DUEL FOR THE CROWN--A BOOK REVIEW
-- Michael Amo
IS ENTERTAINMENT RACING'S LAST HOPE
With racing handle and fan base eroding the industry is trying to find a way to solve the prob elm. However, as Albert Einstein once said, " We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
RACING UNDER SADDLE--A NEW THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY
Harness racing is showing a different look for its fans. Popular in Europe, RUS beginning to break through in the United States. With the appearance of Thoroughbred jockeys trying it out, they may be onto something.
ROUND TABLE --ITS DRUGS, STUPID
The Jockey Club Round Table this year offered contrasting news. Good news about more media exposure came first. Then, came the bad news. Training race horses may be more about drugs, then horsemanship.
HORSE SLAUGHTER---PROBLEM OR SOLUTION
The re-emergence of horse slaughter in New Mexico is raising many difficult questions. To some it is a problem and inhumane activity. To others it is natural part of breeding and racing. The debate will go out, unresolved. Yet,we all must be involved.
SEE HOW PALACE MALICE WON THE BELMONT STAKES
Palace Malice's strategy appeared to not let Oxbow steal the race. Sitting perfectly he pushed the pace and inherited the lead.
SEE HOW OXBOW STOLE THE PREAKNESS STAKES
Gary Stevens put the other jockeys to sleep as he crawled now the backstretch of Old HillTop.
SEE HOW ORB WON THE DERBY
Orb struggled through the mud to be in the right position at the right time---with a powerful enough kick to win by 2 1/2 lengths
WILL ORB WIN THE PREAKNESS STAKES (GI)?
Will Orb win the Preakness Stakes (GI)? Take our poll.
WHY SLAUGHTER EX-RACEHORSES?
There are many opinions about wether we as a country or an industry should allow ex-racehorses to be slaughtered. New York State Legislatures are advancing a law to not allow in from New York. What happens if this law is passed should be discussed.
MUDDERS FIRST IN THE DERBY
The most recent weather report for Louisville by Weather Channel is disappointing if you are planning to be there. They predict a 40% chance of rain on Friday and Saturday. It gets a little better on Sunday with only a 30% chance of rain. This will certainly, if the forecast holds, affect the outcome of the Derby and our handicapping of it.
ORD OR GOLDENCENTS WILL WIN
Two New York based handicappers joined the panel at the annual Kentucky Derby Preview Show hosted by the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, April 27, 2013. They were not shy about who they thought would win the 139th Kentucky Derby presented by YUM Brands. See why.
THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE STANDARDS
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)announced this week that they will begin accrediting aftercare facilities. The application for accreditation is on their website. Accredited facilities will be eligible for funding through a TAA grant program.
POINTING TO THE DERBY
This year marks the beginning of a new set of criteria for earning a post-position in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Designed to assure the best horses start on the first Saturday in May, this system will change the way trainers prep their horses.
It apprears that Richard Dutrow's career as a horse trainer is over. Severe and swift action by New York State Racing and Wagering Board threw the knockout punch. With appreals nearly exhausted, Mr. Dutrow might want to consider a second career that is more rewarding
EXCHANGE WAGERING APPROVED IN CALIFORNIA
Shortly,racing fans will be able to back and lay bets on horseracing in California. Although it was recently approved by the California regulators, there is not a time for implementation. When it does come, wagering on horseracing will dramatically change.
BREEDERS' CUP RACES -- A LOOK BACK
Since the first Breeders' Cup Race in 1984, racing fans have seen a showcase full of champions and classic races. Most fans have a favorite race or racing experience associated with the Breeders' Cup. This segment offer some. Tell us which is your favorite by e-mailing us at Soundoff@thorofan.com. The 1988 Turf Sprint begins look-back. Enjoy!
THE VET'S OATH
A New York Times article on September 22, 2012 took another shot at the racing industry. However, this time the attack is less a bomb and more a debate. At the center of the story is the question of the role of the veterinarian in the care of horses on racetracks. Since they are legally the only ones who can prescribe medication to horses, much of the root cause analysis of the medication debate can circle back to them.
JOCKEY CLUB ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD SUNDAY
08-07-2012 -- Michael Amo
The 60Th Annual Jockey Club Roundtable will be held this Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, New Yorrk. The Conference will be webcast on the Jockey Club website for fans to watch
WHO WILL RUN RACING IN SARATOGA THIS YEAR--UPDATED 5.23.12?
