HRI Featured Writers
HRI Featured Writers

Pricci’s Free Race Analysis

Five days per week, John Pricci will provide analysis of that day's feature race. His long term approach, combining visual interpretation with informed Energy Figures, has resulted in a positive ROI since the feature's inception, from May, 2007 through the latest results.

Executive Editor John Pricci
Executive editor John Pricci provides his insights on everything thoroughbred racing. Big horses, big races, politics, it's all here in his " Morning Line " blog and " On the Line " column


Tom Jicha
Tom has been a sports writer, columnist, and an editor at various times throughout a journalistic career that spans more than four decades. His passionate writing and reporting on thoroughbred racing can now be read in his "Ante Post" blog.


Indulto
Indulto's "Players Up" blog. Taking his nickname from the King Ranch color-bearer of the 1960s, Indulto now devotes his time to advocate for the recreational player and hobbyist, but prefers lower takeout rates for all rather than subsidized rebates for the few.


Robert Earle
Rob Earle is a lifelong horseman, IT whizzkid & racing fanatic, and will be bringing you some industry thoughts in his "Easy as 123Bet" blog.


Marc Lawrence - On Sports
Marc Lawrence will be contributing his sports handicapping insights and providing college and NFL Best Bets in his " Playbook" blog.
 
 


Latest Columns and Blogs

The sooner NY winter racing ends, the better


NYRA loses about a million dollars a week during the winter racing season. Yet there are those who would argue it must be continued. Why? To serve as a social welfare program for inferior horses? A spring-through-fall season also would facilitate closing Aqueduct, which is going to happen. Belmont wouldn't need such extensive winterizing if it didn't have to deal with the worst months of the year.


Written by Tom Jicha | Comments (14)
State is never going to relinquish NYRA

The state of New York continues to persist in its charade of making it appear as if it is planning to return NYRA to private control by the end of 2015. But an influential legislator says re-privatization is unacceptable. In fact, he came out for more government control of the NYRA board.



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Marc Lawrence College & Pro Upsets Nov. 27- Dec. 1

THURSDAY PLAYS


TEXAS over TCU by 6

We have a feeling that Condoleezza Rice and the other 12 NCAA Playoff Selection Committee members are hoping that the Longhorns feast on ‘Frog’ legs – and not turkey – this Thanksgiving. Otherwise, the verbal
attacks they’ll be getting from either the Fort Worth or Waco press on December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day) when they announce the four playoff teams will make that 1941 attack look like a water-balloon fight. The good news is the ‘Horns are rounding into shape (3-0 SUATS last three) and are 11-1 SU and 9-3 ATS with regular-season rest. The bad news is the Frogs are equally impressive when given extra time to prepare in
the regular season (10-1 SU and 11-0 ATS). However, the Horned Ones are a winless 0-5 ATS as conference road favorites since joining the Big 12 in 2012 and 1-5 ATS in their last six weekday tilts while Texas is
a satisfying 3-1 SUATS at home on Thanksgiving off back-to-back SU wins. In addition, the TCU stop-unit, after surrendering a total of 21 points in their first three games, has allowed an average of 27 PPG since.
That’s not a good sign against a Texas team that is 120-4 SU at home in games in which they score 27 or more points. Neither is the fact that Longhorns’ head coach Charlie Strong is a well-prepared 9-2 ATS as a
dog versus .750 or greater, including 3-0 SUATS when taking 7 or less points. With that, look for the Frogs to croak in a big way tonight in Austin – especially with our INCREDIBLE STAT OF THE WEEK supplying
THE CLINCHER: Since 1968, TCU is 2-29 SU versus Texas, having been favored only once – last year. They lost that contest, 30-7, as 3-point favorites.

NFL: Philadelphia over Dallas by 10

Battle of 1st place leaders in the NFC East finds the Eagles taking on the Cowboys at Jerry’s World on Thanksgiving Day where America’s team has hosted Turkey Day games each year since 1978. The Boys have thrived against losing opposition on Gobbler Day, winning 12 of the last 13 matchups. Not so when facing .500 or greater opponents, however, winning only 7 of the last 19 games on Thanksgiving against relevant opposition. Making matters worse, the Cowboys are only 1-10 ATS on Thanksgiving Day games after defeating the New York Giants the previous week. On the fl ip side, the Eagles are 4-1 SU all time on this day of thanks, including 2-0 SU and ATS of late. The key to this call is the play on the field of each team lately as Philly has outgained five of its last six opponents while Dallas as been out-yarded in three of its last four contests. Granted, Cowboys QB Tony Romo is 28-6 SU in November, but Dallas head coach Jason Garrett compounds matters with a 1-7 ATS mark in his NFL career as a division favorite in games where the Cowboys own a .500 or greater record. The larger half of the wishbone goes to the Eagles in this showdown. The Clincher: Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly is 19-1 SU and 14-6 ATS on the road in NFL division and college conference games combined in his career as a head coach.


