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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

Saratoga Simulcast Dairy: Meeting Across the River

July 26, 2015—For us, the racing odyssey of 2015 is set to begin; much bag packing and errand running will ensue.

But there’s business to finish; writing, posting and editing to be done, selections to be made, traveling to begin. Saratoga Simulcast Diary will return Saturday, Jim Dandy day, the price for witnessing Sunday’s Haskell Invitation Ball staring Cinderfella, aka American Pharoah.

Good for Garden State fans and horseplayers. The good people of New Jersey love their racing (inded they do, Mr. Christie) and the area deserves and could use this shot in the arm. Note that “The Boss” has attended Haskells past, in his usual low key manner.

If he’s in Oceanport on Sunday, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Surely it will lend itself to the special atmosphere. Non-Springsteen fans probably didn’t hear but he showed up at a local bar last week, jumped on stage and played a two-hour set. No big deal, of course; he’s been doing things like that his entire career.

And so the Derby has “My Old Kentucky Home,” the Preakness “Maryland, My Maryland,” and the Belmont its “New York, New York” but only Monmouth Park has “Born To Run,” ‘cause tramps like them…

Now, through the Saratoga 147 Racing Trip Diary on the season’s first Saturday:

Race 1: Didn’t take long for the “Graveyard” to claim its first victim--then the crowd had no right to make second-time-out trainer Mark Casse’s Moon King 2-5 on debut, no matter how fast he worked, right?


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Saratoga Simulcast Diary: Opening Day

Even if it were only the third time in 42 years I missed the Saratoga opener on-track, the excitement seems to radiate through the computer screen, right down to the ominous threat of a tornado. Thankfully, Saratoga Race Course and its wide open spaces were spared.

It was a good day for Chad Brown who scored with two winners, including Mrs. McDougal in the Lake George Stakes, and jockeys Jose Ortiz and Junior Alvarado both had a riding double. A new-hometown filly, Off the Tracks, won the traditional opening-day Schuylerville shipping up from South Florida.

Better yet, it was a good day for the HRI faithful who paid attention to our newest contributor, renaissance clocker Bruno De Julio, who told the readers all about the Florida filly.

Selfishly, and almost of greater import, was Bruno’s assessment of the correct, longer half of the uncoupled Wesley Ward entry, Banree. She completed a winning exacta that paid $122. Even I got off a recent slide, thanks to Chad’s Lake George filly, at $11 straight. Now on to the racing program:


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Sunday at the Spa with Bruno

The Coaching Club American Oaks promises to be a very good race given this group of three-year-old fillies. The race as we see is a virtual renewal of the Black Eyed Susan and Kentucky Oaks, featuring Include Betty, Keen Pauline and I'm A Chatterbox.

The intriguing horse is I'm A Chatterbox. I thought she ran sensationally in the Kentucky Oaks. She had been on or near the lead in her career but seemed to have been taken out of her comfort zone when she allowed to drop back to 11th in the early going.

I don't know if that was the horse or the rider that caused this but she was thoroughly up against it in that scenario. She tried hard, as she always does, and came flying late--a little too late.

I saw Larry Jones on board this morning along the outside fence and she looked very good. The freshening seems to have helped a ton. This race is loaded with nice fillies but we're thinking will get an overlay with Chatterbox.


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Saturday With Bruno

Let's Get Saturday Off Quickly: Race 1: Maiden Special Weight for colts & geldings

# 6 ~ Metal Magic got beat by a real nice horse from the Brad Cox barn who runs in the Sanford today. Yes It's True colt looked home after putting away the speed turning for home. Finished well clear of the third place horse.

# 4 ~ Hundred Years worked nicely from gate for Asmussen July 14, he may be a bit behind some of the other Asmussen's but can run some. His sire was a very good Big Cap winner for Baffert. Gate work on 14th was a 47.1, 100.2 and 114 and change in company with a good Flatter colt.