With the mess hitting the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) we are likely to see a "NEW NYRA" when the gates open for racing on July 20th. How new it will be will be determined by the results of the current investigations by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, the New York State Inspector General, The New York State Franchise Oversight Board and the New York State Legislature.
THE BREAKINGPOINT OF BREAKDOWNS
Shocking is an understatement to describe the reaction of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack during their current meet. Dave Grening of the Daily Racing Form reported that on this Wednesday at Aqueduct Racetrack 18 of the 73 horses entered were scratched from the card. Five were scratched by the track Veterinarian, Dr. Yessenia Almeida. Since horses were entered last Friday, there were many reasons WHY a horse was scratched other than a vet scratch. But the numbers should raise suspicion, at least.
A BIG IDEA FROM A SMALL STABLE
03-11-2012 -- Susan Salk - Off Track Thoroughbreds.
The point, says managing partner Monica Driver, is to create happy, well-rounded horses who enjoy their work on the track, but are also prepared to appeal to the kind of rider who may want to buy him after his racing career ends.
-- Michael Amo
Unless you are a robot, you can’t help but to cringe at the sight of a horse breaking down in a race. Somehow, you personalize the pain. You feel sorry for the horse that was giving all for his owners and trainer, but broke under the stress of the task. The situation worsens when the blue screen comes out indicating the animal cannot be saved.
LORD OF MISRULE
02-20-2012 -- Synposis of Book by Brandon Amo
HANDICAPPING CONTEST--GOOD FOR THE NOVICE
New fans of racing have been critical of the complexity of handicapping and the difficulty in winning at the races. Yet many of the same folks are avid poker players who are not fazed by similar hurdles. This is evidenced by the television coverage poker gets. Attempting to capitalize on the same construct, many tracks have begun to offer handicapping contests with varying levels of skill required.
SPORTS BETTING IN NJ????
Sports betting at Monmouth Park next summer may be a reality. While other jurisdictions are crafting ways to get VLTs at tracks NJ may have made the best move. VLTs operate as games of chance----no skill required. Sports betting demands significant understanding of the game, as well as wagering. Sounds like horse race pari-mutual wagering. It seems racing is more llkely to attract folks with similar acumen and interests. The crossover between handicapping horse racing and betting on sports is obvious. This can only help our sport attract new fans. That's a good thing with future brighter than with VLTs. Lets hope the Governor and the federal courts agree.
FANS SHORTED BY NYRA INACTION
The New York Racing Associaton, Inc (NYRA) was found by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) to have overcharged fans on exotic bets over the past 15 months. The mistake occurred when NYRA failed to roll-back a 1% take-out surcharge approved by the NYSRWB in 2008. As a result the NYSRWB estimates that fans lost over $8.6 million. On Tuesday the NYSRWB required that NYRA take immediate action to rectify the problem and to help fans recoup their losses. However, was their action sufficient?
Read the full story and relevant links on the ThoroFan website.
"Born to Run"
Harve de Grace works out at Keeneland on Monday. See it from the rider's angle vis webcam.
NEW YORK PROPOSAL WOULD BAN RACE-DAY MEDS
The talk of the industry for the last few months has been the use of race-day medications. The issue has been percolating for years. It was brought to currency by a proposed federal legislation that would ban performance enhancing race-day medication and dole out severe penalties to violators. The Breeders’ Cup in an effort to mirror international rules is banning race-day medication for two-year-old races next year and all races beginning in 2013. Most of the national racing organizations are following suit or, at least, studying the viability of the rule.
IF YOU THINK RACETRACK ACCREDITATION ISN'T IMPORTANT--THINK AGAIN
When a filly stepped onto the track at Penn National last Sunday morning, everything seemed right with the world. Then it all changed. With a factured leg she lay on the track in pain and wimpering for over an hour. Why. There was not a track veterinarian on duty to care for her. National standards (NTRA) require the presence of a veterinarian during racing and training.But since Penn National is not accreditted, they can ignore the standard. If we cared more maybe we would ask if a track is accreditted before we send our horses to race there or even place a single wager.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? BELMONT - 911
-- Mail Online News
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 first three winners at New York track are horses with numbers 9,1 and 1.
