Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Louisville Thoroughbred Society Is Coming To Life

Over the past several months, architect Bruce Rogers has had his hands and his mind full, juggling ideas,  concepts and design proposals for the newly proposed Louisville Thoroughbred Society — which is scheduled to open in 2018 in a remodeled, repurposed and completely restored historic building located at 209 East Main Street in downtown...

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Breeding

Keeneland’s Bill Thomason on Hosting 2020 Breeders’ Cup

From the Media Team at Keeneland: “The Bluegrass served as the ideal backdrop for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup and we could not be more excited to have Keeneland serve as the host of the 2020 edition of the World Championships,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said.  “Building on the success of the event...

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Handicapping

McLean’s “Select” Selections for Del Mar (Huge Pick 5 Carryover), Ellis Park (Huge Day), & Saratoga on Sunday, Aug. 19

Gene McLean

Day Results 14-5-4-5 2018 Overall 1192 441-438-532 Win % of Top Pick 37.00% Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 39.50% We had a good, yet inconsistent, day on Saturday. Posted 5 wins in 14 races, but did hit for sever nice exacts. We cashed for a $21.50 for ever $1 wagered in the...

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Accelerate Hits The Gas In G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar

(Accelerate Wins the G1 Pacific Classic In Style / Benoit Photo Courtesy of Del Mar) From the Del Mar Media Team: Winning as jockey Joel Rosario pleased, Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, the 2-5 favorite, romped to an easy victory in the 28th running of the Grade I $1 million Pacific Classic, scoring by a record...

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Opinion

Cleaning Out the Ole’ Muck Pit: Today’s Edition Of Horseshoes Up & Horseshoes Down

Gene McLean

Every so often, we will be addressing a few things: comments, decisions, people, whatever that – for one reason or another – should be tossed into the literary “muck pit.” It is in the spirit of cleanliness, recycling, and protecting the environment that we offer this service of “addressing the muck” – free of...

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Perspective

Peace On Earth: Arrived at My Lake “OTB” for the Weekend

(Baby Haggard howls his favorite Merle song back in the Spring) Haggard, our 1-year-old Golden Retriever, was fastest out of the gate. Made it to banks of “our” Kentucky Lake home in a track record time of :21 flat. He loves it here. And, it shows. (Crosley, the man of the house) Crosley, named...

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Quotes

I was a little bit worried (with the delay at the gate); some of the colts were acting up, but then they got them in there. He broke good even though he had been standing in there awhile, then Drayden (Van Dyke) got this colt to relax and he did his thing. I think it is an improvement (over his debut race) in that he did it so much easier. We’ll look at the Futurity for him, for sure.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER, Instagrand, winner

He tried. That’s all I can say – he tried.”

KENT DESORMEAUX, Synthesis, third

He beat ‘em all, but one. Don’t even ask me if I could see the winner.”

GARY STEVENS, Sparky Ville, second

I haven’t been getting on him in the morning (since he rode him to victory in his first start on June 29 at Los Alamitos). But they told me he was ready. Oh, yeah. I just threw a couple of crosses at him today; that’s all. Cadillac. I wanted to see if he’d change leads on his own, but in the end I just gave it a little weight shift (to the inside) and he made a perfect change.  He’s got the mind of a 4- or 5-year-old. Professional.”

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, Instagrand, winner

He just got a little outpaced,” said Bandua’s rider William Buick. “Had a lovely run through the race. The front two just kind of kicked clear of me and he was just getting his rhythm going. He’s a nice horse and he’s one that’s going to keep improving, as well.”

William Buick, Rider of third-place finisher Bandua

Podcast

The Pressbox Show August 18 Pacific Classic

The Pressbox Show Saturday August 18 Pacific Classic. The Pressbox show is hosted by world renowned broadcaster Dave Baker and Gene McLean. Drop us an email or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook as we entertain and educate on this week’s great, upcoming Stakes schedule.

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Workouts

Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Promises Fulfilled, Abel Tasman, Elate

(Dale Romans trains both Hollywood Star & Promises Fulfilled / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs) Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we...

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