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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: Horse Racing ‘Woefully Behind’ When It Comes To Technology, Data

Where is horse racing’s commitment to new technology, new data collection methods and advanced analytics to meet the challenges posed by a dynamic marketplace? For the horses? For the owners, trainers and breeders? For the horseplayers? While this is one in series of features under the #FreeDataFriday banner, the application of technology in racing seems […]

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TIF’s Cummings On West Virginia Incident: Horse Racing Must Address ‘Industry-Wide Nightmare’

The following is an open letter from Patrick Cummings, Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: West Virginia’s problems are the entire industry’s problems. A horrific photograph emerged from West Virginia on October 16 in which it appears a horse, presumably euthanized previously, was dumped in a landfill, still with leg bandages in place. A […]

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‘Help Us Out, Equibase’: Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Latest Push For Free Data

Craig Bernick, CEO of Glen Hill Farm and also founder and board chairman of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, offered his thoughts on the state of data in North American racing in an op-ed this week. Bernick wrote: “Consider the environment in today’s sports world. From ‘moneyball’ to fantasy leagues, from sports reporters to Internet chat rooms, […]

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Free Data Friday: What Suits ‘The Best Interests Of The Industry’ In The Era Of Big Data?

Anyone involved with the thoroughbred racing and breeding business in North America should want nothing but the best for the industry. The sustainability of the industry must be paramount, however threats from many corners exist, both direct and indirect. When it comes to data, the industry is clearly well-served by having a company such as […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: The Issue With Race Timing At Kentucky Downs

“Embracing a Future with Free Racing Data,” the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s March 2019 white paper, presented a case by which the industry’s data provider Equibase would make its raw data available free for private, non-commercial use. #FreeDataFriday, an ongoing series launched today by the TIF, will regularly outline the state of the information business in […]

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Hammerle Wins Overall Summer Prop Contest; More Than $25,000 Donated To Jockey Health Initiatives

It all came down to the last race of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s eight-week Summer Prop Contest. Long-time racing official Rick Hammerle, now of Oaklawn Park and Kentucky Downs, selected Comical to finish ahead of Powerfulattraction in a head-to-head Del Mar Debutante prop and with that “win” secured another 10-win week, pushing his best four-week […]

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Summer Prop Contest: Massis Sweeps, Moves Into Tie For Overall Lead

Professional horseplayer Tommy Massis of Toronto, Ontario and Matt Miller of Northbrook, Illinois were the only two players to record a perfect score in the seventh week of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Summer Prop Contest. With a Travers $2 exacta guess of $42.19, Massis took top billing for the week being closer to the actual […]

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Handicapper Nick Tammaro Sets Props For TIF’s Contest Week Seven

The seventh week of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Summer Prop Contest features the props of handicapper, figure-maker and pundit Nick Tammaro. A handicapping contest regular, Tammaro has enjoyed much success in live money tournaments and finished second in this year’s Belmont Stakes Betting Challenge. Travers Day at Saratoga is the sole focus for the penultimate […]

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Hammerle Nails 11 Of 12 To Win Fifth Week Of Summer Prop Contest

Rick Hammerle, new director of horsemen’s relations and racing relations at Kentucky Downs and the new racing coordinator at Oaklawn Park, correctly selected 11 of 12 props to win the fifth week of the TIF Summer Prop Contest. Hammerle’s tiebreaker was closer to actual result of the Arlington Million exacta, giving him the win over […]

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Summer Prop Contest Focuses Attention On Arlington Million Day Card

The fifth week of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Summer Prop Contest features the props of Santa Anita simulcast host Michelle Yu. A winner of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Charity Contest arranged by Derby Wars and the In The Money Players’ Podcast, Michelle has focused this week’s props on the big day at Arlington, with some ancillary focus on the […]

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