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  • Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Kentucky Derby Chat With Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek
    On this week's Who Do Ya Like Podcast on the Bet America Radio Network, host Scott Shapiro welcomes in Churchill Downs' handicapper and on-air analyst Joe Kristufek. Now in his 5th Kentucky Derby, Joe discusses his top contenders for the world's most famous horse racing and how he approaches the
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 23, 2019 1:49 pm
  • Derby Dozen – April 23, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Omaha Beach Richard Mandella War Front—Charming, by Seeking the Gold The back story is there, the owner and trainer are Derby gods material, Mike Smith chose to ride him over a Bob Baffert-trained Santa Anita Derby winner, the colt is making tremendous strides with every start, he appears
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on April 23, 2019 11:02 am
    Running second in the Kentucky Derby is rarely a precursor to lasting notoriety. Yet for Coaltown in 1948, a Hall of Fame career lay ahead. Unraced as a 2-year-old, Coaltown carried 130 pounds in eight of his 39 career starts and 132 pounds in two other races. Coaltown’s world-record-shattering performances
    via Horse Racing Business on April 23, 2019 9:30 am
  • Derby Spotlight: Win Win Win
    Brought to you by, the only ADW offering instant cash back. I have no issue with playing a horse in a route whose best races have come sprinting. Maximum Security and Bodexpress just ran 1-2 in the Florida Derby coming out of 7F races. However, when those impressive sprint
    via Lonespeed on April 23, 2019 2:39 am
  • PR Special OBS April: Sunday Silence Makes History
    The Paulick Report returns to Central Florida, with a pair of special print publications for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training, available on the sales grounds and online. In the Book 1 edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills looks ahead to the Kentucky Derby
    via Paulick Report Features on April 22, 2019 11:54 pm
  • BARN Podcast 4/23/19
    It's Tuesday and we're discussing the news of the day, Derby handicapping psychology, and more.  We also replay the interview with Jessica Chapel from 2018.   The post BARN Podcast 4/23/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 22, 2019 11:11 pm
  • Jumping Around Podcast: Hunt Cup history
    It's the last week in April, which means time to talk Maryland Hunt Cup. Buzz Hannum and Paddy Neilson won the great race three times each and sat down to talk about it with us.  
    via This is Horse Racing on April 22, 2019 8:49 am
  • Derby Spotlight: Plus Que Parfait
    Brought to you by, the only ADW offering instant cash back. Go watch the replay of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 24, 2018, and tell me that you can’t see Plus Que Parfait making the same move over the same track in the Kentucky
    via Lonespeed on April 22, 2019 2:21 am
  • BARN Podcast 4/22/19
    It's Monday and we're looking back at the weekend of racing including opening day cards at Woodbine and Emerald Downs, the Elkhorn at Keeneland, the Charles Town Classic, and more! The post BARN Podcast 4/22/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 21, 2019 9:27 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Skardu
    It was only a couple of weeks ago that I reminded everyone that marked success for a stallion is likely to breed more success four or five years down the line. On that basis, it looks to be a pretty safe bet that 2019 is going to be another
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on April 21, 2019 10:32 am
  • Steve Davidowitz Leaves Handicapping Legacy Behind
    By John Pricci It was a seminal moment in the life of a hopeful horseplayer. It was during my early days at Newsday when I excitedly made my first expenses paid trip to Saratoga for the 24-day August Place to Be. I felt like I had something to prove—not to
    via Pricci’s On the Line on April 20, 2019 7:29 pm
  • Who wants to go to Japan with me?
