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The Weekly Wire – June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021 – As a horse racing fan, it can be difficult to keep up with all the major stories and excitement from around the world – that’s why we’ve gone the distance and done the leg work for you, curating the top news and notes from the horse racing industry to keep you in the know.

Thoroughbred Links:

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents in Their Care: Behind Wesley Ward is a Loyal, Larger-Than-Life Crew of Talent

Wesley Ward is on a roll. With 20 victories, including four stakes races, Ward recently secured his seventh training title at Keeneland Race Course, tying him with Henry Forrest for third all-time. (

Bloodlines: Northern Dancer’s Small Stature and Long Shadow

There is much to be said for pausing and considering how much the sport and the breed owes to the great sire Northern Dancer (by Nearctic). The great little bay, who stood 15.1 hands when he was feeling especially perky, was foaled 60 years ago, on May 27, 1961, and he overcame every barrier placed before him by nature or man. (

Fans Return to Saratoga at Near-Full Capacity

A year after fans were prohibited from attending the races at Saratoga Race Course due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic upstate New York track will open to near-full capacity this summer, the New York Racing Association and Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday. (

TDN Rising Stars

A signature TDN product, TDN Rising Stars allow readers to identify a race winner in the first few starts of his or her career who will, in our estimation, go on to be a Graded Stakes winner. (

Scheeler Named Chairman of HISA Board

Board members of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority have elected Charles Scheeler, a retired attorney who once led an investigation into performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball, as chairman, according to the organization. (

Standardbred Links:

Ten More Great Racetrack Money Stories

Last Sunday I wrote about my 10 best racetrack money stories. The feedback I received prompted me to do at least a second round of stories, because I’ve got many more tales — perhaps three dozen altogether. Most are firmly filed between the ears, but for a few more to come I needed to refer to some dusty old manilla envelopes. Here are the 10 next best racetrack money stories. (

Tears of Joy Following First Win

After a difficult start to his harness racing career in the sulky, there was no holding back the emotions as Sean O’Sullivan brought up his maiden win as a driver at Geelong on Wednesday night. (

Harness: The “Little Guy” is Still the Backbone of Standardbred Racing

Takter, Alagna, Burke. Those are the last names you read about all the time. The stars of our sport, often with dozens of horses spread among a plethora of tracks, with a battalion of caretakers, second trainers, “riders” and even stall cleaners affiliated with their stables. (

Alberta Horsemen Remain Sidelined

After sustaining injuries last week during racing accidents at Century Downs, drivers Dave Kelly, Nathan Sobey and Daryl Thiessen have some new-found clarity as to their respective recoveries. (

How to Score Big at the Betting Windows – Part 2

Maybe this sounds nonsensical, but one cannot have inside information about a horse unless one has actual inside information on a horse. Such was the case as per my tangential involvement in the private life of Kassa Branca – a monstrous son of No Nukes that I still remember with great affection. Maybe you remember him too. (

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