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NYRA Late Pick 5 Now Available to All

June 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Until now the late NYRA Pick 5, with a 15% takeout was only available on track and to NYRA Bets account holders. This obviously hurt the handle of the wager in an attempt to lure more customers to the NYRA Bets platform. Effective July 3rd and through the end of 2019 the wager will be available to all ADW's that take NYRA bets. Handle should increase significantly especially at the upcoming Saratoga meet.     Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..         The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at PastTheWire.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire OUR TEAM ON TWITTER Follow on Twitter @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @kaitlinefree Follow on Twitter @Nicky_DAgs Follow on Twitter @jonathanstettin Follow on Twitter @SetteBetterDays Follow on Twitter @CourtneyNSnow Follow on Twitter @SadandSulk Follow on Twitter @MargaratDammit Follow on Twitter @cannonshell Follow on Twitter @hOrsebackwriter         For the BEST TRIP NOTES in the game use TRACKING TRIPS at Past the Wire. You can't afford not to be a #member. [...]

Stronach Group Bans Hollendorfer

June 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  In a ban that encompasses all Stronach Group tracks, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was given 72 hours on Saturday to vacate the Santa Anita premises and remove the horses under his care. Hollendorfer also has a size-able string at Golden Gate, another Stronach owned track. The somewhat unprecedented move comes following two recent events. The CNN network ran a story on horse racing and Hollendorfer's name was brought up in a questionable light. The following day, Saturday, American Currency, trained by Hollendorfer suffered fractured sesamoids in his left front ankle at the beginning of a breeze on the infield training track at Santa Anita. This became the 30th fatal injury at the current Santa Anita meet. Of the 30, 4 horses were trained by Hollendorfer. The three previous Santa Anita deaths were Psychedelicat on Dec. 30, Battle of Midway on Feb. 23 and Kochees on May 26. Battle of Midway had previously won the Breeders' Cup Mile. Hollendorfer is no stranger to top class horses but also maintains a very active claiming stable. So far Los Alamitos has [...]

Ascot Wraps Up

June 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Royal Ascot wrapped up Saturday and you'd be hard pressed to argue Frankie Dettori and Blue Point were not the stars of the meet. Blue Point took his second Group 1 of the short 5 day meet when he easily won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes under James Doyle. Just 4 days earlier he took the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes. Trainer Charles Appleby had this to say about his star and the feat he performed: “We wanted to see how he was after the King's Stand but it was always in the back of our minds that if he won on Tuesday we would look at the Diamond Jubilee. The first signs were encouraging when he came out of the race as well as we could hope. On Wednesday morning he had a jog and on Thursday and Friday easy hacks. He got his weight back up as well. His racing weight was 536kg on Tuesday and it was 536kg when he left this morning. So I couldn't have been happier with the way we had the horse. Blue [...]

Ascot Friday Highlights

June 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The Roger Varian trained Daahyeh took the Group 3 Albany Stakes under David Egan to start things off on Royal Ascot Friday. Japan was very impressive laying back off a decent pace under Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O' Brien and exploded to an open length victory in the Group 2 King Edward Stakes. Frankie Dettori kept his hot hand alive guiding the Martyn Meade trained Advertise to a win in the Group 1 Commonwealth. The Group 1 Coronation Stakes went to the F. H. Graffard trained Watch Me under P. C. Boudot.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..       The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at PastTheWire.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire OUR TEAM ON TWITTER Follow on Twitter @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @kaitlinefree Follow on Twitter @Nicky_DAgs Follow on Twitter @jonathanstettin Follow on Twitter @SetteBetterDays Follow on Twitter @CourtneyNSnow Follow on Twitter @SadandSulk Follow on Twitter @MargaratDammit Follow on Twitter @cannonshell Follow on Twitter @hOrsebackwriter     [...]

Dettori Dominates Ascot

June 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Frankie Dettori has been one of the most successful jockeys at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting and today showed us why. Frankie took the first 4 races on the card and almost took a fifth. Frankie started in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes aboard A'Ali for trainer Simon Crisford. Simon and Frankie go way back together to the Godolphin days. Dettori came right back in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes aboard Sangarius for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Red hot Dettori kept in going in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes on Star Catcher for trainer John Gosden. The race everyone expected Frankie to win did not disappoint as Stradivarius made it back to back wins in the Group 1 two and one half mile Gold Cup, again for trainer John Gosden. This was Frankie's seventh Gold Cup Victory. Dettori almost made it five in a row when Turgenev surged to the front, opening up two lengths in the Class 2 Handicap. It was not to be, however, as Harry Bentley was poised for his first Royal Ascot win on Biometric. [...]

Crystal Ocean Takes the Prince of Wales

June 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  Crystal Ocean finally gained a deserved group 1 win with a strong staying performance in a bogged down running of the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1). Frankie Dettori rode the Sir Michael Stoute trained 3-1 shot.  The Prince of Wales's is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race and Crystal Ocean earns a "Win and You're In" berth in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (Grade 1). When asked about the Breeders' Cup Stoute said: "It is a long way off, but we love the Breeders' Cup." Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Dashing Willoughby in Queen Vase

June 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Off at odds of 6-1 in the Queen Vase at Royal Ascot after being available at 14-1 in the morning, Dashing Willoughby under Oisin Murphy tracked the pace and showed great grit and determination to fend off a tenacious duo Barbados and stubborn Nayef Road, who held on for second and third after setting the pace Dashing Willoughby stalked. Trainer Andrew Balding said: "We had a little hiccup on Saturday morning as Dashing Willoughby was very lame. He had a blood blister in his foot and the farrier and head lad worked through the night to get it right. Happily, he was right 12 hours later and we're just delighted that he's come good." Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Bayern Gets First Winner