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Marc Lawrence College and Pro Upsets Nov. 22-Nov. 24

VIRGINIA over Miami Fla by 3

The Canes came up with a game effort against the ‘Noles, holding a 23-7 lead in the opening half over the defending national champs. But in the end, Miami didn’t have enough talent, discipline, experience or whatever it takes to pull off a watershed upset. In fact, FSU’s first lead of the game came with just 3:05 to play, and while Miami’s freshman QB Brad Kayaa had a great first half, his late 4th down interception ended Miami’s last-gasp attempt at the win. The question now is whether ‘The U’ can get back up off the mat in this tricky spot against a foe desperately in need of a pair of season-ending wins to earn a bowl ticket and save HC Mike London’s job. We believe if you ask Al Golden, he’ll tell you he just wants to get out of Charlottesville with a win. Good luck with that as the Canes’ 2-6 SUATS mark in their last eight road games makes this a dicey proposition. Our MIDWEEK ALERT also alerts us that Virginia has outyarded the Hurricanes in all three games where these two coaches have met, including last season when the Cavs held a 483-304 advantage in a 19-point loss. Finally, if you’re having difficulty stepping in front of this Hurricane, our well oiled machine suggests you remember The Clincher: Miami is 0-7 ATS as a favorite in games off a SU Florida State loss since 1996.


Written by Marc Lawrence | Comments (0)

Emulating Yonkers Raceway Would Be Good for Thoroughbred Business

PLANTATION, FL, November, 20, 2014--Remember watching the start of this year's Breeders' Cup Classic over and over, trying to pick up exactly when and where the horse beneath #7 orange saddle-cloth crashed into the one wearing the black #6?

In the simulcast era, colored saddle cloths have become indispensable when trying to decipher which of the two horses battling head to head two the wire 10 lengths behind the runaway leader are going to win the photo.

Was it the horse racing on the inside or the outside? Did I win the trifecta? Are those the horses I used to complete the super?

Colored saddle cloths certainly have made it easier for fans and bettors to enjoy horse racing and, for that, Thoroughbred racing owes a debt of gratitude to those who work on the Harness side of the street.

The Standardbred folks introduced the innovation, Thoroughbred racing followed, altering the original color scheme so that the saddle cloths wouldn't match exactly--as if product differentiation were completely necessary.


Written by John Pricci | Comments (5)
Taking a Pick 10 Shot Finally Makes Sense

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, November 15, 2014-- The HRI faithful know how I feel about the Pick 10 when it was first offered over a series of four Mondays.

The surmise is that Gulfstream wanted to kick off South Florida’s Gulfstream Park West era with a bang, and to see if the concept had legs beyond Miami Lakes, long enough to reach Dec.6, the start of the parent track‘s “championship meet.”.

To be kind, the Pick 10 was and is a way-over-the-top mimicking of the Rainbow 6, a wager that proved highly successful virtually since conception.

So popular was it, in fact, that management flirted with success by tweaking it in the hopes of doing even better. In the main, they succeeded

With a higher percentage of the winnings paid daily and a lower percentage of handle carried into the next day’s jackpot pool should a lone winner devour the entire enchilada, the wager continued to prosper.

The catch was that the dime minimum was doubled, the added cost spun as a way of allowing Woodbine bettors into the pool. In Canada, the legal minimum is 20-cents.**

Of course that was not the only motive as management sought more of a good thing. On a daily basis, the tack worked, but then it didn’t work, too.

The only time any real buzz was created is when the jackpot reached the magic million-dollar mark.


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Slouching Towards Tucson

PORTLAND, OR, November 19, 2014--Beginning December 8 for four days, racing's biggest movers and shakers will gather at the 41st Annual Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Arizona.

The annual pilgrimage has become the place for industry stakeholders to keep in touch with each other, swap a little gossip, and get a sense of how the industry is tracking as a whole.

This will be my 10th trip to the great American Southwest, a journey I look forward to at the end of each year for the colorful characters one meets while congregating at the hotel bar each night, talking about the year that was.

It’s great to see that behind the scenes of racing and gaming stand people who are trying to insure the industry continues to tick.

