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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 [...]

Belmont Stakes and Festival results and Recap

June 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    There may have been no horse going for racing's coveted Triple Crown but that did not take away from two days of great and high calibre racing at Belmont Park's festival of racing anchored by the Belmont Stakes. Chad Brown got things started on Friday when Separationofpowers got back to her winning ways under a wire to wire ride in the Grade 3 Bed of Roses. Jose put last year's Test winner right on the lead and they never looked back. Fore Left made things look just as easy cruising to victory under Mario Gutierrez for trainer Doug O' Neill in the Tremont for two-year olds. This young colt looked like he could have sprinted all the way back to California. John Sadler's Catalina Cruiser, another California shipper looked to be in trouble early under Joel Rosario in the Grade 2 True North. he stumbled out of the gate and was further off the pace than expected. It didn't matter as he finished powerfully to get up and take the win. Whitmore didn't fire and was far back the [...]

Cambier Parc upsets stablemate Newspaperofrecord

June 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Newspaperofrecord, last year's Breeders' Cup Fillies Juvenile Turf winner has been upset for the second straight time in as many starts this year. Her stablemate Cambier Parc was able to reel her in down the stretch and go right by in the Wonder Again Stakes (Grade 3). Trainer Chad Brown had this to say: "Newspaperofrecord was disappointing. She couldn't stay a mile and an eighth today. I thought Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] did all right today," Brown said. "She's always going to be a horse that tugs along on the front end. I thought the fractions were fair though. I have to believe the turf was drying out well. I didn't see any excuse for the trip she got, or the fractions. The only thing I would say about her is what I'd like to see next time against a bigger field if we go on to the Belmont Oaks. I would like to see her have someone to follow deeper into the stretch." "I'm not surprised Cambier Parc ran this well. That's why we had her in the race. She's a [...]

Tapit Goes for Fourth Belmont Stakes

June 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

      Always check with Past the Wire for the latest horse racing news and more….. Gainesway's sire Tapit  is certainly in a good spot to make Belmont Stakes (Grade 1) history on June 8 as he could become the second stallion to be represented by four winners since the classic was first run in 1867. Tapit's first Belmont winner was Tonalist in 2014. Two years later he struck again with Creator. In 2017 Tapit did it again with Tapwrit. In this year's Belmont the sire has, Tacitus, Intrepid Heart and Bourbon War.  "It is a great endorsement of the stallion, who is still a teenager," said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. Tapit stands for $225,000.   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 [...]

Belmont Stakes Field Comes Together

June 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes has been drawn. Tacitus, the likely favorite or possibly co-favorite with Preakness winner War of Will drew post 10 on the outside. War of Will is right next to him in post 9 setting the stage for the test of champions and final leg of the Triple Crown races. The draw in the Belmont is not nearly as significant as in the Kentucky Derby. You have a smaller field, and a nice long run to that first wide turn. Both Tacitus and War of Will should have time to get over and save some ground.   You can wager on the Belmont Stakes and full Belmont card and more here..... Complete Betting guide   Here is the field for the Belmont: Belmont Stakes entries Post, horse, trainer, jockey, ML odds 1 Joevia, Gregory Sacco, Jose Lezcano, 30-1 2 Everfast, Dale Romans, Luis Saez, 12-1 3 Master Fencer, Koichi Tsunoda, Julien Leparoux, 8-1 4 Tax, Danny Gargan, Irad Ortiz Jr., 15-1 5 Bourbon War, Mark Hennig, Mike Smith, 12-1 6 Spinoff, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano, [...]

Galileo Has Sired 4 Epsom Derby Winners

June 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Galileo has now sired 4 Epsom Derby winners to date. Anthony Van Dyck joined Australia, Ruler of the World, and New Approach as Derby winners. Galileo's dam, Urban Sea, produced another Derby laureate in Sea the Stars. This is quite the family. What can you say? He's a Galileo," were among jockey Seamie Heffernan's first words after he guided Galileo's Anthony Van Dyck for Aidan O' Brien to victory in the Investec Derby (Grade 1) at Epsom June 1.

Investec Derby to Anthony Van Dyck

June 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

It stood to reason one of Aidan O' Brien's 7 entrants in the 2019 Grade 1 Investec Derby run at a mile and a half would win. The question was which one. As it turned out previously undefeated favorite Sir Dragonet was not the one. It was Anthony Van Dyck who darted inside of the back under James Heffernan and got the job done.

Anapurna Takes Investec Oaks

May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Anapurna was dead game outrunning Pink Dogwood in the Grade 1 Investec Oaks under Frankie Dettori. The filly trained by John Gosden gave the Aidan O' Brien team their second tough defeat on the day. Under Ryan Moore Pink Dogwood surged to the front late but Dettori and Anapurna went right at them and the pair dueled to the wire. Anapurna hndled the step up in class with style and won the thriller.

Defoe in Investec Coronation Cup

May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Defoe trained by Roger Varian and ridden by Andrea Atzeni got through on the inside splitting horses and fought off a game Kew Gardens under Ryan Moore. Kew Gardens, trained by Aidan O' Brien made a big wide move coming out of the last bend and seemed on his way to a victory in the Grade 1 event. Atzeni found some room near the rail and was able to get Defoe through and to the lead. When Kew Gardens saw him he did go after him but the winner was too strong and was able to hold him off by a neck in an exciting stretch run.