Equibase Analysis: Allowance Winner Taishan ‘May Take Some Beating’ In Oaklawn Stakes

With the Kentucky Derby postponed until the first week in September, Saturday’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes now serves as the springboard to the Arkansas Derby, which will now be run three weeks from now on May 2. Thirteen three-year-olds have chosen to line up for the nine furlong test. They are led by Thousand Words, winner […]

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Economic Indicators: Pandemic Sparks Dramatic Wagering Plunge In March

Equibase, LLC released its first quarter report on Economic Indicators in Thoroughbred Racing this Friday. While the overall quarter numbers were not as substantially affected, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has made its presence felt through the month of March. Most tracks across the country have stopped racing altogether in the wake of the pandemic, leaving […]

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Equibase Analysis: Kimari Should Fire A Winning Shot In Purple Martin

The $100,000 Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday drew a field of 10 three year old filly sprinters, with six coming into the race off victories. Five of the 10 fillies are stakes winners, with Frank’s Rockette arguably the most impressive of the quintet as she won the Any Limit Stakes by seven […]

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Equibase Analysis: Ete Indien Not A ‘Need-The-Lead’ Florida Derby Contender

The Grade 1, $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby brings together a field of 12 plus one also-eligible all hoping to prove they have the talent to be considered the top 3-year-old in the country. Tiz the Law is likely the horse the betting public will gravitate to first as he easily won the Grade 3 Holy […]

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Equibase Acquisition Suggests Future Is Now For GPS Technology To Time, Chart Horse Races

Equibase Company LLC today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Axcis Information Network Inc. (TrackMaster), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the timing assets of American Teletimer Corporation (ATC), a leading provider of timing, photo finish and video services for Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Greyhound racing. ATC will maintain its photo finish and television […]

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2019 Wagering Numbers: Purses Increase, Betting Down From Previous Year

Betting on horse races in the U.S. topped $11 billion for the second straight year in 2019, but year over year numbers show slight declines in most categories. Wager on U.S. races dropped 2 percent between 2018 and 2019, and there were similar drop offs in starts, average field sizes and average wagering per day. […]

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‘Sometimes I Can’t Believe It’: Apprentice Torres Enjoying The Ride At Gulfstream

When he launched his professional riding career eight months ago, Cristian Torres just wanted to win some races. His dedication and success over that time has put the 22-year-old in position to win something much more. Based year-round in South Florida, riding at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West, Torres heads into the final weeks […]

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Jockey Joe Talamo: Milestone Victories ‘Don’t Come Easy’

Jockey Joe Talamo, two shy of his 2,000th career victory, is scheduled to ride four mounts on Saturday in quest of the milestone. Records show Talamo, 29, won No. 1,000 on April 4, 2012 in the fourth race at Santa Anita aboard Splendid Fortune, an Arnold Zetcher homebred trained by Bob Baffert. The 2-5 favorite […]

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‘The Crab Is In’: Maryland-Based Trainer Smith Approaching 2,000-Win Milestone

A weathered sign hangs from twisted wire on the green-painted office door of trainer Hamilton Smith’s barn at Laurel Park, aged by years of hot sun and harsh winters. Greeting visitors is the unblinking stare of a faded crustacean, holding a message in its claws. “The Crab Is In.” Don’t be fooled by the message, […]

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