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  • BARN Podcast 10/18/18
    It's horseplayer Thursday and along with talking about the Sycamore at Keeneland, we'll be welcoming in horseplayer Duke Matties to talk about his win in the Orleans Classic, the Matties family of horseplayers, and some of his thoughts on betting and handicapping. The post BARN Podcast 10/18/18 appeared first on
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 17, 2018 9:49 pm
  • Figure Makers: Companies With A ‘Graphic’ Demonstration
    In the first two parts of our series on speed figures, we've seen two contrasting approaches for analyzing how fast racehorses run — Beyer Speed Figures and TimeformUS. Now for something completely different. By its own description, Thoro-Graph isn't even a speed figure. It's a performance figure. While the company
    via Paulick Report Features on October 17, 2018 1:06 pm
  • Follow-Up Department: Scourge Of Bridge Jumpers, Utana Wins At Mountaineer
    Utana, a 5-year-old Curlin mare whose puzzling off-the-board performance as the heavy favorite in August led to an investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission, returned to her winning ways earlier this month at Mountaineer Park. Owned by attorneys Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager and trained by L. Craig Cox,
    via Paulick Report Features on October 17, 2018 9:14 am
  • THE AMERICAN BIAS AGAINST FILLIES & MARES
    The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racecourse is arguably the most prestigious horse race in Europe.  The 2018 renewal on October 7th saw Enable, a 4-year-old filly, win the race, by a short neck, for the second consecutive year.  The 3-year-old filly Sea of Class was a fast-closing
    via Horse Racing Business on October 17, 2018 7:00 am
  • Make Lesser Races, and Their Coverage, Super
    I do not know European racing writer Daniel Ross. But I’m in his debt, and that of online publication Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, for making me aware that the “super trainer” is not just an American phenomenon. I won’t get into the weeds on this. Find his recent three-part series to
    via Pricci’s On the Line on October 17, 2018 1:23 am
  • BARN Podcast 10/17/18
    We discuss opening day at Delta Downs as well as the Wednesday cards from Belmont and Keeneland. Then we welcome in Louisiana based jockey Tim Thornton to talk about the new Delta meet, his title at Evangeline, and his riding career. The post BARN Podcast 10/17/18 appeared first on BetAmerica
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 16, 2018 10:09 pm
  • Visiting Marchmont Cemetery and Damascus
    It is difficult to put into words the emotions one feels when visiting a gravestone. From that slab of granite or stone comes a flood of memories, as if the deceased is right there with you, recalling all the special memories that were shared.I am not equating the gravestone of
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on October 16, 2018 3:38 pm
  • Diana Hurlburt: I went to New York City last weekend
    So maybe she’s born of naivete, the Big Sandy who lives in my head. Maybe Belmont isn’t a towering socialite of redoubtable breeding, mature beauty, and undeniable charisma but a book without a reader. It all exists, right there on the page, inherent meaning only occasionally interpreted by human eyes.
    via Pinboard on October 16, 2018 1:33 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: October 16, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast Two special guests join in for this edition of the DRF podcast. First Mike Maloney is in the house to catch up with PTF and JK and talk all things racing. Then Jim Mulvihill drops by to talk about Louisville nightlife options ahead of the
    via DRF Players Podcast on October 16, 2018 1:16 pm
  • Figure Makers: TimeformUS Injects Pace Into The Race
    One thing that will be clear at the end of our series this week on speed figures is that no two numbers are the same. Each of the figure makers we're exploring takes a different approach to rating race performance, and understanding the differences between them is critical to getting
    via Paulick Report Features on October 16, 2018 11:26 am
  • BARN Podcast 10/16/18
    We welcome in Jesse Ullery from Keeneland to talk about the current meet, his role as the paddock analyst and interview person, as well as working in the sales aspect of things. The post BARN Podcast 10/16/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 15, 2018 9:07 pm
  • Pedigree Insights: Iridessa
    Every year the freshman stallions face a desperate battle against time in their bid to make an impact before the yearling sales circuit gets fully under way in October. There are rich rewards for any which achieve that target, as was amply demonstrated last week. The quick-maturing No Nay Never,
    via Andrew Caulfield at TDN on October 15, 2018 2:06 pm
  • Figure Makers: An Open Mind Rules The Beyer Method
