Andrew Beyer

Beyer: De-Emphasizing Stamina Has Led To Belmont Stakes Decline

In a column for the Washington Post, Andrew Beyer takes a look at the declining speed figures and final times over the recent history of the Belmont Stakes, as well as a drop in popularity for horses at stud that captured the twelve furlong event. In the late 20th century, overseas interests began purchasing horses […]

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Beyer: Pari-Mutuel Tax Rules ‘In Desperate Need Of Modification’

In 1978, the Treasury Department mandated that bettors be required to fill out a tax form and that the IRS withhold taxes on pari-mutuel gambling winnings over a certain amount. As Andrew Beyer writes in his latest column for the Washington Post, those rules now “have become absurdly outdated but have undergone little change in […]

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The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system, how do you think it’s working? Plus, speed figures can help break down the Derby field and make comparisons between […]

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Ask Ray: Beyer Explains Florida And Louisiana Derby Speed Figures

Following the victories by Materiality in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and International Star in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds – both nine-furlong races on dirt – we received an “Ask Ray” inquiry from a reader, who wrote: “Materiality ran the Florida Derby in 1:52 and change…international Star ran the same distance in […]

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Beyer: Preakness, Racing Suffer From ‘Myth of the Short Layoff’

When Kentucky Derby victor California Chrome loads into the starting gate for the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, he likely will face nine or 10 challengers. Of those, only two others – Ride On Curlin and General a Rod – started in the Derby. California Chrome will not have to face the second- through sixth-placed […]

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Hollingsworth, Beyer, Ryall Selected to Joe Hirsch Media Honor Roll

Esteemed turf writers Andrew Beyer, Kent Hollingsworth and George F. T. Ryall have been selected to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. Beyer developed his interest in racing while attending Harvard and began covering the sport in the early 1970s. He has been The Washington Post’s horse racing columnist since […]

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Beyer: KY Derby point system – a vote in favor

The new Kentucky Derby point system that began this year has not only revamped the way horses now have to qualify in order to make it into the Derby field, but it has also stirred up its share of controversy. The controversy stems from what races are on the list, and what races have been […]

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Beyer: No contest in race for Horse of the Year

Even though this was a year that saw injuries and retirements to many of the top horses in the country, the racing season ended on a high note with the 2012 Breeders’ Cup, with an unmistakeable choice for Horse of the Year. “The day produced an unequivocal championship performance and what ought to be a […]

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Beyer: Lasix a distraction at BC

On the first day of the Breeders’ Cup, one of the main topics of conversation at Santa Anita was about Lasix. This year is the first year Lasix is banned in any Breeders’ Cup race, starting with the five juvenile races. In 2013, all Breeders’ Cup races are scheduled to have the ban in place. […]

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