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TwinSpires To Sponsor Ellis Park Juvenile And Debutante

TwinSpires, an industry leader in online and mobile wagering on horse racing, has become the title sponsor of Ellis Park’s pair of 2-year-old stakes. The $100,000 TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile and $100,000 TwinSpires Ellis Park Debutante, will be held at the Henderson, Ky., track on Sunday, Aug. 18, with entries taken Thursday. Both races are […]

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Caton Bredar Steps In As Guest Analyst For Ellis Park Opener

Caton Bredar, the nationally prominent racing broadcaster and handicapper, will be guest paddock analyst for Ellis Park’s opening card Sunday. Bredar also will do on-track pre-race analysis for Ellis Park’s three biggest stakes days: the Aug. 5 Kentucky Downs Preview Day, featuring four $100,000 turf stakes positioned as launching pads to Kentucky Downs’ big-money stakes; […]

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Kristufek New Racing Analyst, Paddock Host At Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has officially named Joe Kristufek as the new racing analyst and paddock host for the 2017-18 winter meet. A native of Chicago, Kristufek began climbing the ladder at the city’s local racing venues such as Hawthorne and Arlington Park, the latter which he still serves as the morning-line odds maker. […]

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Paddock Host Joe Kristufek Hired As Ellis Park Analyst

Joe Kristufek — one of horse racing’s best-known paddock hosts and a leader in fan education — will be the analyst, odds-maker and author of program selections at Ellis Park’s meet running July 1 through Labor Day. Kristufek has been the paddock analyst at Kentucky Downs for the past four years and is in his […]

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NHC: Rookie Johnson Counting On ‘Lucky Skull’

If Dennis Johnson wins this weekend’s $2.9 million DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, the lifelong racing fan from Chicago will cheerfully admit resorting to skullduggery. Johnson is one-for-one in handicapping tournaments, having won Kentucky Downs’ Sept. 10 NHC qualifier in his competition debut. He is leaving nothing to chance as he tries to go to 2-for-2 […]

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Shots Fired! Ellis Park Hosts Independence Day Charity Handicapping Contest

It started out with a tweet announcing that Joe Kristufek will make daily selections for Ellis Park on “To play @EllisParkRacing without @JoeyDaKRacing picks is a handicap, not handicapping.” “Unless you’ve got my picks,” came the quick response from Megan Devine (@MissMeganDevine), new paddock analyst for the Ellis meet that runs July 2 through […]

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NHC Charity Challenge: Paulick, Jagow Compete With 42 Other Celebrities

Defending champion Bob Neumeier of NBC Sports tops a field of 44 celebrities and media types competing in Saturday’s second annual $10,000 NHC Charity Challenge to benefit the Old Friends Barn Raising Project, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and a nonprofit cause of the winner’s choice. The invitation-only online tournament is held on the final day of […]

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On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with discussions about which horses look good, which ones don’t, and where the money should go this weekend. It appears this is shaping up to be one of the more […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Teacher, Teacher

You’ve probably seen them at the track or on television or YouTube – the team sharing knowledge about the many aspects of handicapping and the racing life. Since 2009, has provided handicapping analysis for online players and a live chat platform for handicappers to discuss the races as they happen.  In its third […]

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