That connection unfortunately has been lost through technology, which in many ways has made the life of a horseplayer much easier. But has it also become less rewarding?
The NBC Sports Group will provide 90 minutes of live coverage Jan. 28 from Gulfstream Park that will be available on TVs, desktop computers, and mobile devices.
Ruffian's brilliance dazzled but burned out much too quickly
Keene Thoroughbreds' Texas Chrome faced enough trouble to have his share of excuses Sept. 25 in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III), but once again found just enough to win his third straight stakes.
Jockey Stewart Elliott won his first Southern California riding title, while Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill shared training honors at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Connect was in fine fettle Sept. 25, the day after his Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) victory at Parx Racing and trainer Chad Brown said the Breeders' Cup will be considered along with several other races.
Unbeaten dual French classic-winning filly La Cressonniere will bypass the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 2 at Chantilly after suffering a mild setback, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget said.
California Chrome, North America's all-time leading money earner, arrived by van at Santa Anita Park Sept. 25 to begin final preparations for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1.
Star Kentucky-bred filly Lady Aurelia is to return to the United States for some time off at co-owner Stonestreet Farm near Lexington after a scope following her first defeat in the Sept. 24 Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) shows she bled.
Jurgen Imm's homebred Nightflower captured the Preis von Europa (Ger-I) for the second successive year Sept. 25 at Cologne.
The California Horse Racing Board suspended trainer Steve Miyadi's license Sept. 25, following an incident Sept. 23, in which he shoved CHRB commissioner and active jockey Alex Solis.
James McIngvale's champion sprint male Runhappy worked five furlongs in :58 1/5 Sept. 25 at Keeneland in preparation for his 2016 debut in Churchill Downs' Oct. 1 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).
Hronis Racing's Accelerate took the long way around the racetrack and had to wait out a lengthy inquiry, but was able to survive both to win his graded stakes debut Sept. 24 in the $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II).
Louisiana-bred standout Star Guitar, a winner of 22 stakes in the Pelican State, saw his first winner as a stallion Sept. 24 when Clifford Grum's homebred Senor Guitar rallied from fifth to score a clear win in a Churchill Downs maiden-claiming race.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., trainer Larry Rivelli, and Vince Foglia's Patricia's Hope all repeated their 2015 meet titles at the conclusion of Arlington International Racecourse's 74-day meet Sept. 24.
A change in tactics proved to be the winning decision for Mr. and Mrs. William Warren's Mrs McDougal Sept. 24 in the $200,000 Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Dual Canadian classic winner Caren led at every point of call and posted her first graded win by the slimmest margin in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen (Can-IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 24 at Woodbine.
After a poor performance in his first graded stakes try in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), late-developing 3-year-old Connect bounced back with a narrow win over Gun Runner in the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Deeply Undervalued made the best of his stakes debut Sept. 24 with a closing score in the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park.
The champion filly toyed with fellow grade I winners Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia Sept. 24 at Parx Racing, then built her win streak to 11 with a clear victory under a hand ride from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
After twice settling for minor placings in graded stakes, Noholdingback Bear would not be denied in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) as he rallied four wide in the stretch to secure his first graded stakes victory.
Jump Sucker Stables' Blacktype set a course record Sept. 24 in the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park, running a mile in 1:33.43 on the Maryland oval's All Along turf course.
Robert Masterson's brilliant mare Tepin, the reigning champion turf female, headlines the list of horses nominated to Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend Oct. 7-9, opening weekend of the Lexington track's fall meet.
Black Heart Bart set up a show down with superstar mare Winx in two weeks time with his Sept. 24 romp in the Underwood (Aus-I) at Caulfield.
The Last Lion led all the way and scored a 25-1 upset over favorite Blue Point in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 24 at Newmarket.
Toronto icon and 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou has officially been retired from racing, according to trainer Mark Casse.
Evelyn Stockwell's homebred Brave Anna upset five other juvenile fillies Sept. 24 in the £102,078 ($132,701) Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
With the slightest morning chill Southern California would allow in late September, Los Alamitos Race Course's resident star logged his final timed workout for the upcoming Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Steve Miyadi was arrested Sept. 23 after he shoved jockey and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Alex Solis during training hours at Santa Anita Park.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester, upset winner of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in June, will be looking for another victory over the Churchill Downs main track when he makes his next start in the $175,000 Lukas Classic Oct. 1.
John C. Oxley's promising 2-year-old Classic Empire worked from the starting gate over the Churchill Downs main track Sept. 23.
The fields are shaping up for Belmont Park's first of two "Super Saturdays" cards Oct. 1, leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
After Beholder's last timed workout in preparation for the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), just more than a week out from the Oct. 1 race, trainer Richard Mandella said she is ready to take on Stellar Wind in a rematch of champions.
Believing suspended trainer Marcus Vitali may have been working with trainer Allan Hunter to effectively train horses during his suspension, The Stronach Group announced this week that no entries would be taken for horses trained by Vitali.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing
Trainer David Braddy notched his 1,000th career victory when Flemish Cap scored a front-running victory in the sixth race Sept. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
A change to the Pick Six wager that is expected to offer large payoffs and re-energize what has been California's most popular exotic bet will have its debut with the opening of the annual Del Mar fall race meeting.
After six previous meetings that include one-two finishes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Nyquist and Exaggerator go toe to toe for Round 7 in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
The morning-line second choice at 2-1 odds behind Super Derby (gr. III) winner Texas Chrome (9-5), Martin Racing Stable's Fish Trappe Road was sixth last out in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27
Jockey Irwin Rosendo rallied Cupid's Hit from sixth place to a clear victory in the final race of the Sept. 21 card at ThistleDown to notch the 1,000th victory of his career.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project will welcome horse industry leaders and policy makers from across the state to discuss ways to protect and promote the commonwealth's signature industry at the Equine Industry Conference Oct. 17-18 in Lexington.
Owner Joe Ragsdale reports his winner of the Sept. 19 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II), will likely make her next start in Keeneland's Thoroughbred Cup of America Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 8.
Blackjackcat switches from turf to dirt and could spring surprise on Shared Belief first- and second-place finishers Accelerate and Semper Fortis at nine furlongs
The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.
WinStar Farm's American Patriot is among 10 3-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) coming up Sept. 24, bringing grade I stakes-placed credentials into the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes.
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Bettors will have a challenge sorting out the improving horses from the ones who displayed earlier talent and could be ripe for a rebound in the Commonwealth Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 24 at Laurel Park.
Both Christophe Clement and Chad Brown have two runners for Belmont Park's Sept. 24 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT). The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener turf course.
Undefeated Ancient Secret will race outside of New York for the first time Sept. 24 in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.
Part of what Servis is counting on headed into in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) is the fact Songbird has yet to hook a rival who offers what his Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-winning charge, Cathryn Sophia, brings to the table.
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