Thursday, September 20, 2012
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK  top 
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Jockey John Velazquez looks confident before his win on Wise Dan in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Image courtesy of Penelope P. Miller/America’s Best Racing)

The beauty of morning training hours (Image courtesy of @SkippyBowen’s Twitter feed)
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Wise Dan trends in the United States following his Woodbine Mile win…
...And then takes over global trending
Sunrise over Santa Anita (image via the @SantaAnitaPark Twitter feed)
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Image courtesy of Jay Privman

Jay Privman has been the National Correspondent for Daily Racing Form since October 1998. Viewers of horse racing on TV are familiar with Jay thanks to his work over the last decade on Fox, ESPN, and now NBC Sports Network. He also has a weekly radio show in Southern California, "Thoroughbred L.A.," heard Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on KLAA AM 830.

During his “free time,” Jay also is a skilled author.  His latest book, Del Mar at 75, came out this summer and is available through the Daily Racing Form's website (drf.com) and Del Mar's website (dmtc.com).

Though one would think Jay’s life is completely consumed by Thoroughbred racing, it is far from the case. Along with his other interests, Jay has been a rabid Los Angeles Kings fan since the team’s inception way back in 1967—a love that was finally fully requited when the Kings captured their first Stanley Cup earlier this year.

TWO MINUTE LICK WITH JAY PRIVMAN top

Name: Jay Privman

Birthplace: Los Angeles

What I do for a living: National Correspondent for Daily Racing Form, plus TV reporting for NBC Sports Network

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred Racing: First trip was to Del Mar at age 11 as part of a family vacation to San Diego. We hit the animal trifecta – Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and Del Mar.

My favorite racetrack: Del Mar has a lot of great memories, which made doing the book “Del Mar at 75” so special. I live just 11 miles from the track.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: A Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown on the line

Other sports/teams I follow: NHL, in particular the Los Angeles Kings. I’ve been a die-hard fan since they came into the league in 1967, and was lucky enough to be at their Stanley Cup-clinching victory two days after the Belmont Stakes this past June. Also like the NFL and tennis.

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred Racing: Staggered post times – such as what’s done in Australia -- so that big races at major tracks don’t go off on top of one another.

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred Racing: Takeout

Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: A fun job

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Del Mar

Favorite All-time Thoroughbred: Precisionist

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing: Watching Zenyatta win the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita while standing next to trainer John Shirreffs, then seeing the tremendous post-race reaction from the fans, all while working on the ESPN telecast.

Best racetrack food can be found at: No one beats the crab cakes at Monmouth Park

My favorite jockey: Since I still cover these guys I’m going to pick someone retired -- Laffit Pincay Jr.

My favorite trainer: Bobby Frankel

Person in Thoroughbred Racing I’d like to have dinner with: John Nerud

Things I collect: I have saved the ticket stub from every sporting event or concert I’ve attended, as well as the press passes from every Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup I’ve covered.

What about myself would surprise those who know me: I like going to major art galleries when traveling, like the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, the National Gallery, the Prado and the Reina Sofia.

Favorite food: A slice of meatball pizza from King Umberto’s near Belmont Park

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: It had been Wayne Gretzky scoring his record-setting 802nd goal, March 23, 1994.  But then the Kings won the Stanley Cup, so that has leapfrogged to the top.

Favorite athlete of all time: Roberto Clemente

Favorite musician/band: The Clash, the only band that mattered.

Last concert I attended: The Offspring, this past summer at Del Mar following a Friday card.

Favorite movie: “Network,” a great social satire that proved prescient.

Actor who would play me in a movie: Everyone says Tom Hanks

If I could be a guest on any TV talk show it would be: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

If I could appear on any television show it would be: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Favorite website I visit daily: nhl.com. And, of course, drf.com.

Twitter Handle: @DRFPrivman

Twitter handles I follow: Many racing people, plus @LAKings, @keeperofthecup, @sdutposner, @Variety_StuartL

No. 1 Bucket List Item: Traveling to Easter Island

VOICES top
FROM THE GRANDSTAND top

Apprentice jockey Dylan Davis (18-year-old son of former rider, Robbie Davis) after recording the first win of his career at Suffolk Downs on September 19:
"I don't even know what to say. That was a blast. I want to do it again!"

