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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 >
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 >
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 >
Via Thoroughblog
AMI’S HOLIDAY (second from right) charges to the Breeders’ Stakes win over INTERPOL (second from left) and SQUEEZE THE KING (far right) TERENCE DULAY PHOTO GOT ONE! Ami’s Holiday was here and there in the Triple Crown before taking the Breeders’ [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:59 AM, Read at the source >
Aquetoga Revisited
Via Left at the Gate
I went to Aqueduct on Saturday....yeah, it was a slow summer day in Queens. I wanted to check out Longshots, where, we were told by NYRA's CEO Chris Kay at the recent board meeting, business has been pretty brisk since racing moved on to Belmont and Saratoga. I [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:55 AM, Read at the source >
Was Sunday’s fifth race at Thistledown racetrack in Ohio a textbook case of how to beat the bookie? That’s what one Paulick Report reader thinks, and the evidence is pretty compelling. Missjeanlouise was odds-on favorite in the six-horse field of $20,000 filly and mare claimers (also open to non-winners of a [...]
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 4:19 PM, Read at the source >
The Flawed Logic behind higher takeout
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
At the July 18, 2014 CHRB Meeting, Tom Ludt, speaking as a representative of track management for Santa Anita, told the Commissioners of the CHRB that 18% takeout on doubles had resulted in a net loss to purses of almost half a million dollars. Link to the July 18, 2014 CHRB [...]
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 2:22 PM, Read at the source >
Good morning. It was an interesting weekend in Horse Racing Land, so here are a few thoughts on that, along with some general musings.It's One Race, Take a BreathI read on the twitter, after Palace Malice lost in the Whitney, some serious angst. Pletch could not find a thing wrong [...]
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:51 AM, Read at the source >
By the time a high-priced colt or filly goes to its new home, it may have already literally and shockingly deflated as a result of its withdrawal from an assortment of potent chemicals designed to make it appear more like a linebacker than a still-developing baby horse. [...]
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 1:29 PM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
UNIKAT – by Galileo. Stronach Stables colt will battle for favoritism in the Breeders’ Stakes today Michael Burns/WEG PHOTO E.P.TAYLOR TURF TOUR – the 123rd BREEDERS’ STAKES BREEDERS’ S., $500,000, 3yo, (S), 1 1/2mT PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER ML 1 Keen Gizmo Giant Gizmo Moreno Carroll 12-1 *The ‘other’ Ivan Dalos runner [...]
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 8:39 AM, Read at the source >