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Equibase Analysis: Chances Oscar Nominated Repeats In Kentucky Turf Cup?

Some of the best purses in North America are being offered on a daily basis during the all-turf meeting at Kentucky Downs. Nearly every race has a full field of 12 and this year’s Grade 3 Calumet Farms Kentucky Turf Cup, which offers a tremendous purse of $750,000, is no exception. Sixteen horses are entered […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Step Foward In The Del Mar Debutante?

The field for the 68th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante consists of five fillies. Three have the potential to win this race before moving on to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in November and potentially to contest many of the top races for three year old fillies next year including the […]

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Equibase Analysis: ‘Midsummer Derby’ Contention Goes Deep

The 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes should live up to its billing as the “Midsummer Derby” even though undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify has been retired. Simply put, a case can be made for eight of the 11 entrants, starting with Good Magic, winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horseplayers Deserve Better From Stewards And Regulators

My phone started blowing up Sunday afternoon, shortly after the fourth race at Gulfstream Park was run. There were calls, emails, text messages and Twitter comments imploring me to watch jockey Tony Maragh on a horse named Musical Heart. The 3-year-old gelding by Maclean’s Music, owned by Joseph Bucci and trained by Aubrey Maragh, finished […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who’ll Be The ‘Prime Attraction’ In Pacific Classic?

The 28th running of the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic field is led by Accelerate, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March and the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in May, the two biggest races in the Breeders’ Cup Classic division on the Southern California circuit so far […]

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Mountaineer: Poor Performance Of 4-5 Favorite Under Investigation

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Wednesday’s eighth race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager’s Utana finished fifth in a field of seven after lugging out badly on the turn. According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, the mare’s performance is under investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission. There was $26,500 bet on Utana […]

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Gate Errors? Spa Race Contested At Wrong Distance

The fifth race on Wednesday at Saratoga was written as a 1 1/16-mile contest over the turf course, but drf.com reports that video replays confirm that the starting gate was not in the right place, and horses actually ran 1 1/8 miles. Original fractions on the race were extremely slow and initiated the concern: :29.69, :53.50, […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who’s Gonna Grab The Arlington Million?

The field for the 36th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Arlington Million consists of 11 horses including three coming in from Europe for the hefty purse and a “Win and You’re In” starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf less than three months from now at Churchill Downs. Last year’s third place finisher […]

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Software Engineer Creates New Program To Analyze Racing Data; Equibase Sends Cease And Desist Order

For a few weeks this summer, horseplayers had a new tool available to them to analyze a cache of data…until Equibase requested it be shut down. The Thoroughbred Daily News profiled software engineer Robin Howlett this week. Howlett is the creator of Handycapper, which helped users sift race charts by a variety of search terms. […]

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Equibase Analysis: Can Hawksmoor Be Caught In Diana Stakes?

The 80th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana Stakes is part of a magnificent opening weekend race card at historic Saratoga Race Course. Of the seven entered, five are grade one or grade two stakes winners. It may be tough to decide which one leads that quintet, as both A Raving Beauty (GER) and […]

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