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  1. This week offers coverage of the March 25, 1938 Grand National. The story appeared in the April 2, 1938 edition of The Blood-Horse. View the full article
  2. Addressing your thoughts, questions and statements about Hong Kong racing. Have something to say? Send a tweet to @SCMPRacingPost.What a game it is! #londonbuses #nevergiveup – @neilcallan78Hong Kong can be a lonely place for a jockey without a win.Neil Callan could not buy a winner this season, such was his wretched run of luck.That was at least until Wednesday night’s Happy Valley meeting when it all changed for the veteran jockey.Callan booted home a timely double aboard Owners’ Star and… View the full article
  3. Promising type Golden Sixty will take his first step towards a Classic Mile appearance in January at Sha Tin on Sunday, however it could be more of a giant leap if he is to perform.The progressive four-year-old steps up in grade in the Class Two IWC Excellent Handicap (1,400m) as he looks to earn the chance to prove his credentials among some of Hong Kong’s top young gallopers.The 84-rater has been a rapid improver through the grades, winning four of his five starts in convincing fashion, but… View the full article
  4. The first three rounds of SuperCoach Racing have delivered some similar line-ups, but from here on we’ll start to see some big variance in team structure and points output. View the full article
  5. The days of struggling to spend your salary cap are over SuperCoaches as the juvenile stars by and large give way to the more credentialed — and more expensive — veteran horses. View the full article
  6. It’s upon us again; the Caulfield Cup, that beautiful, historic signal beacon that footy’s over and cricket hasn’t cranked up and the biggest show in sport is the Melbourne Spring Carnival. View the full article
  7. Trainer Katy Voss acknowledges that Saratoga Bob will not enter the Maryland Million Classic Stakes at Laurel under perfect circumstances but she believes the 5-year-old Friesan Fire gelding deserves an opportunity to defend his 2018 victory. View the full article
  8. Of all of the things we do at the TDN, nothing generates as much discussion, opinion, happiness shock and dismay as the publication (or not) of a TDN Rising Star. How does the process happen? What factors go into the decision-making? On the October 16 TDN Podcast, Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Brian DiDonato explain their methodology. The writers also talk about last week’s racing, the divisional championships, and more. Listen to the TDN podcast here. The post How Do We Make TDN Rising Stars? Listen to This Week’s Podcast appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  9. Brown 'hopeful but reserved' ahead of former top juveniles' comeback View the full article
  10. Bold test for Fame Star this Sunday View the full article
  11. Early scratching October 18 View the full article
  12. Attorney Darrell Vienna, representing horseman Mick Ruis, plans to again ask the CHRB for further detail on how it arrived at a decision to not disqualify Justify in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby (G1) after he tested positive for scopolamine. View the full article
  13. On an Empire Showcase Day designed to celebrate the merits of the New York State breeding program, one of its best ambassadors in Pat On the Back will attempt to join select company. View the full article
  14. Mick Ruis, the owner/trainer of 2018 GI Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), has been rebuffed by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) in his attempt to get a hearing that would revisit the race results and post-race drug testing adjudication of that Grade I test, which was won by subsequent Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy). But a bombshell story in the New York Times last month revealed Justify had tested positive for scopolamine after he won the Santa Anita Derby, and that illegal drug result was kept hidden from the public. The Times further reported that CHRB officials arranged to handle Justify’s positive “differently than usual.” Then, more than four months after the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, in an executive session closed to the public, CHRB members voted unanimously not to disqualify Justify or to sanction his trainer, Bob Baffert. In light of the recent public disclosure of Justify’s positive, Ruis has engaged attorney Darrell Vienna to “get to the bottom” of the issue. On Wednesday, the Louisville Courier-Journal broke the story that Vienna’s written request to the CHRB for a hearing on the matter was rejected. “Please be advised that the Board dismissed the matter as authorized under (California) Business and Professions Code 19577(d),” a CHRB attorney wrote in a reply that was published in part by the Courier-Journal. “Therefore, further hearing on the subject is not required or warranted.” Vienna did not respond to a TDN query for comment in time for deadline for this story. But Vienna told the Courier-Journal via email that “The request for a hearing is necessary to exhaust administrative remedies prior to litigation. However, at this point, we are hopeful that the CHRB will provide a full, open and transparent hearing. Should the CHRB fail to provide such a hearing, we do not rule out the pursuit of any and all legal remedies.” Ruis told the Courier-Journal that “A rules a rule. It was a banned substance. It was an overage. That’s it: disqualification.” The difference in purse money between second and first was $400,000. But the 2018 Santa Anita Derby win also qualified Justify to enter the GI Kentucky Derby based on eligibility points, and that’s something that no re-adjudication could ever reverse. “I could care less about the $400,000,” Ruis told the Courier-Journal. “That’s not it. But I do care for every small trainer and little guy who is running and racing clean on the backside to have a chance. Let the best horse win, not the best whatever-else-they-use win.” The post Runner-Up in Disputed ’18 Santa Anita Derby Rebuffed By CHRB appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  15. After an emphasis on grass racing last week in Canada, headed by the E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1T) and Canadian International (G1T), the stakes focus at Woodbine shifts to the synthetic main track Oct. 19 with the CA$125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3). View the full article
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