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  • Unique Bella is off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a sore shin, per Steve Anderson.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 3 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 3 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Racing Hearts
Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017
America has sent it’s best to Dubai for their premier $30 million race day. To be exact, team USA features speed, diplomatic charm with a touch of comedy in the form of the ever-so-lucky trainer and gifted interviewee, Bob Baffert. Baffert once famously quipped that “Somedays you are the bug and somedays you are the windshield….” His team of top guns, world’s number one, Arrogate, and, the gallant Hoppertunity with smilin’ Mike Smith and the handsome Florent Giroux piloting the colts, is a fairly strong deflector for the challengers.
Posted Friday, January 20, 2017
One last dance for racing's biggest star.
Posted Friday, September 09, 2016
There were several times after I learned to cuss (an acquired skill if artfully applied) that I explained to my very proper Momma just where some of these descriptive terms came from. My mother was a gifted English teacher and I figured that she would appreciate my articulation on the subject of historical origins. She never did. Her Daddy and my Pop could land a few and this habit shook beloved Blanche, his wife, to the core of her Southern Baptist heart. I knew my Grand-Pop didn’t mean the God & Jesus part as he was spiritual. Yet…yeh boy… he could let it fly when he meant the other parts of the intonation. My Daddy thought that I was a natural in the arena of trash talkers. He would be amazed at how I have polished my skill. Pop’s footsteps were sizable. Zip code sizable.
Posted Monday, August 08, 2016
Since a many of our readers have indicated an interested in this reality show (ok…just two) I am scripting the concept for the second, follow-up broadcast, much in the tradition of James Cameron, Francis Coppola and the Twilight folks who shot several shows at once. Saves money and time and Jo-an and myself can keep our make-up fresh. Our cast will include Ms. McDowell, myself, Captn. Zipse, that Mike Shutty guy as regulars with guest appearances by handicapper Buck Grottano, reps from “Chromie Fans Matter”, a practice-sport segment and a few trouble-makers that I have rounded up to give this show some flavor. A.E. Sabo continues as artistic director and behavior coach as our production set swear jar merits its own Cayman Island bank account.
Posted Sunday, July 24, 2016
I must belong to a bunch of equine fan pages as every now and then a question is posed about favorite colts, favorite fillies, all-time greats, racehorse books and best track experiences. Asking me a question is akin to requesting a plot as I cannot seem to limit myself and I blather on and on and on about the why of everything in racing. I can do Coca-Cola versus Pepsi easy just as there is no competition to Tobacco Road basketball (Tarheels) unless the Wildcats are playing them and then I watch Bill O’Reilly and talk to the flat screen. So I have decided that this blog will conjure up my concept of a ‘good thing broadcast of horse tips, recipes, gossip and race wear’ as a summer replacement while Captain Pick-Em goes off to Saratoga.
Posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Crazy is a word that really cuts to the chase. Crazy is also a word that has implications ranging from the passionate to the batshit, depending on where one is from, where they work and the intention in the context that it is exclaimed, as in “crazy about that girl” or “she is so crazy that she is 3 fries short of a Happy Meal.” Where I am from…it can be a term of endearment or to describe as in he is crazy about that dog to indicate enthusiasm or a clinical concern as in being described as three shades of crazy.
Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Straight Outta Proctorville: My Cousins’ Belmont logic, Biblical analogies and pound cake
Posted Sunday, May 15, 2016
Don’t pack up your Derby hat quite yet… we’re just getting started at Churchill Downs and at tracks on the right side of the U.S.
Posted Thursday, May 05, 2016
Several weeks ago, I was chatting online with my pastor in North Carolina about writing as he had resumed his blog. Pastor Steve Johnson is a natural communicator…he writes as he speaks. There is warmth as well as intelligence that connects to the listener’s heart as well as their brain. Moreover, his Bible lessons address the context of the language of the eras in which they were written, something my Mother would have loved. My great-grandparents helped to build the church; my grands and my parents were also quite involved as are my generational once- and twice-removed cousins. To understand the once- and twice- removed designation is to understand the generations of brothers and sisters that came from this tiny town of Proctorville. I usually skip over this and call everyone cousin to be on the safe side. I am the Proctorville horse racing authority and one of a number of writers and teachers that can claim Proctorville as their home town.
Posted Friday, April 29, 2016
A couple of days ago, a friend of mine, Christy Tackett, the owner of The Fashion Filly of Georgetown, Kentucky, posted her opinion on FB about the seekers of silent auction items. As a genuinely caring individual and supporter of multiple equine and equine care-giver charity organizations as well as a responsible horse owner…she vetted about another kind of “March Madness” that she experiences: multiple requests from all types of charities having Derby related silent auctions. She flatly states that some of the requests are from strangers, ladies that do not know her shop and others are from acquaintances and friends. The point that she made was a valid one…her shop cannot afford the “giveaways” as much as she wants to support charitable efforts. Moreover…some of these fundraising zealots, representing legitimate charities cannot seem to muster the ‘aftercare’ and maintenance of a donor…a simple thank you note.
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Meet Kate Richards 


From an early age, Kate liked to watch horses run and get dressed up. And while she has outgrown the patent mary-janes, the sport of horse racing still holds a magical allure for her. 


“It’s the whole look, smell and feel of the track” says Kate. “I like to watch the people in all their craziness, the drama of the actual race and fashion statements during the big days.” Yet it is the whole industry that has her in thrall…the business side of it, from the boutiques selling racewear to the bars shilling specialty beverages, the track backside thick with intrigue and secrets to the colorful track employees it’s the whole magilla that makes the sport have flavor unlike anything else. 


Everyone has an event, a person or a situation that is cathartic. For Kate, it was Barbaro who induced the awareness of rescue and retirement in to her consciousness. One vow that she made from that acknowledgement was to support rescue and retirement facilities, jockey and equine safety. Protecting the athletes is a key issue. “With any sports entity that is ticketed there is the duality of exciting entertainment and risk” says Kate.”Both are needed…the entertainment value to keep the sport worthy of new fans and the risk to remind the industry to be diligent about safety.


Kate grew up in a tiny town called Proctorville in North Carolina, graduated from Stephens College in Missouri and will collect her Doctorate in Organizational Development and Change in 2018 from Colorado Tech if she ever finishes her dissertation, which oddly, is NOT about horse racing. 


Kate claims to be an amateurish handicapper who just gets lucky.


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