Let's catch up on the Sport of Kings with some of our backside blurbs: According to Bob Baffert, Jose Ortiz will replace Drayden Van Dyke on Improbable in the Arkansas Derby. David O' Rourke is now the permanent CEO and President of NYRA. David had been the interim CEO [...]
No, you are not about to enter the Twilight Zone, you are about to read one of the most "Spot On" articles on the Sport of Kings. The End By Charles "Chuck" Simon “This is the end, Beautiful friend This is the end, My only friend, the end” [...]
Former jockey agent Manuel "Mike" Gonzalez will have to accept a $25,000 fine and a ten-year racing suspension that the New York State Gaming Commission handed down last year, a New York state appeals court ruled last Thursday. Gonzalez had argued that the NYSGC's regulator had overstepped their [...]
Maybe the uncertain future of the Sport of Kings is even more uncertain than we realize. Read Uncertain Futures, this week's Past the Wire here....... The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP Subscribe to our columns at PastTheWire.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on [...]
What can we say. The meet is already not what it once was, and is watered down. You don't buy a vintage red Ferrari and pit an after market spoiler on it no matter how nice the after market spoiler may be. Read about the Saratoga changes here......
Jonathan Stettin and Past The Wire recap some of last week's developments on and off the racetrack: Parx put on their big day last Saturday and while the racing was good, it was not without controversy and possibly blunders. The cool million Pennsylvania Derby saw the return [...]
Jonathan Stettin discusses the Jockey Guild pulling their support from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance and the reasons behind the delay of the races last Saturday at Belmont. NYRA claims some of the riders complaints are without merit, but I still think this is all something relatively easy to [...]
Night thoroughbred racing at NYRA tracks was a huge long shot at best. Harness racing, who has some good lobbyists, would fight that tooth and nail. Read more about NYRA and night racing here....
I guess sponsorship is good for racing and brings in money I would just like to see some of that money earmarked for aftercare and rescue, and for the bettors in the form of perks or lower takeout. That said something about the Runhappy Met Mile as opposed to the [...]