We read up on what’s happening in the thoroughbred world on a daily basis. It’s always a smart idea to stay up with industry trends so you can at the least, hold a conversation with someone else. So I’ve curated a list of the top 5 sources that we use here at Pedigree Productions on a daily basis. These are in no particular order, they are just some suggestions so you can have an option on what you read so you can stay up to date.
1. Daily Bloodhorse
This is emailed to you the night before usually around 9 or 10pm. So perfect if you are a night owl and want to knock out some reading before the day even starts. The link to the sign up page is as follows: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/daily. The layout for this is pretty easy to follow. They have a table of contents at the beginning of it to help you scan the page a little quicker too, which I like.
It starts off with any major race recaps followed with maybe a profile or market analysis of some kind followed by stakes results from around America. This is very helpful for us. We can quickly see if any horses in an upcoming sale need to be updated. This is what we do after any major race weekend (Breeders’ Cup, Dubai World Cup, etc.)
2. Thoroughbred Daily News
Sticking with the theme of daily news, this is my second read. I have the app downloaded on my iPad, so I just download it straight from there. The link to download their daily edition is as follows: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com. Click the red button on the far left of the menu.
From my experience, they go into a little more detail on the bigger races. They also have an international version (full disclosure: don’t look at frequently) which I think can be helpful especially if you have clients who are in different countries (we do and it’s proven useful to stay up to date with racing there too).
I’ve also noticed that they do a better job of making sure you can share the story on social media. It’s always nice to share the love <3.
3. Paulick Report
I feel like there is the most real commentary on this website. There isn’t a daily edition or anything, but they are at every sale and every race observing what is going on and sharing their insight every step of the way. His website is at http://www.paulickreport.com. There is a lot of great info to dive into. An interesting part that I like about his site is the “Foals of 2016.” It’s interesting to see where the next winners are coming from and it’s always fun to watch the progress of the horses.
From time to time, there is some confusing between a consigner/owner and us. Usually someone thinks a horse somewhere in the bloodline ran in a race and we need to fact check it. One of the quickest resources we have is using equibase.com. They have almost 100% accurate stats on races across North America. The reason why I said almost 100% is that these aren’t official results. We rely on information from The Jockey Club. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get back to us with an answer and this gives us a fairly sure answer. The Jockey Club usually confirms what we find.
5. Google News
When I’m feeling rushed, this is a quick solution. I don’t like doing this all the time, but it gets the job done. Simply go to http://google.com and type in “Thoroughbred Racing News” and click the news tab. Should be the second one. You’ll get a plethora of news articles. Mostly from the sites I listed above, just mixed together in a not so thoughtfully curated list. Not the best solution, but when you’re in a bind and feel rushed it is helpful.
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