There has been a major shift over the last few years when it comes to which sires are being bred to the most mares and, therefore, dominating the foal crop. The high-end sires have never been more popular. Everyone, it seems, wants to breed to them, not flinching one bit at their six-figure stud…">
Stakes Scheduling for 2016 and Beyond?Adventures in Horseplayer Advocacy
related piece, HRI's Tom Jicha wrote, "Do you notice a glaring absence? None of these people primarily speaks for the fan. Where was a representative of HANA? How about Andy Asaro? Or John Pricci? My guess is the swells didn’t want to hear their ideas."
His point may have been made in a session on Digital Marketing described…">
Help the Player Help the Industry2015 Breeders’ Cup Lower Rake, Bet Minimums More Player FriendlyShould Zayat Be Rolling Classic Dice?Snore at the Shore: A Wakeup CallFed Bills Fumble on MedsI Can No Longer Look the Other WayAddressing the Weakness in the PreaknessOn Balance, Derby Points System an ImprovmentGovernor, Let My People In
New York Times, the newly board-chaired New York Racing Association announced it would cap Belmont day attendance at 90,000 despite last year's crowd of 102,199, or the record 120,139 for Smarty Jones's Triple Crown attempt in 2004. Now, what segment of horse racing participants do you suppose represent…">
Money Maker Moreno and Other MemoriesWill Fortune Finally Smile on Advocate Upstart Violette?A Quixotic Quest for Quality via QuantityA Cross Country View from the Left CoastUntil the Perception of Horseplayers Change, Neither Will RacingMoving Blue Grass Has Ripple Effect Beyond KeenelandMake a Friend, Keep a Friend, Make MoneyBig Irony: The Ballad of Texas RedNYRA Should Take Lead on Hong Kong Inspired ReformsWho Will Step Up to Save the Game?
The individual most responsible for…">
Standing Up for Horseplayers EverywhereEven Tom Cruise Wants to Know: At What Cost Data?Panza’s Extravaganzas is Grist for the Bettor’s MillRecreational Players Finally Getting Takeout MessageCoburn, Espinoza Easy Prey for CriticsWhales Disproportionately Dictate Betting PolicyOn Making the Triple Crown Even BetterFor Racing, Derby Was a Pleasant DistractionThe Asmussen Saga: My, My
An aside: Remember how early hackers were recruited by their corporate victims to improve the security of the computer systems they once exploited? I wonder if Asmussen, now that he has been accused of egregious acts, fairly or unfairly, might be persuaded to assist in establishing rules that would thwart…">
To Bet or Not to Bet, That’s the Game-Saving QuestionOnly an Organized Horseplayers Group Can Insure Racing’s Survival, GrowthStewards Should Be More Than Just Traffic CopsScintillating Saturation Stakes SchedulingThe Day the Musings DiedWhat New York Needs Is… Its Own Triple Crown?Breeders’ Cup 30: Only the Foreshadowing KnowsOdds and Happy EndingsBreeders’ Cup MusingsNothing Exceeds Like Excess
Super Saturday is too much of a good thing," HRI blogger Tom Jicha made a good point when he wrote, "[NYRA] finally managed to bottom itself with the Thursday Pick 4, combining the last two in New York with the first two at Penn National, a track that might as well be Assiniboia Downs to Big Apple players.
Yet with an opportunity to link four…">
It’s Never Too Early to Think Triple CrownThe Return of Multi-Race Exotics, Television, and Racing’s Future
DRF back in 2003, the NTRA's Ken Kirchner said, "... the pick six wager is a "trial run" for the NTRA, which has already had measured success offering linked pick three bets during the summer with races televised live on CBS-TV. ... We're pretty hopeful we can get some interest."
Apparently, it wasn't a rousing success as I couldn't find any more about it on Google--and the…">
Through the Looking Glass? Hardly Average field size declined to 7.39 from 7.78, but average betting handle per betting interest increased 6%. Interestingly, none of the preceding stats for any reported…">
At Del Mar, Beach Blanket StinkoTravers Program a Sight for Track-Sore EyesLet All Finish Cary’s Unfinished Advocacy
What I discovered and learned from his views on HRI was how horseplayers are adversely affected by racing's leadership.
