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

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.


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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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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)
Marc Lawrence College & Pro Upsets Nov.13-17

LSU over Arkansas by 11

The first question that came to mind when we saw this openingl ine was who died and made Arkansas Boss Hog? The Razorbacks a favorite? Really? Don’t forget, the piglets were taking 28 points in this matchup less than a year ago, and 12 points at home in 2012. And the last time we looked, these same Hogs were riding a 17-game conference-losing streak. We know one thing for sure: had the Tigers prevailed last week over Alabama, there would be no plus-sign next to their name. And since we suddenly don’t have to worry about points tonight in Fayetteville, check out these doozies: the Tigers are 14-0 SU after angling with Alabama and 13-1 SU away versus sub .500 conference opposition. Meanwhile, Razorbacks’ head coach Bret Bielema is 3-12 SU in his last 15 games versus a foe that owns a better win percentage and Arkansas is just 2-7 ATS with rest. Sure, the Hogs have covered six of the last seven in the series but on all but one of those occasions they were taking points. Call us crazy and throw in a straitjacket, but we’re not going to Arky Asylum tonight – not with the ‘Mad as Hell’ Hatter the answer to this week’s TRIVIA TEASER – and providing us with the Clincher: Les Miles is 22-1 SU with LSU in games off a SU loss, including 3-0 SUATS as a dog.


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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.



Written by Tom Jicha | Comments (19)
Racing’s only sure thing: Fans will get screwed

The Breeders' Cup Classic left a bad taste in many fans' mouths. But this is nothing new for racing. Fans get shafted regularly in all sorts of ways. The latest example is a race at Churchill Downs in which an ineligible horse won. The owners of the rightful winner got paid, the jockey and trainer got theirs but fans who bet on the horse who was eventually awarded the win got nothing. This need not be in the age of computer and account wagering. Also, fans who had 5 winners at the Breeders' Cup were shortchanged because there was a carryover to Sunday, which should not be allowed in this specific case.


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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
Angelica Zapata, Daring Kathy Seeking First Graded Win in My Charmer

Multiple Stakes Winners Square Off in Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Sweepstakes

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Among her 11 lifetime victories in a 30-race career that has spanned five seasons, Angelica Zapata owns 10 stakes wins. As yet none have come in graded company, though she came within a length…


Nov 20 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
Lochte Seeks to Make the Grade Again in $100K Tropical Turf Handicap

Vitali Trainee and Unbridled Command Bring Grade 1 Stakes Credentials

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Lochte figures to be well backed in the betting for Saturday’s $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park West, if for no other reason than the 4-year-old gelding is one of two Grade…


Nov 20 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
RACING AT CHURCHILL DOWNS TO RESUME FRIDAY, NOV. 21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) – Following back-to-back cancellations due to a frozen racetrack, racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack will resume Friday at 12:40 p.m. EST with its regularly-scheduled 10-race program.




Nov 20 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - 11/19

Daring Kathy Seeks First Graded Win
Mucho Mas Macho Nears Return


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Multiple stakes-winning filly Daring Kathy is expected to make her next start in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park West.




Nov 19 | Categories: Gulfstream West, | Comments (0)
Record 314 Horses Nominated To $1 million Claiming Crown

Gulfstream Park Hosting Eight-Race Showcase on December 6

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A record 314 horses were nominated to the 16th annual Claiming Crown, the $1 million showcase for the country’s top claiming horses being hosted by Gulfstream Park for the third consecutive year on December…


Nov 17 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Stakes Recap:  Grade II, $237,800 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs

SPARKLING REVIEW SHINES IN GRADE II, $237,800 MRS. REVERE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014) - Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's Sparkling Review displayed a brilliant late kick inside the final three-sixteenths of the mile to win Saturday's 24th running of the $237,800 Mrs. Revere…


Nov 16 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash

ZEE BROS WINS DE FRANCIS DASH FOR LUKAS AT ODDS OF 29-1

LAUREL, MD. 11-15-14---Zayat Stables LLC’s Zee Bros, dismissed at odds of 29-1, proved to be the swiftest of all in the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash. The De Francis Dash was the marquee race in Saturday’s Fall Festival…


Nov 16 | Categories: Laurel, | Comments (0)
Red Smith Handicap (G3) Quotes

Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse of Dynamic Sky (No. 3): "[The Canadian International] was a really tough race, obviously. He got a great trip today, and everything seemed to come together for him. He didn't have the best start in the [Canadian] International, which put him behind…


Nov 16 | Categories: Aqueduct, | Comments (0)
Gulfstream Begins Third-Party Administration Of Race Day Lasix

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park announced today it will begin third-party administration of race-day Lasix beginning Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The policy will prohibit any private veterinarian from being in a horse's stall on race day.




Nov 14 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance

GRADE I WINNER PERSONAL DIARY FACES ACCOMPLISHED TESTA ROSSI, SPRING INCLUDED,
MISS FROST, KISS MOON AND NEWCOMER LADY LARA IN OVERFLOW GRADE II MRS. REVERE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014) – The growing popularity of Churchill Downs’ $200,000-added Mrs. Revere Stakes…


Nov 13 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)
NYRA BOARD BEGINS FORMAL DISCUSSION OF RE-PRIVATIZATION

NEW YORK - The New York Racing Association's Board of Directors today took the first step toward the long-term transformation and re-privatization of the national thoroughbred racing leader. This extensive process, which includes the development of a fully sustainable, three-year business model, kicked…


Nov 13 | Categories: Aqueduct, | Comments (0)
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance

HEART TO HEART HEADLINES 13 3-YEAR-OLDS IN GRADE III COMMONWEALTH TURF

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014) – Heart to Heart, runaway winner of back-to-back turf stakes including a four-length romp in the $110,000 Jefferson Cup (Grade III) during the September Meet, headlines a field…


Nov 12 | Categories: Churchill Downs, | Comments (0)