Racing Analyst, Bob Neumeier, Suffers Stroke, Hospitalized

Bob Neumeier suffered a stroke Thursday and has been hospitalized

Bob Neumeier suffered a stroke Wednesday night

By Jim Charvat

Bob Neumeier, the likeable veteran horse racing analyst and handicapper for NBC and ESPN, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Neumeier has been a part of most of the biggest horse racing events over the past two decades, at times teaming-up with Mike Battaglia on the national broadcasts and giving his choices and insight into such big races as the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup.

During the Kentucky Oaks broadcast at Churchill Downs in 2009, Neumeier collapsed and was taken to a Louisville hospital and eventually recovered.

While his condition is unknown at this time, his current employer, Comcast SportsNet New England issued a statement, saying in part, “[We] are keeping Neumy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

 

 

Regally Ready Holds on in Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita

Regally Ready winning the More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs.

Regally Ready winning the More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs last month.

Update:

Regally Ready shows his liking for the dirt, holding off a couple of closers to win the $75,000 Big Bear Stakes, the first stakes race of the Breeders’ Cup weekend at Santa Anita. More to come….

 

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They came all the way out to Southern California with hopes of drawing in to the Breeders’ Cup but when that didn’t happen the connections for Regally Ready felt they might as well get in a race while they’re here. No sense leaving empty-handed.

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Enterprising Looks to Regain Form in G2 Twilight Derby Friday

Enterprising looked unbeatable for a while at Del Mar.

Enterprising looked unbeatable for a while at Del Mar.

By Jim Charvat

At one point during the summer Del Mar meet, Enterprising looked like the best 3 year old on the grounds let alone on the grass. He had won the Oceanside Stakes on opening day and followed that with an impressive win in the G3 La Jolla. Then he laid an egg in the Del Mar Derby, finishing 6th. Shared Belief, a fellow 3-year old, showed up for the Pacific Classic and Enterprising’s stature was considerably diminished.

But trainer, Tom Proctor, is hoping for a rebound performance when he runs Enterprising in the G2 Twilight Derby Friday, on the undercard of the first four Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita. The son of Elusive… Read the rest of this entry >>

A Rocky Start to Tonalist, Christophe Clement’s Breeders’ Cup Week

Trainer Christophe Clement swears by Fed Ex after the shipping company got him and his horses out to California late Tuesday.

Trainer Christophe Clement swears by Fed Ex after the shipping company got him and his horses out to California late Tuesday.

By Jim Charvat

It has been a rough week so far for trainer Christophe Clement and his Breeders’ Cup contenders.

Clement and his equine entourage, including Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist, finally arrived at Santa Anita late Tuesday night aboard a Fed Ex plane. They had hoped to get out to Southern California and Santa Anita late Sunday aboard a Tex Sutton Air Equine Transport plane, the customary mode of transportation for race horses in this country. But due to a broken windshield on Sutton’s plane, schedules for several East Coast horses got pushed back. Clement told Bloodhorse.com that Tex Sutton could not ‘accommodate’ him and so he switched gears and booked the Fed Ex flight.

This is on top of Clement’s inability to get works into his two turf runners before they… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Eleven – The Mile

Photo by Todd Buchanan

Photo by Todd Buchanan

For the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we have presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We have featured one Breeders’ Cup race per day and now we’re at our second to last day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country. Today, it’s the Breeders’ Cup Mile… Read the rest of this entry >>

Zenyatta Filly Euthanized Following Paddock Accident

Zenyatta with Z-Princess shortly after her birth last May.

Zenyatta with Z-Princess shortly after her birth last May.

By Jim Charvat

The youngest foal of champion mare, Zenyatta, had to be euthanized Tuesday night after a paddock accident at Lane’s End Farm. She was rushed to nearby Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital but veterinarians could not save her and she was later humanely put down.

The weanling daughter by War Front was Zenyatta’s third foal following a colt by Bernardini, named Cozmic One, and another colt, Ziconic, by Tapit. They’re both doing fine. Cozmic One, now a two-year old, is actually training for her debut with John Sherreff’s at Belmont Park. Ziconic, a yearling, has just begun training at Mayberry Farm near Ocala, Florida.

