Jack Shinar

Jack Shinar is a frequent contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine and is part of their Digital Media department.

Articles by Jack Shinar

Zenyatta Goes 19-0 in Preparation for Breeders' Cup

Undefeated Zenyatta heads to Churchill Downs to defend her Breeders' Cup Classic crown riding a 19-race streak of perfection. For the third time in her career, she three-peated in a major grade I race when she used her patented late charge Read More

Zenyatta Faces Five in Final California Race Saturday

Trainer John Sadler pulled a switch when he entered Switch in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes Presented by TVG. But two-time champion Zenyatta stands alone as she goes for her 19th consecutive win over her home track at Oak Tree's Hol Read More

Persistently Shocks Rachel Alexandra in Personal Ensign

Persistently lived up to her name when she wore down reigning Horse of the Year and odds-on choice Rachel Alexandra for a one-length victory in the $294,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 29. In an ironic twist, the winning 21-1 shot i Read More

Thoroughbred Tuscan Evening Dies Following Workout

Top grass female Tuscan Evening collapsed after a workout on the Del Mar turf course Aug. 8 and died. Track officials suspect that the 5-year-old grade I winner suffered a cardiac event, but there was no official confirmation of that. Read More

Zenyatta's Winning Streak Extends to 18

In what could be her final start in California, the great Zenyatta remained undefeated with her 18th consecutive win in rather routine fashion by a neck in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 7 at Del Mar. Before an admiring c Read More

Rachel Alexandra Returns to Winning Form in Fleur de Lis

Rachel nation breathed a little easier on the afternoon of June 12 after last year's Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored her first win of 2010, drawing away from four overmatched rivals in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II). Making Read More

Zenyatta Stands Alone With Record 17th Win

The remarkable Zenyatta stands alone. Thrilling another crowd with her spine-tingling late charge, the undefeated mare nabbed a determined St Trinians by a half-length for her 17th consecutive victory in the June 13 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at H Read More

Rachel Alexandra Out of Apple Blossom

Jess Jackson, principal owner of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, announced March 14 that the 4-year-old filly will not face Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 9.

Jackson's announcement, after co Read More

Champion Mare Zenyatta Stays Unbeaten in 2010 Debut

Undefeated Zenyatta, showing she's ready for next month's much-anticipated Apple Blossom Handicap, caught the outsider Dance to My Tune in deep stretch to register her 15th consecutive victory March 13 in the $250,000 Santa Margarita In Read More

California Thoroughbred Deaths Down in 2009, Director Says

Equine fatalities in California held steady during the 2008-09 fiscal year, although Thoroughbred deaths at the state's racetracks decreased by more than 10% over the preceding year, data released during the week of Feb. 22 revealed. Accord Read More

Zenyatta to Run in 2010

After conferring with owners Jerry and Ann Moss, a decision has been made to run the champion mare Zenyatta in 2010 rather than breed her, trainer John Shirreffs said Jan. 16.

The undefeated Zenyatta, a finalist for 2009 Horse of the Read More

Barbaro's Brother Lentenor Third in First Start

Lael Stables' Lentenor, the full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, finished third in his career debut on closing day at Keeneland Oct. 31, a race won by the favored Positive Split.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Read More

California Report: Racehorse Hind Limb Injuries Increased

A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.

In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died Read More

Rachel Alexandra Beats the Boys in the Haskell

Rachel Alexandra turned in yet another dominating performance in a campaign for the ages when she captured the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park before a crowd of 37,009 Aug. 2.
With regular rider Calvin Read More

Onetime Derby Favorite Old Fashioned Injured

Old Fashioned sustained a non-displaced slab fracture of his right knee during his second-place effort in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 11 and will miss the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Larry Jones said the injury was no Read More

Tendon Issue Takes The Pamplemousse Off Kentucky Derby Trail

The morning after the scratch of pre-race favorite The Pamplemousse from the Santa Anita Derby due to a tendon flare-up, co-owner Alex Solis II said the promising colt is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Later, Solis said The Pamplemousse woul Read More

Barbaro's Brother Second in Third Start

Nicanor, full brother to the ill-fated Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro, will have to wait until another day to get his first victory following his runner-up showing as the odds-on choice to Glittermans Cartel in a $42,000 maiden race at Gulfstream Read More

'Jockeys' TV Series Starts Tonight

The thrills. The spills. The rivalries, rages, and romances. And yes, the flipping, too. It's all there in a new 12-part documentary television series, "Jockeys," that begins Friday night, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. EST on Animal Planet.

The series, Read More

California Racing Group Launches Synthetic Track Study

Love them or hate them, one of the main concerns about synthetic tracks is how to determine if they are doing what they were intended for--provide a safe, consistent racing surface.

In California, where four major racetracks use different Read More

Surgery for Injured Race Filly Postponed

Surgery for the brilliant filly Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the stretch of the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park Dec. 27, has been postponed, trainer Greg Gilchrist said the morning following the Read More

Undefeated Racehorse Might Retire on Win 19

Undefeated record-holder Peppers Pride saved her most dazzling effort of the year for her 19th and probably last race, surging past the leaders in the stretch run to win the $125,00 Read More

Unbeaten Record-Holder Could Have Her Final Start Sunday

In what is probably her final race, unbeaten Peppers Pride puts her modern North American record 18-race winning streak on the line in the $125,000 New Mexico State Racing Read More

Racehorse Remains Undefeated in 18 Starts

Undefeated Peppers Pride left the door open for a challenge, but once again she proved too tough for her state-bred competitors, holding sway for her record 18th consecutive win in the $177,615 New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Stakes at Zia Read More

Breeders' Cup Trainers Weigh in on Artificial Surfaces

Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World Read More

Curlin Nears Cigar's Earnings Record

Defending Horse of the Year Curlin made his return to dirt racing in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes a successful one at Saratoga Aug. 30, but he had to work to get the job done.

Curlin, the 3-10 favorite against six rivals, looked like a big Read More