Post-Derby Reactions/Horse Conditions (Actively Updating)

Let’s be honest: this year’s Derby was a madhouse between the track conditions and the 20 horse field, the chaos has extended to social media as fans and connections alike try to make sense of the previous day’s results. To dispel any nasty rumors and inaccurate reports, here are the most up-to-date information on the…

IMHO: The Three Year Old Scramble

It would be the understatement of the year to say that I was disappointed when I heard the news that Unique Bella was taken out of training for “at least 60 days”, as according to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, and would subsequently miss the Oaks. While I didn’t have a “soul searching” moment after the announcement,…

A History of Polish Racing

According to the New Universal Encyclopedia of the Polish Scientific Publishers, horse racing is the oldest form of riding, though no one is entirely sure when exactly people began to take up racing on the Polish territory.  However, “horse racing” back in that time period is not the same as the sport we know and…

The Fillies and Mares of Racing 2017

  Remember the days when people complained about the quality of the filly and mare divisions? Well, they can complain no more as both the sophomore ladies and the upperclassmen are as strong as we have seen in the last few years; led by two stand-outs in particular: Songbird and Unique Bella. Unique Bella, the…

Va Bank-The Background Story

Undefeated. A Triple Crown winner. The highest rated racehorse in the country’s racing history. Any one of these descriptions on a horse’s resume would be spectacular. Now, imagine having the honor of all three at the same time. Va Bank is a Polish sensation; a superstar that has enjoyed a rare combination of accomplishments and…

The Galloper Is Back!

After a bit of a hiatus, I am very happy to announce that The Casual Galloper has returned with a vengeance and with a new perspective! I will not longer just be covering American racing and breeding but I will be expanding into the Polish Racing scene as well. My grand wish is to bring…

What’s New: Writing Topic Submissions

Hi everyone, This post is actually a rather humorous house-keeping note to start out. It pertains to some of the topics that I have been receiving in my email as potential posts. Some of you have the weirdest sense of humor.

Understanding Thoroughbred Auctions: The Ring

Any auction can be an overwhelming experience to someone who isn’t a frequent visitor to the sales ring. An auction on the scale of the Keeneland September Yearling sale IS overwhelming, even for many a seasoned veteran. So, since the world famous auction is currently in progress on the grounds of this year’s Breeders’ Cup…

Is The Triple Crown Not Enough?

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. -Archie Griffen Take a look at the picture above. What you see is a feat that will go down into the tomes of history.

Stallion in Review: Gio Ponti

If you’re looking for an attractive young stallion, you need not look further than Gio Ponti. A stunning individual, he immediately draws the eye to him. He isn’t blessed with chrome galore nor does he have an unusual color, but that doesn’t impede his ability to capture the attention.  The lack of white is no…

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