PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Former University of Kentucky star and 12-year NBA
veteran Rex Chapman joins jockey Garrett Gomez and
trainer Doug O'Neill at Del Mar in celebrating the
sparkling victory by J. Paul Reddam's Know More in
Sunday's Best Pal Stakes in the first race of his
career. (Image courtesy of Benoit Photo)
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, top trainer Graham Motion
and Team Valor’s Brad Weisbord talk horse racing in the
Saratoga paddock (Image via Penelope P. Miller/America’s
Saratoga sunrise (Image via Adam Mooshian’s Twitter
Know More takes the Best Pal Stakes in his 1st
career start (Image via the @DelMarRacing Twitter feed)
Rick Pitino enjoys an afternoon at Del Mar (Image
courtesy of Benoit Photo)
Image via Kerry
Kerry M. Thomas,
founder of the Thomas Herding Technique and author of
the newly released book, Horse Profiling: The Secret
to Motivating Equine Athletes, is recognized by many
around the world as a pioneering researcher and service
provider in the field of Equine Athletic Psychology. He
initially began his independent research of wild horse
herds to learn more about their social structures for
the purpose of developing therapy horses for children.
Since then, his work has carried over into equine
athletics and the sport he loves, horse racing. He gives
seminars and lectures to colleges, private groups and
businesses on “Herd Dynamics” and “The Dynamics of
Communication” and is developing an Education and
Wellness research platform. He is also the subject of a
TV show that is currently being created.
TWO MINUTE LICK WITH KERRY THOMAS
Kerry M. Thomas
What I do for a living:
I study Emotional Conformation & Equine Athletic Psychology as
the founder of Thomas Herding Technique
How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred Racing:
My grandpop introduced me to horse racing when he used to take
me with him in his truck to “grab a paper” as he told my
grandmother. We usually found horses not long after….
My favorite racetrack:
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event:
Breeders’ Cup Classic
Other sports/teams I follow:
I’m a Phillies baseball fan and a Cowboys football fan
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred Racing:
More new fans, more innovative public programs and education to
take away the mystique racing has with some. Also a lot more
classic distance races. And more continuity, better
communication and more structured leadership. Our industry isn’t
perfect but there are a lot of very great people in the sport.
What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred Racing:
The distance between those inside and those outside. Racing too
often seems to be a sport seen in the USA for “those” people,
and not a sport for “us people” to understand and enjoy. I think
our horses retire so early for the breeding shed it’s hard for
casual or fringe fans to get excited about following a horse or
the athlete like they can in other sports. You hear about them
in the news for a few weeks, then they vanish. Fan loyalty is
hard to cultivate this way.
Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me:
Beauty, Majesty, Fascination
First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was:
Favorite All-time Thoroughbred:
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred Racing:
Being able to buy my first behavioral genetic broodmare for the
start of our breeding program and having secured a forever home
for her before making the purchase. She will one day retire to a
ranch in Hawaii.
Best racetrack food can be found at:
I am rather fond of the Bob Baffert Breakfast that I had at
Santa Anita at Clocker’s Corner… If Bob made it, he might
challenge Bobby Flay one day.
My favorite jockey:
My favorite trainer:
The Bald Eagle (Charlie Whittingham)
My mother and late father
Person in Thoroughbred Racing I’d like to have dinner with:
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
My philosophy on life:
"The willingness to discover beyond one’s own perceived
limitations is a power to accomplish more than can be imagined,
in ways we cannot predict."
Favorite quote or motto:
“You must endeavor to understand, before you seek to be
Favorite animal other than a horse:
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended:
World Series in Philadelphia.
Coffee and chocolate… oh wait… yeah, steak, rare
Favorite vacation spot:
Anywhere near the ocean and palm trees
It’s not really a “city” but Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Very eclectic; Mozart to TOOL…
Favorite all-time movie(s):
Outlaw Josey Wales
with Seabiscuit a
Favorite TV Show:
Wynn Las Vegas
Websites I visit daily:
Equibase, DRF, Paulick Report, Twitter, Facebook, Blood-Horse,
NTRA, Weather Channel, ESPN and countless wildlife sites.
What I drive:
F-250/ 2003 Night Train Harley Davidson & my trusty red Ford
Explorer; nothing too new, trust me.
