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Ky Derby winner may not be coming out of the west; Pletcher appears to have best colt in Always Dreaming

Warren Eves | April 9, 2017

By Warren Eves It was great to see class act John Shirreffs win the Santa Anita Derby with Gormley. Looking at the Ky Derby picture for the first time this year–it’s safe to say this year’s winner probably won’t be Gormley. And…….you probably won’t find the winner of that [...]

Blueridge Traveler Won’t Be Maiden For Long at FGD

Warren Eves | December 4, 2016

By Warren Eves Trainer Ken McPeek has to be shaking his head. He’s got a coming three-year-old name Blueridge Traveler who has experienced nightmare trips in his only two trips to the gate. On Saturday, Dec., 3, in the 9th race at the Fairgrounds he was [...]

Bill Hartack book filled with plethura of great stories

Warren Eves | November 15, 2016

By Warren Eves Horse racing historians are sure to enjoy Bill Hartack the book. For those of us who have been on this earth longer than most, Bill Christine’s recount of thoroughbred racing’s past is a must. We lost the great Phil Georgeff recently, the voice [...]

CDI’s board needs to dump online bet company TVG; It’s time to upgrade Kentucky Derby’s betting network

Warren Eves | May 8, 2016

By Warren Eves “Would it behoove Churchill Downs to call the NYSE and ask how they do it.” That’s what Bill Christine, longtime columnist for the Los Angeles Times, e-mailed us after the betting meltdown on the 2016 Kentucky Derby. “I don’t know (anything) about computers,” [...]

Christine’s book about Bill Hartack to be released soon

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]