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Three Years On – Remembering The Champ – American Pharoah

APZayat1In a powerhouse performance on Halloween, American Pharoah bowed out from the spectacular show he had put on for us throughout 2015. In the process of running his rivals ragged in the Breeders Cup Classic he earned a worthy 120 Beyer speed figure, a number that he could easily have earned several times before, if he had been asked. Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza's smart management of their superstar this year included the preservation policy of never doing much more than necessary to win his previous races. Anyone who watched the Haskell at Monmouth Park saw the most obvious example of that. While it was a wise long term plan that paid off, it also meant that the "numbers boys" were regularly disappointed with the "not too shabby but not superstar" Beyer speed figures American Pharoah's victories produced. The knockers' and doubters' fires were thus fueled.

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What The Next New Racetrack Needs To Be. Bigger & Better With Three Surfaces. Dirt, Turf & Tapeta.

Aqueduct_RacetrackThoroughbred People writer Victor Ryan recently penned a "What's Happening" piece on the initiative by the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition to build a brand new racetrack, and bring thoroughbred horse racing to the state. It is always uplifting to hear of a plan to build a new racetrack, and Thoroughbred People sincerely hopes it comes off for Georgia. What we also hope is that as a new track with a "21st century race track design", it is indeed built differently to current tracks, and that a golden opportunity is capitalized on.

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Churchill Downs Forms Second Racing Club. All Other Tracks – Take Note!

churchill-downs-og Racing clubs, which have long been popular in certain international jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, have only begun to take root in the U.S. In addition to Churchill Downs, Canterbury Park, Emerald Downs and Hastings Park offer racing clubs. The purpose behind these clubs is to provide members with a low-risk, low cost experience with racehorse ownership.

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Ten Years On. Barbaro Remembered. The Triple Crown Winner That Should Have Been.

Barbaro1After seeing the stunningly handsome, big, bright bay Barbaro completely laugh at his competition in the Kentucky Derby as he trounced the field by a facile 6 1/2 lengths, it was clear that we had here a creature who was on a very different level to those three previous, gallant Triple Crown contenders. And Barbaro's running style and physique told me that the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes would be a positive, not a negative. This fella had Triple Crown Winner stamped all over him.

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Betfair Launching Exchange Wagering On Horse Racing For New Jersey Residents May 10th

betfair_logo Finally - It's almost here. Exchange wagering, a fixed-odds, peer-to-peer form of pari-mutuel betting which is fantastically popular in other parts of the world, will be offered to residents of New Jersey on horse racing beginning May 10th. Unlike traditional “tote” wagering, where the odds fluctuate, are not determined until the start of each race and are the same for all customers, exchange wagering utilizes cutting-edge computer technology to allow players to take fixed odds by proposing or matching trades with each other via the exchange platform. It also allows bettors to ask for better odds than those available in the market at that time, to continue to wager during the running of a race and to “Cash Out” before a race is complete to ensure a profit or mitigate a potential loss.

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Slots, Slots, Slots… Why Does Horse Racing Continue To Build Itself a House Of Cards?

Decoupling Thoroughbred racing’s casino bedmates are restless, and they want out. Is this really a shock to anyone? As soon as the gold digging casino operators had their feet parked firmly enough under the table to be able to survive without having to deal with and attend to the horses and horsemen they used to get in business in the first place, they were going to make a play to legislators and government for a case to leave those horses and horsemen behind.

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