Horseplayers

Friday’s Stronach 5: Free Past Performances, Video Analysis, Expert Selections

The Stronach 5, which has rewarded bettors its first three weeks with strong yields on investment, returns Friday with races from Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream West, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields. The wager, featuring a $50,000 guaranteed pool and an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins with Gulfstream West’s seventh race, featuring 11 2-year-old fillies going […]

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All-Stakes Pick 4 Set For Belmont, Monmouth At Far Hills On Oct. 20

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Monmouth at Far Hills will partner to offer horseplayers an all-stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, October 20. The Empire Showcase Day card from Belmont Park features eight stakes races for New York-bred horses including the featured $300,000 Empire Classic, a 1 1/8 miles dirt route for 3-year-olds […]

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Figure Makers: Companies With A ‘Graphic’ Demonstration

In the first two parts of our series on speed figures, we’ve seen two contrasting approaches for analyzing how fast racehorses run — Beyer Speed Figures and TimeformUS. Now for something completely different. By its own description, Thoro-Graph isn’t even a speed figure. It’s a performance figure. While the company uses some conventional speed figure […]

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Broken ‘Hot Box’ Forces Cancellation Of Parx’s Tuesday Card

According to various sources, Parx Racing cancelled the card on Tuesday afternoon when the jockeys refused to ride. Apparently, a sauna in the jockey’s room-often called the “hot box”-was broken, and a number of riders were unable to make weight for their mounts. Jockeys often use options like a steam room sauna to reduce weight […]

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Massis Takes Down Another Keeneland Handicapping Contest With 19-1 Longshot

Tommy Massis of Toronto is the king of Keeneland handicapping contests. On Sunday, he rode a $1,000 win bet on 19-1 shot Bella Noire in Keeneland’s fourth race to a win in the BCBC-NHC Challenge. His winning total of $20,800 bested second-place finisher Blake Jessee of Carmel, Indiana, by nearly $8,000. Massis, who also won the BCBC at […]

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Figure Makers: TimeformUS Injects Pace Into The Race

One thing that will be clear at the end of our series this week on speed figures is that no two numbers are the same. Each of the figure makers we’re exploring takes a different approach to rating race performance, and understanding the differences between them is critical to getting the best use out of […]

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Figure Makers: An Open Mind Rules The Beyer Method

The creation of speed figures to handicap horse races dates back further than you might think. Horseplayer tomes published in the mid-1930’s suggested people were boiling down race performances to one number, teaching others how to do it and selling their ready-made figures. Today, a number of companies offer speed or performance figures to the […]

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$512,056 Jackpot In Santa Anita Rainbow Pick Six When Racing Resumes Thursday

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained elusive on Sunday, as there were 31 winning tickets will all six winning horses on top, resulting in a Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $512,056 into Thursday’s eight-race program. With a Jackpot carryover of $450,619.30 coming into today, there was $268,348 in “new money” […]

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Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot Grows To $450,619 Sunday At Santa Anita

For the 10th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved on Saturday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Sunday of $450,619.30. Due to significant overnight rains, there was no turf racing Saturday at Santa Anita, which contributed to 16 scratches in the Rainbow Six, comprised of races five […]

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Refund Issued On Belmont-Yonkers Pick 4

A refund has been issued on all wagers made on Saturday’s Belmont-Yonkers Pick 4 after it was determined a ‘stop betting’ order at the AmTote hub for the separate pool wager occurred after the start of Race 7 at Yonkers, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, which was the first leg in the sequence of […]

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