    The creation of speed figures to handicap horse races dates back further than you might think. Horseplayer tomes published in the mid-1930's suggested people were boiling down race performances to one number, teaching others how to do it and selling their ready-made figures. Today, a number of companies offer speed
    via Paulick Report Features on October 15, 2018 11:51 am
  • BARN Podcast 10/15/18
    We look back at the weekend of racing including a huge Saturday card up north at Woodbine, the QEII at Keeneland, a stakes double at Belmont Park, and much more! The post BARN Podcast 10/15/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 14, 2018 8:37 pm
  • Prep-eration Done, Zero Minus Three Weeks
    Serious horseplayers are chomping at the bit and at least 85 “Win-and-In” all-expenses-paid horse owners are eagerly anticipating the first weekend of November. We’ve said it before, in both a sporting and gambling sense, that as an event the Breeders’ Cup never fails to fire. One can argue that posit
    via Pricci’s On the Line on October 14, 2018 7:45 pm
  • DRF Players Podcast: October 12, 2018
    0 DRF Players Podcast PTF and JK talk tournaments and look ahead to Races from Keeneland, Belmont, and Woodbine.​​ The DRF Players’ Podcast covers the top stories in horse racing, from the player’s perspective. Join hosts Peter Thomas Fornatale and Jonathon Kinchen as they discuss recent races, upcoming races,
    via DRF Players Podcast on October 12, 2018 12:56 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Future Considerations?
    The Breeders' Cup slate of 85 “Win and You're In” races is behind us and the World Championships at Churchill Downs are only three weeks away. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the most impressive recent performances of the horses headed to the
    via Paulick Report Features on October 12, 2018 8:53 am
  • Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/11/18
    Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Alex Dadoyan discussing the $1,000,000 International Trot and Gabe Prewitt recapping the 2018 Grand Circuit meet! The post Post Time w/ Mike and Mike Harness Show 10/11/18 appeared first on BetAmerica Extra.
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on October 11, 2018 11:32 pm
  • Industry saviour or footnote in history which way will Avondale jump?
    It’s that time of year when racing clubs around the country hold their AGMs. Usually these are fairly tame affairs where those cajoled into standing for vacant spots on boards or committees discover their fate and the chairman delivers the good (more often bad) news regarding finances.  The prevailing demographic
    via Racing Thoughts on October 11, 2018 8:13 pm
  • Busan Friday: Race-By-Race Preview (October 12)
    It’s Friday! It’s Busan! 11 races on the south coas from 11:30 to 18:00: Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million (3) HOPEFUL SIMON came up short when favourite over 1300M two weeks ago, leading early but weakening for 4th. Today he drops back to a distance
    via Horse Racing in Korea on October 11, 2018 7:39 pm
  • Stakes Profile: Queen Elizabeth II
    What kind of running style historically wins the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup? 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 October 11, 2018 7:12 pm
  • ‘Best horse’ at BC might not be best bet
    Arc winner Enable, who is headed toward the Turf, will be the best horse at the Breeders Cup, Nov. 2-3, according to British commentator Nick Luck. She certainly has the credentials as a back-to-back winner of Europe's most prestigious race. But seven previous winners of the Arc, who attempted this
    via Ante Post on October 10, 2018 6:39 pm
  • No One Knows What Sports Betting is Going to Look Like, But it Ain’t Going Anywhere
    I was digging through some old electronics recently and came across my Slingbox. For those who don't know, a Slingbox attached to your cable box at home and allowed you to watch your home TV from anywhere in the world (over an internet connection). I purchased one way back in 2008
    via Pull the Pocket on October 10, 2018 12:15 pm
  • HIGH-PROFILE BREAKDOWNS
    James E. “Ted” Bassett III was president of the Breeders’ Cup when a gruesome fatal breakdown occurred in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.  Go for Wand broke her right front ankle during a stretch duel with the ultimate winner Bayakoa.  Mr. Bassett was watching the race with Ron McAnally, Bayakoa’s
    via Horse Racing Business on October 10, 2018 7:00 am
  • Are We Done With Breeders’ Cup Preps Yet?
    The answer to that proposition is highly probable--although there's just enough time that some contest this weekend would allow aspiring equine with three weeks rest to enter the big dance. While there were major Grade 1s this pseudo holiday weekend (Christopher Columbus has been treated very badly), of major interest
    via Pricci’s On the Line on October 10, 2018 12:24 am
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