The seventh season of Countdown to the Crown, Jeremy Plonk's weekly, in-depth Triple Crown scouting report, makes its 2012 debut Friday, January 6, at a new home, Daily Racing Form's DRF.com.
The column, which includes weekly analytical previews and reviews of major stakes, allowance and maiden races in the 3-year-old ranks, had been published in past years at ESPN.com and The HorsePlayer Magazine's online home.
The 2012 Countdown to the Crown season will once again continue all the way through the Belmont Stakes, to be run June 9 this year. DRF.com will publish Countdown online each Friday of the season, and fans once again can get daily updates and additional information at Countdowntothecrown.com, which is presented by Horse Player NOW and title sponsor Oaklawn Park.
“It's gratifying and exciting to bring the Countdown to the Crown brand to America's Turf Authority,” Plonk said. “Most importantly, I'm pleased to offer the content to a partner like Daily Racing Form that shares my enthusiasm for the Triple Crown trail. The Kentucky Derby may be the most exciting two minutes in sports, but those of us who love the chase know that this is the most exciting 23 weeks in sports between now and the Belmont Stakes.”
Countdown will include some new twists in 2012, including a statistical component powered by DRF's Formulator stats engine, but remain constant in its mission to provide the most in-depth analysis of the entire 3-year-old picture.
“Handicappers often tell me that they use Countdown to help them measure up races throughout the year, keeping tabs on horses who are early flashes and who go to the sidelines,” Plonk said. “I take great pride in making the series something that plays to both hardcore handicappers and casual fans of the ‘name' horses in the sport.”
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