Art Wilson

California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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Wedding Bells: Wrona Getting Married After Conclusion Of Spring Meet

In a column by Art Wilson in today’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group daily publications, Santa Anita announcer Michael Wrona revealed that he’ll be getting married in Lake Tahoe one week after the current Spring Meet concludes on July 10. And, with the relocation process to Southern California fully underway, the 50-year-old native Australian is well […]

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Wilson: Six Early Horse Of The Year Candidates Led By Tepin

Long-time turf writer Art Wilson proposes that the current leading contender for Horse of the Year is Robert Masterson’s Tepin, who became the first American to win the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this week. However, Wilson says, there are at least five other contenders for the award in the running […]

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Wilson: California gridlock must be resolved

Art Wilson writes for the Pasadena Star-News that the bickering between the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association must end if the state’s racing industry has any chance of moving forward.  Wilson says the battle is exemplified by a war of words between the TOC’s Lou Raffeto and California horse racing […]

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Wilson on HOTY: Stay Thirsty in front turning for home

California turf writer Art Wilson handicaps the Horse of the Year chase as the season enters its final two months.  If Havre de Grace beats the boys again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, clearly she’ll be the odds-on favorite to take the award, but as of now, Wilson gives the edge to Stay Thirsty: “The […]

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Del Mar jockey race one of the tightest ever

California turf writer Art Wilson notes that with two weeks left in the Del Mar meet, the race for the jockey title may be one of the most thrilling ever: “Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo and defending champion Joel Rosario lead the way with 24 victories apiece and Garrett Gomez is two back with 15 racing […]

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Wilson: Lack of U.S. superstar hurting the industry

California-based turf writer Art Wilson says that while Zenyatta’s retirement was the right move for her and her connections, the racing scene is still stinging from it.  As Goldikova, Black Caviar and Frankel are wowing overseas crowds, there’s no one doing that here: “So while minuscule fields, players’ boycotts because of increased takeout and in-house […]

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Baffert: Derby field size biggest deterrent to TC winner

California turf writer Art Wilson talks to trainer Bob Baffert about the Preakness and Derby results and the Triple Crown drought.  Baffert believes the Derby’s large field is the single biggest reason the sport hasn’t seen a Triple Crown winner since 1978: “It (Triple Crown) would happen sooner than later if they just went with […]

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Wilson: Best three-year-old that didn’t win Triple Crown?

At the Pasadena Star-News, turf writer Art Wilson asks which horse was the best runner that fell short of winning the Triple Crown.  He concludes: “To me, Spectacular Bid in 1979, Alysheba in 1987 and Point Given in 2001 stand out as the best 3-year-olds that didn’t sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. […]

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Wilson: TOC decisions help Tampa bottom line

Simply put, Art Wilson says the TOC just doesn’t get it. After sticking to its guns on the takeout increase in California, the Thoroughbred Owners of California gave a big boost to Tampa Bay Downs’ bottom line who lowered takeout this season. “Overall, we credit our lower takeout, large fields, 18 percent more turf racing […]

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