People who do not use turn signals
Favorite movie about horse racing:
Which actor would play me in a movie:
George Clooney or Brad Pitt might be ok, but I’d have to
What’s that mean?
Favorite Radio shows/channels:
SirusXM electric area and BPM
Best Book I recently read:
The Spirit of Seventy Six, The Story of the American
Revolution as told by participants.
Braided tail hair from the horse who taught me more than any
other, my best buddy, who died in 2008.
Chocolate... anything chocolate
What I like about my job:
It’s like a window into the invisible. Each new case, each new
horse, the challenge of discovery, the sense of research and
adventure. I like when folks who were on the edge of getting
into the business come to THT and get involved in Thoroughbred
Racing for the first time because of the work we do and how we
do it. That’s satisfying for me. And the simple fact that I hope
I know more tomorrow than I do today because it’s the sense of
“what’s next” that drives my passion forward.
Favorite Tech gadget:
People I follow on Twitter:
Mostly racing industry and entertainment industry folks… news
No. 1 Bucket List Item:
Safari in Africa
FAN PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to James Miakisz, winner of the August 8 Fan
Photo Contest! From James: "Judy the Beauty for Trainer Wesley
Ward out for an afternoon graze at Saratoga." Want in? E-mail a
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FROM THE GRANDSTAND
Rosie Napravnik when asked by a male reporter if she
thinks about the fact that she is riding against men or
if the whole topic is simply something cooked up by the
“No, you’re just in the kitchen because I don’t think
about that at all. You’re just cooking that up.”
Trainer Charlie Lopresti when asked whether his horse,
Wise Dan, perhaps did not see Ron the Greek coming when
Wise Dan was narrowly beaten in the Stephen Foster
“I kind of like to think that, but to say that for sure,
I don’t know. I think the horse thought he won…he
came out of the race in good form and he wasn’t
depressed or anything like that.”
Bob Baffert in San Diego Union-Tribune on reports that
his friend Michael Phelps (and other U.S. Olympic
athletes) would be taxed for their medals and the cash
payments of up to $25,000 that accompany each medal:
"They can't be serious about taxing him for his medals,
can they? How much gold can be in those things? Obama
should step in and stop them."
Video: I’ll Have Another arrives at Big Red Farm in Japan
I’ll Have Another makes the list of the year’s “Biggest
Sports Letdowns” (so far) (Bleacherreport.com)
Video: Racing 101 at Saratoga (CapitalRegion.ynn.com)
Video: Why trainer Craig Dollase brings in beach sand for
his horses to roll around in at the barn (America’s
Photos: Behind the scenes at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga
Select sale (America’s
Photos: More from the Saratoga sale (The
|IN THE NEWS
Velazquez and Ghostzapper among six new
Hall of Fame inductees tomorrow (Daily
Impending Hall of Famers team up to win
Waya Stakes (Thoroughbred
Kerry Thomas “The Herd Whisperer” to
appear at Hall of Fame, Aug. 12
Paynter went to medical clinic; status
for Travers in jeopardy (Daily
Paynter heading to Belmont, much
improved (The Blood-Horse)
Travers runners will face new security
measures (The Blood-Horse)
Fillies night at
Fasig-Tipton Saratoga as market bounces back after
first-night declines (Thoroughbred
Pete Pedersen, highly respected
California racing official, dies at 92 (Daily
Will racing’s leaders step forward?
Kentucky Downs becomes the 24th
track to earn accreditation from the NTRA Safety and
Integrity Alliance (NTRA)
Salix ban will extend to 2yo old listed
stakes (The Blood-Horse)
Sam Houston Race Park aims to raise
stakes with $400,000 race (Chronicle.com)
Kentucky Cup day cut for the second time
in three years (Thoroughbred
Fort Larned joins leader Game On Dude in
NTRA Poll (The Miami
VIP lounge established for Arlington
Million (The Blood-Horse)
Sutherland to take part in Ascot’s
Shergar Cup (The
Why Frankel is not
connecting with the general public (Racing
Saratoga: Too much of
a good thing? (ESPN.com)
Napravnik sisters take
on Saratoga (Hudson
Get some betting
advice at NYRA's Racing 101 tent at Saratoga Race Course
The uncertain future
of New York racing (The
Horse racing reaches
out to Michael Phelps (Bleacherreport.com)
Shoeing horses a
life’s calling for blacksmith Jim Jimenez (UT
Exercises to strengthen equine back
muscles, reduce pain (The
Triple Crown winning jockey Ron Turcotte
makes charitable appearance in Ocean City (Shore
More than $400,000 raised during TRF Gala (The
OTTB Showcase: Pickin N Singin (A.K.A.
