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Special Eclipse Award for Heroic Responders

☛ January 13th, 2018 by ☛ admin

Eclipse Awards to Honor Heroes in the Industry

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s 47th Annual Eclipse Awards will be Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at Gulfstream Park; preceding Saturday’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fl.

The Eclipse Awards, bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America in 2017 have earned them the title of champion in 17 categories. Special Eclipse Awards will honor the heroic response to both the San Luis Rey fires and Hurricane Maria’s effect on Camarero.

Read more about this year’s honorary recipients at THE PAULICK REPORT:

Paulick Report: Special Eclipse Award for Heroic Responders



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HAY NOW 2018: Off The Pace The Horse Racing Cartoon comic strip

☛ January 4th, 2018 by ☛ admin

Hey now and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR, Race Fans!
What better way to roll into 2018 then with a new Team Diva strip—‘HAY Now’.

And please keep spreading the good word that racing has its own comic!

Many thanks from all of us at OFF THE PACE to all of you, our loyal followers.

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San Luis Rey Fire: Assistance Needed

☛ December 8th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Del Mar Racetrack taking evacuees from San Luis Rey Lilac Fires

As fires currently rage though California, taking its toll on residents and resources, equines are also in desperate need. The SAN LUIS REY facility received considerable damage. Horses are being temporarily housed at DEL MAR Racetrack. Race fans, spread the word—our racing family needs your help:

#LilacFire The @DMFairgrounds is now open for evacuees through the Stable Gate. Call 858-755-1161. Evacuees are encouraged to bring bedding, feed & horse identification.

— Del Mar Racetrack (@DelMarRacing) December 7, 2017

Get up-to-date on the latest info coming out of San Luis Rey at THE PAULICK REPORT:

Paulick Report: San Rey Luis Fire



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Play Tampa to Win with Johnny B!

☛ November 25th, 2017 by ☛ admin


Fellow Handicappers, take notice!
Johnny B, ‘The TAMPA BAY DOWNS HANDICAPPER“, is back with his FREE play Wednesday, along with his winning subscription option for the 2017-18 Tampa Season. Receive quality insight for Tampa’s entire racing season. Don’t forget to tell Johnny TEAM DIVA sent you! Good luck and happy racing!


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Shezalugga: Off The Pace The Horse Racing Cartoon comic strip

☛ November 24th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Race Fans! Team Diva is back (well, Filep anyways) in a new strip—‘Shezalugga’.

Meet NY jockey Louie (Luigi) Grande and top jock from Dallas, Trigger Martin. Click on the link below to read the latest! Select the ‘Strips’ tab in the top menu bar to see more.


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A Day of Thanksgiving

☛ November 23rd, 2017 by ☛ admin

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a few amongst us racing afflicted may talk of a horse named after the very holiday. Do you remember Mary Hirsch, the first woman in the country licensed to train Thoroughbred racehorses? And you do you remember her entry to make Travers Stakes history—a horse named THANKSGIVING? Enjoy the story at the link below:

Sports writer David Hill | America’s Best Racing Blog


Turf Pix/BloodHorse photo


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Maryland’s Finest: BEN’S CAT

☛ November 12th, 2017 by ☛ admin

A Maryland legend, BEN’S CAT

US Race fans love their equine heroes. Here is a beautiful tribute to the 5 time Jim McKay Turf Sprint winnerBEN’S CAT.  A day dedicated to his honor and burial presided at LAUREL PARK, Nov 11th. Rest in peace, champion.


Remembering Ben's Cat

Remembering the "Beast from the East" #BensCat

Posted by Laurel Park on Saturday, November 11, 2017


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Pegasus World Cup 2018

☛ November 8th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Pegasus World Cup – $16 Million in Purse Winnings



With the close of the US Breeders’ Cup World Championship 2017, all eyes look towards the 2018 PEGASUS WORLD CUP. Set to the backdrop of Gulfstream Park in late January, high caliber talent such as Collected and West Coast are pointed to challenge this year’s BC Classic winner Gun Runner and BC Distaff winner Forever Unbridled. Horse Racing Nation reports on the latest: World Cup contenders




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2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Review

☛ November 7th, 2017 by ☛ admin


Sports writer Eric Stephen of SBNATION offers a superior overview, complete with individual replays, of The Breeders’ Cup World Championships 2017! Click the links below to relive the magic:


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The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Weekend at Del Mar Cartoon

☛ October 9th, 2017 by ☛ admin


The A.E. Sabo Studio official ‘Ode to The Breeders’ Cup 2017’ Editorial Cartoon


‘Oh what happy times ye autumn doth bring,

the pinnacle of racing majesty be,

entertains before winter’s chill doth yields to spring’

—ye old racing poet

(go home poet, ye drunk…)


Yes, for US racing fans there is no finer official close to the year’s champion racing season then the wonderment that is The Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Two days of the sport’s finest will compete for the most prestigious of titles, the most elite of bragging rights and the most generous of purses.

Our editorial cartoon features a few crowd favorites who should grace this year’s card: (from left to right) Jose Ortiz swaying the good miss Elate, Rajiv Maragh to board By The Moon, Victor Espinoza to ride Stellar Wind, contender for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff Elate, Classic rival Gun Runner, 2016 Classic victor Arrogate, Big Money Mike Smith, a jumping Johnny ‘V’ Velazquez part of Team Pure Silver, and Joel Rosario pilot of Mind Your Biscuits.

This year’s best will compete amongst the backdrop of the lovely Del Mar Racetrack. Simply divine!


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left to right: Jose Ortiz, Rajiv Maragh, Victor Espinoza, Elate, Gun Runner, Arrogate, Mike Smith, Johnny Velazquez, Joel Rosario.



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