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Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End

I’m sure most of you remember the one hit wonder “Closing Time” by the band Semisonic, right? In that song there is a line that states, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” Well very recently I took a new job in the Richmond, Virginia area and with that, my time as the Chicago Dark Horse has come to an end. However all is not lost…there is a new beginning


By using the power of such great inventions such as TV, internet, Facebook, Xpressbet, iPhones, and horseracingnation.com, I will still be able to provide “exclusive” coverage of horse racing through my NEW blog, THE DARK HORSE!
 
 
I’m very excited and honored that I will still be able to blog for the HRN team and I will be able to branch out a bit and cover more racing other than just my hometown tracks in Chicago! Don’t get me wrong though, Arlington and Hawthorne are still my favorite!


In addition to covering racing on more of a national scale, I’ll also be able to cover the Colonial Downs meet this summer for all of you there at my new home track! I’ve never been to that track, but from what I understand they have some amazing turf racing. As usual, the Virginia Derby ($500,000) remains the marquee race and they also have the Virginia Oaks, The Colonial Turf Cup, and a day featuring the best of Virginia-bred runners called the Commonwealth Turf Fest! So for those of you who like turf racing, stay tuned… I don’t know many Virginia-bred horses in history, but one of them really stands out. What was his name again? Secretar-i-a-something….?
 
 


Alas as I look back to the (mid)west, I must say that I enjoyed many, many excellent years at Arlington and Hawthorne. I want to give a special thank you to Jim Miller, Dave Zenner, Joe Kristufek, Dave Miller, Ron Uchman, Marcus Hersh, Peter Galassi, Tim Ice, Janine Starykowicz, and Brian W. Spencer for being a great partner, teaching me a lot, affording me a ton of life-changing opportunities, and for putting up with my shenanigans in the press box and paddock!


Well everyone, here’s to a new beginning! See you soon!
 

 

What the Nation is saying about Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End...

Good luck with the new job! Make sure you make a road trip to the Bowie Library, their Selima Room collection is something to see
Glad the Dark Horse is staying with HRN in VA.
I think all that is left of the Meadow, Secretariat's home, is the breeding shed in which he was born. It is on the grounds of the Virginia State Fair.
You will probably love Virginia--lots of horse country and equine events. (I used to live in Fredericksburg.) Fair Hill and Pimlico are not far away either!
Good place to raise a horse. You already have its name.
You are going to love all the turf racing at your new home!!I can never watch this without shedding a tear and thinking..I just saw history and I doubt it will ever be seen again in my lifetime..Good Luck Dark Horse!!
One of my favorite songs Dark Horse...thinking that particular line might even end up as a tattoo. Looking forward to your Colonial Downs coverage!

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Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I also had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!

I followed racing all through the remainder of high school and college in Illinois, paying close attention to the likes of Lost Code, Alysheba, Cryptoclearance, Risen Star, Sunday Silence, and Tabasco Cat.  I spent every possible moment at Arlington Park with my dad, taking time to develop computer programs (on Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS) to try to find patterns and handicap races more accurately.  My dad taught me a lot about handicapping races, paying particular attention to class moves!

I'm more of a fan of racing now than ever before, and have made a lot of friends in, and because of, the industry.  For that I am eternally grateful!  Once being deemed the second best racing ambassador in Chicago (hey I've been called worse),
I now reside in the Richmond, Virginia area and will be covering many different aspects of racing - DARK HORSE STYLE!  My goal for this blog is to get people more interested in horse racing while focusing on my home(s) away from home, the race tracks of America! My favorite tracks are Arlington, Colonial, Canterbury, Del Mar, Gulfstream, Hawthorne, and Keeneland!
 
At the end of the day though, I'm just a regular guy who loves horse racing a whole lot.   It is my honor to be a part of the Horse Racing Nation team and I truly hope you enjoy this blog. 

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Here are all of the tracks I have visited!:

CBY
AP
HAW
CD
KEE
LRL
CT
PIM
CNL
 
This blog is eternally dedicated to the memory of Tim "Tiznow" Reynolds.