“Lance”) (Paulick Report)
|IN THE BLOGOSPHERE
A great racing official passes away (Xpressbet.com)
Phelps dives in (Horserace
Talking 2-year-olds (Daily
August fools day at Saratoga (ESPN.com)
The ups and downs of handle (horseplayersassociation.org)
Taking advantage of track conditions: How I turned $50
into $2,912,50 (Equinometry)
Lessons Larned (Horseracingnation.com)
Thoughts on the Breeders' Cup Santa Anita 2013
Secretariat owner Penny Chenery honored by Thoroughbred
Club of America (Louisville
Why I got a Rachel Alexandra tattoo (Horse
Mariano Rivera will visit Saratoga Friday (Albany
Send a note to Hope Hudson, the brave Make a Wish
Foundation 12-year-old who accompanied Team I’ll Have
Another throughout the Triple Crown; she underwent her
ninth surgery on Wednesday (CaringBridge)
FIRST-HALF CHAMP CROWNED
Rhonda Sylvester of North Little Rock, Ark., wins $15,000 as
Daily Racing Form NHC Tour first-half champion (NTRA)
SOVEREIGN STABLE REPRESENTED AT TOBA NEW OWNERS SEMINAR IN
SOVEREIGN STABLE FREE ONLINE HANDICAPPING CHALLENGE AUGUST 18
Rich Cristiano, Director of Business Development at NHC sponsor
Sovereign Stable, will be speaking on Thoroughbred racing
partnerships at the TOBA New Owners Seminar in Saratoga Springs
on August 9th. The seminar will cover every
aspect of Thoroughbred ownership.
for details and registration information.
Sovereign Stable, a presenting sponsor of the
Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping
Championship is hosting a free online handicapping contest on
NTRA.com. Registration is now open for the August 18
Click here to enter. Tour points will be awarded to the
top 30 finishers.
Aug. 9, 1999: Trainer, D. Wayne Lukas; jockey Russell Baze, and horses
Miesque, Exceller and Gun Bow were inducted into the National Museum of
Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Aug. 10, 1868: “The Dinner Party Stakes,” devised by a group of seven
influential Thoroughbred owners after a dinner at Saratoga a few days
before, was advertised with a request for nominations. The stakes race,
designed to showcase racing in Baltimore, was to be run two years hence,
in 1870, at the yet-to-be-built Pimlico Racecourse.
Aug. 10, 1982: Mary Russ became the first female rider to surpass the $1
million mark in earnings when she finished third aboard Bammer in the
fourth race at Saratoga Racecourse.
Aug. 10, 1996: Cigar was
denied a 17th straight victory when longshot Dare and Go
passed him in the stretch of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
Aug. 10, 2002: Hall of
Fame jockey Pat Day became the leading money-winning rider in history
with $264,580,968 in purse earnings after guiding With Anticipation to
victory in the Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap at Saratoga.
The previous mark was $264,351,679 set by Chris McCarron.
Aug. 10, 2009: Breeders’
Cup announced that it would adopt the standard colored saddle towel
system, and that trainers who violate its medication policy would face
an automatic one-year suspension. Trainers who violate the policy three
times face a lifetime ban from the Breeders’ Cup.
Aug. 11, 1972: In
preparation for his stakes-racing debut, the Aug. 16 Sanford at Saratoga
Racecourse, Secretariat worked five furlongs in :59.
Aug. 12, 1943:
Representatives of Suffolk Downs donated $625,000 to the National War
Fund, the single largest contribution by any sports venue in support of
the war effort. Six weeks later, an additional $10,885 was contributed.
The track had held an 18-day War Charity meet to fund the donation.
Aug. 12, 1938: In a
$25,000 winner-take-all match race, Seabiscuit defeated Ligaroti by a
nose at Del Mar. The race pitted father against son, with Charles S.
