that you used to have, Kinoko Man. I found him at a auction sale and saved him from the slaughter man." The news was upsetting to Kiniko Man's owners, Bob and Pat Sheetz, because Kiniko Man was living in their backyard!... Read More

Why Racing Must Tell Its Own Story

Could Curlin's retirement finally prove that thoroughbred racing needs to do a better job of telling its own story? I've looked ever since the announcement was made - and the general reaction among news outlets (including "sports" outlets such as ESPN) has been not even a whimper.... Read More

The Ideal of a Racino

With the passage of legislation in Maryland to allow either slots at the race tracks or, at the very least, slot parlors contributing revenue to the racetracks, it got me thinking about what I would do if I could build a racino. ... Read More

Horse Racing Must Drop Takeouts Substantially

By Cangamble I've written about fixing horse racing many times before. Most notably, June 2007, I wrote a post called How To Save Horse Racing , and in February 2007 I wrote a piece called Thoughts On Track Takeout . In the last year, horse racing has gone even more downhill even more when it comes to the growth and the bettor. Most of this has to do with the current ADW-Horsemen conflict, but in the... Read More

Texas Horse Racing Needs a Revolution

By Susan Dalebroux, Post Parade Texas voices ... "We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand." -Sam Houston, before the Battle of San Jacinto "Our tote board is broken." -Sam Houston Race Park officials, canceling live racing. Sam Houston Race Park canceled its 2008/2009 Live Thoroughbred Meet... Read More

The Belmont Child Care Association

I'm pretty sure that my local card store has already put out their Christmas cards, and while overall I am about as near to thinking about Christmas as I am to thinking about retirement (and that would be not nearly near enough), a recent e-mail from the Belmont Child Care Association with news about their annual holiday party for the children of the backstretch workers has begun to put me in the Christmas spirit. ... Read More

Yes We Can, Can't We?

Hopefully you exercised your civic duty earlier this week by voting. Americans often forget how fortunate we are to have a voice in the process. Regardless of where you stand on any issue or how you feel about the outcome of the election, there's something positive we all can take away from the experience. When people make up their mind and take action, change is possible.... Read More

The Great Divide

The Europeans took five races on the B.C. card including two on the "dirt." While we have come to expect the "world" contingent of horses to do well on the turf we have more or less owned the dirt from the inception of the Breeders' Cup. ... Read More

Tangible Dreams

When Frankie Dettori flyingly dismounted from Raven's Pass last Saturday, it marked, in a sense, the end of a decade-long journey for the colorful jockey. It also marked, from my perspective, another link in the chain of interconnectedness that is one of racing's signal charms.... Read More

The Dream

I wrote this on the evening of Tuesday, June 17, 2008 after a very long day driving around the Upper Midwest. I preface this way because I had a lot of time to kill. I had time to slip into a favorite American (and most definitely horse owners) past-time: day-dreaming.... Read More

The Undefeated vs. The Derby Winner

What agony to be a fan of the distaff side in November of 1988. Root for the undefeated Personal Ensign, who had beaten colts in the Whitney two months earlier? Or root for the Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors? ... Read More

Must Win for Curlin

I believe that Curlin will win the Classic. Actually, he has to win. Forget the Euro horses just for a moment....and this is a field that the champ should handle without too much of a problem in my opinion.... Read More

'Capping the Breeders Cup is a 'Synch'

So we've had 22 days of racing on the new Pro-Ride surface at the Oak Tree Meet at Santa Anita through today and what have we learned. Well for one, it takes a long time to chart the analysis of every synthetic race to see if there are any angles out there. ... Read More

What If There Was No Curlin?

Look, I'm on the fence too. I think Curlin is a horse for the decade. He is a horse whose races will be watched years from now, both wins and losses. HOWEVER, I don't believe he's a lock in the Breeders' Cup Classic, so instead of trying to come up with an excuse I'll just pretend he's not in the race and let reality provide the need or non-need of an excuse.... Read More

In Defense of the Dirt Marathon

There are certainly some reasons to criticize the Breeders' Cup Dirt Marathon. You can argue that it is a misnomer; it isn't even really on dirt, and much of the rest of the racing world finds its mile and a half distance rather less than daunting. However, let's give the race a chance to prove itself.... Read More

Sprint Looks Like Inside Job

At least the field sizes are fairly manageable on Saturday; just nine go in the Sprint. I'm not proud, I'll take any break I can get. In post position order, with the top contenders all lined up inside ... Read More

Breaking Down the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

Every horseplayer has their favorite types of races. Personally, I'm a turf buff and, if you give me a juvenile maiden special weight, I'm in heaven. So, while some dread handicapping the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, I'll dive right in. ... Read More

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