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Higher Power Takes Pacific Classic

August 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing, Higher Power notched a 5 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 17—his first stakes win in 13 career starts. That effort came against a field which included Grade 1 winners Seeking the Soul and Pavel. Higher Power was ridden by the red hot Flavien Prat who added the Pacific Classic to his wins in the Kentucky Derby and Queens Plate this year.    Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Dunbar Road Splashes to Alabama Win

August 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

After a rain delay due to a storm that swept through Saratoga Springs Peter Brant's Dunbar Road splashed to a sloppy track win in the Alabama Stakes (Grade 1). Jose Ortiz broke sharp aboard the Chad Brown trainee from the rail . but was content to take back and let the others battle up front. Turning for home Ortiz swung Dunbar Road to the far outside and she just cruised to an easy victory from there. Point of Honor was up for second without threatening the winner. Street Band checked in third. The win was Jose Ortiz's third straight Alabama. Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Another Week of Summer Racing

August 16th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Travers stakes is almost here. Despite two defections we'll still see Code of Honor, Tax, Tacitus and some others battle it out in the mid-summer Derby. The defections were Maximum Security who is opting for the Pennsylvania Derby, and Game Winner who is reported to have a virus. Jason Servis stated Maximum Security was just not quite 100% yet following his win in the heat at Monmouth in the Haskell. Those hot days do take a lot out of the horses. Jerry Hollendorfer is not only back at Del Mar, but he has found the winner's circle which he has never been a stranger to. He is also now being permitted to race at NYRA tracks which is a reversal from an earlier decision to follow the Stronach group lead and ban him. Chad Brown sends out likely favorite Dunbar Road in the Alabama this weekend. He will be hard pressed to duplicate the success he enjoyed last weekend at Arlington Park when he won four stakes highlighted by Bricks and Mortar taking the Arlington Million. The $1 million TVG [...]

Delaware Park Owner-Trainer- Lifetime Ban

August 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Delaware Park Owner-Trainer- Lifetime Ban By Nick D’Agostino   The Delaware Park Stewards have suspended Gary Scott Powell owner and trainer for life. He appeared telephonically represented by Gary Katz Attorney at Law in a hearing on July 26th 2019. The hearing was held in the matter finding him guilty of DTRC 10.2.2: “No person shall at any time cause or permit the correct identity of a horse to be concealed or altered nor shall any person refuse to reveal the correct identity of a horse he owns, or which is in his care, to a Racing Official” as well as DTRC Rule 18.3.1 “…either the Commission, the Stewards or the Licensee may bar or eject any person from Licensee’s grounds…who, by reason of his or her past or contemplated conduct or associations is, or would be, in any direct or indirect way detrimental to the continued maintenance and promotion of high standards for honesty, integrity and propriety in conducted in Delaware.” As testimony was concluded and evidence was presented the Delaware Park Board of Stewards fined Gary Scott Powell [...]

Empire 6 Debuts, Saratoga Sale Ends, Frankie Keeps Winning Capping a Nice Week

August 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We'll take a quick look back at last week in the Sport of Kings as the new Empire 6 begins at NYRA racetracks. The old $2 pick 6 had essentially become a bet of the past with the rare exception of big carryover days. There were many contributing factors to the once popular wagers demise. The $2 limit. The 20 cent jackpot pick 6 alternatives. 50 cent pick 4 and pick 5 options. Shrinking pools. It was only a matter of time until NYRA bought in on the jackpot 6 craze and introduced their version. The NYRA bet will have a 20% take out and the whole pool goes to a single ticket winner only with the exception of mandatory payout days. The Saratoga Sale, a yearly tradition at the Spa, especially for those seeking a dream with more than a dollar concluded powerfully thanks primarily to an appetite for colts sired by Curlin who had the 1.5 million sale topper.The Saratoga Sale soared to record heights for average and median when it concluded Aug. 6. Kingly, sent out by Hall [...]

NYRA Launches Empire 6

August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Farewell to the $2 Pick 6 in New York. The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the launch of the Empire 6, a jackpot-style multi-race wager replacing the traditional Pick 6. The Empire 6, featuring a $0.20 bet minimum and 20 percent takeout, will be added to the wagering menu beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continue through the remainder of the 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course. The wager requires the bettor to select the first-place finisher of the final six races of the card. If one unique ticket exists, then 100% of the net pool, plus the jackpot carryover if applicable, will be paid to the winner.  If there is no unique wager selecting the first-place finisher in all six races, then 75% of the day's net pool will be distributed to those who selected the first-place finisher in the greatest number of races. The remainder will be added into the jackpot and carried to the next day's Empire 6. The Empire 6 will offer mandatory payout days on Sunday, August 18 and Monday, September 2, closing day at [...]

Too Darned Hot and Frankie

July 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Too Darned Hot and jockey Frankie Dettori took the Group 1 Sussex stakes today at Glorious Goodwood. They outran Circus Maximus under Ryan Moore down the stretch to get the win. Too Darned Hot and Frankie were just too darned good. Dettori continues riding in the zone and has been on fire anywhere he travels.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Stradivarius Yet Again

July 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Marathon man Stradivarius made Goodwood Cup history. Since the Qatar-backed race became a Group 1 in 2017 it has only ever been won by Stradivarius, since the start of last year an unbeatable force. This ancient contest has existed since 1812 but only once had a horse won it on three occasions. That was the mighty Double Trigger. "I may have celebrated ten yards too soon but I knew I had it won," said Dettori. John Gosden watched silently as tough as nails Stradivarius dug in to get the three-peat in the Grade 1 contest.   Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more…..

