Richard Eng

Eng: Are There Too Few Talented Horses To Fill Stakes?

Writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week, Richard Eng questioned whether the short fields in this weekend’s stakes races revealed more about modern training methods or modern equine talent. Although Keeneland’s stakes fields are full this weekend, Eng noted Belmont Park collected just six runners each for its Breeders’ Cup preps, while the Santa Anita Sprint […]

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Eng: Looking For Distance Pedigrees In Derby 2016

It is a well-known fact that only one of the last 31 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby, and analyst Richard Eng believes that probable Eclipse Champion Nyquist’s pedigree (Uncle Mo – Seeking Gabrielle by Forestry) won’t carry him the classic distance of a mile and a quarter.  However, […]

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Eng: Triple Crown Feat ‘Pales By Comparison In Importance’ To Modernizing Tax Rules

In a piece for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Richard Eng writes about the importance of modernizing a withholding tax on pari-mutuel winnings, an issue that has received a lot of attention from horseplayers in the last several weeks. “On a level of horseplayer interest, this debate is a 1 compared to American Pharoah at 10,” […]

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Eng: ‘I Am a Convert’ to Derby Points System

Implemented in 2013, the Kentucky Derby’s new points system will undoubtedly change the way trainers condition their young horses, even in ways that still remain to be seen. That may not necessarily be a bad thing, Richard Eng recently wrote in the Las Vegas Review Journal. A skeptic at first, Eng can now see a […]

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Team Valor nominates Ray Paulick’s Kelsey Lefever story for writing award

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to Ray Paulick for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing a January 16 story from the Paulick Report that exposed a Pennsylvania scam involving retired racehorses. Paulick’s story “Every One of Them Is Dead,” detailed the criminal case against Kelsey Lefever, who allegedly sold Thoroughbreds for […]

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Frank Deford, Bill Nack among judges for Team Valor writing award

Frank Deford, Bill Nack, Bill Christine and Richard Eng will serve as judges for Team Valor International’s inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award. Barry Irwin, founder and chief executive officer of Team Valor International, instituted the award last fall to foster the type of writing Bergstein embodied as an influential scribe on important issues in horse […]

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Eng: Where’s the public outrage over NYRA overcharging scandal?

Writing for Las Vegas Review-Journal, Richard Eng says it is unconscionable that so little public outrage has surfaced in response to the recent New York Racing Association snafu wherein horseplayers were overcharged by 1 percent on superexotic bets for more than a year. “If this had happened in Las Vegas with one of our major […]

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Eng: Don’t hold your breath on TV series

Turf writer Richard Eng has no problem with the Jockey Club’s $10 million marketing proposal, except for the TV bit.  Eng goes over some of the previous failed attempts to sustain a major live racing TV series on the networks and says it’s time to think differently about it: “Barry Weisbord in 1991 launched the […]

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Eng: Forget buying out-of-state horses, just lower takeout

Las Vegas turf writer Richard Eng is firmly against a proposal from the California Marketing Committee to buy out-of-state horses and sell them to local owners for racing in-state.  He calls it a “gross misuse” of funds since the committee’s money comes from takeout.  His suggestion: “The powers that be think that if field sizes […]

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Eng: NFL, NBA troubles could create opportunity for racing

Las Vegas turf writer Richard Eng wonders whether labor disputes with the National Football League and National Basketball Association might present an opportunity for racing come fall, if seasons are delayed or even cancelled.  Not only would the labor unrest create ill will among fans, Eng writes, but there’s a heckuva lot of money bet […]

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