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Selfie sticks banned at Kentucky Derby with new rules

Churchill Downs is fighting the good fight and cracking down on one of the nation’s biggest emerging issues: selfie sticks. The Kentucky Derby is less than three weeks away, and if someone attending the Derby wants to take a selfie, they’re going to have to do it the old-fashioned way. According to The Courier-Journal, the famous racetrack is banning selfie sticks (as well...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Five horses for your Grand National short list

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and the 2015 race at Aintree has the potential to be one of the most emotional in its history. Tony McCoy, who is on the verge of being crowned champion National Hunt jockey for the 20th time, is retiring at the end of the season. But, if he wins the Grand National on Shutthefrontdoor, he is planning to quit immediately...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 2015 Prep and Horse Racing Tidbits

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd is a little over three weeks away. Many of the major Derby prep races have been run as of this writing. As most racing fans know, each race had a certain amount of Derby-qualifying points attached to it.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Arkansas Derby; Plus 3 Other Races

The spotlight in this week’s Horse Racing Races of the Week shines on Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas as we will be looking at the 2015 Arkansas Derby for three year olds with 2015 Kentucky Derby aspirations as our feature Race of the Week. The nine furlong, Grade: 1 race carries a purse of $1 million and drew a field of eight including 2014 two year colt champion American...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Previews of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes; Plus 5 Other Major Stakes Races

Let’s just go ahead and call this the biggest weekend thus far in 2015 in the sport of Horse Racing. I looked at 22 stakes races, but narrowed it down to what I thought were the top eight. The weekend will be highlighted by three Grade: 1, $1 million races in the 2015 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, New York, which attracted El Kabeir and Daredevil, the Toyota Bluegrass...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2015 Kentucky Derby Special— A Star Is Born…

Move over American Pharaoh, Dortmund, Carpe Diem and the rest of the top three olds being pointed to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, there is a new kid on the block…. and his name is Mubtaahij. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the son of Dubawi (Dubai Millenium) absolutely obliterated eight other rivals in the $2 million Emirates Derby Saturday night at Meydan Race Course...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Full Preview of the 2015 Florida Derby; Plus 5 Other Major Stakes Races

Another tremendous weekend of racing this weekend in the sport of Horse Racing as we will be looking at a total of six races, highlighted by one of the biggest annual Kentucky Derby prep races in the country in the 2015 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Florida Derby, which has produced an eye popping 57 Triple Crown race winners, is run at nine furlongs, carries Grade:1 status...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Will California Chrome Struggle at the 2015 Dubai World Cup?

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Ruler of the United Arab Emirates, said American champion California Chrome may have a difficultly adapting to the new dirt track at Meydan, site of the $10-million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, and does not see the big chestnut winning the world’s richest horse race. The Sheikh made his remarks last Thursday at the grand opening of an Arabian...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Kentucky Derby…A Look Ahead

You can call this a modified version of my annual “Countdown to the Triple Crown” When I looked at the 2015 crop of three years olds, it certainly appears to be one of the strongest I’ve seen in quite some time. The 25 or so horses I have listed here all have shown a tremendous amount of potential as have others that I have not added (yet) and still others who either won...
Via isportsweb.com
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Closer Look at the 2015 Rebel Stakes; Plus 3 Others

We will be looking at four more races this week in our Horse Racing Races of the Week, highlighted by the 2015 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The mile and a sixteenth race for three year olds attracted 2014 two year old colt champion American Pharoah. Actually, our main focus will be at Oaklawn Park (and on the stallion Tapit…more on that later, trust me...
Via isportsweb.com
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Khozan, Half Brother to Champion Royal Delta, Injured; Out of 2015 Kentucky Derby

Khozan, a half brother to three time champion Royal Delta, has been injured and taken off the road to the 2015 Kentucky Derby according to owner Al Shaqab Racing’s U.S. racing manager Bradley Weisbord. Weisbord said the unbeaten three year old colt, by Distorted Humor out of blue hen mare Delta Princess, has an appointment Monday, March 9, with Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood &...
Via isportsweb.com
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap; Plus 5 Other Major Races

This is simply an enormous weekend in the sport of Horse Racing. By my count, there are 11 major races spanning across the county that merit attention, but I grudgingly narrowed it down to six. They include the rescheduled (because of a deluge) seven furlong, $200,000 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida that will feature Daredevil, the Gotham Stakes for three year olds at...
Via isportsweb.com
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of the 2015 Fountain of Youth & Risen Star Stakes'; Plus 2 Others

