Saythreehailmary's and Manny Franco take the Ladies Handicap. Photo credit NYRA

Very Un Stable: Crazy Like a Fox

The new year is so far indeed a happy one for 5-year-old Saythreehailmary’s and her connections. On Jan. 10 at Aqueduct Racetrack, the dark bay mare picked up where she left off in 2015, winning her second consecutive stakes race and first in open company when she took the Ladies Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths. On Dec.…

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Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Lecomte

 With great pleasure I post the first of Brian Nadeau’s analyses of this year’s Kentucky Derby preps. We started this way back in 2009, and I am thrilled that Brian is back for another year. Brian handicaps at Horseplayer Now, is a regular on Capital OTB TV in upstate New York, and writes a weekly Breeders’ Cup…

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Candy Feat Cheated Death Once, But Couldn’t Escape Laminitis

Candy Feat was able to cheat death once, but to the sorrow and heartbreak of his connections, he couldn’t do it twice.  The Hard Spun gelding succumbed to an infection and laminitis on December 29. “Where do I even begin?” wrote trainer Priscilla Godsoe on Facebook and Instagram. “Today the Covert Farm and 90 North…

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Williams Wins, Twitter Erupts, and Racing Loses

The horse racing world erupted when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in June, and it erupted again on Monday morning when Sports Illustrated announced that Serena Williams had been chosen by the magazine’s editors as the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. Funny that, Sportsperson. The day before, SI noted that American Pharoah had been…

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Mike Repole’s Pleasant Surprise

Mike Repole seems to like pretty much everything about horse racing. Growing up in Queens, New York and hanging out at Aqueduct Racetrack, he absorbed the flavor of the track, reveling in its grittiness and its beauty, its excitement and its challenges. Now an owner and a breeder, his enthusiasm is undiminished, perhaps heightened by…

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NYRA: Handle, Attendance, Income Up

t the end of a year that saw record-breaking pari-mutuel handle and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future. At a Dec. 9 meeting, board chair Michael Del Giudice congratulated NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay and the…

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A History of the Inner Track

originally published in March 2010 It was nearly 70 degrees in New York yesterday; warmer temperatures and delayed darkness have many of us thinking spring. And for New York racing fans, there is no surer sign of spring than the return at Aqueduct to the main track. Racing on the inner track generally begins in…