thoroughbred racing commentary

Gorajec Urges Caution On Stacking Racing Commissions With ‘Experienced’ Members

Joe Gorajec, the former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, sounds off at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary in opposition to legislation in West Virginia that would expand the current horse racing commission from three to five members but also require each commissioner “by reason of previous training and experience” to be “capable and experienced […]

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Castellano, Brown Among U.S. Representatives In New TRC Global Rankings

American racing ranks among with the best in the world when it comes to quality at the highest level, with its jockeys, trainers and sires taking high rank among the finest operators on the planet, according to an authoritative new set of international rankings launched October 13. The TRC Global Rankings, which produce comprehensive standings comparing jockeys, […]

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Ehalt Story On Electrocardiogram Program Nominated For Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated a story from Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on a new electrocardiogram program in New York for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award.  The story, by longtime racing writer Bob Ehalt, was published on June 2, not long after American Thoroughbred racing received a fresh round of mainstream scrutiny over the death of […]

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Hayward: Tampa Bay Downs ‘A Gem In A Relatively Small Market’

In former NYRA president Charles Hayward’s most recent article for the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, he explains why the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay downs is one of his favorite racing experiences in America. He calls it “truly a gem in a relatively small market,” and its daily all-sources handle is consistently fourth in the […]

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: Top 10 Breeding Stories of 2014

As the year winds down, there will be plenty of copy written looking back on 2014 in various aspects of the racing industry. A Thoroughbred Racing Commentary piece suggests 10 storylines that were the most important developments in the international breeding community this year: Galileo’s dominance as a stallion continued, the buzz about Frankel was […]

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Velazquez: Jockeys Should ‘Speak for the Sport’

On Oct. 1, John Velazquez did an interview with Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, discussing his Breeders’ Cup accident last year, his rides on horses like Wise Dan and Animal Kingdom, and his views on the industry. A Hall of Fame inductee in 2012, Velazquez is North America’s all-time leading money earner and surpassed 5,000 wins last […]

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Needham: Decreasing Fatality Rates in California Tell Complicated Story

In a story published at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Dan Needham writes that “in Thoroughbred racing, the statistic known as a fatality rate is an amalgam of many different stories, but what kind of story can be told by fatality rates themselves?” The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database (EID), which has data going back to 2009, […]

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Jones on Drug Penalties: ‘If We Don’t Deal With This, It’s Going to Be a Disaster’

Brereton C. Jones, a former Governor of Kentucky who founded Airdrie Stud in 1972 and a Jockey Club member since 2012, sat down for an interview with Glenye Cain Oakford on July 31. That interview was published on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary on August 27. Among the topics that came up in the interview was current […]

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Strawbridge: ‘Racing Is in a State of Denial’

An interview with George Strawbridge, Jr. published on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary website on May 22 detailed his opinions on the problems in racing and possible solutions to those problems. The 77-year-old owner has had champions in both Europe and America and is very outspoken against horse slaughter and race-day medications. He is also a […]

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Needham: Takeout Rates ‘in Dire Need of Quantitive Scrutiny’

Writing for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Thorotrends founder and analytics professional Dan Needham asserts that takeout rates present both challenges and opportunities but, unfortunately, any authoritative guidance through research lags behind. To Needham, the optimal takeout rates are those that will best utilize churn (the money that is re-bet) and potentially draw in new players, in […]

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