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A Lucky Stranger in Business Casual
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Friday, we have Lucky Stranger (Lookin At Lucky) at Thistledown, and Business Casual (Eskendereya) at Monmouth Park. ...(read more) [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 9:45 PM, Read at the source >
The Horse Racing Media
Via Pull the Pocket
I have tried to catch up on a little reading the last several weeks. I forgot how good for the mind and soul it is to read something that I am not clicking to read all day.One book I grabbed was by sportswriter John Feinstein called One on One. I've [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:48 AM, Read at the source >
Meadowlands Plan Takes Shape
Via Left at the Gate
The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce outlined its plan for a casino (or casinos) at the Meadowlands, though I don't really understand what they really have to do with anything here, since they don't have any money. "Who’s going to pay for it?" the chamber president, Jim Kirkos, said. [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 8:36 AM, Read at the source >
Run at four different New York race tracks and renamed twice, find out more about the race where champions have often finished second. [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 7:55 AM, Read at the source >
When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record. Legally, an animal’s medical [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:30 PM, Read at the source >
The Star of the Show
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Reflected Star was involved from the start, and pulled away late for a 3 1/4-length win to become Eskendereya's second winner. ...(read more) [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 9:22 PM, Read at the source >
Viva Travers!
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
There are some simple factors regarding this year’s Travers Stakes. First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts, and it was [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 2:14 PM, Read at the source >
GENERATION
Via Thoroughblog
Trainer Lorna Perkins scouts out yearlings at Hill ‘n’ Dale on Tuesday From the first crop of VICTOR’S CRY is this filly out of Sinful, by Touch Gold. This is a half sister to Awfully Sinful ($194,000). Family of DAVONA DALE YEARLING OPEN [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:02 AM, Read at the source >
Horseplayers are generally pretty bright. To have a modicum of success you have to analyze hundreds if not thousands of factors, put those factors into an overall odds line and pull the trigger. Even when you do that, then you have to structure tickets properly. It's like analyzing a business [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 9:42 AM, Read at the source >
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but if those words are coming from Tom Durkin, they command a far higher price. Soporific. Obstreperous. Oracular. The kind of words that used to be called $10 words, SAT words, the kind of words that might get you a bemused look if [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 9:30 AM, Read at the source >
Double Gate (Part II)
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Yesterday we exposed the flawed logic used by track management, horsemen, and state regulators to justify takeout increases at Los Al, Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Hollywood, Del Mar, and Churchill Downs. In case you missed it, the logic goes something like this: "We make more money with higher takeout because last year's handle numbers [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:05 PM, Read at the source >
Reflecting the Star of Mariano Intheninth
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
For Wednesday, Mariano Intheninth (Summer Bird) at Saratoga, and Reflected Star (Eskendereya) at Del Mar. Plus, another stakes try for Spider's Alibi (Lookin At Lucky> ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:54 PM, Read at the source >
I had a neat chat on social media yesterday with a few geeky horse racing and business folks. We were trying to come up with some sort of linear function of what horse ownership is.Clearly, when approximately 50 cents out of every dollar invested in horseflesh is your rate of [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:57 PM, Read at the source >
This Week at Saratoga: Week 6
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Tuesday, August 19th Guests in the Gallery at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: John Shirreffs will discuss his career in racing with program host Jeff Carle. 11 a.m., free with paid Museum admission ($7 adults, $5 students/seniors 55 and older, members and children under 5 free). Wednesday, August [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:38 AM, Read at the source >
Meet Mr. Travers
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
Last year at Royal Ascot, Estimate, a horse owned by Queen Elizabeth II, won the Gold Cup in its 207th running. As the Queen traditionally presents the trophy to the winning owner, her victory presented something of a problem, solved when her son Prince Andrew stepped in to do the [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:16 AM, Read at the source >