Track superintendents and their staffs from around North America are set to meet at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on June 23-25 for a full schedule of educational panels as part of Track Superintendents’ Field Day. A complete agenda for the event has been announced, with award-winning speaker, author and farmer Jolene Brown set as the keynote speaker. The event welcomes track superintendents and their staffs from all horse racing disciplines, and to that end one of Standardbred racing’s most recognizable names, John Campbell, has been added as a speaker.
Campbell recently retired after a career that included more than 10,000 wins and nearly $300 million in earnings to rank as harness racing’s all-time leading driver. Campbell is now president and CEO of The Hambletonian Society, which manages the sport’s most prestigious races, including the Hambletonian Stakes that Campbell won a record six times.
“The Track Supers’ event is something I wasn’t aware of until recently,” Campbell said. “But I was quite intrigued by it, especially with everything going on in racing today.
“As a driver, I’ve obviously got an opinion on what would be best for our tracks,” he added, “and I’m also interested in getting feedback from the track supers, so I’m looking forward to speaking and listening.”
Another icon in the Standardbred industry, Gary Wolf, also plans to attend.
“I’ve only missed the Track Supers’ Field Day once, and that was because my flight got cancelled,” said the longtime track super at tracks including Hoosier Park and The Meadowlands and who now is track manager at White Birch Farm in Allentown, New Jersey. “It’s a great event, and I hope that more guys from Standardbred tracks can attend, but it’s always tough to get them away from their tracks because they have a great sense of responsibility to make sure everything is running smoothly.”
The agenda includes panels of industry professionals covering emergency horse ambulance response, extreme weather, irrigation technology, equipment budgets, a track supers roundtable and more.
Other speakers include: Terry Meyocks of The Jockeys’ Guild, Chris McErlean of Penn Gaming, Sal Sinatra of the Maryland Jockey Club and Derron Heldt of Prairie Meadows.
Although the majority of the event will be the serious business of track surfaces, attendees will also have the opportunity for an outing prior to the conference to play golf, visit a winery or tour historic Harpers Ferry.
Registration is completely free for this event, with the only cost to attendees being travel expenses and hotel, which is offered at a discounted rate. Registration is free thanks to a significant list of sponsors, including title sponsor Equine Equipment. In total, more than 25 sponsors are attached to the event.
“We know budgets are tight at tracks, so we are pleased to be able to provide free registration for the Track Supers’ Field Day because nothing in this industry is more important than the safety of our horses and riders and drivers,” said Roy Smith, founder of the event. “This is a great opportunity for the men and women who work around the clock at racetracks to get together and share ideas and learn about new technology and equipment.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of all the sponsors and the gracious hosting of Charles Town and their Track Superintendent Doug Bowling, so we are very thankful to them,” added Smith.
Among the sponsors are numerous horsemen’s groups, Spendthrift Farm, Monmouth Park, Indiana Grand, Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Duralock, Horsemen’s Track and Equipment Inc., Double R Manufacturing and title sponsor Equine Equipment.
“This year has brought record sponsorship to the event, with over 20 new sponsors showing the industry is clearly standing in support of this dedicated group,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment. “This group should be applauded for organizing and producing their own event. They were ahead of their time in networking and helping improve racing surfaces worldwide, and I am honored they have allowed me to work with them.”
The Track Superintendents’ Field Day was first held in 2002 and has rotated around the country since then while becoming the go-to event for track supers and their staffs. For more information, go to tracksupers.com or call 877-905-0004.
A limited number of copies of the Spring 2019 issue of American Racehorse, featuring articles on Ruffian and Santa Fe Downs, are available for $10, shipping included (US only). Additional copies are $5 each. To order, use the PayPal button below.
NYRA has announced the return of its “Breakfast at Belmont” program.
Price: Free Parking
Free Admission (prices below for breakfast)
$7.50 Kids 6 and under
Cuisine: Hotel Style Buffet. Cereal, juice and coffee.
