TDN Writers' Room

Doug O'Neill Talks 'Questionable' Haskell DQ, Whip Rules On Writers' Room

Trainer Doug O'Neill experienced the agony and ecstasy of racing early Saturday evening at Monmouth Park, all in the span of less than 10 minutes. First, his star 3-year-old Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) won a hard-fought stretch battle in the GI TVG.com Haskell S., which would have been the colt's first Grade I victory after a handful of near-misses. But quickly after the race, in which Hot Rod Charlie came in on Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow) and the latter soon stumbled and lost rider Paco Lopez, the red inquiry sign lit...

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Trainer Doug O'Neill Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Trainer Doug O'Neill joins the TDN Writers' Room following the disqualification of his horse, Hot Rod Charlie, in the Haskell Stakes to give his take on both the controversial race and the new whip ban at Monmouth Park.

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Maggie Wolfendale Joins Writers' Room As Show Returns to Studio

It's been a long 16 months since the crew for the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland were all together in their actual studio to record the podcast, and they reunited at last Wednesday morning, welcoming Fox Sports and NYRA paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale on the show to share excitement about the opening of Saratoga to fans once again and discuss how to pick winning horses based on physical appearances. "It's not even just the racetrack," Wolfendale, calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, said...

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Maggie Wolfendale Joins the TDN Writers' Room

NYRA TV Analyst Maggie Wolfendale joins the TDN Writers' Room on the eve of Saratoga's race meet to discuss the fans' return to the Spa and her process for spotting winners in the paddock.

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West Point CEO Terry Finley Talks First Captain, Owners' Responsibilities On Writers' Room

Represented by undefeated 'TDN Rising Star' First Captain (Curlin) this past weekend when the chestnut captured the GIII Dwyer S. at Belmont, West Point Thoroughbreds' CEO Terry Finley joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Finley talked about the next steps for West Point's prized 3-year-old, the growing purchasing power of partnerships across racing, owners' responsibility in cleaning up the sport and more. "He's probably going to have to take another step forward, but at...

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Terry Finley Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Two days after First Captain, a $1.5 million yearling purchase for West Point Thoroughbreds and partners, got his third straight win in the GIII Dwyer S., Terry Finley joined the TDN Writers' Room to talk on the 'TDN Rising Star' and the current state of the racing industry.

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BetMakers' Dallas Baker Talks Fixed-Odds Wagering On Writers' Room

Sorely needed in the American horse betting landscape, fixed-odds wagering--bets where the player is guaranteed the odds displayed at the time he or she bets a horse and isn't affected by late parimutuel odds drops--is set to debut in the States later this month at Monmouth Park via Australian bookmaking company BetMakers. Wednesday morning, BetMakers' head of international operations Dallas Baker joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland to discuss the logistics of implementing a fixed-odds system to try to replicate its success in Australia, how confident he is...

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Dallas Baker Joins the TDN Writers' Room

BetMakers' Dallas Baker joins the TDN Writers' Room to discuss bringing fixed-odds wagering to America.

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Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners Founder Aron Wellman Joins Writers' Room

Fresh off a Group 2 win last week at Royal Ascot, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' founder Aron Wellman joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning to talk about his ownership strategies, how he talks to new partners about concerns in the industry and much more. Asked about Eclipse's ever-evolving purchasing power, Wellman, who called in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week said, "We made a point when we launched Eclipse about 10 years ago to really try to prove ourselves at being good at...

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Aron Wellman Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Fresh off a win with his Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' filly Quick Suzy's win in the G2 Queen Mary S. at Royal Ascot, Aron Wellman joined the TDN Writers' Room to talk on his perspective of globalizing his racing partnership and to share his outlook on the state of the industry.

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Dennis Drazin Talks Eventful Monmouth Meet On Writers' Room

While the 2021 meet at Monmouth Park is less than three weeks old, several years worth of drama has already been packed in at the Jersey Shore staple this spring, and Wednesday morning, the track's chairman and CEO Dennis Drazin joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland to discuss it all. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Drazin talked about the fraught implementation of the New Jersey Racing Commission's whip ban, the latest attempt by the Jockeys' Guild to put pressure on Monmouth...

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Monmouth's Dennis Drazin Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Dennis Drazin joins this week's TDN Writers' Room in the midst of an eventful meet at Monmouth Park due to ongoing whip rule controversy. The CEO of the New Jersey track discussed news regarding the Jockeys' Guild end to insurance coverage for Monmouth riders and more.

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