Howard, owner of Seabiscuit, competing with his son Lin, who owned
Ligaroti in partnership with crooner Bing Crosby. The race was so
closely contested that the jockey for Ligaroti, Noel Richardson, kept rider George Woolf in a leg-lock for
part of the stretch run.
Aug. 12, 2000: Hallowed
Dreams, bidding to surpass the record of 16 consecutive wins she
co-owned with Cigar and Citation, finished third in the Millennium
Stakes at Evangeline Downs.
Aug. 13, 1919: Upset
scored a win against Man o’ War in the Sanford Memorial Stakes at
Saratoga Racecourse. The defeat was Big Red’s only loss in 21 starts.
Aug. 13, 1938: Mary Hirsch
became the first woman to train a Travers Stakes winner when she sent
Thanksgiving to victory for owner Anne Corning.
Aug. 13, 1951: At odds of
2-1, Greentree Stable’s Tom Fool won his maiden race by four lengths at
Aug. 14, 1942: One of
racing’s oddities occurred at Saratoga Racecourse when Rurales and Joe
Burger finished in a dead-heat for first place, giving trainer W.O.
Hicks, who saddled both horses, two winners in one race.
Aug. 14, 2009: Trainer Bob
Baffert was among six stars inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of
Aug. 14, 2010: Hall of
Fame jockey Russell Baze registered his record 11,000th
career winner aboard Separate Forest in the fourth race at Santa Rosa.
Aug. 15, 1972: The 15-race
winning streak of England’s Brigadier Gerard was ended by
Galbreath’s American-bred Roberto, ridden to a three-length victory by
Braulio Baeza in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup at York Racecourse.
Brigadier Gerard, who finished second in the Gold Cup, went on to post
two more victories before retiring with a record of 18-17-1-0.
Aug. 15, 1987: Kent
Desormeaux began his career as a journeyman jockey.
Aug. 15, 2000: Jockey
Russell Baze rode three winners at Bay Meadows and surged past Angel
Cordero into fifth place on the list of all-time winning riders with
Aug. 16, 1930: Triple
Crown winner Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 shot Jim Dandy in the
Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse.
Aug. 16, 1946: Rockingham
Park began to film its races from the vantage of a helicopter, using the
equipment as a “mechanical patrol judge.”
Aug. 16, 1954: Native
Dancer concluded his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta
Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race at Saratoga Racecourse that he
won by nine lengths while carrying 137 pounds. Although he raced only
three times in 1954, Native Dancer was subsequently voted Horse of the
Year, partly because he had been denied that honor in the previous year,
despite having won nine of 10 races, all of them stakes. Tom Fool, 1953
Horse of the Year, had had a perfect 10-for-10 record.
Aug. 16, 1965:
Longden rode his 6,000th winner, riding Prince Scorpion to
victory while at Exhibition Park.
Aug. 16, 1972: Secretariat
won his first stakes race, the Sanford Stakes, at Saratoga Racecourse.
The time for the six-furlong race was 1:10, the fastest time for the
distance at Saratoga that year.
Aug. 16, 1976:
Campo swept the top three spots in the Adirondack Stakes with his
trainees Harvest Girl, Bonnie Empress and Drama Critic.
Aug. 16, 2003: Storming
Home unseated his rider, Gary Stevens, at the finish of the Arlington
Million in a spectacular incident that resulted in Sulamani being named
the race winner. Stevens suffered a fractured vertabra and collapsed
lung in the spill.
Aug. 17, 1918: Samuel D.
Riddle purchased the yearling Man o’ War for $5,000 in a sale of August
Belmont II’s bloodstock at Saratoga.
Aug. 17, 1977: Jockey
Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed for the first time, winning the Sanford
Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse by 2 3/4 lengths.
Aug. 17, 2000: Zippy
Chippy, loser of all 86 of his lifetime races, was defeated again--this
time by minor-league baseball player Jose Herrera in a 40-yard dash.
The race, called the "2000 Red Wings Derby," was held prior to a
home game of the International League's Rochester Red Wings.
Aug. 18, 1923: The Jockey
Club announced that the owner of Papyrus, winner of the Epsom Derby, had
accepted an invitation to compete in an international match race in the
U.S., against an American horse. Zev, winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby,
was chosen to represent the U.S. against Papyrus in the race, scheduled
Aug. 18, 1961: Trainer
Dale Baird saddled his first winner, New York, at Ellis Park.
