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Tom LaMarra on simulcasting fees and Churchill’s recent takeout hike: I’m no math whiz, so correct me if I’m wrong. In the case of Churchill, if its host fee remains the same, a rebate shop and its customers get to keep the extra 3 percentage points when the exacta takeout goes from 19% to 22%. […]

California Dreaming

There’s been something about California Chrome from the start: “I had a dream about this colt two or three weeks before he was born, and I woke up and told my wife that (the mother) was going to have a colt, he was going to be a lot of flash to him, he was going […]

Favorite things

Over at The Racing Biz, we’ve been looking back at a few of our “favorite things” from 2013 — favorite stories, pictures and videos that have appeared on our pages. Among them: This great video from Jeff Krulik that shows the excitement and emotion of winning a big race, as Immortal Eyes upsets the De … Continue reading »

The Wicked Favorite

“… it’s hard not to see a little Red Sox in the dark brown colt.” If Wood winner Wicked Strong goes to the Kentucky Derby as anticipated, his story will be huge, and not only in the city he’s named to honor. It might even bump that of California Chrome, Art Sherman, and Swaps (remembered […]

The Standings

Next weekend’s Lexington Stakes at Keeneland is the last race on the points schedule, but the 2014 Kentucky Derby prep season is essentially over. Dance With Fate, reportedly unlikely for the Derby, won the Blue Grass on Saturday with a Beyer speed figure of 97. The little-regarded Danza upset the Arkansas Derby, earning a Beyer […]

Wise Dan’s Return

Wise Dan is set to make his first start of the year today, and: “If he is going to be vulnerable, this is it because the others that are in there have been running,” LoPresti said. True, but he’s also a two-time Horse of the Year. Odds are good he’ll win. In 2010, I found […]

The CC-BB Connection

Dick Jerardi on this year’s likely Kentucky Derby favorite: Go back six years. Other than the experience factor (it’s hard to believe that California Chrome has run 10 times …), I see Big Brown all over again, a really good horse against a far less talented and inconsistent group. The same thought has crossed my […]

For the Last Time

Andrew Beyer, writing today: When the Blue Grass Stakes is run at Keeneland on Saturday, it is unlikely to produce the next Kentucky Derby winner. Though it was once the most important 3-year-old prep race, it became irrelevant after Keeneland replaced its dirt track with a synthetic surface. None of the seven horses who captured […]

Arty Aqueduct

Last weekend, I visited Aqueduct for the first time since leaving New York City back in 2010, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Jerry Bossert documented abysmal conditions at the track earlier this year. NYRA board members have complained about the grime and birds in the Equestris buffet. Left at the Gate has defended […]

5' 2" Mickey Rooney Got Horse Racing Related Work

Mickey Rooney died at 93. A Hollywood icon, he appeared in many horse racing themed movies throughout his career.Typecast as a jockey, Rooney made the most of it. Here is a scene from a little known 1937 movie, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry:Is...Show More Summary

Coming Clean

You’ve probably read Andrew Cohen’s “The Ugly Truth About Horse Racing” by now. As I said on Twitter, it’s a call to conscience for all of us in racing to acknowledge the dark side of our game. “Must admit my first reaction was to get defensive,” @loomsboldy replied, “but the more I thought about it […]

The Horseplayer and the PETA video

Yes, PETA has an agenda. Yes, the 9 minute video below probably represents the "best" of the worst the PETA investigation had on tape. However, it is difficult to spin what is on the video just because of the PETA agenda. Those withShow More Summary

Run Up Times The Least Of Horse Racing's Problems

Andy Beyer recently wrote an article: Racing industry keeps horseplayers off balance. It is a relevant article, in that it illustrates how Horseplayers are challenged with handicapping different distances and the fact that run up times...Show More Summary

Power Boat Racing In Japan Almost Outhandles Horse Racing In North America

Japan horse racing does double the handle of North American racing, despite only having 40% the population of the USA. It is hard to peg the disparity on one thing, but it is most likely a combination of culture and gambling competition. Show More Summary

Street Names

The horrific winter we’ve been having, with bitter cold temperatures and massive snowfalls (thankfully, not at the same time so far), presents the perfect excuse for hibernation. In my case, since I’m on sabbatical researching and writing...Show More Summary

Noble Jerome

Noble Moon gets 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby gate, moving him to #7 in the official standings, and a Beyer speed figure of 85 for winning the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday. The Malibu Moon colt may start next in the Withers on February 1. View the updated leaderboard, chart, and replay via […]

Charging Admission For Horse Racing?

Horse racing still charges for admission in the US? Living in Ontario can really shelter a Horseplayer I guess. I couldn't imagine paying admission to get into a racetrack anymore, and I'm pretty sure that if Ontario tracks started charging...Show More Summary

Ghosts of Hollywood Past

We knew the day of reckoning was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to say good-bye to legendary Hollywood Park this weekend. Strictly from a historical standpoint, its closing unequivocally marks the end of a glorious era—aShow More Summary

That’s a Wrap

Woodmans Luck runs down Depreciable in the stretch to win the last ever race at Hollywood Park (chart). RIP, beautiful track, and thanks for all the memories.

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So, yeah. I messed up the original version of site by not keeping WordPress up to date and had to scrap the old version and reinstall everything. As far as I can tell the site is intact and using the original urls. The only exception is that the original tags/categories are not associated to the […]

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