Jay Hovdey

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Sat Oct 8
2011
Jay Hovdey
I realize it is in the interests of all concerned to frame the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 as the race that will determine the 2011 Horse of the Year. Understandably, this is the talking point emanating from the informational wing of the Breeders' Cup, since such a theme cultivates energetic pre-event chatter and helps sell tickets. It also perpetuates the self-fulfilling mandate of the Breeders' Cup as THE year-end championship event. If winning the Classic does not confer the ultimate award, what does?
Sat Aug 6
2011
Jay Hovdey
This time of year it rains Hall of Fame inductions, from major league baseball in Cooperstown (Bert Blyleveln entered last month), to the NFL last Saturday night (all hail Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger and Les Richter) to this Friday's ceremonies in Saratoga Springs for Thoroughred racing's finest.
Sun Jul 24
2011

Head Down

6:11PM
Jay Hovdey
Of the $15,715,478 gambled on the races at Del Mar on Saturday through transparently reportable sources, $31,413 of it was bet on the debut of the Head-to-Head proposition offered in the featured Eddie Read. This figure represented 0.19 % of the total pool (okay, let's round up and call it 0.2 % -- looks better), which is just about where it belongs until, hopefully, it is put out of its misery.
Sun Jul 10
2011
Jay Hovdey
While waiting for the Hollywood Gold Cup horses to take the stage on Saturday, I tickled the keyboard and landed on this headline: "Sports Illustrated's Ultimate Playlist"
Fri Jul 1
2011
Jay Hovdey
Consider for a moment the larger issues being raised by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's investigation into the charges against chief steward John Veitch surrounding the poor performance of Life at Ten in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic last November at Churchill Downs.