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Gulfstream and Calder have been running against each other all summer and fall but they have not had a showdown like the one Saturday when Gulfstream presents the eight-race, million-dollar Claiming Crown and Calder counters with three legitimate stakes, two Grade 3 and one listed.
MIAMI, Dec. 6, 2013--Conventional wisdom was the Gulfstream-Calder war would never come to pass. There would be an 11th hour settlement. Even if there wasn’t, the conflict wouldn’t last longer than the U.S. invasion of Grenada before cooler heads prevailed.
The conventional wisdom—I was part of it—was wrong. Five months later, the conflict has taken on the feel of Vietnam, a conflict with no end in sight.
Things are looking up for NYRA. Slot revenues at Aqueduct have exceeded the most optimistic forecasts. For the first time in years, a positive bottom line for the racing operations is anticipated in 2014. With all this good news, NYRA is rewarding its fans by raising admission and parking prices at Belmont and Saratoga.
MIAMI, Dec. 4, 2013--Real life experience is always more valuable than book learning.
Pricing matters. Raise it, even by what seems an insignificant amount, and you are going to lose sales. This point was driven home to me while I was still early in elementary school.
SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, December 3, 2013—For me, last weekend’s holiday horse racing feast only one negative: Discovering that “America’s Turf Authority” doesn’t take its brand slogan very seriously anymore.
If it did, Daily Racing Form wouldn’t compel its customers and racing fans to pay a premium to read, of all things, routine stakes advances meant to showcase the game’s brightest stars while keeping fans informed and engaged.
In an age where mainstream racing coverage has all but disappeared in markets not named Southern California, Kentucky, or Saratoga, thoroughbred racing’s paper of record is no longer in the business of bringing you all the news needed to follow the sport comprehensively.
It’s what happens when the corporate mission is to monetize everything.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, November 24, 2013—If you’re a fan of NCIS, America’s top rated television series, then you probably know that its lead character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, does not believe in coincidences.
Neither do most horseplayers, albeit to a fault on many occasions. Well, here’s what’s happened over a three-day period this week , Wednesday through Friday.
On Wednesday, the state of California, shocked to discover that horse racing was being conducted back East, got out in front of Thursday’s Congressional hearings on horse racing by joining their Mid-Atlantic brethren and others in the Uniform Rules for Medication and Drug Testing consortium. This follows the lead of Illinois which only recently came on board, and Kentucky is thisclose to joining the confederation in short order.
As trainer Turo Escalante would say after saddling one of his improbable longshot winners: “What a surprise.”
When we get to these early December contests, teams are either playing for all the marbles or there is very little on the line; rarely does the importance of the contest fall anywhere in between. For the Cardinals, it’s basically option #2. While QB Teddy Bridgewater’s name comes up occasionally in Heisman discussions since Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, and Bryce Petty imploded down the stretch, the invitations to the trophy ceremony will have been distributed by kickoff; thus, even a huge performance tonight will not get him to the party. As for his Cards, they have no shot at the first-ever AAC crown – the loss to Central Florida basically took care of that. Still, an 11-1 mark and a finish in the Top 20 are strong accomplishments, and a win over a rival school less than 100 miles away can do wonders during the approaching recruiting season. Unfortunately for Charlie Strong, his offense is in serious decline since the UCF loss, averaging just 348 YPG in the last three contests (down over 100 YPG from their 455 YPG season average). Meanwhile, the Bearcats are one of the hotter teams in college football and have plenty to play for – they’ve won six straight contests (making that early October loss to South Florida a real headscratcher). and since they didn’t play UCF this season, they still have a slim chance of winning the conference title if the Knights lose to SMU. This will also be an interesting matchup between two of the nation’s top defensive units (Louisville is #2 while Cincy is #10) and while the Bearcats are 11-3 ATS as an underdog with rest, the Cards are just 1-4 ATS coming off a bye. Also, while Louisville has not covered in any of their three weekday games this season, Cincinnati is 4-1-1 ATS versus the number with the extra zzz’s recently. The most important call of all comes from the tag-team of the SMART BOX (‘Puttin’ On The Stats’ from Issue 12) and the AWESOME ANGLE (on page 2), who put their heads together and come up with a no-doubt call on the Bearcats.
