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"Customers are stupid" is a familiar refrain, or lament, in some businesses; and those businesses usually have one thing in common: They are failing. Seth Godin today listed ways to make your customer feel stupid. Because of this, they tend to leave and never come back, or don't purchase in [...]
Mon, Mar 02, 2015 6:08 PM, Read at the source >
Click here to listen to the Feb. 25 At the Races radio broadcast with host Steve Byk. We discussed the filly Ekati's Phaeton and her sire, plus Notional's son Far Right, but the conversation meandered through a lot of pedigree territory as it always does when Steve and I talk [...]
Sun, Mar 01, 2015 12:32 PM, Read at the source >
International Star and Miguel Mena takes the Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Lou Hodges Jr/ Hodges Photography On this first weekend of 2015 without a scheduled Derby prep race, Mike Dorr and I want to thank everyone who has pledged in our Kentucky Derby charity league. Entries closed last week [...]
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 10:10 AM, Read at the source >
In fact, Sundays have been sacrificed to the philosophy that the best races will attract more betting handle if they are batched together on a single afternoon designed to plumb the depths of the horseplayers’ pockets. Also, it would be really, really hard to market two days instead of just [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:18 PM, Read at the source >
Good horsemen agree that you don't truly become a rider until you've fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it's not “if” that first (or next) fall will come, it's “when.” It's also important, as the old [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 7:39 AM, Read at the source >
This week's race is the Santa Ysabel Stakes. [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 6:30 AM, Read at the source >
As you know by now, everyone is talking about colors of a dress. The dress, which is obviously blue and black, has spawned a weird cult of white and gold people. Last evening on the twitter, when I posted the color and saw the responses, I began to realize, that [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 6:28 AM, Read at the source >
COURAGEOUS ATHLETES CALLED JOCKEYS
Via Horse Racing Business
I marveled at pictures in January 2015 of rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson ascending the 3,000-foot wall in Yosemite National Park named El Capitan. Similarly, Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk in October 2014 between Chicago skyscrapers was a captivating feat of daredevil. What makes automobile race drivers tick [...]
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 1:00 AM, Read at the source >
For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, The Jockey Club is expected to reveal today that it has completed a purchase of the venerable racing publication, the Blood-Horse. Meanwhile, the Breeders' Cup announced that tickets go [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 8:54 PM, Read at the source >
At 6 am on Tuesday, February 24, temperatures in the greater Baltimore area hovered in the single digits. Though classified as below normal for the region, they were all too normal in this winter of 2015, when words like “polar vortex” and “Siberian express” and “biting wind” have become an [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 3:47 PM, Read at the source >
This is a look at the winning TimeformUS Speed Figures for the last 5 years of Triple Crown prep races as well as the winning figures for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes for each 0f those years. The races are plotted chronologically. [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 1:24 PM, Read at the source >
I'm not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was Texas, where you are supposed to think big. Texas was the home of Arlington Downs racetrack [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 7:06 AM, Read at the source >
We Can Handle the Truth
Via Pull the Pocket
Jack Nicholson was wrong. Racing can handle the truth, because the truth allows us to do the right things, rather than the wrong things. And it's a way forward.Churchill Downs net income dropped 16% last year. Which is due to many factors. Most important to horseplayers in 2014 was the [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 6:09 AM, Read at the source >
Rebel Possible for Brandi
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Owner Willis Horton and trainer D. Wayne Lukas are considering entering filly champion Take Charge Brandi in the March 14 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, the same race American Pharoah is expected to make his first start in since last September. Lukas told Mary Rampellini that the Kentucky Oaks is [...]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 5:39 AM, Read at the source >
A recent article originally published in HRU. I thought it kind of apropos after the weekend races at Gulfstream, so I repost it here. I'm about to submit an article in support of the judging system. You read that right. For the few of you not so perplexed who plan [...]
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:32 AM, Read at the source >