Trainer Todd Pletcher, quoted by Adam Sichko in The Business Review, on owner Mike Repole:
“He is the highest level of maintenance you can have as an owner. He asks a lot of questions about everything.”

Mike Smith on the lasting impact that Zenyatta has had on him:
“It’s kind of hard not to think of her every day. She’s hanging in my living room all the time, so every time I go through there, there she is.”


MULTI-MEDIA top

Video: In honor of Wednesday’s national Talk Like a Pirate Day, here are some highlights of Tom Durkin using his best pirate voice in 2008 when Arrrrr was running (Partymanners2’s YouTube channel)

Video: New promotional piece for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita (mollyrides2006’s YouTube channel)

Photos: The NTRA Thoroughbred Poll for the week of September 17, with pictures (Bleacher Report)

Video: Ramon Dominguez walks back to the Saratoga jockeys’ room after setting a new, single-season record for wins at the meeting (equidaily’s YouTube channel)

Photo: Venezuelan magazine La Fusta honors Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez and Junior Alvarado under the banner “Venezuelan Pride” (@LaFusta Twitter feed)

Photos: Barbara Livingston takes another look back at Saratoga (Daily Racing Form)

Video: Malibu Moon daughters Red Moon Girl and Miss Moonshine gallop at Merryland Farm (Country Life Farm’s Twitter feed)

IN THE NEWS top

Alpha, Golden Ticket ready for a rematch (The Blood-Horse)

Trainer McLaughlin has two favorites for Parx’s big day (Philadelphia Daily News)

Questing to stick to her own plan (The National)

How the bet on casinos paid off for Pennsylvania  (Region’s Business)

Top female sprinters to battle in Gallant Bloom (The Blood-Horse)

Jonathan Sheppard notches 3,000th career training win (Daily Racing Form)

Jockey Mario Pino moves into Top 10 on all-time wins list (The Blood-Horse)

Jockey Perry Ouzts rides up on 6,000 victories (Cincinnati.com)

Thoroughbred Times ceases operations, in bankruptcy (Daily Racing Form)

Animal Kingdom working toward fall return (Daily Racing Form)

Statue of Zenyatta set for unveiling (Sporting Life)

1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony dies (The Blood-Horse)

Kentucky Downs completes most successful meet (The Blood-Horse)

Kentucky Downs racing office staff filled with distaffers (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Instant Racing:  Not slots, but better than nothing (Daily Racing Form)

Wise Dan makes Woodbine Mile look like an easy win (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Wise Dan heads to Santa Anita (SB Nation.com)

Trinniberg heading into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint  (Bradenton Herald)

CHRB files complaints against trainer Gaines (North Country Times)

Denman inspires new generation of race-callers (Daily Racing Form)

Secretariat's Belmont ranked 29th most iconic sports photo of all time (Bleacher Report)

Is Texas racing dead? (ESPN.com)

West Virginia begins long process of examining Salix (The Blood-Horse)

Vitaminwater founder determined to shake up horse racing (The Business Review)

The Maryland Million plans #Huddle Up Social Media day (Maryland Million)

Four horses inducted into new New Jersey Hall of Fame at Monmouth Park (New Jersey 101.5)

NTWAB announces award winners (Brisnet.com)

Rahy’s Attorney comes home to Canada (The Globe and Mail)

No better place to breed (Ocala Star-Banner)

Camelot defeated by Encke in St Leger (CNN)

John Dunlop to call time on training career (WalesOnline.com)

Documentary “Wild Horse, Wild Ride’ corrals your emotions (Madison.com)


IN THE BLOGOSPHERE top

The Cotillion, the Pennsylvania Derby and Wise Dan (Daily Racing Form)

Pennsylvania in the spotlight (Xpressbet.com)

Simon Crisford talking all things Godolphin (Horse Racing Nation)

A look at the early odds for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and a Q&A with the man who set them (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Wise Dan takes over top-spot on NTRA Thoroughbred Poll (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Wise Dan, smartest of all in the Woodbine Mile (Mr. Will Wong)

Baffert loaded for Breeders’ Cup prep stakes at Santa Anita (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Does winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies ensure an Eclipse? (Horse Racing Nation)

An A-to-Z look at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Horse Racing Nation)

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: A look back (Horse Racing Nation)

Behind the breakdowns (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Two weeks on Twitter: The saga of Paynter (Horse Racing Nation)

A tribute to the recently departed Deputed Testamony (Daily Racing Form)

NHC NEWS top
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NHC CHAMP PUTTING HIS MONEY WHERE HIS HEART IS...
Click here to read a recent ESPN.com article on reigning NHC Champ Michael Beychok-- "A Million Dollar Heart".

