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Weekly Wire – April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

TORONTO/MILTON, April 28, 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.

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‘Always Bet the Gray:’ The History Behind Derby Favorite Essential Quality’s Silver Coat

Gray horses are so infrequent in fields that the superstition “Always bet the gray” has been whispered for decades, and those following this wisdom on the first Saturday in May by betting on Essential Quality may just reap the rewards! (

Largest Derby Wager Ever? Mattress Mack Plans to Bet At Least $2 Million On Essential Quality

James McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture Stores, has launched a company promotion titled: “Kentucky Derby Fave Wins, You Win,” in which customers purchasing a mattress valued at over $3,000 will get their money back if Essential Quality wins Saturday’s Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. (

Kentucky Oaks: Cox looking for third win in last four years

Trainer Brad Cox will take two shots at winning his third Kentucky Oaks in the last four years when he sends out Travel Column and Coach in Friday’s 147th running for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. (

‘Bet the Edge’: NBC Sports Betting Podcast Debuts Monday

NBC Sports EDGE Monday launched its new daily sports betting podcast, “Bet the Edge,” which is hosted by Sara Perlman and analyst Drew Dinsick. Each weekday, Perlman and Dinsick discuss and analyze news, trends, and upcoming games through a sports betting lens to help listeners make more informed predictions and picks. (

What’s Going on Here: Destiny and Digits

There are a couple of approaches to selecting the Derby winner – some story lines to the Derby are just standouts, and the path from contender to winner’s circle seems so obvious by early evening on the first Saturday in May. (

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Harness: Party Girl Hill retired

Party Girl Hill, the world-record-setting 2020 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old female pacer, has been retired because of an injury discovered after training this past weekend. (

Trois Rivieres: Green light given for racing in Quebec

Late Monday afternoon (4/26) the Quebec Jockey Club received word from the Quebec Health Ministry that harness racing can resume at the Hippodrome 3R. Official word on when the track will open for live racing will be decided shortly. There will no spectators allowed for live racing or qualifiers. (

Louis-Philippe Roy has Auspicious Start at Hoosier Park

Canadian reinsman Louis-Philippe Roy didn’t waste any time reaching the winner’s circle at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Friday night (April 23). He collected victories in his first two trips behind the gate, steering I’vegotagirlcrush to a 1:51.3 triumph in the night’s first race before returning two races later with Pauly Wally as a quarter-length victor. (

40-Year Drought Ends

Greg Hargreaves, known warmly as “the Doc” for his role as Veterinary Steward at tracks across Northern and Western Victoria, expanded his interests in the sport three years ago, by getting together “a few broodmares and a couple of stallions” to establish a stud at his Wedderburn property. (

History Made at Nutrient Sale

Trotting yearlings topped the averages at a harness racing’s major standardbred sale for the first time ever in Australasia at the Nutrient Equine Standardbred Yearling sale in Melbourne. (

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