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Just back from the Breeder’s Cup.  What a nice expericnce.  First, I want to congratulate two of our trainers, Carla Gaines and Dale Romams, for winning Breeders' Cup races.  That is the height of our sport, and it is a tremendous accomplishment.  Not that any of us needed further evidence, but it is proof of just how good our training team is.

Anyone who was at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon as Zenyatta thrilled the racing world knows this game still has quite a bit of life in it.   In early September, after watching the Rachel Alexandra Woodward win, I thought it would be a long time before I felt as moved after a horserace.  I was dead wrong.  The BC Classic was just as, if not more, stimulating. 

I am proud we were part of both the Woodward and the BC Classic.  Awesome Gem gave it a great try, he was just not good enough.  We needed a great trip and some luck to hit the board.  Didn’t happen.

El Gato Malo also ran hard but could not make a dent into the lead of a very nice horse, California Flag.  Gato is a sound, honest horse who will be quite a bit of fun going forward as a five year-old in 2010.

I know so many people in our industry who knocked the decision to stage the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita for two straight years.  Well, I’ve always been a big fan of the saying “the proof is in the pudding”.  Two years at Santa Anita – not one horse seriously injured, great weather, increased attendance in year two and declines in wagering less than the industry trends.  Sure, the Breeder’s Cup can, and will, tweak some things going forward for 2010 (to be held at Churchill Downs). 

We ran a filly yesterday at Philly Park by the name of Amazed By Grace.  She was terrible as a two year old.  In fact, the vets at the New Bolton Clinic indicated she had a malfunctioning heart and most likely would not be a viable racehorse going forward.

Our only choice was to give her time and see if Mother Nature could take care of this little “issue”.  Off to the farm she went.

Fast forward a year.   She’s knocked off four straight races.  Grace has a stride the size of Texas and looks to love her work.  She received a 92 Beyer number.

You’ll be hearing more from this filly in the near future.

Finally, today is Veteran's Day.  I wanted to take a moment to thank all our veterans for protecting our country and our freedoms.  You are the true American heroes.

Until next week.

 

TPF

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Nov 11 2009 - 12:00am
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12 am on November 11, 2009

Just back from the Breeder’s Cup.  What a nice expericnce.  First, I want to congratulate two of our trainers, Carla Gaines and Dale Romams, for winning Breeders' Cup races.&

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Just got out to California for the 2009 Breeder's Cup.  Had a quick dinner with the President of the BC, Greg Avioli.  He's done a great job building the BC brand over the last few years.  More Europeans than ever before, betting with Betfair, large fields, twenty five million in purses.  The BC is doing quite a few things right.

This is a week to cherish the horses and connections who will compete on Friday and Saturday.  It's a time to give thanks and remember why we all love this game so much.

Awesome Gem is set for the Classic.  I know we will be a longshot.  I know he's not the fastest horse on paper.  I also know he tries hard every time he runs and he's in the best form of his long career.  You heard it here first, Awesome Gem, could shock the world on Saturday afternoon.

We are close to finding out if El Gato Malo go into the Turf Sprint.  We are the first one on the outside looking in.  Entries are on Tuesday morning.  I just heard we many have one filly opting for the Filly/Mare Sprint instead of the Turf Sprint.  We only need one.  "The Bad Cat" is training well and this will be his third race back off a layoff.  He'll show up on Saturday.

Lots of excitement all week.  The big stage.  Where everyone wants to be.  Gotta be in it to win it.  Hey, anything can happen.  The list of sayings goes on and on.  We'll line up in the starting gate on Saturday and let the best horse win.

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Nov 2 2009 - 12:00am
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12 am on November 02, 2009

Just got out to California for the 2009 Breeder's Cup.  Had a quick dinner with the President of the BC, Greg Avioli.  He's done a great job building the BC brand over the last

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Really have a heavy heart over the loss of our Northern California budding star, Our Reward after a paddock accident on Sunday night.  This sure is a tough game – as they say “not a game for men who wear short pants”.

Just got back from a trip to New York City with Josh Cooper, our crackerjack Chief Operating Officer.  I take the train from Trenton and am in the middle of NYC in about 70 minutes.  Always good to get out of the office to meet with clients away from the racetrack.

South Bronx and Prince Teton saw the winner’s circle last week at Belmont and Keeneland.  Both are hard trying three year-olds who should have good years in 2010.  The action moves to Aqueduct this week for the long winter/spring meet.  Just think at the end of the Aqueduct meet in 2010, we'll be a fews weeks away from the Kentucky Derby.  Somewhere on a backstretch (most likely in America), the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner is munching on hay and having bandages applied.  Where is he (or here)?