June 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Bayern, the winner of a most controversial Breeders' Cup Classic got his first winner as a sire when the 2-year-old filly Bayerly Seen aired by 12 1/4 lengths in her debut at Indiana Grand Race Course. The Brad Cox trained filly led five rivals through opening fractions of :22.78 and :46.08 in a $31,000 five-furlong sprint for maiden juvenile fillies and widened the gap under jockey Fernando De La Cruz. She won easily in a final time of :58.24. Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Roadster Tops Affirmed and Mandatory Pick 6 Payout

June 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Jockey Mike Smith opted off Roadster in the Kentucky Derby to stick with Omaha Beach who wound up scratching. While Mike did find another mount, Roadster was ridden in the Derby by Florent Geroux. Mike will be back aboard the colt he won the Santa Anita Derby on Sunday in the Affirmed (Grade 3). Bob Baffert trains Roadster and has two other entrants, Mucho Gusto and Kingly. This gives him half the field of six. The Affirmed goes as the 8th race on the card and the next to last leg in a mandatory payout Pick 6. The pool is estimated to be about $5 million dollars. Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more….. Support the Sport of Horse Racing and the Horses who can no longer race and get a Past the Wire hat in the process. Just $35.00 to help the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance:  Get Your cap and show your support here….

Servis says Pegasus a Go for Maximum Security

June 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Trainer Jason Servis says he is entering Maximum Security in the June 16 TVG.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, a 1 1/16-mile race that will serve as the colt's first race since May 4 when he was disqualified from first to 17th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade 1)  and also a likely prep for the Haskell. Maximum Security will be ridden by Luis Saez. Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..  

Maximum Security Questionable for Pegasus

June 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

    Trainer Jason Servis is not committing to the Pegasus just yet as Maximum Security's next start. Three races in 69 days seems to be the concern with both the Haskell and Travers on the colts summer schedule.   "I'll make a decision (Thursday). I don't want to tell everybody yes and then change my mind. The blood work was ok. I think he's still a little light," said Servis, who ordered a blood test Sunday. "He galloped a mile-and-an-eighth (at Monmouth). He's fit. It's just that I am looking at three races in (69) days: the Pegasus, the Haskell and then you have the (Runhappy Travers, G1, Aug. 24). The spacing is good. From the Kentucky Derby to this (the Pegasus) is six weeks. Then you get 34 days (until the Haskell) and then you get (35) days (until the Travers). You put it all together and it's three races in (69) days. That's a lot."   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

NBC Covers Royal Ascot

June 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  On June 18 at 8:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports will begin to present daily live coverage of the Royal Meeting at Ascot on NBCSN. Daily telecasts of the full five-day Royal Meeting will air on NBCSN through June 21, and the event culminates on NBC June 22, starting at 9 a.m. ET. In total, NBC Sports will present 22 hours of coverage over the five-day stretch. Besides the world class racing the event is highlighted by the attendance of Queen Elizabeth II, who arrives each day promptly at 9 a.m. ET in a Royal Procession of carriages. She has attended Royal Ascot every year since 1945.     Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Stronach Group Issues Statement

June 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  In light of the CHRB and Senator Feinstein calling for a halt in racing at Santa Anita The Stronach Group has issued a statement to address the concerns and explain their position to continue running the meet. Below is the statement: “We are collectively working on behalf of everyone in the sport–grooms, hot walkers, jockeys, exercise riders, starters, trainers, owners, track managers and every horse wearing a bridle and a saddle–to reform and improve racing every day. After extensive consultation among all partners, Santa Anita Park will stay open through the end of its meet to see these reforms through. Since wide-sweeping reforms have been instituted at Santa Anita, catastrophic injuries have dropped considerably compared to earlier this meet, decreasing by 50 percent in racing and by more than 84 percent in training. To be clear, there are no acceptable losses, and every day we work toward ending all serious injuries. But the reality is that our improvements and changes have been effective. A detailed and serious epidemiological investigation of all track accidents is underway and will continue with the [...]

Pender Suspended 30 Days

June 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) stewards have suspended trainer Michael Pender 30 days for violations of animal welfare and trainer insurer rules. Trainer Pender who had been ordered by Santa Anita management to vacate his stalls last month, was charged with “knowingly” working a horse at Santa Anita on March 24 after a veterinary examination revealed an injury, and then entering the horse to race at Golden Gate Fields on April 6. New Karma was a veterinary scratch from that race. New Karma, a 7-year-old gelding with seven wins from 43 lifetime starts and $213,077 in earnings, was claimed by Pender Racing LLC and partners for $20,000 at Del Mar last Nov. 15. The details of the May 14 hearing, in which private veterinarian Dr. Heather Wharton served as a witness on behalf of the CHRB, are in the Santa Anita stewards minutes.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..     The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at PastTheWire.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire [...]

CHRB Asks Santa Anita to Suspend Racing; Breeders’ Cup in Question

June 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  The CHRB requested Santa Anita suspend racing through the conclusion of the ongoing meet. The Breeders' Cup is as of now scheduled to be run at Santa Anita in November. The Breeders' Cup board is meeting June 27th and it is a board decision whether or not to move the event. Churchill Downs has been mentioned but Del Mar may be a better choice logistically. Flights that have been purchased could still be honored if they move the Breeders' Cup to Del Mar and California would still benefit from the tourism aspect. You have to think this will be a major topic at the upcoming board meeting. Reports confirmed a 29th equine fatality June 9 after the racetrack made the decision not to honor the CHRB request to suspend racing for the remainder of the meet. "It is our understanding that Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race," the CHRB said in a statement issued in response to questions [...]