Judge Tosses Out-Of-Competition Testing
New York Supreme Court Judge finds New York Out-of-Competition rule abitrary. Although it was specifically for harness racing,it will affect Thoroughbred racing.
FANS GET "A VIEW FROM THE BACKSTRETCH" IN PHOTOS BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK THERE.
07-26-2011 -- The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP DAY OCTOBER 15, 2011
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP DAY OCTOBER 15, 2011 will be an historic event for racing in England. It will offer the richest purses ever in English flat racing.ThoroFan's Jeremy Edge will be there covering the race day for HRTV. Want to join him and other ThoroFans? Read More!
PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE CLOSE UP VIEW AND BROUGHT IT TO US FANS
-- New York Times
Picture # 15 - Is one of these young fans you?
WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT FANS? I SAY MONMOUTH ROCKS
06-10-2011 -- COME JOIN US AND SWING WITH MONMOUTH PARK FANS
THE CHALLENGE IN NEW YORK IS REBUILDING THE FAN BASE
SENATOR BONACIC AND ASSEMBLYMAN PRETLOW SHARE THEIR IDEAS ON THE FUTURE OF RACING
An interview in the Capitol, a newspaper for and about New York State Government, the leaders of the New York State Senate and Assembly discuss the issues they think are most important to New York racing. Although the success of OTBs is front and center, it is positive the issue of fan development is on their radar screens. Read the full Interview by clicking on the above headline.
NTRA ALLIANCE GETS SUPPORT FROM INDUSTRY LEADER
03-29-2011 -- BloodHorse
Antony Beck, President of gainsway Farms speaks up about the importance of our sport having national standards and the accreditation of tracks.
NEW RACETRACK STANDARDS
FAN DEVELOPMENT IN NEW YORK
03-02-2011 -- Michael Amo
New York State is taking the leadership in recognizing that without the fan racing would not exist. The New York State Senate following their task force on racing introduced a five-point plan.
MONMOUTH MARKETING DIRECTOR AND THOROFAN SUPPORTER TO RIDE IN MONGOLIAN RACE
FAN-FRIENDLY GULFSTREAM IS NO ACCIDENT
01-21-2011 -- Michael Amo
When Gulfstream Park was rebuilt many thought it touted the end to the era of the fan-friendly racetrack in favor of gaming and simulcasting. Although the world of Thoroughbred racing is slowly moving in that direction, unfortunately, Gulfstream Park's management team is still focused on the fan and the "fan experience." Read the full story
INSIDE TWEET CAN SWEETEN POT
12-13-2010 -- Gene Kershner
[Gene Kershner coordinates the blogs of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance and is on the board of Director of ThoroFan]
Over the past several years a vast amount of technology and information has emerged that has served as a benefit to horseplayers. In this week's Post Time, we'll discuss ways to use this technology to your advantage when playing the ponies. We'll also review how social media, particularly Twitter, can provide essential real-time information to help your wagering efforts.
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RECONNECTING THE SPORT WITH THE FANS!
The December 4th issue of BloodHorse offered a wonderful column by Rick Gold, CEO of a California high-tech company and a partner in Bourbon Trace Stables. The column un the heading of the "Final Turn" addressed all the issues that ThoroFans have been asking. The readers reactions were even more reinforcing of the the need for change in our sport's approach.
ZENYATTA - VIDEO TRIBUTE WINNER
12-09-2010 -- youtube
ZENYATTA'S RACE FOR PERFECTION - video
11-01-2010 -- SI.COM Sports Illustrated -( please wait if there is a commercial.)
Racing has heros too.
NO GOOD DEED SHALL GO UNPUNISHEDNO GOOD DEED SHALL GO UNPUNISHED
08-26-2010 -- By Michael Amo for ThoroFan
Fans are regularly bewildered when immediately after a race the word “Inquiry” mysteriously appears on the tote board and/or television screen. In baritone decibels the announcer proclaims, “There is a Stewards’ Inquiry. Hold all tickets until the race is made official.” What?
IT'S TIME TO JUMP INTO THE POOL
The first Kentucky Derby Future's Pool closed last Sunday. There are still two more pools coming in March. The pools can be a good hedge for a bet on Derby Day. Getting actions on a few contenders that might have a good chance to win at long odds will allow for protection of Derby Day wagers.