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It's not a newsflash that horse racing has lost customers. However, in horse racing, like some other businesses with repeat customers, that lost customer is not a dollar lost, or a fan lost, it's lifetime dollar value lost, and a lifetime dollar value fan lost. It's not like losing a [...]
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 1:05 AM, Read at the source >
Beyer Talks Takeout
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Andy Beyer: "Whenever U.S. racetrack executives get together at industry conclaves, they talk endlessly about the need to broaden the sport's popularity and attract new fans. But perhaps their real problem is that their horseplayers don't bet enough. If crowds at American tracks wagered more than $400 per capita, as they [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 11:45 PM, Read at the source >
Just a Pipedream
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Spanish Pipedream (Scat Daddy) pulls away from the field to win at Keeneland. For Friday, a closing day baby race at Keeneland. ...(read more) [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:22 PM, Read at the source >
Second, we want to introduce an entirely new generation to horseracing. Suppose – for example – we were to purchase a yearling that became very successful at 2 and then looked like it might become a Triple Crown candidate. There would be tremendous interest in the colt. [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 4:47 PM, Read at the source >
- I have a couple of posts about last weekend's racing up at the TimeformUS blog, here and here. - Saratoga Casino & Raceway has released the details of their proposed casino in East Greenbush. The Casino at East Greenbush presentation by YNNwebteamYes, it will have "spectacular views [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:54 PM, Read at the source >
The Temperature Gets Turned Up on Churchill Downs Inc.
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
In the week or weeks before the Derby there is usually a news story from someone, somewhere, to try and forward their cause. Derby week is the one week that the world pays attention. In past year's we might've seen a New York Times story, or a story on steroid [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:27 AM, Read at the source >
Oaks Reprise
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Jon White surveys the likely Odgen Phipps field: The 2013 Kentucky Oaks field was considered one of the best ever. The five fillies listed above as candidates for the Phipps all ran in last year’s Kentucky Oaks. Princess of Sylmar won at 38-1. Beholder finished second at 9-1 after acting up [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:25 AM, Read at the source >
Being a lifelong aficionado of horse racing and growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby has always been a cherished event.  While I have attended a few in person, I’m grateful  for one I did not have to attend. In 1967, the civil rights movement in the United States [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:45 AM, Read at the source >
Here’s the current Kentucky Derby lineup as of April 24. The Derby field is limited to the top 20 in points (points in parentheses) and four also-eligibles. Those with a * remain on the undecided list as far as Derby status. 1. California Chrome (150) (Jockey: Victor Espinoza) Slated for final pre-Derby work Saturday [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:19 AM, Read at the source >
Here is the current Kentucky Oaks lineup as of April 24 with known jockeys listed. The fillies are listed in order of points, with number of points in parenthesis. The field is limited to 14. 1. Untapable (160) (Jockey: Rosie Napravnik) Worked 5f in 1:00 flat on Sunday 2. Sugar Shock (120) (Jockey: Calvin [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:19 AM, Read at the source >
The boycott isn't only about the egregious takeout increase. This is about an industry that refuses to listen intently to what their customers are saying. It happens time and again. [...]
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 8:26 AM, Read at the source >
When did I first notice it, was it the NOLA.com series on Churchill Downs and the Fair Grounds? The Paulick Report story titled "Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline"? The Takeout Hike? CDI executive comments? Their compensation? The tweets, the blogs, the opinion?On a stand alone basis, none [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:16 PM, Read at the source >
Why Wonder Haveyourseenmypappy Smokin Red
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
Catching up on workouts, and 2yo fillies at Keeneland....(read more) [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:27 PM, Read at the source >
The Hong Kong Model
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
Eric Mitchell interviews Dr. Christopher Riggs, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s top veterinarian, about the on-track pharmacy system there. Despite differences in how horses are trained and stabled in Hong Kong vs. America, it’s an enlightening exchange, particularly re: specific questions that vets have raised in response to racetrack owner [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:00 PM, Read at the source >
This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must be maintained in order to keep the money-churning slots and gambling tables going. They allow facilities [...]
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 2:52 PM, Read at the source >