It’s a place where companies can showcase anything the industry requires, from new betting software platforms, to television cameras, to racetrack surfaces.

Although the exhibitors have got smaller over the years, attendance at the seminars has remained very strong as there's always something new to discuss each year, always something new to take away, hangovers notwithstanding.


Written by Robert Earle | Comments (0)
Adore Me’s World Record Performance Down Under Unforgettable

Christchurch, New Zealand – Nov 11 – That’s no typo; you read that correctly. Indeed, harness horses often race at distances over two miles here and last week I witnessed the fastest two miles—that’s 3,200 meters to us—in harness racing history.

Of course, that makes the time of 3:54—with a last half-mile in an astounding 55 seconds—trotted by Adore Me so extraordinary.

We know the Yanks love their speed and appropriately Adore Me is a daughter the prize American stallion, Bettor’s Delight, a very familiar name to harness racing fans world-wide.

And the five year old mare didn’t just establish a new world record; she smashed the old one by 1.5 seconds in an event that was just as extraordinary as her performance:


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Track News Releases
Track News Releases
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance:  Grade II Golden Rod

POCAHANTAS WINNER CRISTINA’S JOURNEY FAVORED IN GRADE II GOLDEN ROD,
BIDS TO SWEEP CHURCHILL DOWNS’ FALL STAKES FOR JUVENILE FILLIES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – With a disappointing journey to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships behind…


Nov 27 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance: Kentucky Jockey Club

BAFFERT’S LORD NELSON MADE 5-2 FAVE FOR SATURDAY’S KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – Peachtree Stable’s Lord Nelson, a runaway winner of the $101,000 Speakeasy at Santa Anita from the power-packed barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, landed post…


Nov 27 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 26

McPEEK TARGETS GOLDEN ROD, KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB SWEEP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014) – One can reasonably expect the name of Kenny McPeek, a trainer who always has some very promising juveniles in his barn, to be tossed about frequently during the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs,…


Nov 26 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Juveniles look to close out season in style in Remsen, Demoiselle

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Racing fans hoping for a glimpse of some of next year's 3-year-old stars can do so Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when 22 promising juveniles gather for the 100th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen and its sister race, the Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle for fillies, which will be…


Nov 26 | Categories: Aqueduct, | Comments (0)
Stretch-out sprinters lead the way in G1 Cigar Mile Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The second, third, and fourth-place finishers from the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint on November 1 at Santa Anita Park are all back for more on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap - the centerpiece of the fall meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.




Nov 26 | Categories: Aqueduct, | Comments (0)
Juvenile Showcase Program

Kaplan Fillies Target Dirt Stakes on Juvenile Showcase Program

Trainer Represented in Two of Three Filly Stakes at Gulfstream Park West


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Narrowly beaten in a pair of stakes earlier this year, Moment of Delight will get another chance to break through…


Nov 26 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase

Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase Features Undefeated Mr. Jordan in Smooth Air

Richard the Great Seeks to Conquer Foes in Six-Furlong Buffalo Man
Maker-Trained Duo Top Large Field for Pulpit Stakes on Turf

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Two races into his promising career, what more…


Nov 26 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP

3-YEAR-OLDS CONSTITUTION AND HOPPERTUNITY SEEK REDEMPTION
AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN FRIDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – Constitution and Hoppertunity, two auspicious 3-year-olds that were denied starts in the Kentucky Derby Presented…


Nov 26 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (1)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool

OPENING KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE POOL STARTS FRIDAY WITH ‘ALL OTHERS’ A HEAVY FAVORITE

Unbeaten American Pharoah is Favored Individual, One of Four Baffert Trainees; Pletcher Trains Five Wagering Interests

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) – It’s a true reminder…


Nov 26 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Competitive bunch set to square off in G3 Go For Wand

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - An intriguing blend of up-and-coming fillies and hard-knocking mares is set to enter the starting gate on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack for the Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap.





Nov 26 | Categories: Aqueduct, | Comments (0)
$100,000 My Charmer Handicap (G3) Quotes

Trainer David Fawkes (Daring Kathy): “He (jockey Abdiel Jaen) rode her perfect. Even the fractions were almost exactly the same. When I saw them go in almost 25 [seconds] and then the 51 and change, I was like ‘Oh my God. It’s over.’ He hadn’t even asked her to do anything. She did everything…


Nov 23 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
$100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) Quotes

Trainer Christophe Clement (Lubash): “His last race was so good, I decided to come here for the stake before he is turned out. He’s a fun horse because he really, really wants to win. He always runs a good race and makes me look good. I like that.”




Nov 23 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)