Zenyatta has been residing at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky since her retirement in 2010. Owners, Jerry and Ann Moss gave Zenyatta… Read the rest of this entry >>

Silver Charm Returning to U.S., To Reside at Old Friends

Silver Charm will returns to Kentucky, to Old Friends Farm next month

Silver Charm returns to Kentucky, to Old Friends Farm, next month

Silver Charm is returning home to Kentucky.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in 1997, Silver Charm missed the Triple Crown by a few yards when he was run down by Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes. He was owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Bob Baffert.

Silver Charm was retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky in 1999 and stood there for five seasons until he was sold to a Japanese interest and moved to Japan in 2005. Earlier this year the big gray was pensioned and earlier this month, Michael Blowen, of Old Friends said he got a call asking if he had room for a gray stallion “that needs a home.”

“I freaked out,” Blowen told Bloodhorse.com adding that in the past month they have received arguably the two best horses Bob Baffert has ever trained, referring to Game On Dude who arrived at the farm a couple of weeks ago.

Silver Charm was named 3-year old champion in 1997. At four he won the Dubai World Cup and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year. He retired with 12 wins in 24 starts and earning totaling over $6.9 million.

The 20-year old son of Silver Buck, out of Bonnie’s Poker, is expected to arrive at Old Friends by late November.

Magician Out of Breeders’ Cup Turf: 2nd Major Defection in Two Days

Magician will not defend his title in the Breeders' Cup turf.

Magician will not defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup turf.

By Jim Charvat

The defending champion in the Breeders’ Cup Turf will not run after he was found lame while training today at Santa Anita. His connections say he will instead be sent to Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky for a career as a stallion, which was the plan after the Breeders’ Cup anyway.

Magician is the second big name horse to drop out of the Breeders’ Cup in as many days. Tuesday, American Pharoah was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he was the probable favorite,… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Ten – The Sprint

B0_CPxVCEAEDhdSFor the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we are presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We are featuring one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country. Today, it’s the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

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New York Racing Shifts to Aqueduct: Opener Wednesday

The six month run at Aqueduct begins Wednesday

The six month run at Aqueduct begins Wednesday

By Sean Morris

Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, October 29, where opening weekend will feature the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park, as well as a trio of graded stakes at the Big A.

On opening day, guests will be greeted by more than $14 million in capital improvements to the facility designed to enhance the guest experience. Notable upgrades include high-definition infield video boards equipped with Trakus technology, 557 flat screen, HD televisions and new airport-style seating, to go along with a host of improvements designed to increase the quality and safety of racing.

In addition to the Breeders’ Cup simulcast, Aqueduct offers live racing over the five-day… Read the rest of this entry >>

American Pharoah Out of Breeders’ Cup: Turns Up Lame Tuesday

American Pharoah is out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

American Pharoah is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Word from the Bob Baffert barn this morning is that the heavy favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, American Pharoah, is out of the Breeders’ Cup after turning up lame.

The G1 Frontrunner and G1 Del Mar Futurity winner had been working great at Santa Anita and looked poised for another good run on Saturday but the connections said he was “off” this morning and even though x-rays proved negative and vets can’t find anything wrong, owner Ahmed Zayat said he did not want to take any chances.

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Shared Belief Puts in Final Work: Hops in Van, Heads to So Cal

Shared Belief gets his bath before boarding a van for Southern California Tuesday.

Shared Belief gets his bath before boarding a van for Southern California Tuesday.

By Jim Charvat

It’s going to be a long day Tuesday for the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Shared Belief put in his final work at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday morning. After a bath he was loaded in a van and shipped down to Southern California to Santa Anita, a seven hour drive that should have him in his stall by late Tuesday afternoon.

With Russell Baze in the saddle, Shared Belief put in a 4-furlong work in :52.4, just what trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer wanted because of the van ride ahead. Baze came back all smiles and was very pleased with the breeze.

The Eclipse Award Winning 2-year old has been nothing short of magnificent in his 3-year old season. He remains undefeated after seven races.

Other Breeders’ Cup News

California Chrome’s schooling session in the paddock at Santa Anita got a little dicey for a moment Tuesday morning. The big chestnut stood calmly for a while but then decided he’d had enough and reared up, appeared to clip a metal railing before landing… Read the rest of this entry >>