Editor's Notes

Three Years On – Remembering The Champ – American Pharoah

APZayat1In a powerhouse performance on Halloween, American Pharoah bowed out from the spectacular show he had put on for us throughout 2015. 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 earned several times before, if he had been asked. Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza's smart management of their superstar this 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 it 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 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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13 Year Old La Estrella Gains Record 27th Synthetic Track Win In England

LaEstrellaLa Estrella made history in the UK in the last week of 2015, with a record 27th all-weather (synthetic) win, on his 68th career start at Southwell racetrack in England. La Estrella, who is now 13 years old, stayed on strongly in the home straight to achieve victory in the two mile handicap. Trainer Don Cantillon, who also owns La Estrella and has always stressed the horse’s wellbeing is more important than rewriting the record books, was lost for words after the last-gasp victory under Tom Queally.

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Australian Trainer Bans Make a Mockary of US Trainer “Punishments” For Drug Infractions

cobalt_chlorideIn Australia the Victorian Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board on Wednesday banned Melbourne Cup winner trainer Mark Kavanagh for three years and trainer Danny O'Brien for four years. Vet Tom Brennan pleaded guilty and was banned for five years. The length of these bans demonstrates the no nonsense approach the Australian racing authorities take to keep their country's horse racing clean and drug free.

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Roulette a Better Bet Than Playing The Ponies? Here’s Why Not…

Roulette7threesThis picture was taken by your Thoroughbred People editor at a Vegas casino Sunday evening. It nicely illustrates why betting on horse racing, an analytical game of knowledge and skill, while still of course a gamble, is in the long run a much better, (and more interesting), gamble than roulette, or any other dumbass casino game for that matter. Yes this sequence really happened folks, at a table at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Seven threes in a row.

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Reader’s Vote For American Pharoah for “Sportsman Of The Year”. Writers Do Not

AmericanPharoahAt-BarnTriple Crown Champion and Breeder's Cup Classic winner American Pharoah has won the online readers' poll for the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award in a landslide. The Pharoah received 288,824 votes, 47 percent of the total, almost double that of the second-place finisher the Kansas City Royals.

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