SEPTEMBER ON-TRACK AND ONLINE NHC CONTESTS
Play in the DRF Bets Breeders' Cup Challenge.  Make eight $10 WIN wagers on Breeders' Cup Challenge races on Saturday September 29 and Saturday, October 6.  There will be over $18,000 in cash prizes and two NHC seats up for grabs in this challenge.  There is no entry fee.  You must be a DRF Bets member to play.  Click here for contest details.

Horsetourneys.com will be conducting an NHC qualifier on September 22.  The entry fee has been lowered to $140.

TwinSpires.com satellite qualifiers are running every Wednesday-Sunday.  Click here for the online schedule and contest details.

Fairplex Park will be hosting three NHC contests the weekend of September 21-23.  Each of the three days will award two NHC spots and NHC Tour points. Click here to read more.

Emerald Downs is hosting an NHC qualifier on September 23.  One NHC berth will be awarded.  No NHC points will be allocated at this contest since sites must award a minimum of two NHC spots to award NHC Tour points.  Click here for contest details. 

The Greenwood Teletheatre Handicapping Challenge will be taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 23.  Two NHC berths will be awarded.  Click here for more details.

 DAILY RACING FORM NHC TOUR LEADER BOARDS
Mark McGuire (Mission Viejo, CA) is currently leading both the second-half DRF NHC Tour Leader Board and the overall, full-year Leader Board.  Mark had an outstanding September 8-9 weekend, finishing second in the Surfside weekend contest and fourth in the NHCQualify.com Sunday contest. 

Click here to view the overall full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the second-half full Leader Board standings.

Click here to view the current list of NHC 14 qualifiers.

Name 

2H LB Points

Name 

Full LB Points

Mark Streiff

6,752

Mark Streiff

13,854

Judy Wagner

4,727

Mark McGuire

13,690

Jacque Hong

4,721

Rhonda Sylvester

10,186

Paul Parker

4,479

Christopher Larmey

9,349

Emid Himaya

3,954

Edmund Teicht

 8,984

     

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Devin Sarnacki

Devin is a Web developer from Chicago.  He qualified in August on TwinSpires.com.  This will be Devin's first time at the NHC. 

Click here to read Devin's complete NHC player biography.
CALENDAR top
RACING TO HISTORY top

Sept. 20, 1965: Jockey Jorge Velasquez made his American racing debut, riding for owner Fred W. Hooper, at Atlantic City Racecourse. He won with his first mount, aboard Keypoint, in the sixth race, at 8-1 odds.

Sept. 20, 1976: Two-year-old Seattle Slew made his racing debut, winning a six furlong maiden race by five lengths at Belmont Park. His zesty workouts prior to the race made Seattle Slew the 2-1 favorite and he was the public’s choice in both his subsequent races that year. After only three starts (including the Champagne Stakes) in the space of 27 days, Seattle Slew was voted champion two-year-old colt for 1976.

Sept. 20, 1980: Before a crowd of 23,000 spectators, four-year-old Spectacular Bid won the Woodward Stakes in the world’s richest walkover. To the surprise of trainer Bud Delp and owners Harry, Teresa and Tom Meyerhoff, “Bid” was awarded only $73,300, which was half of the winner’s share of the purse, but all that was allowable under the track’s rules. There had not been a walkover in a major U.S. stakes race since Coaltown won the Edward Burke Handicap on April 23, 1949.

Sept. 20, 1999: Storm Cat’s stud fee was raised from $200,000 to $300,000.

Sept. 20, 2001: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai’s Crown Prince and Defense Minister of the United Arab Emirates, donated $5 million to a disaster relief fund, established by Keeneland, to assist those affected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Sept. 20, 2001: Leading breeder Harry T. Mangurian, Jr., pledged $1 million to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association-New York Heroes Fund.