# 5 ~ Boalt Hall is from the Stonestreet Stables and he also cost a pretty penny. He was outworked by Anna House and Rachel's Valentina in July 11th from gate. Anna ran on Friday and Rachel's Valentina (Yes, out of that Rachel Alexandra) should be ready in about week or so.

# 7 ~ Moon King didn't impress me at the sales but brought a hefty price tag, however. He worked OK here so I cannot discount.


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Business As Usual: Appellate Court Denies Dutrow Appeal

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., June 25, 2015—On June 24 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed trainer Rick Dutrow’s appeal of a 10-year suspension based on his claim that he was denied due process in a 2011 New York State administrative hearing.

This ruling in no way qualifies as an upset, of course. It’s simply how the process works: State’s conduct administrative hearings to adjudicate cases de jure in the guise of acting in the public interest then deny constitutional guarantees during that process.

These hearings are de facto kangaroo courts in which agenda rules. Strict rules of evidence do not apply, hearsay is permitted, and because of racing’s patchwork quilt of drug testing and regulation the results most often are capricious and arbitrary.

Even though the burden of proof is on the state, the presumption in these cases is that the client is guilty. Resultantly, appeals courts are loathe to reverse the findings of administrative hearings, reversals somehow being a tacit admission that the state process was flawed at best or, in Dutrow’s case, unconstitutional at its core.


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Part 3 HRI Special Report on the Dutrow Case: Patti Cerda Speaks Out

What you are about to read is an unsolicited, personal, unabridged statement of an ex-NYRA employee in response to several readers who believe that some of the individuals who defended Rick Dutrow Jr. in the comments section of Part 1, Part 2 of HRI’s Special Report--an investigation into the Dutrow case in which the trainer was suspended for 10 years--did so because they were friends of Dutrow. In Part 3, Patti Cerda, for 20 years the Manager of the NYRA Identification Office responsible for issuing credentials to all individuals having business at any of the three NYRA tracks, states that she was made to issue false identification badges to undocumented backstretch workers or risk losing her job. That process is counter to federal and state laws, in short, an illegal act. The following is her account, edited for syntax and punctuation only

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The Saratoga of the Northwest, Part ll

This is the time of year when horseplayers and racing fans concentrate on two of America’s favorite destination venues; Saratoga and Del Mar. But in all the excitement over these traditions, lost in the shuffle is the other summer place to be: Les Bois Park.

That’s right, Boise, Idaho!

You mean you’ve never heard of that other parimutuel hot-bed? Well, look at it this way: Parimutuel is derived from the French word, meaning “between us.” Les Bois, also translated from the same language, means “the woods.”

It’s entirely appropriate that a park would be in a wooded area or, vice versa--which is the Latin phrase for “the other way around.” Well, Boise is about as far as you can get from San Diego and Saratoga Springs. Wonder if they cut down trees at Les Boise Park? Just askin’.

Bob Smith, he of the HRI Faithful Bob Smith’s, is indulging his wagering wanderlust where the tree meets the potato. So let’s see how the other horse-playing half—or, at least, Bob Smith—lives. We have received the following missives on a horseplayer’s life at Les Bois:


By Bob Smith

The racing surface at Les Bois Park does seem to be uniform and it plays fairly. Of course, when the track circumference is 6 furlongs, being on or near the lead at the head of the stretch is key.


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The Saratoga of the Northwest, Part l

Let’s face facts: This is the time of year when horseplayers and racing fans concentrate on two of America’s favorite destination venues; Saratoga and Del Mar. But in all the excitement over these traditions, lost in the shuffle is the other summer place to be: Les Bois Park.

That’s right, Boise, Idaho!

You mean you’ve never heard of that other parimutuel hot-bed? Well, look at it this way: Parimutuel is derived from the French word, meaning “between us.” Les Bois, also translated from the same language, means “the woods.”

It’s entirely appropriate that a park would be in a wooded area or, vice versa--which is the Latin phrase for “the other way around.” Well, Boise is about as far as you can get from San Diego and Saratoga Springs. Wonder if they cut down trees at Les Boise Park? Just askin’.

