Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Emily Simcox

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Emily Simcox


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“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Emily Simcox

Emily Simcox, a 16-year-old who lives in southwestern Virginia, has been a horse racing fan for nearly four years. Most of her time is dedicated to competing on the National Barrel Horse Association barrel racing circuit with her own Quarter Horses, but she is also one of the owners of two racehorses at Flying G Racing. . ."

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Christina Zurick

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Christina Zurick


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“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Christina Zurick

Christina Zurick, 18, is a racing fan from Lakeville, Minnesota. She has been involved in horse racing for ten years and is currently a groom/hot-walker for Gary M. Scherer at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Before she was a groom for Gary Scherer, she was on the radio with Dark Star doing racing analysis from 2007-2009 covering all the Triple Crown races live from Canterbury Park. She was also on TVG with Matt Carothers when TVG covered the Claiming Crown in 2008 at Canterbury. Be sure to check out her horse racing blog, Horse Racing From a Girl's Eyes, and follow her on Twitter, @ChristinaZurick. . ."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

HRN: The Respect Wise Dan Deserves

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

The Respect Wise Dan Deserves


"Wise Dan never ran in a Triple Crown race. He has never raced in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). He has not competed on dirt since June 2012. He has never raced at a distance longer than a mile and one-eighth. Wise Dan is certainly not the traditional "ideal" American racehorse, but despite this, he is the reigning two-time Horse of the Year.

Absent since his second consecutive win in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita in November, Wise Dan made his long-awaited return to the races in the Maker's 46 Mile Stakes (gr. I) yesterday at Keeneland, aiming to defend his title in the race, which marked his post-Breeders' Cup return last year as well. The competition against which Wise Dan has competed is often criticized, but on Friday afternoon in Lexington, Kentucky, the six-time Eclipse Award winner encountered the likes of the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. I) winner Lochte, the multiple graded stakes-winning Za Approval (who was second to Wise Dan in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile), and the graded stakes-placed runnersGentleman's Kitten and Kaigun.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

HRN: 2014 Kentucky Derby Hopeful: Wicked Strong

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

2014 Kentucky Derby Hopeful: Wicked Strong


For the first time, my Derby Hopefuls will be reaching the pages of Horse Racing Nation rather than the original Past the Grandstand. Derby Hopefuls feature the horses I view as the best contenders leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Each horse spotlighted in a Derby Hopeful will join the 2014 PTG Derby Hopeful roster, found on the right side of this blog (the original Past the Grandstand). Horses will be listed in an order that corresponds to how highly I think of them, with the horse I think most highly of ranking at the top. A horse featured in a Derby Hopeful may be taken off the roster if its performances after its article are published are not up to par or if that horse is taken off the Triple Crown trail, though those articles will remain on my blog.


"The country was left shaken when a bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three and left hundreds injured. But like any tragedy, it brought our nation together. Massachusetts-based Centennial Farms sought to give one of their promising two-year-olds – a Hard Spun colt out of a Charismatic mare – a name that would honor the victims and with the moniker “Boston Strong” already taken, they named him Wicked Strong. Now the promise that colt displayed has led him to become one of the top contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). . ."

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Monday, April 7, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Margaret Gaston

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Margaret Gaston


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“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Margaret Gaston

Eighteen-year-old Margaret Gaston was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. A fan of horse racing since she was in middle school, Margaret showed up four years ago wanting to work in Allen Milligan’s barn. There, she started out as a hot walker but, in her words, “he kind of got stuck with an adopted daughter.” She currently owns two Thoroughbreds and a Quarter Horse, and plans on attending Oklahoma State University. Be sure to follow her popular horse racing photography account on Instagram, @racehorsesofinstagram. . ."

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

HRN: 2014 Kentucky Derby Hopeful: California Chrome

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

2014 Kentucky Derby Hopeful: California Chrome


For the first time, my Derby Hopefuls will be reaching the pages of Horse Racing Nation rather than the original Past the Grandstand. Derby Hopefuls feature the horses I view as the best contenders leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Each horse spotlighted in a Derby Hopeful will join the 2014 PTG Derby Hopeful roster, found on the right side of this blog (the original Past the Grandstand). Horses will be listed in an order that corresponds to how highly I think of them, with the horse I think most highly of ranking at the top. A horse featured in a Derby Hopeful may be taken off the roster if its performances after its article are published are not up to par or if that horse is taken off the Triple Crown trail, though those articles will remain on my blog.


"Just a few days out from Christmas, citizens across the nation prepared for the holiday, reuniting with family, watching classic holiday movies, embellishing homes with festive decorations, wrapping gifts, and preparing traditional meals. The air was full of joy and anticipation; after all, it was “the most wonderful time of the year.” But on the evening of December 22, 2014, racing fans felt anything but joy.

It was the final day of racing at Hollywood Park, a track that had housed the names of an abundance of great Thoroughbreds, including Affirmed, Citation, Seabiscuit, and Zenyatta. Despite the seventy-five years of fine racing that had taken place at Hollywood Park, the doors would forever close to the Inglewood, California track. Hundreds of stakes races had been held at the track in its rich history, including the inaugural Breeders’ Cup World Championships and seventy-four editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup, but at 5:39 PM on December 22, California Chrome – a stunning chestnut colt conditioned by veteran trainer Art Sherman – galloped to an impressive victory in the final stakes race ever held at Hollywood, the King Glorious Stakes. Now, a month out from the Kentucky Derby, the colt that captured Hollywood’s final stakes race looks to conquer America’s greatest stakes race. . ."

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Friday, April 4, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Bunny Hinzman

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Bunny Hinzman


"“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.


Meet Bunny Hinzman

Seventeen-year-old Bunny Hinzman is a writer for The International Racehorse Magazine, The Jockey Club’s website America’s Best Racing, and her own website,Bits N’ Bunny. Her work has been published in Keeneland Magazine, Midwest Thoroughbred Magazine, Illinois Racing News, and she most recently wrote the feature cover story for Southern Racehorse Magazine.  Her article "The Lasix Legacy", which appeared on Bits N’ Bunny, received a final nomination and Honorable Mention from Team Valor International's 2012 Stanley Bergstein Award.  Along with writing, she is an equine artist and will pursue a college degree in Studio Art.  She lives in Columbus, Georgia and has been interested in horse racing for eight years. Like her Facebook page for her website, Bits N' Bunny, and follow her on Twitter, @BitsNBunny. . ."

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