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Horse racing does not need new fans as much as it needs to take perfect care of the fans it has, which means horse racing must stop trying to be hip, or liked, or trending, and spend more time and resources on getting the little things right. [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 4:01 PM, Read at the source >
Ah, April Fools, where we ignore almost all news because, well, April Fools! Over the years there have been some downright dandy ones in horse racing. I thought I'd share some of my favorites here.Parx Changes Wagering Menu - I saw horseplayer advocate and all around horse racing guy Ray [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 8:29 AM, Read at the source >
Image: Postcards from Eugene Wood to the nieces he supported following the death of their mother, his sister. When Eugene D. Wood died in 1924, his local paper –The New York Times – didn't pay that much attention. Despite his prominence in New York City, through decades of political involvement locally [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
Beginning this weekend, Thoroughblog will become a subscription based service at a cost of $5.00 per viewing. More details on how to sign up at the end of this post. KEENELAND BEGINS THIS WEEKdon't forget to check out Clocker's Comments There are not too many [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2015 4:47 AM, Read at the source >
Regulators have spent a lot of time drafting, editing, and implementing industry reforms with the goal of reducing the rate of fatal breakdowns in Thoroughbred racing. The challenge for many has been reconstructing the factors behind a fatal breakdown, but that there may be a way to predict one without [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 2:17 PM, Read at the source >
Horse Racing Mish Mash
Via Pull the Pocket
Good morning everyone.Ringer! Horse wins - at 30-1 - while racing under the wrong name. Although the win pool was higher that race (why, with 20.75% win take is a win pool ever higher at Turf Paradise is beyond me) than others, it looks like nothing untoward occurred. On the [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 7:40 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
Could spring be on its way finally in southern Ontario? Warming up for a couple of days this week..welcome news to the hard working people on the backstretch. Woodbine opens April 11 FOR A 133-DAY MEETING. SPRING TRAINING at WOODBINE – image courtesy of JEFF BOWEN WOODBINE JOCKEYS SHARP [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 4:38 AM, Read at the source >
The March 23, 2015, issue of Barron's contained a special section on the “World's Best CEO's.” Barron's short and prestigious list of executives who have delivered outstanding returns to their shareholders included two individuals who are prominent in horse racing circles, one in the United States and the other [...]
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:00 AM, Read at the source >
Equibase Adds Voided Claim Information
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Equibase Company has announced that effective immediately it will include in its data feeds, result charts, and Equibase past performance products information on claims that were subsequently voided. The voided claim information is also being made available to tracks for inclusion in race programs nationwide. "As specific voided claim rules [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 8:52 AM, Read at the source >
Good morning everyone! I hope y'all had a pleasant weekend.The big news this weekend - excluding the Derby preps - was that California Chrome is off to jolly old England to race at the Ascot meet. This caused some major consternation on the twitter box; mainly, I think, due to [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:58 AM, Read at the source >
The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable – a fictitious race between a turtle and a rabbit that ends with a determined and purposeful tortoise beating a fleet-footed but over-confident rabbit to the finish line. In horse racing's version of this well-known tale, I'm betting on [...]
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:51 AM, Read at the source >
So much happened on Saturday that’s it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with the news Sunday morning that California Chrome, our Horse of the Year of 2014 and a fine second Saturday in the Dubai World Cup, will not come home, at least not right away. [...]
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 8:01 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
SUNDAY MORNING - 110 BEYER SPEED FIGURE for wild FLORIDA DERBY – 1:52 1/5 for 9 furlongs; CHROME heads to ROYAL ASCOT, INTERNATIONAL STAR sweeps Fair Grounds stakes and more! NOTE – (read all the news and notes on Dubai in yesterday's post called “Eager”) Thank you to JOSE PAYE [...]
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 4:51 AM, Read at the source >
They Gotta Get it Together
Via Pull the Pocket
Today was a long day, and at times it was excruciating.I got a set of emails from a long time fan just now, which shows the frustration."Bleh, they take 15 minutes to circle but can't take 30 seconds to look at the Florida Derby stretch drive, add the whipping of [...]
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 3:51 PM, Read at the source >
Known as one of the most significant Kentucky Derby prep races, one winner has an indie rock song named after him. [...]
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 2:30 PM, Read at the source >