steve davidowitz

Longtime Handicapper Steve Davidowitz, Author Of ‘Betting Thoroughbreds,’ Dies At 77

Nationally-known handicapper and turf writer Steve Davidowitz passed away at his home in Nevada over the weekend, according to his son, Brad. He was 77. “I’d like to imagine he basically died doing what he loved, that he passed while doing what he loved,” Brad Davidowitz told the Daily Racing Form. “Romantically, I envision that […]

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Davidowitz: Racetracks ‘Have Failed To See The Problems They Have Created’

In a piece for Gaming Today, Steve Davidowitz discusses the nature of the national racing season with regards to the horse shortage in America. “In my own judgment, racetrack managers in most states have failed to see the problems they have created for themselves,” Davidowitz wrote. “Fact is, there are so many tracks open for […]

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Davidowitz: Triple Crown Shifts Racing’s Focus From Negative to Positive

Just as the Triple Crown season was beginning to heat up, PETA released a video unveiling the undercover workings of the barn of Steve Asmussen. This controversy grabbed the sport’s attention for a long while, and there was a negative vibe in the industry going into the week of the Kentucky Derby. But, as Steve […]

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Davidowitz: ‘Steve Asmussen Should Not Run a Horse in This Year’s Kentucky Derby’

In a column for ESPN on April 5, Steve Davidowitz expressed his feelings on Steve Asmussen and the storm that has surrounded him every day since PETA unleashed their video weapon. “A win [in the Kentucky Derby] could put even more negative spin on the situation than already has unfolded,” writes Davidowitz, and we’re left […]

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Davidowitz: California takeout increase clearly a ‘major mistake’

At the Horseplayers Association of North America website, Steve Davidowitz sounds off on the fallout from California’s takeout increase.  Davidowitz writes: “CHRB Board Members who stand idly by while nothing is done deserve to be challenged by horseplayers, responsible media, California track owners and government officials. The TOC is only part of the problem. They […]

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What impact would a Triple Crown winner have anyway?

By not having a Triple Crown winner for the 33rd straight year, it’s fair to ask – what exactly is the sport missing out on? Vance Hanson of Brisnet talks to noted turf writer and handicapper Steve Davidowitz about the debate over whether a Triple Crown winner is still achievable or even needed anymore.  Davidowitz […]

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HRI – Christine: Putting together a hall of fame ballot

Another year and another round of hall of fame voting has led Bill Christine to pontificate on who the next round of inductees should be. Christine’s vote will go to trainers Steve Asmussen and Jerry Hollendorfer (Steve Davidowitz says “Jerry Hollendorfer is the biggest omission”) along with jockey John Velazquez and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner […]

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Davidowitz on Boycott: It will not work

While he is certainly no fan of the recent takeout increase in California, Steve Davidowitz does not agree the boycott tactic being employed by a vocal group of horseplayers will be effective. “I cannot in good conscience support this boycott, for a very simple reason: It will not work.”

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BYK DISSES ZENYATTA

By Ray Paulick Radio host Steve Byk, whose New York-based At the Races show has been bumped from Sirius/XM and has only been available online recently, had a meltdown Wednesday after veteran handicapper and author Steve Davidowitz called unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta “the best older racemare I have ever seen.” Davidowitz spoke glowingly of Zenyatta’s […]

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