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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 >
It would be prudent to give Khozan time to develop, skip the Derby, and aim for other objectives that could make him the champion 3-year-old by year’s end. Indeed, in the past, some of the country’s leading trainers (such as the masterful Charlie Whittingham) and owners (such as the Phipps [...]
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:03 AM, Read at the source >
Derby Preps: No Need For Speed
Via Blood-Horse: Haskin
Everybody loves you on the Derby trail when you run fast. Go ahead and run fast in your final Kentucky Derby prep. You'll get all the publicity and your horse will be sitting right at or near the top of everyone's Derby lists. The photographers will flock around your horse [...]
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 6:04 AM, Read at the source >
Few people are better qualified to discuss the state of the bloodstock industry than Richard Lancaster. Tweet [...]
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM, Read at the source >
It's All We as Customers Ask of Racetracks: Make An Effort
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
Many years ago now, after commissioning a survey of horseplayers and discussing and scouring the economic research, we saw and heard horseplayers wanted bigger fields, lower takeout, and better betting races. Not long after, the very first Racetrack Ratings were developed. The criteria of what makes a good racetrack? Exactly [...]
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 3:36 PM, Read at the source >
Former Breeders' Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with Youbet.com founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel wagering to an entirely new demographic. With direct ties to the horse racing industry, b Spot began accepting customers by private [...]
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 10:42 AM, Read at the source >
Do the best racehorses make the best sires?
Via Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
With representatives of Frankel's first crop due to hit the yearling sales this year, Janet Hickman examines how other outstanding racehorses have fared at stud. Tweet [...]
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 8:00 AM, Read at the source >
Mass Market
Via Pull the Pocket
A post that I vehemently agree with was made on Godin's blog this week. "Mass Market" is a concept we've spoken about a lot here, so I guess that agreement is not shocking to anyone. But it's nice to see a talented writer talk about it, rather than me, your [...]
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 7:09 AM, Read at the source >
Though best known for buying and then creating partnerships for horses that started their career outside the United States, Team Valor struck gold with the partnership it formed for a homebred colt, Animal Kingdom, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Dubai World Cup and earned $8.3 million. [...]
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 5:17 PM, Read at the source >
The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is listed on the official track program in connection with a horse who has been in [...]
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 7:06 AM, Read at the source >
You probably watched the races from Gulfstream on Saturday. Although the headlines were dominated by the Fountain of Youth disqualification of Upstart, there were two other stewards decisions on the same card. Mike Watchmaker made some proclamations about those decisions. Let me repeat because incredibly some [...]
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 6:58 AM, Read at the source >
Right here, let me attempt to explain why this is so important. You might offer the cleanest Thoroughbred racing in the history of the world, but if horseplayers don’t think they are getting a fair shake from the stewards stand it undermines our faith in the integrity of the game. [...]
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 6:17 AM, Read at the source >