“The Breakfast at Belmont program is a great way for people to come see the horses train and meet some of the jockeys and trainers. Not many things these days are FREE, unless of course you order breakfast,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Time: 8 am-9:30 am estimate. Fans need to depart the track at the end of the morning breakfast but they can wait until the gates re-open for the afternoon racing, the admission to re-enter is only $5.
“Breakfast at Belmont is a great way for the community of all ages to enjoy a morning watching some of the world’s greatest Thoroughbreds in their morning workouts,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.
“It’s great for fans to be able to get up close and personable,” said Hall of fame jockey Mike Smith. Smith used to ride on the NYRA circuit and is now a Triple Crown jockey.
2019 Dates For The Breakfast at Belmont Program
Saturday, Sunday, Monday – May 25, 26, 27: Memorial Day Weekend. Before going to parades, ceremonies and the beach visit Belmont and fill up on breakfast and see the equines train.
Saturday And Sunday- June 1 -2. A week before the 151st Belmont Stakes come out to see some of the stakes contenders work out.
Saturday And Sunday-June 15-16. First it was Mother’s Day in May now it is Father’s Day in June. Bring out dad and watch future sires of Thoroughbreds train and thank dad.
Saturday And Sunday-June 29-30. Before they go upstate to Saratoga try to get a few days of the quiet mornings and have a nice breakfast.
Saturday July 6. With closing weekend a week early this year and after July 4 celebrations bring the family to Belmont one last morning.
Events: Tram Tour. Fans can see the backstretch world where the horses reside.
No Tram Monday Memorial Day and no tram Saturday, June 1. Also weather permitting on any other weekend.
Paddock Show. They describe the day and a life of the Thoroughbred routine in the morning and afternoon.
Starting Gate. The fans learn and they can enter the gate and take selfies leaving the gate like the horses do in the afternoon.
The Breakfast is a great way for families and fans to enjoy peaceful mornings with the equine athlete at Belmont. For more info click here.
If you’ve only followed the sport of horse racing for the last few years, you might thing that Triple Crown winners are fairly common. After all, we’ve seen two very recently with American Pharoah winning it in 2015 and then the undefeated Justify doing it again in 2018. Both horses swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes for trainer Bob Baffert. But will it happen again this year? History tells us probably not.If you are looking to bet the Triple Crown this year, you have plenty of options, including Pabets, which takes the hassle out of going to the track and waiting in line.
Before American Pharoah accomplished the feat, there was a 37-year gap going back to Affirmed in 1978. And even though there were two other Triple Crown winners in the 1970s with Secretariat in 1973 and Seattle Slew in 1977, there was another 25-year gap in there going back to Citation. Going further back, it was a somewhat common occurrence with a total of seven Triple Crown winners in the 1930s and 1940s, but the sport was much different back then.
One recent trend that makes the Triple Crown more difficult is that some trainers will hold their horse out of the Kentucky Derby and instead aim for the Preakness or Belmont, which means those horses are more rested than those coming out of the 1 ¼-mile race at Churchill Downs. Another trend is the non-winning Derby horses skipping the Preakness and coming back for the Belmont, which again gives those horses the advantage of rest. And then there are always some new shooters who show up for the Belmont, which is the most grueling race of the three going 1 ½ miles. Finally, horses of this era simply don’t appear to be as durable as those in the past, so it’s certainly more difficult for a horse to run and win three taxing races in a span of just five weeks at three different racetracks.
The chances of a Triple Crown winner this year also took a hit when Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach was scratched before the race. That left a solid field of 3-year-olds lining up for the Run for the Roses, but it’s hard to pick a standout among the group. Whoever wins will surely get some chatter about moving on to Baltimore for the Preakness with a chance to become the third Triple Crown winner in recent memory, but the odds are against it. And that’s what makes the Triple Crown so special and so exciting to watch.
Since the first horse race ages ago, betting on horse races has been around. In the past, betting on horses was not faced with the same stigma as gambling. It used to be considered a social event to go to the race tracks and bet on horses.
It can be fun and profitable to bet on horses, however, and these days you can bet from your own home without going off-track betting to the tracks. It is a matter of luck to win a bet on horse races, As with all other betting and gambling forms.
