Recent Posts by TheBigHorse

Jamaican Jockey Champion Trevor Simpson Live at ASD for So Many Reasons

[caption id="attachment_454" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Trevor Simpson gets a tip from Refund Status"][/caption] by George Trevor Simpson continued to demonstrate why he was a 5-time champion in Jamaica last night at ASD with a wire-to-wire win on Meshuguna in the first race for trainer Bev Hamilton, and the longshots finally got rolling in the sixth race,…
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The Phenom Looks Tough, Route Races Begin Today

[caption id="attachment_439" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Phenom with trainer Wade Rarick"][/caption] by Rob Friday’s first marks the beginning of two turn races at ASD in 2012, and the 5-horse affair going 7 ½-furlongs for $2,500 claimers appears to be wide open. Meshuguna on the rail was competitive in the route championship series at Portland Meadows this…
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Polo Park, “America’s finest racing plant”

[caption id="attachment_424" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Victory Gift in the Polo Park Winner's Circle"][/caption] by Bob Polo Park, the “father” in our family tree analogy, was a 6 furlong oval that opened on June 12, 1925. R. James Speers was given credit for building Polo Park, but he was not the driving force behind the idea to…
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Bet the Gray Horses in the Mud

[caption id="attachment_384" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Big smile from Tyler Hansen hides Lucky Bites."][/caption] by George “Bet the longest shot on the board in a 5-horse field and bet the gray horses in the mud.” Things that grandfather used to say, that only seemed to come true after you’d brushed them off loudly as old wives tales…
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Bodemeister the pick in 137th Preakness, One longshot for logical live card

by Rob [caption id="attachment_370" align="alignright" width="298" caption="137th Preakness goes Saturday!"][/caption] Baltimore, Maryland -- home of the Orioles, the Ravens and Pimlico Race Course. Pimlico is a tight track with a long stretch and a history as rich as any track in the country. Seabiscuit put away War Admiral on this very track, Secretariat ran the…
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Insider Newsletter Preview: Slurpy and Snickers?

[caption id="attachment_355" align="alignright" width="182" caption="Slurpy and Snickers?"][/caption] by George Have you read the May 17, 2012 issue of the Insider Newsletter yet? Here’s the short version: I’ll Have Another takes on 10 rivals in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes this Saturday. If he wins he has a shot at being the first Triple…
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Memories of Whittier Park, Grandfather of Assiniboia Downs

[caption id="attachment_331" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Whittier Park Program"][/caption] by Bob If horse racing were going to flourish in Winnipeg it was clear that River Park would not be the answer. A new track had to be built. The idea for Whittier Park was hatched in 1923 by R. James Speers, construction began the same year, and…
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