Andrew Beyer

Sheldon Finkelstein: Playing the last hand with flair

Daily Racing Form columnist Andrew Beyer pays tribute to Sheldon Finkelstein, a lifelong devotee of gambling on horses and poker, who hopes to make it to the National Handicapping Championship next year even as he faces a prognosis for pancreatic cancer that gives him slim odds. Already working against the odds, Finkelstein made a long-anticipated […]

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Beyer: Triple Crown has something to build upon

Washington Post writer Andrew Beyer writes that while the Triple Crown race results may have been disappointing to some, as a whole, the series had a pretty good year with strong live attendance and wagering interest.  To build upon that success, Beyer suggests a couple of tweaks for next year.  One is reducing the field […]

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Beyer: Maryland needs less racing

Just a few short months ago, the future of the Preakness and of Maryland racing in general appeared in jeopardy.  But a deal between the states, the horsemen and the tracks kept racing alive at least for another year.  Turf writer Andrew Beyer says now it’s time to get the right kind of deal in […]

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Beyer: Small fields are the biggest problem

Washington Post turf writer Andrew Beyer discusses why betting handle continues to decline and why core horseplayers are betting less and less.  Beyer says there are a few factors at work, but the biggest problem is that while the foal crop keeps getting smaller, tracks are still trying to put on the same number of […]

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Beyer in Chile: home of durable horses, high takeout

Longtime Washington Post racing writer and Beyer Speed Figure creator Andy Beyer paid a recent visit to the Hipodromo Chile in the South American nation’s capital of Santiago. Beyer writes that the track has one of the most beautiful backdrops he’s ever seen–the Andes Mountains–and marvelled at the durability of horses competing there. For example, […]

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Beyer: 2011 season will be memorable

As the Kentucky Derby trail heats up, Washington Post columnist Andrew Beyer is offering a bit of optimism about this year’s three-year-old crop: “Pessimists can reasonably worry that such weak Triple Crown races are not flukes and that the American thoroughbred is in decline. Modern-day racehorses are less robust than their predecessors and they have […]

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Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: Talking Speed Figures with Beyer

Andrew Beyer’s “Picking Winners: A Horseplayer’s Guide,” published in 1975, was one of the first horse racing books of any kind I ever read. First and foremost, it was a fascinating explanation of how to compile your own speed figures based on the formula Beyer developed after leaving Harvard University in 1965. (Legend has it […]

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BEYER: FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ANY RATIONAL BUSINESSMAN, OWNING LAUREL WOULDN’T MAKE MUCH ECONOMIC SENSE

Joining the fray by painting a dark and morbid picture of the Laurel Park situation, legendary turf writer Andy Beyer points out what not having slots will do to racing at one of Maryland’s historic tracks. Stating that “Laurel desperately needed slots because its horse racing business is no longer viable”, Beyer lays out the […]

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