By Ray Wallin Recently a reader emailed me a question. Scatterbrained Scott wanted to know how to get more time to handicap and how to use that time efficiently. This is a problem that I know I lot of part-time horseplayers suffer from. We are trying to juggle our day jobs, handicapping the races and sports, and making sure we devote enough time to our families and loved ones. It can be hard to devote our full attention to handicapping the races with so many other responsibilities in our busy lives, but there are ways you can make the most
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Margaret Ransom, an award-winning writer who has worked in the horse racing industry for decades, recently moved to Texas from California and started The Bridge Sanctuary. Its mission is to bridge the gap from forgotten horses to forever safe horses. Here’s her latest rescue story. By Margaret Ransom Hello, Blanche. I’d like to introduce you to Purgatory Cat. She is an 18-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat and the Damascus mare Damearco. But here at The Bridge she is Blanche. We pulled Blanche from a last-chance-before-shipping auction in September because, well, she didn’t deserve to be dumped there. Blanche
By Mike Farrell Jim McKay, the legendary host of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and a lover of thoroughbred racing, returned from the inaugural Breeders’ Cup in 1984 with a thought that would not let him rest. Why couldn’t his beloved Maryland racing industry stage its own equivalent of the Breeders’ Cup for horses bred in the state? From McKay’s vision and dedication sprang a new series in 1986—Maryland Million Day. That great tradition continues Saturday at Laurel Park with a 12-race card topped by the $150,000 Classic. The concept that started in Maryland has now spread across the country
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By John Furgele The Little Brown Jug. A thrilling duel to the finish with Lou’s Pearlman nosing out Perfect Sting in the final leg of the pacing Triple Crown on Sept. 23 at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair. The Kentucky Futurity Trot. Jujubee rolled to victory in the final leg of the trotting Triple Crown on Oct. 10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. And in a few weeks, the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands on Oct. 29-30 that goes a long way in determining divisional champions for pacers and trotters. It’s quite a monthlong stretch in the harness
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By Richard Rosenblatt And now, a slight TV upgrade for your horse racing viewing pleasure: FOX Sports will have live coverage of British Champions Day from Ascot Racecourse in England on Saturday. The New York Racing Association has partnered with FOX, and England’s richest day of racing will air on FS2 from 8-11:30 a.m. (ET). America’s Day at the Races will feature live racing from Belmont Park, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., on FS2. TVG will have its usual live coverage of races from tracks around the country. Four Group 1 turf races are set for Ascot topped by the $1.5 million
By Noel Michaels The Belmont fall meet extends into early November with racing going on through the Breeders’ Cup weekend at Del Mar before closing Nov. 7, after which the New York racing scene shifts to Aqueduct. With four weeks left at Belmont, let’s check on a few trends that could help you boost your win percentages. Just like at the Keeneland and Santa Anita meets, most of the major stakes at Belmont are over. What’s left is good old day-in, day-out high quality racing and wagering, including top-rung turf racing and lots of 2-year-old races. Here are some observations
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By Ed McNamara Starting in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup has saved its best for last: 3-year-olds and older horses going 1 1/4 miles in the megabucks Classic, the season’s grand finale. With the racing world watching, the Classic has created an endless highlight reel. Longshot Wild Again taking down Gate Dancer and Slew O’ Gold in the first one. Ferdinand nosing out Alysheba. Sunday Silence holding off archrival Easy Goer. Arcangues scoring at an insane 133-1. Cigar capping a perfect season. Tiznow taking back-to-back photo finishes over European superstars. Zenyatta beating the boys, then losing a heartbreaker to Blame the
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By Ira Kaufman The NFL’s home-field advantage has been shrinking for a while and Week 6 offers a graphic example. Of the 13 games on the schedule being played in U.S. stadiums, eight road teams are favored, many by extravagant margins. The Bucs kick off the trend Thursday evening in Philly, where the defending NFL champs are 7-point favorites – even though Tom Brady is nursing an injured right thumb. This is an intriguing matchup. Tampa Bay is a road team on a short week and the Eagles may have salvaged their season with a comeback victory in Charlotte. Running
By Ray Wallin Ask almost any handicapper about what pace style they think has an edge at the track and you will get the same answer: Early speed As handicappers we frame our reference of track bias on whether it is favoring early speed horses, not closers or off the pace runners. There are countless books and articles written on the subject but very few on stalkers and closers. Why? Early speed either wins or dictates the outcome of a race. Deciphering the pace of the race is a little bit of art and science. You can look at the
By Mike Farrell And then, there was only one. The “One” is the final remaining Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifier before the season-ending championships next month at Del Mar. That contest is the $200,000 Jessamine (G2) on Wednesday at Keeneland. The winner of the 1 1/16 miles contest for 2-year-old fillies on the grass gets an automatic fees-paid invitation to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). It’s a last chance to grab for the gusto, and the response overwhelmed the entry box. The Jessamine attracted a full field of 14 with two more, Blissful and Haughty, sitting