Times expose notwithstanding, troubling figures at NYRA

These are troubling days for the racing industry. After an unusually high number of equine deaths at the Aqueduct winter inner-dirt meet versus the last three seasons, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office got involved and asked the New York Racing Association (NYRA) at its expense to form a committee to investigate. This was the … Continue reading Times expose notwithstanding, troubling figures at NYRA

Dicing and slicing the Times data reveals East Coast is safer

The lengthy New York Times article from March 25 about breakdowns/injuries and the state of the racing industry contained some valuable and interesting data from its analysis of more than 150,000 races from 2009 to 2011. Most revealing was its publication of US tracks listed by the number of “rates of incidence” per 1000 starts. According … Continue reading Dicing and slicing the Times data reveals East Coast is safer

Tiznow expresses stamina, free-running speed of Man o’ War

The Man o’ War sire line is alive and kicking in the US today through WinStar’s Tiznow, whose descent to the iconic chestnut great goes like this: through Cee’s Tizzy/Relaunch/In Reality/Intentionally/Intent/War Relic/Man o’ War. Man o’ War was a front runner who stayed, and the same was true of Tiznow. In between the two, the … Continue reading Tiznow expresses stamina, free-running speed of Man o’ War

Japan’s Smart Falcon has some form to make a case in Dubai

Smart Falcon, a Japanese-bred 7-year-old son of Gold Allure, is an intriguing but little-known runner (for US audiences, anyway) slated for the $10 million Dubai World Cup March 31, but he’s being held as a second choice to So You Think in many European betting shops. One reason, perhaps: In 2011, two Japanese horses, Victoire … Continue reading Japan’s Smart Falcon has some form to make a case in Dubai