Don’t look now but both the Ravens and Steelers are main players in the AFC Wild Card chase. Thanks to a 5-2 rebound from a devastating 0-4 start, Pittsburgh has pulled even with Baltimore to join three other teams at 5-6. With it, this North division battle suddenly looms large for both squads and accordingly our mean machine reports a troublesome spot for Big Ben as sub .600 NFL road dogs off a SU division road dog win are a measly 10-32 SU and 14-27-1 ATS since 1980 when facing a foe off a SUATS win. Adding to Pitt’s dilemma is the fact that the Steelers themselves are 1-5 ATS in games off a SU road dog division victory. In addition, the MIDWEEK ALERT does not like the fact that the Steelers were outstatted in each of their last two games, both SU underdog wins. Enter the Black Birds, knowing that defending Super Bowl champions with a losing record during the 2nd half of the season are a glitzy 14-3 ATS when not favored by more than 3 points since 1988. Add to that the Ravens ‘D’ is once again beginning to assert itself (held Jets to season low 220 yards last week and the Bears to a 2nd-low 319 yards two games ago). Revenge rears its ugly head here tonight when Baltimore improves to 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS home under Joe Flacco in double revenge-exact division
games. Toss in the Turkey Day home favorite stat outlined above in the Lions contest and it appears the Steelers’ goose is cooked here tonight. The Clincher: The Ravens are 7-0 SUATS at home with a losing record under John Harbaugh.
I’ve spent the past few weeks railing against the racing schedule post-Breeders’ Cup. It appears to be a movement, ala Post Modernism. But if there was ever a weekend that justified racing after the Breeders’ Cup it was this past one. And it made one heck of an argument.
Up until Saturday Will Take Charge was likely on the short list for Champion Three-Year-Old. A loss would’ve made him a footnote in the race for an Eclipse. A win cemented it
Connections have little reason to run after the Breeders’ Cup, especially if the horses ran well. Will Take Charge ran 11 times in 2013 going all the way back to January 21 when he won the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn.
He finished sixth in the Southwest and, four weeks later, won the Rebel. His trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, did what in hindsight, won his colt an Eclipse: He rested WTC for seven weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
During that time, from Mar. 16 to May 4, many horses ran at least one more race. But even at the time, it didn’t look like a brilliant program. WTC ran in all the Triple Crown races finishing eighth, seventh and 10th in Louisville, Baltimore and New York. That rest appeared to have backfired.
The past couple of weeks there has been no shortage of complaints on the grid iron. When Ahmad Brown, a 49ers linebacker, was flagged for a personal foul by hitting Drew Brees, New Orleans’ quarterback, you might have thought a supernova went off.
NFL analysts, namely Ray Lewis and Teddy Bruschi, flew off the handle saying they’d pay half of Brown’s fine, should there be one. Many radio hosts spoke about how the football they once knew is no longer recognizable with the game they see today. And that’s the point.
The NFL focuses on player safety so players aren’t drooling with dementia at age 50. The NFL paid out nearly $800 million to former players (a bargain, really) to show its commitment to head injuries and the beatings its players take and have taken.
Football is different. The fanatics will watch no matter what and complain from Sunday to Thursday. The NFL wants to grow. It runs the risk of losing fans when the next Junior Seau puts a shotgun to his chest.
Mike Greenberg, co-host of Mike & Mike in the Morning, said that boxing, baseball and horse racing used to be king in this country. Those three sports have changed little over the years, have failed to evolve. Fan bases erode either by lack of interest or death. There’s no longer a foundation on which to build a base.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is popular for its colossal mistake.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - A horse like Deputiformer might not be your typical headline maker, but the redoubtable gelding epitomizes the type of runner celebrated in Saturday’s Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park.
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Miss Mischief and Baby J, a pair of 3-year-old fillies exiting stakes victories, will take on older runners when they compete in the $100,000 Garland of Roses on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2013)—Unbridled’s Note, who was defeated by less than two lengths when fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 2, will make his Betfair Hollywood Park debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday.
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EIGHTTOFASTTOCATCH LOOKING FOR 10TH CAREER STAKES SCORE IN SATURDAY’S BROAD BRUSH STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 12-05-13---After finishing third in the 2010 Maryland Million Turf, trainer Tim Keefe decided that Eighttofasttocatch needed a change. The son of Not For Love has responded with 11 victories…
Primary Goal is Title Defense in Breeders’ Cup Classic
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The connections of Mucho Macho Man announced Wednesday that their 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner will stay in training for the 2014 racing season. A title defense in the Classic at Santa Anita next November…
MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, Winner: "The race set up as we planned. I let her break cleanly and she was running very comfortably and when I asked her to go she responded. (Discreet Marq) went by me very easily at the top of the stretch, but my filly never gave up and came back.…
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