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    A story about the ‘Ant Man’ and Porter named Melvin; Harry ‘The Hat” takes look back at jockey Chris Antley

    Posted By Warren Eves on August 12, 2015

    By Warren Eves The “Ant Man” and a porter named Melvin. My infatuation of a racetrack’s inner circle has always been spurred by the myriad of human interest stories. It never seems to amaze me how many story lines are out there. That’s why I asked famed jockey agent Harry ‘The Hat’ Hacek to reflect on his association with the late Chris Antley, recently inducted into horse racing’s Hall of Fame. Hacek, a skilled writer in his own right, obliged. Here’s what Harry Hacek wrote: “I didn’t get (more…)

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    If You Bet The Ponies You Better Be Aware of Fair Hill; Fasque’s Maiden Win at Delaware Is Proof of Pudding

    Posted By Warren Eves on July 28, 2015

    By Warren Eves Fasque graduated the maiden ranks at Delaware on July 27. It was one more example why a horse bettor needs to pay attention to horses who ship to racetracks from Fair Hill. On the second turn of the 7-1/2 furlong test, his first on turf, Fasque was full of run. Once into the straight he blew past the leader and hit the wire 2-1/2 lengths clear.  We tend to believe his connections will not risk him for the $15,000 claim tag he carried in his maiden win.  He (more…)

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    Bobby Adair Worthy of Quarter Horse Iconic Status: Scott Wells Recants Fond Memories of Great Jockey

    Posted By Warren Eves on July 2, 2015

    By Warren Eves Los Alamitos will always be a staple for quarter horse racing. Bobby Adair, who died recently, will always be an iconic memory to that sport. “He was a great horseman,” says Scott Wells.  ”A great team roper, and a honky tonk legend, too, just a great guy to be around.” Wells got a large dose of greatness early on in his career.  Long before he became president of Remington Park and Lone Star Park he was assistant trainer for D. Wayne Lukas and Jack Van Berg.  I think we can deduce Scott should know a little about horse racing, and the fame that some achieve. “I think I was about 14 or 15 when I first met Bobby,” says Wells.  ”He rode most of Wayne’s horses that first year we came to California.  He had already won two consecutive races on Native Empress but took off her to ride Kaweah Bar one night. That really aggravated Wayne, but we had to understand Bobby’s commitment. “We got Nicodemus to ride her and just before the race, when she was 7-2, Wayne said we ought to take a picture of the tote board as a souvenir that she was that highly regarded in such a tough field.  She broke like a bullet (more…)

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    Broberg’s Current Win Streak Is Difficult to Fathom; Jay Richards Cannot Believe Nobody Is On The Story

    Posted By Warren Eves on June 14, 2015

    By Warren Eves Why isn’t Karl Broberg in the headlines somewhere? Here’s what came from Jay Richards Sunday afternoon: “I am just a lonely voice in the wilderness crying out for an investigation of Midwest trainer Karl Broberg.  Am I the only turf writer(albeit a retired one) in America on top of this story?  Apparently so.” Richards wanted this writer to launch an investigation of the hottest trainer in history. “A few days ago I first notified my buddy Warren Eves, also a retired turf writer(Pasadena, Ca., Star News) who stays active with a blog at www.pricehorsecentral.com about Broberg’s ‘hot streak,’ Richards continued.  This was at the start of the week when I noticed Broberg’s credulity-straining record for the Evangeline Downs meet in DRF past performances.” We responded on twitter with all the updated stats that Richards had been (more…)

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    ‘Pharoah’s TC Was Lot More Special in Ohio Circles: Veteran handicapper David K. Ruth Has Lived It All

    Posted By Warren Eves on June 11, 2015

    By Warren Eves What was there not to like about American Pharoah? Longtime horse playing buddy David W. Ruth puts TC losing saga in perspective. “Talk about losing streaks,” Ruth begins, “being born, raised, and living in the greater Cleveland area the majority of my life, a 37-year-old losing streak is not really anything special.  Hell, the Cleveland Indians won the World Series in 1948….The Cleveland Browns won the NFL championship in 1964(I know because I was at the game), and the Cleveland Cavaliers founded in 1970 have never won anything.” Wow!  Never stopped to think about what someone like Ruth has experienced. “We the people of northeastern Ohio have learned to accept (more…)

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    Cobalt Epidemic Has Horse Race Industry In A Flux: Will Regulators Ever Assert Their Definitive Authority?

    Posted By Warren Eves on May 27, 2015

    By Warren Eves Runaway cobalt use in horse racing is a dichotomy. There is absolutely no doubt “a division contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed” exists.  If you’re willing to delve into this complex issue it’s likely you will conclude neither side on this issue stands on firm ground. Months ago Racing Victoria’s chief DVM Brian Stewart said he would not be able to comment on Australia’s cobalt issues until all ongoing cases are decided. Stewart has been a a prime go to source over a period of years. (more…)

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    Will Racing Commissioners Ever Put Bite In Rulebook? Cheaters Need To Fear Severe Penalties For PED Use

    Posted By Warren Eves on April 23, 2015

    By Warren Eves We’re all familiar with the “huff and puff and I’ll blow your house down” fairytale. That would be the level of skepticism this senior turf writer has when it comes to buying mega excuses we continue to hear.  Those factions, the ones who we hope have checks and balances in line to prevent cheating, are more fairytale than fact. I’ve run out of patience with so-called whistle blowers on drug abuse in all of sport.  After years of gathering data I believe horse racing is no longer atop (more…)

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    Radiator Impressive Making U.S. Racing Debut at Kee; Eastern Belle’s 3rd in Same Race Was Also Noteworthy

    Posted By Warren Eves on April 9, 2015

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    Chronicle of Runaway Cobalt Chloride Epidemic: Aussie Trainer Darren Smith Appeals 15-Year Ban

    Posted By Warren Eves on March 20, 2015

    By Warren Eves This is a chronicle of a far reaching illegal substance epidemic. The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been ahead of the curve since 2006.  They were testing for cobalt levels.  HKJC researchers found that a urinary threshold of 75 nanograms per milliliter and plasma threshold of 2.5ng/ml would be proposed for control of cobalt misuse. “The suggested levels represented a risk of 1 in 10,000 for a normal sample to exceed the thresholds,” Byron Rogers wrote in Bloodhorse, March 2oth. Racetrack owner Jeff Gural was in the news on Jan., 8, 2014. Gural’s expensive out of competition testing of horses racing at his three racetracks found illegal use of  hard to detect cobalt chloride. Some experts claim when excessive amounts of cobalt are administered to a horse, it can be harmful. Those whispers (more…)

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    California Chrome Posts 1st of Five Works for Gold Cup: Dubai-UAE Expert Cummings Says It’s Right Decision

    Posted By Warren Eves on February 21, 2015

    By Warren H. Eves California Chrome recorded his first of five workouts for the Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course in California. Victor Espinoza was up as Art Sherman’s charge covered 4-1/2 furlongs and got an official half-mile clocking of 48 seconds.  It was his first work since finishing second to Shared Belief in the $590,000 San Antonio at Santa Anita. Pat Cummings, who tracks UAE racing circles, agrees with the decision to send California Chrome to the $10-million Dubai World Cup. “Absolutely wise,” said Cummings Feb., 12 when asked about the decision.  ”Why else bring him back if you were going for the richest race in the world, now on dirt?  Makes sense.” Sherman told the Daily Racing Form that plans call for California Chrome to leave for Dubai on March 17.  The veteran horseman says he’ll blow out the 2015 Horse of the Year prior to facing the likes of  Toast of New York. Toast of New York is one of the major (more…)

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