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Ben's Cat with Trevor McCarthy up wins the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes for trainer King Leatherbury, Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD 5.20.2016.
Ben’s Cat’s Groupies

I have had the pleasure of knowing King Leatherbury since 1976. I have been his client, his competitor and, on occasion, his co-conspirator. All of these facets were a boatload of fun. I could not have imagined that 20 years after I left the business, King would come up with a homebred gelding that would [...]

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Tote Board 5th Race Belmont Race Track 7.21.2007
High Volume Players

If you bet on horses virtually anywhere in the world today, you won’t just be competing against your fellow run-of-the-mill horseplayer or the bookmaker at the local betting shop, but against teams of sophisticated, high-tech gamblers who will be pouring millions through the windows. And guess what? They’re a lot better than you. So much [...]

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A Tale of Two OTBs

In the broader economy, various types of construction projects are viewed as indicators that might be signaling the overall direction or strength of the business climate. Within the past two weeks in the Thoroughbred racing industry, two relatively small initiatives made local headlines, but both have the potential to be industry-wide signposts that point to [...]

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TDN Op/Ed: Craig Bernick

Since Hollywood Park closed at the end of 2013, all of California racing has suffered. Attendance and handle have declined despite two historic crops of 3-year-olds and a good amount of world-class racing. In 2014, Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, champion Shared Belief, and Breeders Cup Classic winner Bayern made enormous impacts on the [...]

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Analysis of Godolphin Restructuring

Judging by what has been done and what has been said, Sheikh Mohammed’s decision to consolidate his racing and breeding operations under the Godolphin banner conveys a restlessness with the status quo. It remains to be seen how it will differ from a rebranding exercise. In the press release which announced the restructuring on Godolphin’s [...]

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Op/Ed: Should In-Foal Mares Be Declared?

Following on from my piece a fortnight ago regarding the question of whether breathing operations should have to be formally declared, it is perhaps worth having a similar discussion about the common question of whether it should have to be declared when fillies/mares are in foal whilst still racing. It is a debate that arises [...]

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An Underrated Sire About To Take Off

There is a cautionary saying in trading circles that goes, “The graveyards of Wall Street are full of traders that were right too soon.” Essentially, it is a warning that it isn’t necessarily enough to be right, one must be right at the right time in order to succeed. The same wisdom can very much [...]

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Should Breathing Operations Be Declared in the Best Interests of the Breed?

The debate over whether trainers should have to formally declare that their horse has had a breathing operation since their last run is not a new one, but the momentum behind such a move seems to be growing. Indeed, the British Horseracing Authority announced during the summer that they had started to formally consider the [...]

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03/22/2013 - Elmont, N.Y. - Racetrack veterinarian  Russell Cohen, V87, shares a moment with a horse during his rounds in one of the stables at Belmont racetrack on Friday, March 22, 2013.  (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)
Op/Ed: Lasix: Why The Effinex Team Just Said Yes

The 2014 GI Wood Memorial was approaching and Dr. Russell Cohen not only wanted to win the race with Effinex (Mineshaft)–he wanted to make a statement. Cohen is a veterinarian who practices at the NYRA tracks, is a breeder and manages Tri-Bone Stables for his mother, Bernice, and he’s an outspoken hay, oats and water [...]

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OP/ED: Is This Sire the Next Kodiac?

No need to stop the press, there is no secret being revealed when it is stated that Kodiac (GB) (Danehill) is one of the hottest commercial sires in Europe right now. In the last two years in particular, he has really come to the fore and his best days are very much ahead of him, [...]

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