Jim Rome

First Winner for Straight Fire Lights Up the Tote

Let go at debut odds of 52-1, Fourteeneightyfour (Straight Fire) became the first winner for his freshman sire (by Dominus) with a surprisingly easy victory in Monday's third race from Delaware Park. The California-bred, who was entered for, but ultimately withdrawn from last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale, was last away from the inside gate, but recovered to be within a couple of lengths in the opening quarter-mile, which was timed in a sharp :22 flat. Taken to the outside for the run around the turn, he launched an eye-catching bid...

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On Writers' Room Podcast, How Jim Rome Fell in Love with Racing

There was a time when radio host Jim Rome poked fun at horse racing, demeaning it as a sport. "It's not a sport, it is a bet," he said. Today, he is not only a fan and an owner and breeder but he has become an ambassador for horse racing, sharing his love affair with the game with his audience of 2.5 million and anyone else who will listen. Rome's transformation from critic to an advocate happened virtually over night. The credit, he told the panel on this week's TDN...

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Writers' Room for Feb. 12, 2020 with Jim Rome, Presented by Keeneland

How did legendary radio host Jim Rome get in the horse racing game? We find out as Rome joins writers Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley. Rome calls his first ownership experience being "shot with equine crack." Rome talks about his first homebred winner, Gidgetta (Fast Anna), and his love for the horses.

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Alex Solis Named Gainesway Director of Bloodstock

Alex Solis II has been named the Director of Bloodstock at Gainesway Farm, the farm announced this morning via press release. According to the press release, over the past 10 years, his partnership with Jason Litt at Solis/Litt Bloodstock has advised the purchase of 11 Grade I winners, and 46 Graded stakes horses. In 2019, Solis/Litt's success included the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Breeders' Cup-winning sprinter Covfefe. Past selections include champion Shared Belief and dual Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection. "It is an honor to be offered...

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