Horse (particularly harness) racing is often accused of being a dying sport, and if that's the case then Bill Finley attended a funeral at Thunder Ridge Raceway
) Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Even if horse racing isn't your bag, though, a worthwhile read for those interested in a night in the life of an entertainment venue on the border of Johnson & Floyd Counties (combined population ~70k). It's not the middle of nowhere, but it's not where you'd expect to find a gambling venue either.
posted by EJXD2
on Jun 11, 2013 -
"Black jockeys once dominated the Kentucky Derby, winning 15 of the first 28 titles between 1875 and 1902. They were former slaves and their sons – a vestige of colonial times, when planters owned both horses and riders. Post–Civil War, they were the country's best riders, but the narrow window opened by Reconstruction was slammed shut by Jim Crow. Even in Northern cities, white jockeys and officials ran black riders off the track, whitewashing their legacy. Churchill Downs was completely segregated throughout the 1950s.
On May 4, 29-year-old jockey Kevin Krigger looks to reverse that history at Churchill Downs, riding Goldencents, an early top-10 favorite trained by Doug O'Neill (who trained last year's winner). Krigger is just the second black jockey to compete in the Derby since 1921, and the first from the U.S. Virgin Islands."
Via Men's Journal [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive
on Apr 17, 2013 -
was a David Milch-created show on HBO last year. It was cancelled after one season. Some of you might have dug it. If so, you might also dig Out of Luck
: "The following blog is the writer’s depiction of an imagined racetrack-based story, an ongoing saga, which includes some of the characters depicted in the ill-fated Luck
series." It's written by John Perrotta who was a writer/producer/story editor on the show.
posted by dobbs
on Feb 19, 2013 -
Daily Racing Form: from nags to doping!
Horse racing is one of the oldest pastimes, with wagering on the nags following closely after. Betting intelligently requires either a good eye or an available record of past performance. Originally a Chicago newspaper, this periodical gives the tout the inside scoop on past performances. The monumental digitization of this paper brings a new light
on racing sport. And they're off and running...
posted by mfoight
on Oct 24, 2011 -
Japan World Cup.
It's in Japanese, but if you don't understand a word of what's going on here, but just click on random stuff until the race starts.
posted by empath
on May 26, 2011 -
After more threats of extinction than anyone could remember, the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation unexpectedly made good on a threat of its own and closed the doors to its parlors on Tuesday night. ... About 50 parlors around the city were shuttered. Some 1,000 employees lost their jobs. And a revenue stream that had funneled tens of millions of dollars a year to breeders, track owners and related businesses dried up. Another piece of gritty old New York had gone the way of the Automat and the Times Square peep show.
posted by Joe Beese
on Dec 9, 2010 -
may be the greatest mare ever. Even if your not normally into race horses, it's worth seeing this one, there may not be another like her. Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote Seabiscuit
, explains why
(NPR 6min). [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 17, 2010 -
The Name Game
Valley Creek Farms "solicits help from clever people each year to help name their young horses." If you consider yourself a gifted wordsmith with a knack for penning equine monikers that will get the bugs
a buzzin' and make the farrier
smile, this is your chance to take the reins. But it's not easy
. The rules are extensive
and your choice may already be taken
. But with luck, you may one day hear your literary masterpiece
of 18 letters or less roll off the caller's tongue and become part of thoroughbred history
posted by snez
on Feb 27, 2003 -
So, I guess, everyone is now ready for the greatest competition on Earth? It sure took long enough to get here and everyone has been intensively jockeying for position. It looks like it's going to be a exciting event. The whole world will be watching.
What, the election? No, of course not, I'm talking about the one and only Melbourne Cup
. Needless to say, I'm backing Diatribe (9 to 1). Oh, and here's one more election story
posted by lagado
on Nov 6, 2000 -