    Brought to you by, the only ADW offering instant cash back. Word came down this week that The Japan Racing Association will host their own wagering pool for the Kentucky Derby if their native son, Master Fencer, starts in the race. I think I speak for all American bettors when
    via Lonespeed on April 20, 2019 4:06 pm
  • Derby Spotlight: Omaha Beach
    Are we looking at the Kentucky Derby favorite here? Seems likely so. The decision by Mike Smith to ride this guy over Roadster is a big deal in my opinion. And he’s been visually impressive in both recent stakes wins. That said, even if you forget about the grass tries,
    via Lonespeed on April 20, 2019 1:42 am
  • Road to the Kentucky Derby, By the Numbers
    When Omaha Beach held off Improbable to win the Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn Park, it wrapped up an especially exciting Road to the Kentucky Derby prep season. Before turning our focus to the actual race, I thought we could take a final look back at this year's
    via Keeping Pace on April 19, 2019 2:30 pm
  • Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Kentucky Derby Chat With VSIN’s Ron Flatter
    On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the Bet America Radio Network, host Scott Shapiro welcomes in the Vegas Stats & Information Network's Ron Flatter. Ron dives into the role Quirin Speed Points have played in the Kentucky Derby since the new points system has
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 19, 2019 1:00 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: On The Lasix Plan
    A group of the country's most well-known racetrack owners unveiled a plan this week to ban the use of the race-day medication, Lasix, first in 2-year-old races and then a year later in all stakes. It sounds simple but it may not be. In this edition of The Friday Show,
    via Paulick Report Features on April 19, 2019 9:36 am
  • Derby Spotlight: Long Range Toddy
    I had been hoping that Long Range Toddy would turn in a good performance in the Arkansas Derby so that he would attract attention at the windows in the Kentucky Derby and I could bet against him. But it was not to be. Although if you like him, it’s easy
    via Lonespeed on April 19, 2019 3:36 am
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 4/18/19
    Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Dylan Davis, Pete Venagilia, Jeffrey Gillis, and Andrew McCarthy The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 4/18/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 18, 2019 9:46 pm
  • BARN Podcast 4/19/19
    We're looking ahead to the weekend of racing action including the Charles Town Classic as well as racing from Keeneland.  The BARN Jury come in to discuss the sporting events that still give them chills when they see them.   The post BARN Podcast 4/19/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 18, 2019 8:25 pm
  • Capitalizing on this crisis is not so easy
    The crisis at Santa Anita has provided an opening for major tracks--NYRA's, Churchill Downs and Keeneland--to work toward the ban on race-day Lasix they have been yearning for. But there are significant problems with their proposal. Just as at Santa Anita, only 2-year-old races would be effected in 2020 and
    via Ante Post on April 18, 2019 5:01 pm
  • Taking Stock: Lord Kanaloa Up Next in Japan
    It’s not often at my day job at Werk Thoroughbred Consultants that we get the opportunity to recommend foreign-based stallions to North American-based breeders, for the obvious reason that most breeders here aren’t in the habit of shipping mares abroad to be bred. And if and when we do, the
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on April 18, 2019 4:08 pm
  • Jockey Decisions
    There are two recent examples of decisions make by jockeys that surprised me and have me wondering to what extent those decisions should influence my Kentucky Derby wagering. For starters, the biggest news this week was that Mike Smith chose Omaha Beach over Roadster. Given the fact that Omaha Beach
    via Lonespeed on April 18, 2019 1:28 pm
  • Derby Spotlight: Country House
    Think back to the 2013 and 2014 Kentucky Derbies. Both races featured a runner-up that led to the tote board blowing up. Those two horses were Golden Soul and Commanding Curve, both at odds of over 30-1. And this year, the horse that most reminds me of both past longshots
    via Lonespeed on April 18, 2019 1:59 am
  • April 17, 2019
    I have a new iPad, so I thought it might be fun to make a few short videos of the horses from time to time. For now, my theme is Old Friends in Georgetown in the evening. What do the horses do after hours? As it turned out, yesterday evening,
    via Old Friends on April 17, 2019 11:19 pm
  • BARN Podcast 4/18/19
    It's Horseplayer Thursday and we open the show talking about lower level maiden claiming events and the puzzle they can be. Then we welcome in professional poker player and Youtube vlogger Andrew Neeme to talk about his popular videos, playing poker for a living, learning from your peers, and more!
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on April 17, 2019 8:11 pm
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