Aug. 18, 2002: Sunday
Silence, the 1989 Horse of Year who later became a perennial leading
sire in Japan, died after suffering a fatal heart attack at the Shadai
Stallion Station on the isle of Hokkaido in Japan.
Aug. 18, 2008: Trainer
Linda Rice saddled the top four finishers in the $83,250 Mechanicville
Stakes over the turf at Saratoga. Rice won the race with Ahvee’s
Destiny, with Canadian Ballet second by a head, Silver Timber a
half-length farther back in third; and Karakorum Elektra another
three-quarters of a length behind in fourth.
Aug. 19, 1978: In the
conclusion of their 10-race rivalry, Alydar scored his third “success”
against Affirmed in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, when his
adversary was disqualified from first place.
Aug. 19, 1990: Jockey
Earlie Fires became the eleventh rider in Thoroughbred racing history to
register 5,000 victories when he guided Tex’s Zing to victory in the
ninth race at Arlington International Racecourse. He joined
history-making jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., Angel Cordero
Jr., John Longden, Jorge
Velasquez, Larry Snyder, Sandy Hawley, Dave Gall, Carl Gambardella and
Aug. 20, 1966: Ogden
Phipps’ Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing’s first
three-year-old millionaire after he won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga
Aug. 20, 2000: Ron Ardoin
became the 16th jockey in North America to win 5,000 races when he
guided Heart of an Angel to a three-length victory in the seventh race
at Louisiana Downs.
Aug. 21, 2007: Perry Ouzts
gained the 5,000th win of his riding career when he piloted
Kandinsky to victory in the 1st race at River Downs.
Aug. 22, 1972: In
preparation for his next start, the Aug. 26 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga
Racecourse, Secretariat worked a half-mile in :46 2/5.
Aug. 22, 1998: Hall of
Fame trainer Woody Stephens died in Miami Lakes, Fla. He was 84.
Aug. 22, 2011: Jockey Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2,000th
win of her career, piloting Sugar Trade to victory in the third race at
Suffolk Downs. Piermarini joined Julie Krone (3,704 wins), Rosemary
Homeister Jr. (2,438), Patti Cooksey (2,137) and Vicki Aragon Baze
(2,019) in the exclusive group of women with 2,000 or more career
WEEKEND STAKES RACES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes, 4&up (f&m), $100,000, 2 1-16M (Steeplechase),
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, 3yo, $200,000, Grade II,
1 1-16M (T), Saratoga
Daisycutter Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $85,000, 5F (T), Del Mar
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Fourstardave Handicap, 3&up, $500,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Saratoga
Governor’s Cup, 3&up, $200,000, 1 1-8M, Remington Park
La Jolla Handicap, 3yo, $150,000, Grade II, 1 1-16M (T), Del Mar
Ontario Debutante Stakes, 2yo fillies, $150,000, 6F, Woodbine
Evangeline Mile, 3&up, $125,000, 1M, Evangeline Downs
Gardenia Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1M, Ellis Park
Monmouth Oaks, 3yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1-16M, Monmouth Park
David M. Vance Sprint Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, 6F, Remington Park
Wine Country Debutante Stakes, 2yo fillies, $75,000, 6F, Santa Rosa
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
John C. Mabee Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $250,000, Grade II, 1 1-8M (T), Del
Adirondack Stakes, 2yo fillies, $200,000, Grade II, 6 1-2F, Saratoga
Saratoga Special Stakes, 2yo, $200,000, Grade II, 6 1-2F, Saratoga
Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes, 2yo, $75,000, 6F, Santa Rosa
MONDAY, AUGUST 13
Coronation Cup Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 5 1-2F (T), Saratoga
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
Troy Stakes, 3&up, $100,000, 5 1-2F (T), Saratoga
Green Flash Handicap, 3&up, $85,000, 5F (T), Del Mar
| RACING ON THE AIR (All times Eastern) top
August 11 Fourstardave Handicap (Saratoga), 6:00-7:00 p.m., NBC
August 12 Saratoga Special Stakes and Adirondack Stakes
(Saratoga), 6:00-7:00 p.m., NBC Sports Network
August 18 Alabama Stakes and Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap
(Saratoga), 5:00-6:00 p.m., NBC Sports Network
TURN OF FOOT
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