Sept. 21, 1938: A hurricane disrupted racing at Rockingham Park, which ended the day’s program after the sixth race. Thirteen barns were destroyed during the storm.

Sept. 21, 1940: For the first time in the history of photo finishes a triple dead heat for first place was recorded, at Willow’s Park, Victoria, British Columbia.

Sept. 21, 1973: Secretariat had his first workout on a turf course, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Belmont Park.

Sept. 22, 1988: Stuart Symington Janney Jr., owner of Ruffian, died at age 81.

Sept. 22, 1996: Larry Ross trained the top four finishers in the Washington HBPA Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Sept. 23, 1998: Clay Puett, who invented the electric starting gate more than 60 years ago, died at age 99.

Sept. 23, 2000: The 13-day Keeneland September Sale concluded with gross sales of $291,827,100, topping the previous mark of $233,020,800 set last year.

Sept. 24, 1943: The Jockey Club announced the creation of The Jockey Club Foundation, which was established to aid indigent members of the racing community.

Sept. 25, 1866: Jerome Park, named for its founder, Leonard W. Jerome, opened in the Bronx, N.Y. The track was a magnet for New York’s fashionable society, and the first to attract women in large numbers. Even the racehorses were fashionable, with ribbons of their owners’ colors braided into their manes and tails. Jerome, seeking to emulate the British racing system, also established the American Jockey Club, precursor to the present Jockey Club, formed in 1894.

Sept. 25, 1948: Fans at Atlantic City Racecourse filed onto the track after the 3-2 favorite in the fourth race, Even Break, dwelt in the starting gate as the race went off. A total of $71,414 was refunded to the angry crowd of bettors.

Sept. 25, 2002: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders’ Cup Ltd. introduced a new wager called Head2Head to be unveiled at the World Thoroughbred Championships, Oct. 26, at Arlington Park. The wager challenges bettors to select which of two horses in a given Breeders’ Cup race will finish ahead of the other.

Sept. 26, 1942: The Jockey Club stewards revoked Eddie Arcaro’s license for one year after his display of “rough riding” aboard odds-on favorite Occupation in the Cowdin Stakes on Sept. 19. In the Cowdin, Arcaro deliberately drove his horse into another, Breezing Home, knocking his jockey, Vincent Nodarse, into the infield. Nodarse and his mount had crowded Arcaro at the start of the race, almost causing him to be unseated.

Sept. 27, 1894: Aqueduct Racetrack opened its doors. The building was torn down in 1955 and the new Aqueduct was reopened on Sept. 14, 1959.

Sept. 27, 1924: In the second his three specially staged International races, the French colt Epinard was again defeated, this time by a nose to Ladkin, at Aqueduct. A crowd of 40,000 witnessed the race.

Sept. 27, 1947: Armed, then the world’s leading money-winning Thoroughbred, met 1946 Kentucky Derby winner Assault in the first $100,000 winner-take-all match race, held at Belmont Park. Armed earned an easy victory over Assault, who was not in peak racing condition.

Sept. 28, 1960: Forty years after Man o’ War won the Lawrence Realization Stakes by 100 lengths in the record time of 2:40 4/5, Kelso equaled his time in the same event.

Sept. 28, 1983: Atlantic City Racecourse and The Meadowlands became the first U.S. tracks to engage in simulcasting. The previous year, Woodbine and Fort Erie in Canada had been the first to experiment with simulcasting.

Sept. 28, 1996: Jockey Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori won seven-of-seven races at Ascot, a single-day wins record in England. His win streak was estimated to have cost English bookmakers £30 million and to have caused the closing of as many as 40 bookmaking shops, which suffered heavy losses after paying off winning punters.

Sept. 28, 1996: Jockey Dave Gall had his 7,000th career win, at Fairmount Park aboard A. J. Onray. He was the fourth rider to attain 7,000 wins.

Sept. 28, 2008: Multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez gained his 4,000th career win when he guided Rogue Agent to victory in the first race at Belmont Park.

Sept. 28, 2008: Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin surpassed Cigar’s all-time North American earnings record, and became the continent’s first eight-figure earner, when he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The win brought his career bankroll to $10,246,800.

