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TDN Writers' Room Podcast Archive

Welcome to the new TDN Podcast page, which features a weekly racing discussion—the TDN Writers’ Room—along with stories from the TDN Look and longer stories in the TDN which have been made into podcasts.

Previous Podcasts

TDN Writers’ Room for August 29, 2019

08.29.19

Welcome to the Writers Room, the first edition of the new weekly TDN Podcast. Today, writers Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley wrap up the Travers Stakes, the Personal Ensign Stakes, and the rest of the week’s racing. They debate the three-year-old leaders, and look ahead to this weekend’s stakes racing.

TDN Writers’ Room for September 5, 2019

09.05.19

In this week’s TDN Writers’ Room podcast, Joe Bianca, Brian DiDonato and Bill Finley welcome Jon Green from DJ Stables. Green co-authors the TDN’s popular tax column, Proven Strategies, with his father Len Green as part of the accounting firm The Green Group. Their stable will send out A Thread of Blue in this weekend’s

TDN Writers’ Room for September 12, 2019

09.11.19

This week, Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley discuss the astronomical returns at Keeneland, the upcoming weekend’s racing, and Finley’s horrible understanding of the apostrophe rule.

TDN Writers’ Room for September 18, 2019

09.18.19

This week, the writers–Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley–talk about the story about the Justify Scopolamine positive, the three-year-old picture, the upcoming Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Stakes at Parx, and next year’s Derby picture. Plus, we talk on the phone with trainer Chad Brown about the Cotillion favorite, Guarana. Opinions are in no short

TDN Writers’ Room for September 25, 2019

09.25.19

This week, the writers talk about the three-year-old picture after the disruptive Pennsylvania Derby, which did nothing to clarify the division. We recap the weekend’s races, and look ahead to this week. The TDN team also welcomes Jon Green back to the TDN studios, after his trip to Keeneland September. He talks about the sale, but

TDN Writers’ Room for October 2, 2019

10.02.19

TDN Senior Editor Steve Sherack makes his TDN podcast debut today, joining Joe Bianca, Brian DiDonato and DJ Stables’ Jon Green. The writers debate the Vino Rosso DQ, talk Horse of the Year picture, and spend a little bit of time mocking Bill Finley, who was out with the flu. They also weigh in on

TDN Writers’ Room for October 10, 2019

10.10.19

What Breeders’ Cup race should Omaha Beach choose? The TDN Writers make their case for the Classic. Check in with 30 minutes of interesting racing news and opinion with Joe Bianca, Brian DiDonato and Alan Carasso. And, after missing last week’s podcast, Bill Finley returns with his opinion into the “What Should We Fix First.”

TDN Writers’ Room for October 16, 2019

10.16.19

How do we make TDN Rising Stars? While the writers discuss the week’s races, the Breeders’ Cup and the divisional championships, it’s the behind-the-scenes look into how Rising Stars are made that will capture the industry’s interest this week. Tune in to Joe Bianca, Brian DiDonato, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley for this week’s TDN

TDN Writers’ Room for October 23, 2019 with Guest Sol Kumin

10.23.19

This week, the writers welcome successful owner Sol Kumin in their Breeders’ Cup pre-entry day show. Sol makes the Horse of the Year case for Midnight Bisou, while Bill Finley, Alan Carasso and Joe Bianca touch briefly upon the Breeders’ Cup pre-entries. Owner Jon Green of DJ Stables (and TDN writer) is lucky enough to

TDN Writers’ Room for Oct. 30, 2019 with Mark Casse

10.30.19

It’s Breeders’ Cup week, and before the writers sit down to handicap the races and commit to their selections, they talk to trainer Mark Casse, who’s at Santa Anita getting ready for the big day. Casse trains Proven Strategies (Sky Mesa) for owner Jon Green and his father Len, who pen a popular TDN column

TDN Writers’ Room for Nov. 6, 2019 With Todd Pletcher

11.06.19

In this week’s TDN Writers’ Room Podcast, future Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t mince words when talking about the breakdown of Mongolian Groom (Hightail) in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the rash of breakdowns that have emboldened politicians and animal rights activists. Calling the current situation a “crisis,” Pletcher implored the racing industry

TDN Writers Room for Nov. 13, 2019 With Erik Johnson

11.13.19

Erik Johnson is a superstar hockey player for the Colorado Avalanche, but he’s also a racehorse owner. This past weekend, he became part of the story swirling around racing in California when his filly Princess Dorian broke down at Del Mar in an $8,000 claiming race. “How could we not step up and do everything

TDN Writers’ Room for November 20, 2019 with Drew Fleming

11.20.19

Drew Fleming was named the new head of the Breeders’ Cup just nine days ago, and on Tuesday, he was part of a major announcement when several of the nation’s leading racing organizations joined together to announce the launch of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. What will it do? Joe Bianca, Bill Finley and Jon Green