Speed, Stamina, Classics, This Week in Racing

July 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As expected and reported Jerry Hollendorfer was granted his stay and for now can train and compete at Del Mar.       Tacitus found trouble yet again in the Jim Dandy. He stumbled badly at the start and just about went to his knees. He was still able to regather himself under Jose Ortiz and at one point looked like he had a chance to win but settled for second to Tax. Tax rebounded big time from the Belmont Stakes. Both these two are likely headed to the Travers. War of Will and Global Campaign were disappointing.     Imperial Hint smoked the field in the Alfred Vanderbilt and broke the track record for 6 furlongs in Saratoga clocking in at 1:07.92. That's fast anywhere but when you think about the greats who have run at Saratoga it is a wow. Mitole regressed some from his Met Mile score and was up against it from the rail carrying 125 pounds. He'll be back. The Bowling Green saw two new potential turf stars fight it out to the finish. Channel Cat [...]

Hollendorfer Getting a Stay

July 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

The Judge in the Jerry Hollendorfer against Del Mar racetrack case is expected to grant Hollendorfer a stay on the ban later today. At issue is the fact the ban was instituted without granting Hollendorfer arbitration or a hearing pursuant to the racing agreement. It remains to be seen if horses will be transferred back to Hollendorfer and he will compete a the meet though that is what appears likely to happen.

The Great, Bad and Ugly, More Racing News

July 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Champion trainer John Gosden is not taking anything for granted as star mare Enable takes aim at the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot this Saturday, July 27. The race offers the winner an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Turf, which Enable captured last November at Churchill Downs. Gosden had this to say about his star mare: “She is the best mile and a half filly I have trained, and what she has done has been pretty extraordinary. I admired her a lot last year, coming back the way she did. She was not at her best in the Arc, but Frankie rode a magnificent race because he knew that he did not have the petrol in the tank that he would normally have, which is why he held onto her for so long. Then when we went to America and suddenly she was coming back to her best. I think we probably have seen the best of her. She was good the other day and as a three-year-old. Hopefully, we can get through [...]

The Latest in Racing

July 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Del Mar replied to the complaint filed by banned Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The answer did not reveal any non disclosed issues that can possibly be behind the ban. Basically Del Mar does not want the bad publicity or to be accused of not doing all they can to make racing as safe as it can be. Santa Anita and The Stronach Group have not made public why exactly they implemented the ban other than stating Hollendorfer trained 4 of the 30 horses who suffered fatal injuries at the recently concluded Santa Anita meet and 2 of the 9 at the Golden Gate meet. A decision by the Judge hearing the complaint is expected soon. At issue is if Hollendorfer is entitled to a hearing prior to any ban. Sea of Stars unfortunately did not recover from her bout with colic. The European star passed this week. Trainer William Haggas had this to say about Sea of Stars: "The reason for colic surgery on Sea of Class in the first place was to remove an abdominal mass sitting [...]

Maximum Security Beats the Heat, Baffert in Haskell

July 21st, 2019|

Maximum Security was able to rate off the speed and sustain a strong rally to take the Win and You're in Haskell earning a guaranteed start in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Mucho Gusto, Bob Baffert's starter launched a strong rally and looked like he might take the whole thing under Joe Talamo but had to settle for second as Maximum Security was dead game and would not be denied. Trainer Jason Servis was non committal after the race when asked if his colt would head to the Travers next. He expressed concern about coming back too quickly off a hard race in such hot weather and indicated he'd watch how his charge would come out of the race. There was a touch of controversy in the Haskell as the stewards put up the inquiry sign and Maximum Security's number blinked. King For a Day under John Velazquez checked hard from the rail around and dropped out of contention around the far turn. It appeared Maximum Security came in causing tightening or worse but the number stood. John Velazquez appeared frustrated with [...]

Rest in Peace Mary Lou Whitney

July 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

  What more can be said about Mary Lou Whitney? The patriarch of Saratoga racing passed away yesterday at her Saratoga Springs home Cady Hill off Geyser Road. Mary Lou elegantly represented all that is Saratoga and the Sport of Kings. She will be mossed by the racing community but never forgotten.           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 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.  There is no service like it in the game, and you can raise your game to a whole new level. [...]

Hollendorfer Files Complaint Against Del Mar

July 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has filed a complaint against Del Mar after the track announced they would not accept entries from him nor allot him any stalls for the summer meet which kicked off yesterday. The only publicly given reason given to Hollendorfer was to avoid public relation issues. Hollendorfer was also recently banned by Stronach Group tracks and NYRA tracks with no publicly given reasons provided or reported. It is widely speculated it is a direct result of Hollendorfer having had his stable suffer four fatal breakdowns at the recently concluded and also marred Santa Anita meet. There were a large number of equine fatalities at that meet which garnered the attention of mainstream media, politics, and PETA. Hollendorfer has the support of the California Trainers Association and is represented by attorney Drew Cuoto. The complaint alleges Del Mar did not follow procedures and denied Hollendorfer due process before instituting the ban. Arbitration is required prior to banning a trainer who is licensed in California and in good standing. Hollendorfer is both licensed and in good standing with [...]