Winning a horse race bet can be a matter of skill, and if you learn how to search for information about horses, jockeys, and owners, and how to use the same information, you can increase your chances of winning.
Winning and Profiting It’s not the same to win and profit. The first step to making a profit is to win on horse races, but if a string of losses follows it, then you haven’t made a profit, there’s only one win in a losing streak.
“I am wagering to win” means understanding the difference between betting on fixed odds, pari-mutuel betting, and betting on the exchange. Fixed-odds and pari-mutuel (tote) betting are the most common forms in horse race betting. Fixed betting odds means placing a bet at a fixed odds with a bookmaker.
On the other hand, profiting means winning bets more frequently than losing them, and it is possible when it comes to betting on horses. Especially if you’re new to horse race betting, it’s difficult, but it can be done if you know what steps to take and what things to familiarize with.
Those Who Could Help You A handicapper person must have insight and the ability to find different ways of identifying horses ready to win. You may not have time to study videos, tracks, surfaces or find horses in recent races that had troubled trips.
But distilling information that can help you identify horses that can offer some value next time out or that can provide good shape or enhancement value wagering opportunities is important.
There are several to handicap a horse race and when it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby there is no shortage of opinions or angles. and the many prep races leading up to the Run for the Roses.
A lot of information and betting guides are available to help you identify a potential Kentucky Derby winner and narrow down the list of top contenders, ranging from beginners betting guide to the most sophisticated tools for informed handicappers.
Looking from the Odds There are ways to pick a horse and gain a profit from the odds, in Kentucky Derby 2019, Watch how the trainer leading into the Derby performs these horses and pay attention to their training, times, shapes, and comments.
Other horses that are close to qualifying for the Derby win one remaining prep race but no surprise comes from the interest in the Kentucky Derby and the most prominent races leading up to the Run for the Roses.
Betting Wisely to Gain Profit If you spread your investment across multiple horses and various types of horses, then yes, I would say it’s profitable, just like investing with an angel. If you invest in 20 companies a year, if you are lucky and have ten times your investment, 2 or 3 will be acquired. That’s all the other investments you’ve made, and you’re going to have a profitable year.
If at different ages you have a mix of broodmares, stallions, and current racehorses, there’s an excellent chance you’ll be profitable and stay profitable. The humble and patient people are the people who are profitable in this sport.
It’s easier to make $1,000,000. But if you want to do it in horse racing, you must be humble, learn and be patient at all times. Over time, the right horses come to you. If you have both of these two things, in horse racing you will be profitable.
Takeaway Races and horses should be supported based on positive attributes, not because of who is the best of the worst. By studying some of the betting guides and training tools, you will be better prepared and equipped to analyze races in a more meaningful way.
It’s a profitable business for people who are good at it. In horse racing, there are many ways a horse owner can make money. There are winning bags, using a winning horse as a stud, along with the money that can be made.
When you know your sport, any sport can be profitable. If you are interested in horse racing, I would suggest that you use a professional horse rating service that will give you reliable information, tips, and advice that can help you make huge profits on horse racing.
The starting gate crew at racetracks are very important to the success of the Thoroughbred, especially at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby Day. Whether it is a maiden race during a weekday or the run for the roses, the crew helps the majestic horses.
“They are the unsung heroes; they are so important to having a great start and who wouldn’t want a great start,” said Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who became the 13th Triple Crown winner with Justify in 2018.
The crew is like the offensive line in football, they do all of the labor as the QB, RB and WR get the accolades. It is like that in horse racing as the starting gate crew works in the trenches as the jockey, trainers and owners are in the limelight.
The starter at Churchill Downs is Scott Jordan. Jordan has a regular crew and special day crews for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Here is the crew that helps in the success of the start of the race.
The regular crew:
On Oaks Day Jordan has 16 extra crew members that arrive from all over and 26 extra on Derby Day.
This team works together to help in the success of the equine athlete, and they should be recognized and have their limelight.
The Spring 2019 issue of American Racehorse magazine is now available online by clicking here.
