good reads

These are a few of my favourite places to read about horse racing.  Some are more general, some are more focused on specific topics, but they all are worth reading, and have helped me learn more about the sport.

  • All Day Racing: Selections, discussions on the theory of handicapping, and commentary on the sport of horse racing by Seth Abrams.
  • And Down The Stretch They Come: The first horse racing blog I ever read regularly, and frequently updated with previews and recaps of big stakes races.  Also, if you’re ever in the mood to try writing about horse racing, the blog allows readers to submit fanposts.
  • Bloodstock in the Bluegrass: Regular (approximately weekly) articles focused on breeding and bloodline topics.
  • Blood-Horse: Probably self-explanatory, but full of news, information, and higher-level (MSW, allowance, and stakes) race replays.
  • Boojum’s Bonanza: Analysis and critique of Thoroughbred breeding theories.
  • Brooklyn Backstretch: A focus on New York racing, with discussions of racehorse retirement and other national topics as well.
  • ‘Capping with Candice: Racing previews and analysis, as well as a nice and regularly updated list of horses to watch.  She also posts a frequent video series of stakes race preview discussions between her and Derbyologist.
  • Chicago Barn to Wire: Information, links, and discussion forums covering thoroughbred and harness racing in Chicago.
  • Colin’s Ghost: From well-known horses to long shots, this blog contains some of my favourite explorations of horse racing history.
  • Danonymous Racing: Horse racing news, picks, and articles — by both Dan and the fans.  Danonymous Racing also hosts handicapping competitions periodically, which I participate in and post about here.
  • Derbyologist: Pre-race and post-race analysis, with a nice dash of statistics.  Also, regular video stakes race previews with Candice of ‘Capping with Candice.
  • Daily Racing Funnies: Big race updates…and the nicest, most adorable cartoons in horse racing.
  • Equibase: Another self-explanatory one, but it’s the place for race charts and statistics.
  • Hangin’ With Haskin: Stories about both horses and the people in horse racing.
  • Horse Races Now: Race fields, live racing, and race replays from the comfort of your mobile device.  I use this app to follow workouts and entries for my favourite horses, as well as to watch the races at Hawthorne on days when I can’t make it out to the track.
  • Horse Sense: Discussion and analysis of racing and pedigrees by Emily White.
  • Jason Beem: Author of Southbound, track announcer at Portland Meadows, and full of astute and often fun observations about horse racing.  Make sure to listen to his podcast.
  • Magna Fortuna: A blog following the lives of Magna Fortuna and his dam, Silver Option.  Silver Option was rescued while in foal to Magna Graduate.  Magna Fortuna, a four-year-old colt raced at Arlington and Hawthorne by Silver Option’s rescuers, is that foal.
  • One Horse Stable: Thoughts and observations from a fellow Midwestern horse racing fan.  I particularly love his bio, a timeline both insightful and encouraging for folks like me, who are new here and trying to find their place in this sport.
  • Past the Grandstand: There are actually two Past the Grandstands, one on Blogger and one on Horse Racing Nation.  They’re both worth reading, and between the two they cover the gamut from big races to off-track Thoroughbreds to personal narrative from someone who has grown up passionate about horses.
  • Picks and Ponderings: Picks and stakes race recaps from Arlington and Hawthorne, with the occasional road trip for a big stakes, written by one of my favourite folks-about-track here in Chicago…and now, by me as well.
  • ShapperDaCapper: Sports handicapping and analysis from Scott Shapiro.  The site covers mostly horse racing, though there are frequently columns on other sports as well.
  • The Paddock View: This is written by a longtime Chicago racing fan who now lives in Houston, and writes about racing all over the country.
  • Three Colts Handicapping:  The Three Colts are based out of California, and provide picks and analysis for cards out west, but they talk on their blog (and on Twitter!) about big races all over the country as well.
  • What Do I Bet On: Everything I have learned on Twitter about strange things to bet on, I have learned from Andrew Rideout.  Now he has a blog, which is also the home of the Track Food Tourney.
  • Zipse at the Track:  The flagship blog on Horse Racing Nation, and one of my favourites.  Previews, recaps, and on-point thought about what’s going on in the racing world.

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