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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 Mile Miss Temple City, 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 to pilot 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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Secretariat’s Daughter: ‘Iron’ Lady’s Secret – HRN Exclusive

☛ October 9th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Breeders’ Cup Memories: Secretariat’s Daughter – HRN

HORSE RACING NATION Turf Writer Kate Richards shares an in-depth perspective on the beloved and successful descendant of the great Secretariat, LADY’S SECRET. Banner artwork provided by the A.E. Sabo Studio.

Breeders Cup Memories_Secretariat’s Daughter




Artwork by the A.E. Sabo Studio. Photo used by permission


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The Race Is On for Hurricane Relief

☛ September 29th, 2017 by ☛ admin



Race fans world-wide are becoming more aware of the devastation in the homelands of our beloved Hipódromo Camarero and Clinton Phipps Racetracks. Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and most of the Caribbean are facing dire circumstances due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The humanitarian need is overwhelming. Many are without food, water, power or reliable shelter. Below are links for the US FEMA and the NATIONAL HORSEMAN organizations explaining steps you can take to assist those in need.

Race fans—together we can ‘ride safe – race strong!

—A. E. Sabo


To assist in Hurricane Maria relief efforts :


For horse relief :

THE NATIONAL HORSEMAN: www.thenationalhorseman/mariadisaster/


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Shezalugga: Off The Pace The Horse Racing Cartoon comic strip

☛ September 20th, 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.


Tell all your race friends! Let them know that 
horse racing has come to the comic pages!


Click on the image below:


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First Lady of Racing – Helen “Penny” Chenery

☛ September 19th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Helen “Penny” Chenery, First Lady of Racing – The Bloodhorse

Racing ambassador Helen “Penny” Chenery died Sept. 16th at the age of 95. Most know for owning 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Chenery was a champion of Thoroughbreds and a pioneer for business women in the sport.

Following Secretariat’s retirement, she remained a liaison for the industry by serving as the first woman in high ranking positions and by extending her celebrity to benefit many Thoroughbred charities and racing incentive programs.

Read more at the BLOODHORSE link provided below:

Penny Chenery, First Lady of Racing Dies at 95



Photography by Jack Kanthal/Associated Press


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NORMA: Spectacular Bid gets his groove on!

☛ September 18th, 2017 by ☛ admin

Spectacular Bid rocks!

Swedish band NORMA release a new video for the song Spectacular Bid! The video is filmed at Bro Park race track outside Stockholm, starring Swedens No:1 jockey, Per-Anders Gråberg and is directed by Clara Nova Tägtström.


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OFF THE PACE : Racing’s Gold Standard

☛ September 16th, 2017 by ☛ admin

TEAM DIVA is always excited to meet new fans! Stay up-to-date on all the news that is The Diva, Filep and our great sport of US horse racing by joining our OFF THE PACE FACEBOOK FAN PAGE! Enjoy our sister page, HORSE CARTOONS FOR RACING FANS  for all the latest news around the racing globe!
Help make OFF THE PACE
the international gold standard
of horse racing cartoon excellence!
Click on the image to hop to our US racing fan page!


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HURRICANE IRMA, Race Fans and the Sunshine State

☛ September 14th, 2017 by ☛ admin

 Irma’s force swept Florida leaving no county unturned. OFF THE PACE suspended business as Irma ravaged a course up the west coast. TEAM DIVA understands first hand the effects of Irma’s wrath and is here for race fans from Gulfstream Park (south Florida), to Tampa Bay Downs (central Florida), to Ocala Breeders Sales (north Florida) and beyond. Please use the links provided to help out fellow horseman, cappers and enthusiasts in need. Florida, we will ‘ride safe – race strong!’


See you all at the finish.

God bless.

—A. E. Sabo


For temporary housing information:


For power restoration using Florida’s largest energy provider:


For horse relief:


For a majority of Florida resource information, featuring South Florida:


THE MIAMI FOUNDATION Hurricane Relief Efforts:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Business Assistance:




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IRISH WAR CRY: Jersey bred – Irish strong

☛ September 5th, 2017 by ☛ admin


Irish War Cry (NJ) is a multiple graded stakes-winner, including the Wood Memorial Stakes, Holy Bull Stakes, Marylander Stakes and finishing second in the 2017 Belmont Stakes. His last work as of 9.4.17 was breezing 1:12:60 at 6F from Fair Hill, MD. Irish War Cry’s next start is slated for the 2017 Pennsylvania Derby at Part Racing and Casino, September 23rd.


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Racehorse: Irish War Cry
Curlin – Irish Sovereign, by Polish Numbers
Breeder/Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Earnings: $1,039,460
Career starts: 8


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This Weekend in Racing 9.1.17

☛ September 2nd, 2017 by ☛ admin


FEATURED RACE: Saratoga Race Course _
> Woodward Stakes _G1 _ $750,000_ 9F_ 3YR+ _Field of 5_MLF’s: 2/5 (2)_ Gun Runner (KY)_ F Geroux_ S M Asmussen,  5/2 (3) Rally Cry (KY), 6/1 (1) Neolithic (KY)

For a list of All Stakes Races this weekend in the US and Canada:

Watch live coverage @ NBCSN:
NBCSN Breeders Cup Challenge Series: Saratoga Horse Racing, 6:00 pm EDT
To keep up with the latest, follow at ABR:

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