This issue includes long-form articles the real story of Ruffian and the ups and downs of Santa Fe Downs. The issue also includes racing and breeding news from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and around the region.
The printed magazine is being mailed to all members of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Iowa Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, as well as the Alabama HBPA, Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association, Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Minnesota Thoroughbred Association, North Carolina Thoroughbred Association, Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners, South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and hundreds of horsemen in Louisiana.
This will be the last printed issue of American Racehorse, at least for the foreseeable future. Read more here.
Horse and Hound received a Toro mower to use this season.
Equine Equipment, together with its industry partners Toro and Exmark, is pleased to announce two donations of mowers for the 2019 season as part of its “For the Good Program” to help Thoroughbred aftercare facilities. Equine Equipment is planning several more similar donations to show its appreciation for the industry’s support and to give back to the retired racehorses that make the industry possible.
The Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma has graciously designated the Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for the use of a Toro commercial mower.
“With the great work Nelda and Larry Kettles do, we wanted to help them with a mower donation,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment. “We know that aftercare facilities don’t want to spend their limited funds on mower repair and maintenance, so providing a quality mower from Toro should relieve all of that worry.”
Danielle Barber, executive director of the TRAO, knows Horse and Hounds to be a well-run and devoted organization, so helping them made great sense.
“We urge the Oklahoma horse industry to support facilities like Horse and Hound,” said Barber. “They repurpose our industry’s athletes and provide care for every resident at Horse and Hound. Getting this worthy facility a premium mower from Toro is the least we can do.”
“I am still amazed at the giving spirit people show to Horse and Hound, and when Dani Barber told us about the use of this mower, especially a Toro mower, we were amazed that such a big company could care so much to help a facility like ours,” said Nelda, who with her husband, Larry, helps find new homes for off-track Thoroughbreds, as well as dogs. “We are touched and thank everyone involved. The local dealer will help us with some service appointments, and Equine Equipment is donating things like filter and oil we need for routine maintenance. This is amazing, and we are so delighted. Larry knows his equipment and is excited as well.”
Horse and Hound is on property owned by the Kettles, who have been breeding and raising Thoroughbreds for over 30 years. The couple’s love for the animals really shows as you pull through their gate, and they donate their time, land, barn, facilities, and even house to the rescue of these animals.
To learn more about Horse and Hound visit, www.horseandhoundrescue.com.
The second donation of the use of an Exmark zero-turn commercial mower went to New Vocations at Mereworth Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
New Vocations’ mission is simple: To stand in the gap for noncompetitive, often injured, racehorses providing a peaceful environment and skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. New Vocations strives to place these horses in experienced, loving homes that will continue their education so each has a skill and therefore, a future.
“Exmark is pleased to help supply New Vocations with a premium Exmark this season,” stated John Cloutier, senior marketing manager with Exmark. “They do good work and are dedicated professionals in finding second careers for our equine athletes.”
“When we launched our partnership with Exmark, we knew it would be heartily embraced by the entire horse world,” said Steve Andersen. “With thousands of farms enjoying these incredible mowers at dealer cost, we wanted to find a way to give back to the industry that has been so good to many. New Vocations fits the bill due to their program excellence. This represents just one of many mower donations on tap for the 2019 season.”
“This mower will help us greatly reduce our mowing time, and we are thankful companies such as Equine Equipment and Exmark see us as worthy to receive this gift,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations’ Thoroughbred Program Director. “We have limited budgets and anytime someone donates a mower like this it helps us with other things we are always in need of.”
To find out more about New Vocations, go to www.horseadoptions.com.
OwnerView announced today that registration is now open for the sixth Thoroughbred Owner Conference, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., from Monday, October 28, through Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The conference will once again coincide with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which are scheduled to be held November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
The goal of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference, which is co-hosted by OwnerView and BloodHorse and presented by Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, is to educate, inform, and entertain new, prospective, and current Thoroughbred owners through a series of panels and social events. At this year’s conference, panels will include discussions pertaining to racing syndicates, aftercare, racing horses at the claiming level, jockeys’ preparations before races, and pedigrees. The full schedule of events is available at ownerview.com.
