View From the Eighth Pole

View From The Eighth Pole: A Classic Case Of Redemption

Steve Asmussen can be wound a little tight now and then, but the good vibrations he was putting out in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup championships at Del Mar were as laid-back and cool as a Beach Boys melody from the 1960s. The trainer of Classic favorite Gun Runner was among a […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Obstruction In Oklahoma?

I don’t like it when people try to make a fool out of me. I do a good enough job of that without any help. But that’s what the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff apparently was trying to do last week when I inquired about the status of the investigation into the wrong horse running […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Churchill/Keeneland Gaming Partnership A Poorly Conceived Venture

Kentucky Downs had just concluded a record meet, one that saw more than $8.6 million in purse money paid out to owners over five days of racing exclusively over the European-style turf course. Pari-mutuel handle skyrocketed to more than $6 million per day, up by 34 percent over last year’s total (which was 34 percent […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Safety Initiative A Model To Follow

Racing in California has a lot of problems. In the last 10 years, Bay Meadows near San Francisco and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles have been closed for development. Land on which most racetracks, farms and training facilities sit is more valuable for other uses, whether residential or business. A 2011 increase in takeout designed […]

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