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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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    Harry “The Hat” Hacek Ready To Compete Yet Again; Escaped Chicago’s Shady Side For Unmatched Run

    Posted By Warren Eves on January 17, 2015

    By Warren H. Eves “I am ready to compete at the major league level again and will await a worthy rider.” Those are the words of someone born and raised on the outskirts of the Chicago loop.  We’re talking about days when a young man could easily aspire to be a gangster, or on the other hand, a policeman. The guy were talking about belonged to a small group the Chicago Crime Commission labelled the Green Gang, a handful of Irish thugs dabbling in everything short of murder.  Fortunately he escaped that life.  He somehow would up on the racetracks of America. Harry “The Hat” Hacek, has re-surfaced in Southern California.  Successful eye surgeries made it possible for him to go back to work after a 9-year hiatus as a jockey agent last year. After scrutinizing the racing action during the 2014 Oaklawn Park summer meet he saw a rider he liked.  ”I went to (more…)

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    Colt Named ‘Kash’ Has A Man Living Out His Dream: Former Jockey Danny Sorenson is his Tutor in Texas

    Posted By Warren Eves on December 17, 2014

    By Warren Eves Joseph Gadoury is living a dream. Trust me!  You’re not going to believe his story. “When I was a teenager I watched the Derby, the Preakness and the Triple Crown,” says 57-year-old Joseph Gadoury whose claim to fame is building 16 schools all over the state of Texas. Secretariat was the most awesome athlete I had ever seen.  At the time I was 16 years old.  I always wanted a horse.” A lifelong association with jockey Dan Sorenson is how we came across this story. More on Sorenson and his ranch in Whitesboro, Texas later. Gadoury currently has a soon to become nine-month old thoroughbred (more…)

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    Harry ‘The Hat’ Hacek’s View On SoCal Rider Venue; Loss of Hollypark Purses Impact National Standings

    Posted By Warren Eves on November 10, 2014

    By Harry “The Hat” Hacek The top California jockey in national earnings is Mike Smith. That places him seventh on the list.  The first six are New York-based.  What a telltale sign. Does anyone remember the glory years of Shoemaker, Pincay, McCarron, Delahoussaye, Hawley, Stevens or Desormeaux?  I wonder how they would have fared without Hollywood Park?  Probably just as the riders are doing today. I’ve said for many years we would never see the likes of such legends in California again. Jockeys simply don’t have the all-around great support system they once had.  Much to the contrary, three four and five-horse fields don’t allow many of them to earn big. Where do we start to point the finger of blame?  Greed, incompetence and denial is hard to overcome. How quickly the pendulum has changed.

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    Handicapper, Former Horse Owner David Ruth Vents; ‘No Way He Stays Up in New York, Florida or Kentucky’

    Posted By Warren Eves on November 5, 2014

    By Warren Eves David Ruth has done it all in horse racing. The one-time owner now living in Ohio was still fuming several days after the Breeders Cup Classic fiasco. “I intentionally waited until Sunday to send Santa Anita an e-mail,” says Ruth who frequented Las Vegas racebooks for years.  ”I did not want to taint what I said without having a chance to cool down.  I think it was the maddest I have ever been about a decision that I had absolutely no way to capitalize on financially.” Something happened on (more…)

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    Racetracks Cannot Survive on “Whale” Action Alone; Those 10-cent Superfectas Give “Greybeards” A Shot

    Posted By Warren Eves on October 14, 2014

    By Warren Eves The world that makes horse racing’s money wheel go around is not limited to whales. For those who are not familiar with the tag “whale.”  It’s a term Las Vegas places on a mega-buck gamblers. As the years have rolled by I have moved into the land of “gray beards.”  Last time I looked when I lived and played in Las Vegas, the race books were dominated by seniors with a myriad of grey domes. Let me try and get to the point of this column (more…)

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    Thirtysevenlives On Impressive in First Route Try; Carpe Diem Wins Claiborne Like He Could Be Special

    Posted By Warren Eves on October 5, 2014

    By Warren Eves You might want to monitor a juvenile named Thirtysevenliveson. Watched the re-run of Zayat Stable’s first try at two turning and it was a perfect example of grit and determination despite losing lots of ground at Keeneland on Oct., 4. The Dale Romans-trained colt was hung wide into the first turn. Thirtysevenliveson continued to lose ground over the new dirt course. Three-wide every step of the way he still dug in when obviously spent and was making slow late progress to be third. Thirtysevenliveson was bought for $675,000 and should benefit from his second career start. Later on the same card we also saw another impressive win by Carpe Diem in the Claiborne Breeders Futurity.   The colt who was bought at auction originally for $550,000 and purchased later for $1.6M looked worth the money. Ridden by John Velasquez Carpe (more…)

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    Filly Ring for Maddie Playable Next Time She Goes; Strong After The Wire Gallop Out Noted at Woodbine

    Posted By Warren Eves on August 28, 2014

    By Warren Eves We found a nugget while reviewing the August 27th eight-race card at Woodbine. A maiden three-year-old filly named Run for Maddie is playable when she re-surfaces. Here’s why. It was a maiden special weight race at six furlongs on their all weather surface.  After several looks I nearly put Olympic Talent on my playback list.  She came in after about 50 yards and bothered second foes, was hung wide, and kept digging when beat to be second to the wire. As most of you know I spend a (more…)

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    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/31/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 31, 2014

    The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that have an approximate 50% chance of finishing in the exacta. DMR Race 3:  #7 Valdirone SR None