In addition to the panels, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend Breeders’ Cup events such as the Rood & Riddle Post-Position Draw and reception on Monday, October 28, and workouts from the Breeders’ Cup Trackside Breakfast Marquee. Attendees will also be able to attend networking lunches and dinners especially for conference guests.
“The third Thoroughbred Owner Conference was held at Santa Anita Park in 2016 and was met with rave reviews, so we are looking forward to bringing this popular event back to Arcadia,” said Gary Falter, project manager for OwnerView. “We appreciate the continued support of Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group in our efforts to educate new, existing, and prospective Thoroughbred owners.”
Reserved seating for both days of the Breeders’ Cup is included with conference registration, and a limited number of Breeders’ Cup tickets with dining options are available. The host hotel is the Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Pasadena/Monrovia. More information about the conference, registration, and hotel accommodations is available at ownerview.com.
OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on aspects of ownership such as trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.
The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.
North America is home to many breeds of horses, today there are approximately 9.2 million horses in the country. Horses are certainly well-loved animals in the US; they are used for working in different ways, kept as pets and take part in sports. Besides the domestic variety, there are still wild horses in some parts.
Looking at the state of Louisiana in particular, the Cajun Country has produced its fair share of magnificent horses, particularly racehorses. This state has a documented horse population of 164,305; 3.8 horses per square mile, and 27.5 people per horse ratio. These statistics are above average and prove Louisiana to be flush with equestrian activity. Horses categorized by activities include racing (13%), showing (36%), recreation (36%), and “other” (15%). Only a select few of the horse population are chosen to be racers. The sport is extremely elite and only the best and brightest make the cut. Many attend derbies to watch these majestic creatures battle each other as onlookers attempt to weigh the horse racing odds.
This is a list comprised of a select few of the finest breeds Louisiana has to offer.
The American Paint Horse is considered valuable due to its pretty colours and markings, but it is not only a considered a favourite due to its pretty appearance. It is a favourite also because of its rare temperament and intelligence. These horses have long been used in competitions as a show horse.
These horses come in varied colours, including, bay, chestnut brown, black, gray, to name a few. As well as these colourings, they possess distinctive white markings. These marks vary in size while the patterns are pretty standard.
The American Paint Horse is known for its amiability, this nature coupled with its intelligence makes this horse a pleasure to train for competitions and performances. And not to mention, a well-suited companion outside of the ring as well.
This breed is categorized as a warmblood horse with origins in Germany. The Hanoverian is often seen taking part in the Olympics as well as other competitive riding contests and is recorded to have won gold medals in the 3 equestrian Olympic competitions. The Hanoverian is one of the oldest, largest populations, and dubbed the most successful warm blood. This breed was originally used mostly as a carriage horse, and then with the mixing in of Thoroughbreds, this made the horse more agile and better suited for competition. The Hanoverian is known to have a good temperament, is athletic, known for its beauty, and not to mention grace. The chestnut, black, and gray horses of this breed are the most common.
Also known as the Norwegian Fjord horse, these are one of the purest and oldest breeds of horses. Cave paintings of horses painted thousands of years ago exhibit striking resemblances to this breed.
Research has led us to believe that the Fjord originates from Norway, where it was tamed, by Vikings if you can believe it. These horses are gentle and obedient, making them easy to work with trainers, owners and riders of all levels.
Most Fjord horses are brown, a remaining few are found to be gold, red dun, grey, etc. This breed is relatively small, still strong as they hail from mountainous regions. This horse combines strength, adaptability, not to mention a charming, calm temperament. All combined into a small package.
The Fjord is known to be the perfect horse for families, due to its gentle and quiet nature that is well suited for children. Coupled with the power and ability that would suit an experienced owner, these features explain its popularity in riding schools.
These are merely a small few of the many magnificent breeds of horses you can find around the world today. Horses are such majestic creatures that have been companions to man for centuries. Due to the breeding of different kinds, today there are so many varieties of horses with their own temperaments and features that make them unique. The different breeds and their respective characteristics make them suited to different avenues and this makes each of them great in their own way.