In this week’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the Week, we will be looking at a total of four more races co-highlighted by the 2015 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida, which will feature the highly regarded Upstart, and the 2015 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana, which will feature Le Comte Stakes upset winner International Star vs. the up and coming...
Via isportsweb.com
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 San Vincente Stakes: Plus 3 Others

In this week’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the Week, we will be looking at four more key races being run around the country. The highlight race will be Sunday’s San Vincente Stakes at Santa Anita Park for three year olds going seven furlongs. The race carries a purse of $200,000 and will mark the 2015 debut of impressive 2014 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red. We will also be...
Via isportsweb.com
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Infographic Preview: The Cheltenham Festival

In about six weeks’ time, horse racing fans in Europe and around the world will tune in to one of the first great racing festivals of the year. While we in the U.S. equate prestigious horse racing with events like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, the earlier months of the year bring about equally incredible races throughout the U.K. And first up is the Cheltenham...
Via Low Brow Sports
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Holy Bull Stakes; Plus 3 Others

In this weekend’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the week, we will be looking at a total of four races from around the country with the highlight race being the 2015 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The $400,000 Grade: 2 race will be run at one and one sixteenth miles and drew a field of 10 with Upstart being installed as the 2/1 morning line favorite. The three other races...
Via isportsweb.com
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Famed track announcer Tom Durkin stays busy in retirement

  Tom Durkin could not walk five feet through the crowd at Gulfstream Park without someone yelling his name, asking for a handshake or stopping to chat. And everyone who beckoned got the same warm reaction. There's a certain irony in that Durkin -- who is allergic to horses -- is still one of thoroughbred racing's most recognizable faces, even a few months after his retirement from...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Famed track announcer Tom Durkin still busy in retirement

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Tom Durkin could not walk five feet through the crowd at Gulfstream Park without someone yelling his name, asking for a handshake or stopping to chat. And everyone who beckoned got the same warm reaction. There's a certain irony in that Durkin - who is allergic to horses - is still one of thoroughbred racing's most recognizable faces, even a few months...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2015 Le Comte Stakes Preview; Plus 2 Others

In this week’s Horse Racing Races of the Week, we will be looking at a total of three races with our highlighted race being the 2015 Le Comte Stakes for three year olds at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana. The one mile and 70 yard, grade: 3 race carries a $200,000 purse, drew a field of 11 and will feature Eagle. The Le Comte is the first of several keys races for horses who are being...
Via isportsweb.com
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Bayern’s 2015 Debut to be Postponed?

Bayern, a finalist for 2014 Eclipse Awards as both champion male 3-year-old and Horse of the Year, will likely have his 2015 racing debut postponed due to a quarter crack. The speedy Offlee Wild colt missed an important scheduled workout last Saturday morning because he’s has been dealing the issue on his hind foot, which began following the Breeders Cup Classic. “He popped a...
Via isportsweb.com
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Cheltenham Festival facts and figures

Via Low Brow Sports
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Examining the 2014 Horse of the Year ….Mess

With the 2014 Horse of the Year voting ballots being sent out in mid-December (that were due back yesterday January 4) and with the 2014 Eclipse Awards being announced on January 17th, it’s time we start taking a look at the 2014 Horse of the Year voting…or should I say Horse of the Year …mess? I’ve seen my share of “messes” in my 35 years of being involved in the sport...
Via isportsweb.com
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Jerome Stakes and 3 Others

As we begin 2015, let me start off by wishing each and every one of you a happy and healthy new year. As I stated previously, we will be expanding the Horse Racing section here at isportweb as I will be doing several races each week as opposed to just one or two. In this week’s Horse Racing Race of the Week, we will be taking a closer look at the 2015 Jerome Stakes for newly turned...
Via isportsweb.com
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Zenyatta’s Son, Cozmic One, To Make Racing Debut Shortly

Cozmic One, the first offspring out of 2010 Horse of the Year, and the enormously popular, Zenyatta is set to make his racing debut in a matter of days according to owner Jerry Moss. “Cozmic One will run here at Santa Anita in a matter of days. Victor (Espinoza) worked him the other day and he’s ready.” Moss said. Cozmic One, who looks like his mother, is by Bernardini and...
Via isportsweb.com
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Rising Superstar Dortmund Heads 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity

In this weeks Horse Racing Race of the Week, we will be taking a closer look at the 2014, Grade: 1 $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for two year olds at Los Alamitos Racetrack in California, where Dortmund will be taking on just four others and has been installed as the heavy 4/5 morning line favorite. The 8 1/2 furlong Futurity will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos after...
Via isportsweb.com
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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