Breeder’s Cup is next week.  We are going in with two horses under the radar screen but two that we think could upset the apple cart.  We just made the pre-entry for both on Monday with a bank wire to the Breeder’s Cup.  We enter next Tuesday at the draw party held at Santa Anita.  Should be  a fun week.  Reni Schriek, who works with JB on the West Coast, is at the helm of our Breeder’s Cup planning.  Give her a shout if you need anything out there next week (760) 458-3448.

The first time we ran a Breeder’s Cup starter was at Santa Anita in 2003 with a nice sprinter named Ethan Man.  The best we’ve finished was third the 2007 Classic at Monmouth.  It’s time we won one of these BC races…

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11 pm on October 27, 2009

Really have a heavy heart over the loss of our Northern California budding star, Our Reward after a paddock accident on Sunday night.  This sure is a tough game – as they say “n

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Another week in the books.  Had a good win with our nice, New York-bred filly Speed Dating last Friday.  It was off the turfer and five horse field but the pot stayed the same so we’ll take the money and not ask any questions….

The Breeder’s Cup is less than three weeks away.  West Point will run two horses, Awesome Gem and El Gato Malo.  It’s our Super Bowl and everybody wants a shot at the big dollar purses given away in fourteen races over two days.

Debbie and I spent a few days in Saratoga over the weekend.  This is a fun town but things sure are different since the last weekend we were here – that was the Woodward Weekend when Rachel beat Macho Again by a short neck.  The leaves are beginning to pile up all over town and the temperature is dropping quickly.  I can see the starting gate of the main track from my living room window.  Can’t wait for next July to get here…

Congie DeVito, our fearless head of communications, is a Temple graduate (summa cum laude, I might add).  His Temple Owl football team put a whipping on Army this past Saturday in Philadelphia.  They were just a better coached, more athletic squad than the Army Team.   Well done, DeVito – you called this one early and often.

Do me a favor if you really love this racing business – take a moment to send a few friends and associates to the Breeder’s Cup webpage: www.breederscup.com

Walk them through what has gone on all year to get to this point.  Tell them to watch the ESPN telecast early next month of the BC races.  See if you can cultivate their interest in racing.  Vow to take them to the track in due time.  We need more fans in our sport.  We can change the direction of our industry, one person at a time.  It’s up to each one of us.

Until next week.

Terry

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Oct 18 2009 - 11:00pm
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11 pm on October 18, 2009

Another week in the books.  Had a good win with our nice, New York-bred filly Speed Dating last Friday.  It was off the turfer and five horse field but the pot stayed the same so we&rs

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On my way back from a 24 hour trip to North Carolina to see a soccer game.  We had a good weekend on the track with wins by the exciting two year-old Middle Of The Night and the improving three year-old filly Amazed By Grace.  All thoughts and focus now on the Breeders' Cup early next month at Santa Anita. We have a shot to run two on Saturday.  It's not cheap to run in the BC.  To try the BC Classic requires a $150 thousand dollar entry fee.  The bottom line is you better feel pretty good about running well or it's better to stay home and watch the ESPN broadcast.

All the horses have settled in well with their respective New York trainers, (Tom Albertrani and Mike Hushion).  The yearlings in Ocala all have had a saddle put on their backs for the first time as of today.  David McKathan is like a horse whisperer with young stock.  

We are rounding the stretch and turning for home with our new website.  Technology always seems to outrun any upgrades but we think we have made great strides with the forthcoming web upgrade.  More to follow within the next two months.

Going to West Point on Thursday for an awards function honoring Ross Perot, Sr.  He's a Naval Academy grad but still seems like a good guy......  The Academy will award him the "Thayer Award" for outstanding contributions to our country.

Finally, this week is the Temple versus Army game.  We have quite an intra-company battle going on here.  Fortunately, I am the President, so I get the final word.  If you have any good ideas of what I can bet our communications director, let me know.  I still haven't paid off my bet from last year, but let's hope nobody remembers.

Go Army!

Make it a good week.

Terry

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11 pm on October 13, 2009

On my way back from a 24 hour trip to North Carolina to see a soccer game.  We had a good weekend on the track with wins by the exciting two year-old Middle Of The Night and the improving t

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Just back from our first European Sale.  Last week, Buzz Chace and I visited Ireland and the Goff's Sale.  My first trip to Ireland.  A beautiful country.  Went racing at The Curragh on Sunday and then visited the sale on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Bought three nice colts. Two Irish-breds and one Canadian-bred (go figure).  One will train and run in California; the other two will train in Ocala and run in the Northeast. 

They raise a very solid and sturdy horse in Ireland.  They are not as well prepped as the sales yearlings in the US - but that's not a negative.  More and more of the top bloodstock (stallions and mares) are finding their way out of the US market and into the European market.

We had a decent weekend - Awesome Gem got the money in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. 
Macho Again failed to fire against a solid group of top handicap horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont.  Flat Bold had a brutal trip finishing off the board in the Indiana Derby.  We'll live to fight another day with all three.

