The name of the game is horse racing, but the people involved help play a key role in making it great.
It should come as no surprise that the days leading up to, including and immediately after the Kentucky Derby are some of the best at generating reader interest.
It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, the second-to-last Saturday before New Year’s, it’s time to make the money to buy the presents to keep your family and friends joyous and fulfilled. Racetracks should offer gift certificates for future bets…$50 gift certificate for a bet of your choice at Aqueduct…Turfway…Parx…Golden Gate…we’d be finished with our shopping, “Here, Grandma, bet 50 bucks when you feel like it.”
Crestwood Farm’s promising first-crop stallion Tizdejavu got on the board with his first stakes winner and Medaglia d’Oro was represented by a pair of stakes winners last weekend.
Willie McCarthy earned his first jockey championship this year. The 31-year-old Irishman won 23 races from 91 rides, stamping a nine-win margin on former champions Paddy Young and Ross Geraghty.
This time of year, racing is about opinions. They’re like ears, everybody has them, and some stick out more than others. Who’s your Horse of the Year? I tell ya who I’d vote for… Who’s your 3-year-old of the year? You know, it really ought to be… Champion jockey? It’s gotta be… Champion trainer? No doubt about it, it’ll be…
The year is winding down, so what better time than to start reflecting on another season in the world of racing?
The holidays are barreling down and after this weekend it will be into the single digits for shopping days until Christmas.