Monthly Archives: March 2012

Article: Fractional Bets, Decimal Odds at Keeneland

This could be fun and interesting!
Fractional Bets, Decimal Odds at Keeneland http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68489/fractional-bets-decimal-odds-at-keeneland
Keeneland officials said the Lexington racetrack will be the first in the country to introduce “fractional wagering” and a decimal odds display when the spring meet begins April 6.

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Tim Tebow name stretches into horse racing News | FOX Sports on MSN

Oh, Lordie!
Tim Tebow name stretches into horse racing News | FOX Sports on MSN http://msn.foxsports.com/horseracing/story/Tim-Tebow-name-stretches-into-horse-racing-032712
Tebow’s a horse, too.
Of course.
In fact, there are at least six thoroughbreds listed by The Jockey Club carrying the Tebow name.
They’re all named for Tim Tebow, the New York Jets’ new [...]

Article: Thoroughbred racing under fire after investigative reports, cancellation of ‘Luck’

Beyer right on the money.  The NYT hit piece focused on quarter horses. They are, literally, a different breed
Thoroughbred racing under fire after investigative reports, cancellation of ‘Luck’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/thoroughbred-racing-under-fire-after-investigative-reports-cancellation-of-luck/2012/03/26/gIQAT8eRcS_story.html

Deaths of racehorses are always shocking and they have always been an inescapable part of the game. Unlike human athletes who suffer serious injuries and can be [...]

Article: What’s Going On Here: Game-Changers

Good article about the racing industry’s response to the New York Times hit piece
What’s Going On Here: Game-Changers http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/wgoh/archive/2012/03/27/game-changers-by-eric-mitchell.aspx
Nearly every survey conducted over the past decade by or for the Thoroughbred industry elicited comments about the need for a national racing office. The consensus opinion is that racing cannot grow without a central office coordinating [...]

New York Budget Calls For Gaming Commission

For starters, I would suggest the basics: don’t overcharge the lifeblood of the racing industry, the bettors.  I would think that simple software, not a regulatory agency could have avoided the recent fiasco in which bettors on New York horse races were overcharged millions of dollars.
New York Budget Calls For Gaming Commission http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68377/new-york-budget-calls-for-gaming-commission
State legislators have [...]

NYRA Complying With Refunds on Overcharges | BloodHorse.com

Outrageous!  
NYRA Complying With Refunds on Overcharges | BloodHorse.com http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68316/nyra-complying-with-refunds-on-overcharges
The New York Racing Association said it is meeting a state request to refund money by March 30 to as many bettors it could identify that were overcharged when NYRA failed to follow a state law to lower its pari-mutuel takeout rate on exotic wagers…
In all, about [...]

Article: Horse racing fades in Kentucky; supporters envy other states where casinos supplement tracks - The Washington Post

Horse racing fades in Kentucky; supporters envy other states where casinos supplement tracks - The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/horse-racing-fades-in-kentucky-supporters-envy-other-states-where-casinos-supplement-tracks/2012/03/23/gIQA0m5PWS_story.html
While tracks in other states have parlayed casino gambling into higher purses, Kentucky lawmakers have resisted allowing such a move. Everyone from breeders to railbirds worries that it will eventually render the home of American horse racing an [...]

Jockey Club study: Synthetics safer than dirt

Interesting study from the Jockey Club which should stir debate among handicappers  
Jockey Club study: Synthetics safer than dirt http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/7722140/twice-many-fatal-injuries-dirt-synthetic-2011
Horses running on dirt surfaces in 2011 at North American tracks suffered fatal injuries at nearly twice the rate of horses running on artificial surfaces, according to a Jockey Club project that tracks equine injuries. The [...]

Article: Delta Downs Closes With Handle Increases

Delta Downs Closes With Handle Increases http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68272/delta-downs-closes-with-handle-increases
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel concluded its 2011-2012 Thoroughbred season the night of March 17. The 88-day meeting produced record wagering amounts in several categories as well as sizable increases in handle.
Overall, the season produced a 5.62% increase in total handle from last year. The 2011-2012 [...]

Article: Top British races to include fractional times

If this trend continues, it could open a new world of opportunity for pace handicappers  
Top British races to include fractional times http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2012/03/21/top-british-races-to-include-fractional-times.aspx
Following a successful test run last season, most of the races in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series will record sectional timing from TurfTrax.
Fractional times will be available from about two-thirds [...]