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One time deli worker Martin Garcia moves to New York; It’s a move the 33YO jockey should have made long ago

Warren Eves | November 9, 2017

By Warren Eves Martin Garcia’s move to New York should not shock anyone. For years I have been puzzled as to why so many top jockeys continue to fight the huge odds to ride on the much coveted Southern California horse racing circuit. Garcia, as competent [...]

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,” [...]

Majesto is the 30-to-1 boxcar “value” in Ky Derby

Warren Eves | May 5, 2016

By Warren Eves
Javier Castellano’s long race riding hiistory with Todd Pletcher takes him off a colt who has a huge chance at a boxcar price in the Kentucky Derby.
Majesto(18), opening at a lofty 30-1, offers enormous “value” coming off a much better than appears running line in the Florida Derby. The “leggy” son of Tiznow [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Warren Eves | 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 [...]

Leggy Smooth Stone Had Grow Up Run at Woodbine; Sam-Son Farm’s Ontario-bred 4YOC Is The Real Deal

Warren Eves | May 12, 2014

By Warren Eves It takes a lot to impress this hardened turf writer. A leggy newly turned four-year-old colt named Smooth Stone sure caught the eye on May 11 at Woodbine. Front wraps and all Sam-Son Farm’s Ontario-bred son of Giant’s Causeway has a number of [...]

Shadwell Has Promising Filly Prospect In Mufajaah; She Romps In First Two Turn Try at Oaklawn Park

Warren Eves | March 27, 2014

By Warren Eves Shadwell Stable’s Mufajaah is one of the big developments at the Oaklawn Park meet. Purchased for $375,000 the three-year-old Tapit filly literally toyed with a field of seven on a drying out track March 23. She was bounced around between foes after the [...]

Bellhop Turned Jockey Agent Had Betting Bug Early; Harry Hacek Should Have Been Nicknamed ‘The Actor’

Warren Eves | May 19, 2013

By Harry “The Hat” Hacek Being from Chicago and the old settlement known as “The Jungle” it was not uncommon for the youth of my neighborhood to go astray. I was no exception. Where I was born and raised it seemed you either grew up to [...]

Dby Hopefuls Send Mock Telegram to NCAA Champs; Writer Has Fun With ‘Racehorse Basketball’ Subject

Warren Eves | April 13, 2013

By Warren Eves The following mock telegram was written about the University of Louisville basketball team by California scribe Bob Jackson. “If any of y’all are plannin’ to come to town on the first Saturday in May, please tell us y’all are gonna be sittin’ in those fancy Churchill Downs [...]