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Blog Profile / Canadian Gambling News and Issues

Filed Under:Gambling / Track Betting
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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

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15 Million Young Viewers Get Exposed To Horse Racing: No Bettors Created

A week last Thursday I watched on of my favorite show The Big Bang Theory. The show gets around 15 million viewers a week on the first run episodes. Mostly young viewers too. At 50 I'm still counted in the 25-54 crowd:) Leonard, oneShow More Summary

Free Stuff For The Breeders' Cup

Do you want free Breeders' Cup past performances?, simple, go to the Breeders' Cup website (bottom middle) and download Friday and/or Saturday's card. For just about everything else free, go to About Horse Racing's Breeders' Cup page...Show More Summary

Horse Racing Needs Rats To Help Clean The Game Up

Former backstretch employee T.Y. Faulkner wrote a piece on The Paulick Report, A Bounty For Cheaters, that seems to have struck a nerve (judging by many of the comments). He pretty much sums up his proposal in one paragraph: "The racing organizations should step up with some serious monies to "bait" this information from within the backside. Show More Summary

Should Northern Dancer Have An Asterisk Next To His Name?

A couple of nights ago I watched a show called The Canadians. The topic was Northern Dancer. This episode was done a few years prior to the Biography Channel Northern Dancer show, though many of the clips were the same. Lots of recollection, but one of the guests intrigued me enough to do a Google Search. Show More Summary

Where Is The Bottom?

Handle dropped again in September. I don't need to go over the reasons why again, simply click here and read my post after August's numbers came out. September's numbers were very ugly: Wagering was down 6.3% despite 3.3% more race dates. Show More Summary

Updated Google Takeout Maps Of Thoroughbred And Harness Tracks

The popular Thoroughbred and Harness Google Track Takeout Maps have been updated. There are still a few mysteries (tracks missing takeout data), and if there are any new tracks that need to be added or old tracks that need to be deleted,...Show More Summary

RCI Report On Drug Violations: C'mon Man

That Racing Commissioners International report called the 2011 Report on Drug Violations really insulted my intelligence. I'm sure I am not alone. Their major findings: Less than 1 out of 200 tested samples came up positive. And 94%Show More Summary

Getting A Handle On Handle Drops

Total handle was down a whopping 12.3% in August, as horse racing continues with a deer in the headlights approach. Why is this happening? Let me try to cover all the bases. First the negatives. Net Loss Of Horseplayers According toShow More Summary

Evolution And Horse Racing

I've done a bit of reading on the evolution of horses lately. Really interesting topic. They share common ancestry with the zebra (branched off around 4 million years ago. Prior to that they share common ancestry with rhinos and tapirs. Show More Summary

McKinsey Study Misses The Mark On Takeout

The McKinsey and Company report “Driving Sustainable Growth for Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding” totally misses the mark when it comes to figuring out the customer, and figuring out how to grow the customer base. So though not totally worthless, the report is nothing that will save the game, perhaps throw a few band aids on it, but that is about it. Show More Summary

Four Topics Four Opinions

Jeff Gural's Plan To Discourage The Retirement of Three Year Olds To Stud Great idea. In fact, Gural have he may have got that from me. Unfortunately for thoroughbred fans, Gural is only talking harness here, and only talking three tracks. No mention of broodmares. Show More Summary

Lasix: The Pros And The Cons

The Lasix debate is going strong right now as the Feds in the States are looking to ban race day drugs. The prevailing viewpoint is that drugs do not belong in athletes, and that competition should pit natural talent against natural talent. Horse racing has always had a seedy side to it. Show More Summary

The Score In Canada: Soccer 1 Horse Racing Nil

In Canada eh, we have a Sports network called The Score. Mostly it is known for sports news and recaps, and they also show quasi sports events like WWE, martial arts fighting, poker tournaments, and soccer. Oh, they also have horse racing. Show More Summary

Nothing Much New, Except For The HANA Ratings

Parimutuel handle down 5% in June, close to 8% for the year Where is the bottom? Players continue to die off and they aren't being replaced. No reason for newbies to get into horse racing with its high learning curve. We need visible winners. Show More Summary

It Must Be The Economy

IT MUST BE THE ECONOMY Well, that is the excuse that seems to be prevalent over in California, as the leaders over there look to blame everything except their disastrous decision to hike takeout at the beginning of the year. It is estimated...Show More Summary

Queen's Plate Prediction: Bowman's Causeway

My handicapping of big races of late has been pathetic but always keep in mind that even a broken watch is right twice a day, and I am due. That being said, it is hard for me to state "bet the house" on Bowman's Causeway with confidence,...Show More Summary

Fort Erie 14% Pick 4 Takeout Continues To Gather Steam

Crunching the numbers from the past week ending yesterday (Tuesday) shows that the recent drop in takeout on the Pick 4 from 26.2% to 14% has become very popular amongst Horseplayers. There was improvement in handle on Sunday, as $8,900 was wagered in total for both Pick 4s. Show More Summary

Guess Who Has The Lowest Pick 4 Track Takeout

Monmouth? Close. Their Pick 4 takeout is 15% Hollywood, Del Mar, and Santa Anita? Noooo. They raised the takeout on Pick 4's from 20.68% to 23.68% January 1st. Those dummies. How about Woodbine? Uh that would be a no. 25%. Keeneland or Churchill? Again close. Show More Summary

Handle Continues To Fall, Where Is The Bottom?

Handle was down another 7.8% in May compared to 2010. Racing dates were down, races were down, and so were purses. So much for less is more. California racing is responsible for a good chunk of the drop, as the powers that be there continue to hold out against rescinding that idiotic takeout hike that occurred at the beginning of the year. Show More Summary

Maybe Luck Can Save Horse Racing

HBO's upcoming series Luck is being touted as the next Sopranos. Luck is all about horse racing. Chantal Sutherland is in it too. She plays an exercise rider. Horse racing definitely has a seedy side. Always has. And this series will definitely magnify it and blow it out of proportion. Show More Summary

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