Sept. 28, 2010:  Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was retired with a record of 19-13-5-0 and earnings of $3,506,730.

Sept. 28, 2011: Jockey Tammi Piermarini won the first five races on the Suffolk Downs race card and moved into fourth place on the all-time victory list among women riders with her 2,020th career tally.

Sept. 29, 1973: With Meadow Stable’s Riva Ridge scratched because of rainy weather, his stablemate Secretariat was left to compete in the 1 1/2-mile Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. Prove Out, trained by Allen Jerkens, beat the 3-10 favorite Secretariat, who faded after 1 1/4 miles to finish second by 4 1/2 lengths. Another Jerkens trainee, Onion, had defeated Secretariat in the Whitney Stakes on Aug. 4 at Saratoga.

Sept. 30, 1898: Jockey Tod Sloan rode five consecutive winners at England’s Newmarket racecourse.

Sept. 30, 1922: After a six-year hiatus, racing returned to Chicago with the reopening of Hawthorne Park. The popular gelding Exterminator, winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby and the then-second-leading money winner of all time, made a special appearance, racing solo against the track-record time of 2:04 3-5 for 1 1-4 miles.  He completed the distance in 2:10.

Sept. 30, 1969: Jockey Kathy Kusner won her first career race, at Pocono Downs. Kusner, a former rider with the U.S. Equestrian Team, had sued to obtain a jockey’s license in Maryland in 1968. She won her case but was subsequently sidelined by a broken leg suffered in a training accident.

Sept. 30, 1981: Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 5,000th career win, aboard Wander in the seventh race at Santa Anita Park.

Sept. 30, 1990: Bill Shoemaker had his first graded stakes win as a trainer when Baldomero (IRE) won the Grade III Golden Harvest Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

Oct. 2, 1943: Belmont Park hosted “Back the Attack” day in support of the war effort. Admission was by
purchase of $25 or $100 war bonds. Approximately $25 million was raised.

Oct. 2, 1981: At age 17, Behavin Jerry, the oldest Thoroughbred in racing competition, set the record for most career starts by a Thoroughbred, 307. Behavin Jerry began his career as a two-year-old in 1966 and raced every year thereafter through 1978. He took two years off, 1979-80, and returned to racing at age 17 in 1981.  

Oct. 2, 2010: Six-year-old mare Zenyatta ran her record to a perfect 19-for-19 by winning the Lady’s Secret Stakes at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park. The 19th straight win tied Zenyatta with Peppers Pride, a filly who ran up her streak against restricted, New Mexico-bred competition from 2005-2008.

Oct. 3, 1942: With a victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Whirlaway, ridden by George Woolf, became the first Thoroughbred to amass more than $500,000 in lifetime earnings.


WEEKEND STAKES RACES top

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Given Stakes, 3yo fillies, $85,000, 1M (T), Belmont Park

Nasty Storm Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $85,000, 1M, Belmont Park

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Cotillion Stakes, 3yo fillies, $1,000,000, Grade I, 1 1-16M, Parx Racing

Pennsylvania Derby, 3yo, $1,000,000, Grade II, 1 1-8M, Parx Racing

Charles Town Oaks, 3yo fillies, $400,000, 7F, Charles Town

Gallant Bob Stakes, 3yo, $300,000, 6F, Parx Racing

Gallant Bloom Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade II, 6 1-2F, Belmont Park

Kent Stakes, 3yo, $200,000, Grade III, 1 1-8M (T), Delaware Park

Changing Times Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, 6F, Penn National

Miss Shenandoah Stakes, 2yo fillies, $75,000, 6 1-2F, Charles Town

Stage Door Betty Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $75,000, 1 1-16M, Calder

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
La Lorgnette Stakes, 3yo fillies, $150,000, 1 1-16M, Woodbine

Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 1 1-8M, Fairplex Park

Belle Cherie Stakes, 3yo fillies, $85,000, 1 1-16M, Belmont Park

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Stakes, 4&up, $150,000, Grade I, 2 1-2M (Steeplechase), Belmont Park

Arts and Letters Stakes, 3yo, $85,000, 1M, Belmont Park

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TURN OF FOOT top
Should Wise Dan run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup Turf or the Breeders’ Cup Mile? Tweet your answers to @ABRLive! Tweet your answers to @ABRLive!