Bob Smith, he of the HRI Faithful Bob Smith’s, is indulging his wagering wanderlust where the tree meets the potato. So let’s see how the other horse-playing half—or, at least, Bob Smith—lives. We have received the following missives on a horseplayer’s life at Les Bois:



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Track News Releases
Track News Releases
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed at $150,000

Late Pick 4 and Pick 5 Pools Guaranteed at $50,000

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $150,000 Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday, when multiple bettors holding tickets with…


Jul 11 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Gulfstream To Raise Purses 10 Percent Beginning July 23

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park announced today it will raise purses an average of 10 percent beginning with the next condition book on Thursday, July 23.

Gulfstream's third summer of live racing continues to show increases over the first two. On July 5, Gulfstream played host for…


Jul 11 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
A Lot leads field of six in Manila

ELMONT, N.Y. - Amerman Racing LLC's A Lot will look to repeat his Paradise Creek success when he takes on five rival sophomores going a mile on the Widener turf in the $100,000 Manila Stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park. The graded stakes-placed son of Tapit picked up his first black type score in the seven-furlong…


Jul 11 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Gulfstream Summit of Speed Notes: Fri 7/3

Wildcat Red Set for Return to Sprinting in Smile
Patrick Dupuy Sets Sights on Azalea (G3) with I’m a Looker
Tea Time Shipping in for Princess Rooney (G2)
Gold 2-year-olds Ready for Stakes Test

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Jose Garoffalo successfully stretched out Wildcat…


Jul 3 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Texas Red returns in G3 Dwyer

ELMONT, N.Y. - The Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer - to be run on the second annual Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park - will feature the return of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, who has not raced since finishing second in the Grade 2 San Vicente on February 1 at Santa Anita Park.



Jul 3 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Tonalist heavy favorite in Suburban ‘Cap

ELMONT, N.Y. - Under high weight of 123 pounds including Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist has been made the 3-5 favorite over five foes for Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap, one of six graded stakes on the second annual Star & Stripes Day at Belmont…


Jul 3 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Mother Goose Quotes

Drayden Van Dyke, winning trainer of Include Betty (No.2): "It was a perfect trip. I know they were going fast up front and I knew this long stretch should really help her out, she makes that nice little last run and I knew it'd work out just perfect for her. I just had to make sure that I kept pulling…


Jun 28 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Belmont Park Notes 6/27

• Brown readies five runners for G1 Belmont Derby, G1 Belmont Oaks
• Tonalist preps for G2 Suburban
• Pletcher contenders work towards Stars & Stripes Day assignments

ELMONT, N.Y. - The second renewal of Stars & Stripes Day on July 4 at Belmont Park will be highlighted…


Jun 28 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Rainbow 6 Carryover Totals $383,473.91

Rainbow 6 Carryover Totals $383,473.91 Heading into Sunday’s Mandatory Payout
Pool Expected To Climb Over $1 Million

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After going unsolved for the 24th consecutive racing program Saturday, the Rainbow 6 carryover will total $383,473.91 heading into Sunday’s…


Jun 28 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Saturday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $500,000

Mandatory Payouts of Rainbow 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi-5 Slated for Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Friday at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot pool for the popular multi-race wager will be guaranteed at $500,000 Saturday.

Following…


Jun 26 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Wonder Gal takes aim at G1 Mother Goose

ELMONT, N.Y. - An evenly matched group of 3-year-old fillies is set to contest Belmont Park's Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, led by Treadway Racing Stable's Wonder Gal.


Trained by Leah Gyarmati, Wonder Gal was cut out to be a good one. The daughter of…


Jun 26 | Categories: Belmont Park, | Comments (0)
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - If there is no single ticket with all six winners on Friday's 20-cent Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park, Saturday's guaranteed pool will be $500,000.

Friday's carryover is $325,694.12.




Jun 26 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)