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  • Curlin Road (9-1) gets up to win the Cougar II at Del Mar.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Paulassilverlining (8-5) wins the stretch battle in the Honorable Miss (G2).Posted 19 hours ago
  • Cool Catomine (14-1) wins the Prince of Wales over Aurora Way and State of Honor.Posted 1 day ago
  • Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 2 days ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 3 days ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 4 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 4 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017


HRN Original Blog:
Racing Hearts
Posted Sunday, July 02, 2017
For every lengthening stride that one can view in a major stake, the odds are that Dana Barnes had something to do with that horse’s racing confidence. That is, if the horse comes from the Bob Baffert barn.
Posted Sunday, May 28, 2017
There is a bookshelf on a wall in a tiny library in North Carolina, a pulpit for inspiration, that holds librettos for two champions, California Chrome and Secretariat. Those words continue to inspire their readers to persevere and make hearts race.
Posted Friday, April 28, 2017
There is nothing like a storyline that waves aside the Kentucky Derby prep handicapping myths, formulas and pedigree theories. Good stories give the casual Derby enthusiast access to both the majesty and the operational mechanics of getting a thoroughbred to the starting gate of America’s marquee race. This would be the theme of this Derby blog, no deep thinking handicapping herein nor reverent racing lore. I look for stuff that would interest a K-Mart shopper or a global business investor or even one of my cousins. And this is a tale of a tail that makes me grin and hopefully, the readers as well.
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
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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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