Andy Beyer

View From The Eighth Pole: It’s Time To Get Rid Of Clenbuterol

It’s been nearly eight years since the late Kent Stirling, then the executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said during a Congressional hearing on “Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” that the bronchodilator clenbuterol is “probably the best drug that’s come out in 30 years.” Veterinarians I’ve spoken to have […]

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How He Did It: NHC Champion Coles Focused On Picking Winners Through Technology

Scott Coles wasn’t born yet when Andy Beyer wrote his breakthrough book “Picking Winners” in 1975, but that’s the mantra the 34-year-old Illinois resident followed last weekend when he defeated some of the most seasoned handicappers in the game and won the $800,000 first-place prize in the National Horseplayers Championship. Presented for the 20th time by […]

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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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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: Andrew Beyer’s Lifetime In Racing

In his 50-year career, Andrew Beyer created a new category of horse racing journalist, a writer outspoken about the sport and a voice for horseplayers. He also changed handicapping forever with his invention of the Beyer Speed Figure. In this edition of Around the Track, Beyer spins tales about his biggest scores and toughest betting […]

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Steven Crist, Andrew Beyer To Be Given Eclipse Awards of Merit

Through extraordinary work as journalists and providing a voice for horseplayers while promoting positive change and breakthrough handicapping innovations across North America, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist will each receive the Eclipse Award of Merit […]

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Andrew Beyer: Rebel With A Cause

There was no fanfare, no rapturous odes, no good riddance or heartfelt goodbyes. There wasn’t even a traditional gathering in the newsroom, where a ranking editor might offer a rousing speech followed by a round of applause and icing on a cake spelling out the words “Thank You.” When Andrew Beyer ended his career as […]

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Andy Serling: On Trips, Traps, And His New Gulfstream Gig

I recently caught up with New York veteran handicapper and expert analyst Andy Serling to get some insight into his daily handicapping regime, general thoughts on the direction of the game, and his insight on both New York and South Florida racing. In addition to his variety of New York on-track handicapping duties and an […]

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Beyer: Bayern, Palace Malice, Sherman Should Win Eclipse Awards

In a recent column for the Washington Post, Andy Beyer gives his take on the Horse of the Year title and other Eclipse Award categories. Beyer believes Bayern has earned Horse of the Year based on a body of work that stretched throughout the year and included victories from seven furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. “Bayern […]

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Remembering ‘Miracle Man’ Trainer Oscar Barrera

It’s been 30 years since Steven Crist wrote in the New York Times that Thoroughbred trainer Oscar Barrera was running the “best magic show in town.” Barrera was doing things no other trainers dared try, astonishing bettors and fellow horsemen during a remarkable run that took New York horse racing by storm. When Barrera died in […]

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