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Three Years On… Remembering The Champ, American Pharoah

APZayat1It is hard to believe for this writer, that almost three years have gone by since the countdown to American Pharoah's 2015 Kentucky Derby. Since then we have had the likes of Beholder, California Chrome, Arrogate, Songbird and Gun Runner grace us with their presence. But there was, and only ever will be, one American Pharoah. In a powerhouse performance on Halloween 2015, American Pharoah bowed out from the spectacular show he had put on for America and racing fans the world over.  In the process of running his rivals ragged in the Breeders Cup Classic he earned a worthy 120 Beyer speed figure, a number that he could easily have surely earned several times before, if he had ever been asked. A major part of Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza's smart management of their superstar that year included the preservation policy of never doing much more than necessary to win his previous races. (Anyone who watched the Haskell at Monmouth Park saw the most obvious example of that.) While this was a wise long term plan that paid off, it also meant that the "numbers boys" were regularly disappointed with the "not too shabby but not superstar" Beyer speed figures American Pharoah's victories produced. The trolls, knockers' and doubters' fires were thus fueled. 

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What The Next New Racetrack Needs To Be. Bigger & Better With Three Surfaces. Dirt, Turf & Tapeta.

Aqueduct_RacetrackThoroughbred People writer Victor Ryan recently penned a "What's Happening" piece on the initiative by the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition to build a brand new racetrack, and bring thoroughbred horse racing to the state. It is always uplifting to hear of a plan to build a new racetrack, and Thoroughbred People sincerely hopes it comes off for Georgia. What we also hope is that as a new track with a "21st century race track design", it is indeed built differently to current tracks, and that a golden opportunity is capitalized on.

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Slots, Slots, Slots… Why Does Horse Racing Continue To Build Itself a House Of Cards?

Decoupling Thoroughbred racing’s casino bedmates are restless, and they want out. Is this really a shock to anyone? As soon as the gold digging casino operators had their feet parked firmly enough under the table to be able to survive without having to deal with and attend to the horses and horsemen they used to get in business in the first place, they were going to make a play to legislators and government for a case to leave those horses and horsemen behind.

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$2.48 Million in Grants Awarded for Aftercare of Retired Thoroughbreds

TAAOne of the major bright spots in horse racing in the last decade-plus has been the increased attention and care given to retired Thoroughbreds. Today there are dozens of organizations across North America that support nearly 200 facilities for horses whose racing career has come to an end.

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All Tracks Need To Follow Remington Park’s Example

remingtonIt was refreshing to hear of Remington Park's efforts to try to help solve the problem of horse slaughter. Trainers at Remington who are caught disposing of horses for slaughter will now lose their rights to stalls at the track, and therefore their ability to train there. Hats off to Remington Park for this. It is a step in the right direction. But it doesn't go far enough. If tracks can implement...

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