A Tribute – John Henry, America’s Workhorse

April 20th, 2017
A Fitting Monument for a Champion!
Located in Lexington, Kentucky’s Horse Park

He was the work horse of horse racing throughout his career.
Here is the record of his past racing history: John Henry

His record will amaze you!

Oaklawn Park Records and Facts

January 4th, 2017

 

1905 – On February 24, Oaklawn Park Race Track opened its doors to a crowd of some 3,000 race fans. The day was declared a half-day holiday by Hot Springs officials.

1907 – Due to political problems in the state, racing was suspended.

1916 – Racing resumed at Oaklawn. The track is now owned by Louis Cella.

1936 – The Arkansas Derby was born with a purse $5,000.

1945 – Racing throughout the United States ended for an indefinite period at the request because of WWII. A 30-day season was held on November 5 through December 8 for the lost Spring meet. On opening day, an estimated crowd of 4,200 attended, and $189,289 was wagered.

1952 – Oaklawn gained national attention when its handle rose from a daily average of $336,341 to $434,667. Attendance climbs from 7,057 a day to 7,739.

1959 – The Meeting reached two milestones when its averages reached 10,000 in attendance and $500,000 pari-mutuel handle.

1960’s – Par 3 golf course in the infield was used in the off season.

1965 – Arkansas Derby purse increased to $50,000.

1970 – Records continue to be broken. During the 50-day meeting, a total crowd of 556,000 attended and bet $43,366,921. The average attendance was 11,120.

1973 – The first running of the Fantasy Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies, took place.

1974 – The Racing Festival of the South was born.

1980 – More than 250,000 fans attended the Racing Festival of the South. Temperance Hill won the Arkansas Derby.

1983 – Largest Average Daily Attendance Record Set 23,271 (still stands)

1984 – The purse for the Arkansas Derby was increased to $500,000.

1986 – The standing record single day attendance of 71,203 was set.

1991 – The Oaklawn Club was completely renovated.

1996 – Oaklawn Park race track achieved a record handle of $10,653,518 on Arkansas Derby Day.

2000 – Instant Racing, a pari-mutuel electronic system which allows players to wager on previously-run races, was introduced and field-tested at Oaklawn Park race track.

2011 – The average daily attendance grew 3% in 2011 from 2010 levels to 11,649.  Arkansas Derby Day saw an attendance of 62,364

There has never been a turf track at Oaklawn Park.
Horseplayers Association has ranked Oaklawn Park as the 9th best track in all of North America.  And, in my opinion, should be a “must see” by all who love the sport of Kings.

Saratoga Race Course ……. A Summer Treat!

July 5th, 2016

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“The Spa”  Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Race Course opened in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September. The race course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there, including Secretariat).

The grounds at Saratoga Race Course contain several unique features. Patrons can get close up views of the horses being led to the paddock as the path from the stables runs through the picnic grounds. There is a mineral spring called the Big Red Spring in the picnic grounds where patrons can partake of the water that made Saratoga Springs famous. A gazebo is a prominent feature on the infield and a stylized version of the gazebo is part of Saratoga Race Course logo.

Saratoga Race Course is rich with tradition. A lake in the middle of the track contains a canoe that is painted annually in the colors of the winning stable for that year’s Travers Stakes winner. Also, prior to each race a bell is hand rung at exactly 17 minutes prior to scheduled post time for each race. This is to call the jockeys to the paddock.

The 2016 meeting will be 40 race days long from Friday, July 22nd to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5th. Saratoga will be the home of the 147th Running of the Travers Stakes on Aug. 27th this year. 

 This is a meet to put on your “Bucket List” for sure!  And The Track Philosopher will have the full day cards available every day.

 

Ever Been to Keeneland?

April 5th, 2016

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Thank You Keeneland and American Pharoah

November 6th, 2015

American Pharoah’s Historic “Grand Slam” Victory on NBC is Highest-Rated Breeders’ Cup Telecast in 20 Years

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 3, 2015 – American Pharoah’s final competition made history as the Triple Crown winner raced to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and NBC posted the highest-rated Breeders’ Cup telecast in 20 years. A venue-record 50,155 watched the event in person at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY, on Saturday afternoon. With his dominating win last weekend, American Pharoah became the first horse to win racing’s “grand slam,” consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

NBC’s telecast (5:07-6:13 p.m. ET) earned a 2.6/6 household rating, marking the best rating for a Breeders’ Cup telecast since 1995, when NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode Cigar to his 12th consecutive victory (2.8/9 rating on NBC).

The 2.6/6 rating is up 53% from last year’s primetime Breeders’ Cup Classic (1.7/3), which featured Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome finishing third to Bayern.

An average of 4.6 million viewers tuned in between 5:45-6 p.m. ET, as American Pharoah ran to a 6½-length victory, up 39% from last year’s race quarter-hour (3.3 million).

Viewership for the complete 5:07-6:13 p.m. ET telecast averaged 3.9 million viewers to rank as the best Breeders’ Cup telecast since 2010 and up 50% from last year (2.6 million viewers).

In addition, viewers streamed more than 275,000 live minutes via NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday – more than triple last year’s Breeders’ Cup (88,000).

Quotable from American Pharoah’s Breeders’ Cup Classic victory:

“A Triple Crown winner, a Breeders’ Cup winner, a horse of a lifetime!” – NBC race caller Larry Collmus

“Those of us who have seen a lot of racing over the years are just as thrilled as those out there in the crowd!” – NBC host Tom Hammond

“Victor (Espinoza) navigated this excellently. He saved him in the beginning and then he parceled out that speed in that finish a little bit at a time around the turns. We got to see American Pharoah run hard through the stretch – what a horse!” – NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey

“His legacy as one of racing’s all-time greats is assured with a dominating victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.” – NBC analyst Randy Moss

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 142nd Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 7, 2016 on NBC is only 185 days away!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 http://www.breederscup.com/article/

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