In my view, the following six blog pieces and comments which spanned five years are mandatory reading for those interested in…">
On Staggering the Stakes Schedule
… There will be one championship race per month for every division … The races will all be Grade 1's and no one will be allowed to schedule any other major races with big purses to compete with the championship events. … The championship events will be held on the same day but at two racetracks." Beware the Invasion of the Track SnatchersGladiators, Alligators and VolunteersJournalististic Values Help the Sport
posted response to Baffert was greeted with rousing audience support.
I respect Mr. Paulick as one of the most talented…">
California’s Dire Situation Needs Gov. Brown’s InterventionDerby’s Points System RevisitedTV and Internet Must Provide Better Racing CoveragePlease, California, No More Pointless ExercisesBetter On Fire than Under FireIs Mike Pegram’s Sphere of Influence Good for California Racing?
However, Pegram was very enthusiastic over another of his three-year-olds by that same sire. In a display of overwhelming…">
The Currency of EligibilityA Smile Is a Thin Disguise‘A’ Is for AthleteThe Roaring TeensDoubling Down
Stronach taps regulator as new executive,"There's a saying in the news business that writers aren't talented enough to make up this stuff. The latest in the long parade of executives tapped by Frank Stronach fits the bill."
Still another viewpoint appeared in a public email to Andy Asaro's industry…">
Transparency or Invisibility, That Is the Question
Odato. It seems unlikely we’ll ever know to what degree more vigilance on the part of the Franchise Oversight Board, chaired by Robert Megna, who now sits on the New NYRA Board, might have eliminated or shortened the 15-month takeout overcharge.
Does this give us more or less confidence in his continued involvement…">
What Will the Next Meeting Bring? In one example countering the policy, Genero wrote, "At Keeneland Race Course, one of the most prestigious tracks in the country, employees are not expressly prohibited from wagering, according to a spokesperson. Unsurprisingly for an enterprise…">
A Welcome New Voice in the WildernessPlaying With PartnersThe 2013 Prep Season: A Gift That Keeps On GivingWhen Trees Fall in the Forest… Does Anyone Care?Racing Post Breeders’ Cup Hurricane: Now What?Will New York Regulators Oversight Be Overlooked? For discussion purposes, let's assume Team Cuomo's preferred press leak conduit, Frederick U. Dicker, was as accurate about the latter as he was the former here:…">
here seem more like those of an "aggravator" rather than an "innovator."
'"We're going to be…">
Gov. Cuomo: Be Careful What You Wish ForWhat, Me Worry?Reality Bites
ESPN, where he discussed the “… void left by the overthrow of a hapless board of trustees larded with those due political consideration and the announced intent to…">
Safety for Three Year Olds: Several SuggestionsRebates v Takeout: On Leveling the Playing FieldRooting for Bennett Liebman and New York Racing
http://www.governmentlaw.org/files/LarkinPresentation.pdf), Liebman confirmed his credentials as a champion of racing’s customers’ interests.
“What we want in a franchise holder is what is best for the fans of horse racing.
On the Backside or Frontside, Racing’s a Numbers GameWhat We Have Here Is an Opportunity to Communicate Banning race day medication has become an issue as contentious as Obamacare. "Put the horse first" may be the rallying cry of reformers,…">
Where is Press Spotlight on NYRA Board Appointment Process?
"Players Up" blogger Indulto is a retired computer programming residing in SoCal and has been betting Thoroughbreds since the days of Kelso, cashing his first ticket at Saratoga while in college.
Indulto is well known in racing's cyber world as a participant on the Ragozin Sheets message board, the PaceAdvantage Forum, Paulick Report, and has made important contributions to the industry's audience as an HRI Readers Blog contributor.
Indulto was active in the formation of the Horseplayers Association of North America and with former HANA colleagues worked on the Players' Boycott of California racing when takeout rates were increased by the legislature there.
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.
Indulto supports the creation of a centralized racing authority to establish uniform rules for racing and wagering and for those standards to be enforced consistently.