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NBC’s Breeders Cup production ranks among the best; Del Mar gets highest grade for flawless day long venue

Warren Eves | November 8, 2017

By Warren Eves That may have been the best Breeders Cup show ever. Unquestionably it ranks as the best produced horse racing extravaganza in this senior turf writer’s memory. It’s hard to take issue with the entire television presentation. Bravo! If the Breeders Cup doesn’t bring [...]

Mendelssohn impresses with Juvenile Turf victory; Question is will he try dirt at Churchill Downs?

Warren Eves | November 3, 2017

By Warren Eves One had to be impressed with Mendelssohn’s win in Saturday’s $1-M Juvenile Turf. Racing in blinkers for the second start he was away with the lead in the opening strides. Ryan Moore had him in the garden spot all the way and when he set him down [...]

Gal jockey Sasha Risenhoover moves tack to SoCal; Veteran Vince DeGregory to handle his first lady rider

Warren Eves | August 13, 2017

By Warren Eves I’ve been rooting for jockey agent Vince DeGregory for a long time. His faith may have been rewarded last week. Jockey Sasha Risenhoover has moved her tack to Southern California. DeGregory will be her agent. “A few months ago Donna [...]

Someone made a score when Arrogate ran his clunker; Betting trend shows what produced unusual payoffs

Warren Eves | July 24, 2017

By Warren Eves “Somebody made a score.” One astute horse player made that statement after 1-to-20 favorite Arrogate ran a clunker finishing a badly beaten fourth in the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar. “I wasn’t paying attention to betting trends in that race because [...]

‘Derby Innovator’ is as good a book as it gets

Warren Eves | December 23, 2016

By Warren Eves Barry Irwin’s book Derby Innovator is as good as it gets. It’s a plethora of intriguing stories. Here’s one story involving Don “The Flamingo” Fleming, the editorial chief of the Daily Racing Form. Irwin tells story after story. Here’s an [...]

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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

We’re Confident Rickashea Graduates Next Time Out; Monitor Those Future Monmouth Park MSW Races

Warren Eves | July 28, 2013

By Warren Eves We blew it last week when failing to hit the publish button and Wired Bryan won a stake. We’re confident we have found a next out maiden special weight winner in Rickashea. Rickashea, making his second start on turf, could not have run [...]

Attitude/Approach Separate Baze From The Others; Longtime Agent Ray Harris Belongs In Hall Of Fame

Warren Eves | May 23, 2013

By Harry “The Hat” Hacek Do you know what separates Russell Baze from others? Attitude and approach! For more than 39 years the soon to be 55-year young Baze, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, has performed his trade with remarkable unmatched consistency. He [...]

Bern Identity My Do Even Better With Outside Trip; Youngster Not Deterred Pinned Inside In Sanford

Warren Eves | July 22, 2012

By Warren Eves Ramon Dominguez won six but lady rider Rosie Napranik took the coveted $200K Sanford with Bern Identity on Sunday. It was a better than looked win at Saratoga Racecourse by Bern Identity.  Many two-year-olds are intimidated when forced to race down on the inside early on in [...]