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Cacho's Corner - Why Lasix? Understanding EIPH

Furosemide, more commonly known as “lasix” is a drug that is given to the majority of thoroughbred racehorses in the United States. This blog, however is not about lasix itself, but about the most common reason that it is used....

My Belmont Experience By: Shannel Cacho

he Belmont Stakes, also known as “The Test of the Champions,” the last leg of the Triple Crown, and my last big race trip for now. Friday morning when we got to the track, I walked through the tunnel to the track with my team and saw Belmont’s sign that says “Where Champions Are Made”, and it just kind of hit me where I was. I knew where I was of course, but it hit me that not only was I at Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes, but that I did the Triple Crown all in one year. From 2014-2016 my Dad and I did our Triple Crown, however for me now to be fortunate enough to be able to make it to all three races in one year...

My Preakness Experience: By Shannel Cacho

The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of the Triple Crown, and with HRRN being the home to your Triple Crown broadcast; it is only natural that that was my next trip. We arrived in Maryland on the Tuesday before the Preakness and had various events that we attended between that Tuesday and Saturday of the Preakness....

My Kentucky Derby Experience By: Shannel Cacho

The Kentucky Derby is known as the “fastest two minutes in sports” and it is arguably the most anticipated horse race in the United States every year, as long as there isn’t a triple crown hopeful because then it is the Belmont....

My Kentucky Oaks Experience By: Shannel Cacho

The Kentucky Oaks is one of the biggest Grade I stakes races for three year olds fillies, and it is definitely one of the most anticipated races of the year. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Oaks on the media side of things with HRRN....

The History of the Kentucky Derby

With the Kentucky Derby less than a week away, I thought that it would only be appropriate to give you a history of the race along with some facts that you may be unaware of....

How Do Stakes Races Become Graded?

In Thoroughbred racing there are several different kinds of races, however the goal of most trainers and owners is to get their horses to win stakes races, more specifically graded stakes races. Graded stakes races are the races where the highest quality racehorses compete against one another, in order to increase not only their winnings but also their potential as bloodstock. In order for a race to become listed or graded, it has to go through a committee and meet several requirements before it can obtain that status....

Bred for Speed? By Shannel Cacho

Can we breed horses for speed based off of their genetics? In 2010, researchers from the Trinity College Dublin and the University College Dublin announced they had discovered a “speed” gene, after looking at the DNA of twelve Thoroughbred stallions. However, before I start explaining the “speed” gene, let me give you some genetics definitions to aid you in the reading of this blog....

History of the Dubai World Cup by Shannel Cacho

The 23rd running of the Dubai World Cup is this Saturday, March 30th with thirteen horses scheduled to enter the starting gate, including last year’s winner Thunder Snow. With the Dubai World Cup just a few days away, I figured it would be nice to give you a quick history about the race....

Importance of the Caller

Race callers, also referred to as the track announcer, are an integral part of race days and the overall race experience. Track announcers are the horse racing world’s version of a sportscaster that you can hear or see on TV, radio, or live at the track. George Schilling was the first recorded person to ever call a race....