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The Weekly Wire – May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

May 19, 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

At Age Seven, Arklow Picks Up Graded Win in Louisville

Grade 1 winner Arkow has aged well. The 7-year-old horse, who made his first start of the year, won Saturday’s 84th running of the G3 Louisville Stakes at Churchill Downs by one length over Red Knight in 2:27.13 – a stakes record for the 1 ½-mile turf marathon. (

A Stinky Situation: Horses Can Smell Human Fear

A study from Poland has shown that horses are able to smell human emotions – including fear. Dr. Agnieszka Sabiniewicza and her research team collected body odor samples from 10 people who were either happy or fearful to see if the emotional states elicited different responses in horses exposed to them. (

Record Black-Eyed Susan Day Handle Exceeds $27 Million

Total handle on the 14-race card at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Friday was up 29.6 percent over the record total handle on the card in 2019, the track announced. (

Preakness 2021: Jockey Flavien Prat Feels Real Joy with Real Victory

There’s something more tangible, more solid, more exhilarating, about actually crossing under the wire in front of everyone else. Yes, Flavien Prat won the 2019 Kentucky Derby when Country House was declared the winner via disqualification, but the unbridled joy he experienced Saturday in winning the Preakness made this brand new territory. (

‘Uncomplicated’ Preakness Stakes Winner Rombauer Got His Start at Machmer Hall

Neither Carrie Brogden, nor her Machmer Hall Farm appeared in the track program among the connections for Preakness Stakes winner Rombauer, but her phone messages exploded after the race as if it was. (


Standardbred Links

Elegantimage Passes Away at Age 27

TROT INSIDER has reported that Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Elegantimage has passed away at the age of 27. The daughter of Balanced Image – Eclair Hanover was retired from broodmare duties for owner Doug Millard, residing at Spring Haven Farm in Utica, Ohio at the time of her passing on Friday, May 14. (

Johnson Stable Makes PEI Home

The Colin Johnson harness racing stable has made the permanent move to P.E.I. and will look for its first bite of glory Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. (

EquineX Making its Mohawk Million Slots Available to Those that Register

Paul Simmonds said there’s two main reasons EquineX is spending $200,000 (CDN) to buy two slots to this year’s $1 million Mohawk Million. First, the standardbred owner and chairman of EquineX wants to support the concept of a major buy-in race. Second, he sees it as an opportunity to promote EquineX by making the slots available to those that register with the company. (

Meadowlands: Manchego Wins Despite Layoff, Tough Trip in Thrilling Cutler Memorial

Manchego, making her first start of 2021 after being sick in her last qualifier on April 24, called on all her class and overcame a two-wide journey from post nine to win the $141,250 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for open trotters on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51 1/5. (

Let Us Race

Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa has posted a video on YouTube to advocate for the resumption of horse racing in Ontario, including statistics and facts about why and how racing is a safe activity that can easily follow Covid-19 protocols.


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