Breeder's Cup right around the corner.  We have a decent shot to run three.  Macho, Awesome Gem and El Gato Malo.  It's our Super Bowl and we need to win one of them sooner or later.

Until next week.

Terry
 

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11 pm on October 06, 2009

Just back from our first European Sale.  Last week, Buzz Chace and I visited Ireland and the Goff's Sale.  My first trip to Ireland.  A beautiful country.  Went racing at

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Just finishing my first day in Ireland.  Never been here before.  What a neat country. Buzz Chace and I are over for the Goff's Sale which starts on Tuesday.

We went to the races today at The Curragh.  First time I've seen bookies at work.  Weather was overcast but temperatures were mild.
Flight out of Philly was two hours across the Atlantic when the pilot came on and said we had to turn back to Philadelphia because of a problem with the autopilot.  Back to Philly, an hour wait, changed planes, then restarted the journey to Dublin.

The economy in Ireland has really taken a hit over the last year (even more so then the US economy) so we should be looking at some very good deals at the sale.
 
They play the US races on a national channel called "Attheraces" everyday here in Ireland.  I just saw Saratoga Russell get nipped at Monmouth and Majestic Peak break his maiden at Fairplex.  All of our horses are firing and running well these days.

We hit the air this week as Macho Again flies into New York for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Awesome Gem flies to Chicago for the Hawthorne Gold Cup and Flat Bold flies to Indiana for the Indiana Derby.  This will be a good weekend to get lucky.  We've put ourselves in the spots to get lucky - it's a real team effort.

You can look at information on the Goff's Sale at http://www.goffs.com
 
All the best for great week.

Terry

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11 pm on September 26, 2009

Just finishing my first day in Ireland.  Never been here before.  What a neat country. Buzz Chace and I are over for the Goff's Sale which starts on Tuesday.

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I restart my weekly blog after a six week stretch at Del Mar and Saratoga where we did video blogs each week.

Overall, we had two very solid meets on the east and west coasts.  Of course the highlight of the summer was our tough, grey colt, Macho Again, running a close second to the super filly, Rachel Alexandra, in the Woodward on September 3rd at the SPA.  Some writers called it the best race in the history of Saratoga.  Wow, they’ve run a good number of races on those hallowed grounds over the last 140 some years.

Very Cool.  If you haven't seen the race, click here.

I just got back from the Keeneland Sale.  Needless to say "the times they are a changing."  The averages prices were down almost 45%.  The buyback rate was almost 40%.  “Buyback” is the term used when the sellers don’t accept the auction price and effectively say to the market “I value my horse higher than you do”.

Far too many horses sold for less than the stud fee paid to produce them.  The stallion market has dried up and the stud fees for 2010 will surely tumble.

Now, the good news – finally the end user is getting a better shot at making a decent return on investment.  For too many years, the market forgot about the people and stables who race these sale horses.  Things are starting to turn and it’s about time.

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11 pm on September 19, 2009

I restart my weekly blog after a six week stretch at Del Mar and Saratoga where we did video blogs each week.

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Spent a week in California inspecting the West Coast stock and also watching my son Ryan play in a soccer tournament out there. I think I went four days without seeing a cloud in the sky. Great weather.

I go back to Kentucky this week for the first yearling sale of the year. Prices are way down (they are getting closer to where they should be - when you factor in purse money we run for). This may be the best buying era in the history of our industry. I know that is a bold statement - yearling prices may be down by 50% in 2009. I've said it before and will keep saying it - the turbulence in the market is not all bad. Lets hear it for the end user!!!!

Del Mar opens their summer meet in 48 hours and Saratoga one week after that. It's a bit of a bummer that both meets a happen at the same time - two treasures of our racing industry overlap each other. However, we are primed and ready to be a force at both meets. Got to love summer racing.

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11 pm on July 19, 2009

Spent a week in California inspecting the West Coast stock and also watching my son Ryan play in a soccer tournament out there. I think I went four days without seeing a cloud in the sky.

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Out on the West Coast after two days in Kentucky attending Breeders' Cup Meetings. The BC Board had quite a bit of turnover this year which is good in some respects - and no so good in others. Bottom line, the Board as a whole can make the BC Event better and better each year. I truly believe this area is best served with an evolution - not a revolution. More to come about the Breeder's Cup in coming months.

We had a good second on Sunday with The Whammer at Hollywood Park. What a nice, hard trying horse who has never been off the board. He'll be tough to keep outof the winner's circle down at Del Mar.

I am from Jersey but have to admit this weather out here ain't all that bad. I don't think I've seen a cloud in the sky for about four days.

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11 pm on July 13, 2009

Out on the West Coast after two days in Kentucky attending Breeders' Cup Meetings.

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