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  • Here to There
    How did you get here?
    via This is Horse Racing on August 23, 2019 5:30 pm
  • Paddock Rain
    Bill Mott stood in the road outside his barn on the Oklahoma bend Wednesday morning and directed traffic. Making sure there were no cars, golf carts or horses, Mott asked for his paddock schoolers to make the walk, hoping to slip through a break in a relentless rain.
    via This is Horse Racing on August 23, 2019 5:28 pm
  • Stakes Profile: Travers
    What kind of running style historically wins the Travers? How have favorites performed? What are the average & median win payouts? We look at a cross section of chart data since 1991 to find out this and more.
    via Hello Race Fans! on August 23, 2019 5:10 pm
  • Into Mischief’s Changing Profile
    Spendthrift’s flagship sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) is a remarkable stallion. For proof, just look at three of the six Grade l stakes entries at Saratoga on Saturday: he’s represented by Owendale and Chess Chief in the Runhappy Travers S.; Mia Mischief in the Ketel One Ballerina S.; and Rowayton
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on August 23, 2019 4:13 pm
  • Travers 2019: 150 Years of the Midsummer Derby
    Saratogians are proud of the Travers Stakes. Most of the thousands of fans who show up every year probably don’t know that the race was first run in 1864, or that it was named for one of the men who established Saratoga Race Course; they do know that the day
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 23, 2019 1:48 pm
  • Graham Motion Enjoying Stellar Summer at the Spa
    The familiar red and blue Herringswell sign is gone, as are the matching table and chairs that for years had been set up on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course, right in the middle of the final turn. It was one of the most prominent and visible spots on the
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on August 23, 2019 1:40 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Responding To Challenges
    With horse racing under a microscope because of increased awareness of equine fatalities at Santa Anita earlier this year, regulators and stakeholders in California have responded with a series of changes to medication rules and safety protocols that appear to have lowered fatality rates and are gaining nationwide attention. In
    via Paulick Report Features on August 23, 2019 12:25 pm
  • Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Did Someone Say Beer?
    There are roughly 150 breweries in San Diego County, according to the San Diego Tourism Authority (click here for the list), making it one of the hoppingest beer meccas in America. I have not visited them all … yet. The most famous of these is almost certainly Ballast Point, founded
    via Paulick Report Features on August 23, 2019 12:33 am
  • BARN Podcast 8/23/19
    We look ahead to weekend action including Friday stakes at Saratoga, the Pat O'Brien from Del Mar, and the Play The King from Woodbine.  The BARN Jury then come in to discuss the upcoming Travers Stakes and their favorite Travers races ever.   The post BARN Podcast 8/23/19 appeared first on
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 22, 2019 9:17 pm
  • Don’t Dismiss This Travers Bomb
    It would not shock me if any of the 12 entrants in this year’s Travers Stakes hit the wire first. If you’re playing the multi-race bets, using the ALL button probably isn’t insane. No, I don’t give Everfast much of a shot (watch him win), but since he did manage
    via Lonespeed on August 22, 2019 8:27 pm
  • It’s Time for Wow Cat
    Betting on horses requires you to have opinions. Some opinions are going to be stronger than others, and some bets will be larger than others. Occasionally, an opinion will be a negative one about a favorite. Other times, the opinion will be a positive one about a non-favorite. Every so
    via Lonespeed on August 22, 2019 4:57 pm
  • Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Travers Day at Saratoga with Travis Stone
    On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the voice of Churchill Downs, Travis Stone. Travis and Scott chat about the 2019 summer meeting at Saratoga and then dive head first into the loaded card in Upstate New
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 22, 2019 11:16 am
  • BARN Podcast 8/22/19
    It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're discussing all the big stakes races coming up at Saratoga on Saturday for Travers Day. Elate vs. Midnight Bisou, Mitole looking to get back on track, and does Tacitus finally break through? We talk about it all. The post BARN Podcast 8/22/19 appeared first on
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 21, 2019 9:16 pm
  • Rules Of Racing: How Far We’ve Come, And How Far We Haven’t
    The racing world in recent weeks has heard a lot about the relative benefits of Category 1 and Category 2 stewarding:  Which is better, which is more consistent, which will yield more fair outcomes? A presentation earlier this month at the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law from
    via Paulick Report Features on August 21, 2019 11:50 am
    The 2019 Travers Stakes is on August 24th at Saratoga Race Course. The inaugural Travers in 1864 was won by the colt Kentucky, who was co-owned by two of the founders of the Saratoga Racing Association, William Riggin Travers and John Hunter. William Travers (1819-1887) made a fortune on Wall
    via Horse Racing Business on August 21, 2019 10:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 8/21/19
    We're excited to welcome in Ron Flatter from VSIN to talk Las Vegas, media, his horse racing podcast, and more!  The post BARN Podcast 8/21/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 20, 2019 9:08 pm
  • Data Can Market Itself into Something Really Big
    I finished a decent book recently - Digital Marketing in an AI World - about artificial intelligence in marketing, and big data.Author Fred Vallaeys was one of the earliest google employees and he was involved in a lot of the big data (and systems) google has created over the years
    via Pull the Pocket on August 20, 2019 1:34 pm
  • ‘She Was A Voice For Us’: Backstretch Appreciation Program An Ongoing Reminder Of Marylou Whitney’s Legacy
    Paul Ruchames, executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team in New York, compares the late Marylou Whitney to Johnny Appleseed. “She's put these seeds all over that will outlive her and keep her good works going,” he said. One of her great works and one her husband, John Hendrickson,
    via Paulick Report Features on August 20, 2019 12:17 pm
  • Jack Whitaker – A Man For All Seasons
    It ranks as one of the greatest sporting events in history – Secretariat's Belmont that broke a long Triple Crown drought and gave Americans something to root for in a time of Watergate and Vietnam.  What is lost in all of those feel good moments is the performance of the
    via Paulick Report Features on August 20, 2019 12:57 am
  • BARN Podcast 8/20/19
    We start to look ahead to Travers Weekend at Saratoga as we welcome in Anthony Stabile to talk about the Saratoga meet, the Travers field, and much more!  The post BARN Podcast 8/20/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 19, 2019 8:39 pm
  • Bobby Frankel on Chad Brown
    My interview with the late Bobby Frankel today on his former assistant Chad Brown? It would go something like this:SH: So Bobby, what do make of your boy Chad Brown? Could you have envisioned the amazing success he's had?BF: Why do you think I had him saddle Ginger Punch in the
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on August 19, 2019 2:54 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Earthlight and Pinatubo
    Last year, in mid-September, Godolphin was in the enviable position of owning two highly promising sons of Darley’s outstanding stallion Dubawi. The unbeaten Too Darn Hot had won the G2 Champagne S., and was to be even more impressive in the G1 Dewhurst S. Then, a day after the Champagne,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on August 19, 2019 1:03 pm
  • Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise
    For as long as I've covered horse racing, I've been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want
    via Paulick Report Features on August 19, 2019 1:09 am
  • BARN Podcast 8/19/19
    We look back at the weekend including Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar, Alabama Day at Saratoga, and Jason talks about his visit to Laurel Park.  The post BARN Podcast 8/19/19 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on August 18, 2019 8:40 pm
  • In Honor
    The tack trunk sits in the corner, next to a Saratoga 2-year-old winner, under the overhang of the T-shaped barn inside Clare Court. A bag of timothy hay cubes folds and falls. Ankle paint, a soft-bristled, long-stemmed brush dropped in the plastic holder taped around the jar, you know, the
    via This is Horse Racing on August 18, 2019 11:30 am
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