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Synthetics Safer Than Dirt. Yeah But…

The Thoroughbred industry is sufficiently polarized on the issue of synthetic tracks vs. dirt that no study – one that could be flawed or one that is scientifically endorsed through a peer review process – is likely going to change anyone’s mind. Damn the facts. The synthetic haters are going to keep on hating and […]

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Betting down 8% in November

According to Equibase, betting on Thoroughbred racing was down almost $77 million or 7.78% in November compared to the same month last year.

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November wagering, purses down from 2009

Betting on U.S. races fell 7.8% in November, compared to the same month in 2009, according to the latest figures from Equibase. Despite strong handle during the Breeders’ Cup, total handle for November, 2010 was $906 million, a drop from $982 million a year ago. Total purse money for U.S. races also declined 8.5% from […]

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Finding Horse for Courses now made easy through Equibase: The Knight Sky Racing

From The Knight Sky Racing Blog: Holiday season is upon us. Very shortly many of us will be getting served a fine Thanksgiving meal, plenty of football action and anticipating the commencement of the winter meets. This year for the first time ever I plan to focus my handicapping energies on Tampa Bay Downs which […]

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Wrapping Up the Cup

By Ray Paulick Things I know now that I didn’t know then… The power of Zenyatta was measurable, particularly on television. The 3.1 overnight rating for the 6-7 p.m. time slot for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic was nearly triple the audience during the same period in 2009, and ratings earlier in the day were […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: A New Day for Equibase

Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, recently announced that Keeneland president Nick Nicholson was elected chairman of the board, and will replace recently retired Jockey Club president Alan Marzelli at the end of the year. That’s good news, as far as I am concerned. Marzelli was successful in growing the business side of both Equibase […]

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EQUIBASE CHARTCALLER KELLY DIES AT AGE 61

PRESS RELEASE Jack Kelly, an Equibase chartcaller and field supervisor since 1998 and a longtime fixture on the Thoroughbred racing scene, died early Monday at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City after a long illness. He was 61 years old. Kelly, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Cal State/Hayward, […]

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PAULICK TO EQUIBASE AND NTRA: STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE

By Ray Paulick
What the hell is wrong with Equibase, the industry’s official database, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, horse racing’s down and almost out league office?

 Each month, Equibase compiles and the NTRA dutifully distributes a report called “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.” The report is very simple—in fact, it’s too simple. It is […]

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TOBA STUDY: SYNTHETIC STANDS FOR SAFETY

By Ray Paulick An examination of 444,848 North American starts by Thoroughbreds in 2009 demonstrated that races on engineered all-weather surfaces led to a lower percentage of career-ending incidents than races on conventional dirt or turf courses. Among other things, the study also confirmed that races on sloppy or muddy racetracks led to a higher […]

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EQUIBASE: EVEN RACING COMMISSIONS HAVE TO PAY FOR INFO

By Ray Paulick Racing fans fed up with paying Equibase for the most basic statistical informational are in good company. Even state regulators have to pull out their credit cards and pay the “official source for racing information” in order to do their jobs. An official with the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission was […]

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