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    Racing experts amazed Joao Moreira Unscathed; ‘Magic Man” falls at Happy Valley but merely sore

    Posted By Warren Eves on February 4, 2016

    By Warren Eves “It’s unbelievable!” Those were the words of Jay Richards, longtime HKJC analyst, after watching video tape of the spill of jockey Joao Moreira at Happy Valley on Wednesday. “Miraculous, really–that he escaped with nothing more than body soreness after several horses ran over him when his horse clipped heels and unseated him entering the home straight in Wednesday night’s first race.  His mount was on the rail, right behind the leader, when it happened.” Richards, the former turf writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal, has been doing video tape review for around 25 years. He’s never been higher on a rider than “Magic Man” Moreira. “Thank God I’m talking to you right now,” Alan Aitken quoted him.  ”Former champion Douglas Whyte (more…)

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    Christine’s book about Bill Hartack to be released soon

    Posted By Warren Eves on January 30, 2016

    By Warren Eves It’s sub title is “The Bittersweet Life of a Hall of Fame Jockey.” We’re talking about Bill Christine’s book about Bill Hartack. Most sports fans associate Christine with the Los Angeles Times.  ”He’s always been kind to horse racing,” said famed jockey agent Harry “The Hat” Hacek Saturday when learning about the soon to be released book. Here’s a snippet of what the publisher says about the book: Bill Hartack won the Kentucky Derby five times, and seemed to hate every moment of it.  One (more…)

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    Here’s something that won’t ever happen in US racing; A close up look at France’s Pau winter racing venue

    Posted By Warren Eves on January 19, 2016

    By Warren Eves They do things differently in France horse racing circles. An incident worth noting in our part of the world took place at Pau horse race course in south western France Tuesday, Jan., 19. Pau is actually best known for the Grand Prix auto racing on its streets.  It’s auto racing history goes back to 1900. Pau, the horse racing course, is actually known as the Hippodrome de Pau. They race primarily in the winter. Today at Pau in race two at the distance of 1950 meters, a four-year-old Texbok flipped in the gate, got loose, ran off, and delayed things for quite some time.  In the states, he would have been scratched. Not so in France. It took quite some time to capture Texbok. Expecting a late scratching, I was surprised when they re-saddled Texbok at the point he was captured. His jockey ran down to the point where he was being re-saddled. He remounted and returned Texbok to the starting (more…)

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    Mo Tom’s Win in Lecomte Better Than It Appears?

    Posted By Warren Eves on January 16, 2016

    By Warren Eves Mo Tom’s stretch surge at the Fairgrounds Saturday was better than appears. Replay review of the Uncle Mo colt’s win has to leave you a bit impresed with the winning run in the Grade III Lecomte at a mile and 70 yards. Off the far turn he had but one foe beat. Corey Lanerie wheeled the colt to the middle of the track. He took hold without much prodding. Lanerie gave him several left handed whacks of the whip midway through the lane, and the colt did the (more…)

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    Here’s a Guy who should bring his calling to the states

    Posted By Warren Eves on January 4, 2016

    By Warren Eves

    Gary Guy’s dulcet tones are pleasing to one’s ear.

    It was during a slow day on TVG, better known as the horse racing channel. Kurt Hoover was chatting with someone named Guy from somewhere in Canada.

    Guy, not meant to be a pun, got my attention. Here was someone doing a whale of a job selling a racing venue named Grand River. His voice, as well as his delivery, piqued my curiosity. During my years as publicity man at Saratoga Harness in upstate New York in the 70s I visited a host of Canadian racetracks. The reason I had never heard of Grand River? It did not yet exist. Grand River is a half- mile oval in South Elora in the province of Ontario.  Elora was founded in 1832 by Captain William Gilkison, a British officer. They originally called it the Irvine Settlement. Thanks to a mayor’s tie breaking vote, it became a racing facility despite community opposition early on. Grand River opened in 2004. The venue included 200 slot machines. In recent years we’ve seen a once proud race callers’ profession go copycat crazy. Nearly every person describing horse (more…)

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    P Val’s lack of respect for profession is appauling!

    Posted By Warren Eves on November 19, 2015

    By Warren Eves His respect for the profession is nowhere to be found. His smile that charmed oh so many over the years has worn thin. The ranks of those who gave him second, third and fourth chances has dwindled.  The late Mike Mitchell gave him more support than anyone. A legion of racetrack stewards no longer buy his baloney. How dare he complain about one racetrack authority that finally said no mas! By now it’s likely you figured out we’re talking about (more…)

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    DVM Sheila Lyons is nowhere to be found these days: Minimal progress since her testimony before Congress

    Posted By Warren Eves on October 29, 2015

    By Warren Eves I wish this wasn’t so. Quite some time ago one of my best sources disappeared from view. DVM Sheila Lyons, an expert on the subject of illegal drugs in horse racing, is nowhere to be found. For many, many months she did not answer her phone. Repeated e-mails were not answered. The last person I know to have contact with her was Joe Drape of the New York Times.  I do not know where she has gone or what she is doing. We have to wonder if she finally became totally frustrated with the entire picture. She mentioned more than once, in frustration, she just might pull up stakes and go to work for European clients. I just don’t know, and that’s sad. Ms. Lyons was as well versed on drug abuse issues in horse racing as anyone I ever came across. Back on November 21, 2013, Ms. Lyons testified in front of Congress. “I fully support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 and its mandate of drug free horse racing,” she said. She continued: “The pervasive use of injury masking and performance enhancing drugs in horse racing in the United States has created a crisis in the horse racing industry and is destroying the reputation of a once vibrant sport.” Ms. Lyons and I had many conversations on the subject of (more…)

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    Hong Kong Jockey Club to offer innovative new wager; As CDI stands firm on no dime supers on Oaks & Derby

    Posted By Warren Eves on September 8, 2015

    By Warren Eves Here we go again. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a unique model for all horse racing, has done it again. An innovative ‘compositve (win) bet is to be introduced. The bet will allow fans to have a new and simplified way to pick the winner of a race.  Horses may be grouped together and backed according to role or participant-specific objectives. Alan Aitken announced the bet in the August 5 South China Morning Post story: “Examples given include: a punter choosing to back the “top 2” overnight favorities versus 3 overnight mid-price runners versus the rest; or horses trained by John Moore versus horses trained by Tony Cruz versus horses trained by John Size; or, at the international meeting, a punter might choose to back the grouping of Hong Kong horses versus the European horses versus Japanese horses.” Wow!  Only at the highly respected HKJC, where cheaters have been stopped cold, could one imagine such innovation. Sadly aggressive and/or progressive minds are rarely found at the top of most major horse race operations in the U.S.A. I think I see the issue clearly. There is a lack of managerial expertise, those with “grass roots” experience, in these United States. By this I mean those who started at the ground level, such as a hot walker, and worked his or her way up. Or….it could be a person who worked in “customer service” for a period of years who dealt with (more…)

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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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