2012 – The Horse Racing Radio Network

Yearly archive - 2012

First Things First – Part II

By Rich Nilsen.
(Reprinted with permission from our friends at A Game of Skill)

As we discussed briefly last week, the first thing a handicapper should do when looking at a race is to analyze the “conditions” at the top of the past performances or program page. The understanding of race conditions and their importance is a basic handicapping principle that is overlooked by many horseplayers every day. What follows may be too basic for the experienced handicapper, but if reading the conditions of the race is not your first step before handicapping, then you will be well advised to read on.
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Handicapping 101 – First Things First

By Rich Nilsen.
(Reprinted with permission from our friends at A Game of Skill)

The first thing a handicapper should do when starting to look at a race is to read the race conditions at the top of the past performances. The race conditions details what type of race this is and what type of runners are eligible to compete in the spot. The conditions will also list the distance and surface, which are critical factors in the handicapping process.
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This Bud’s For You!

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Bud Strelitz was one of the best handicappers I have ever known. His sons, Roger and Lenny, were classmates of mine at Temple City High School. Bud was a daily visitor to Santa Anita, often found reading the Form, under a shade tree, in the paddock garden near the walking ring. Read more

Equine Forum Podcast – February 4, 2012

Today’s HRRN show was hosted live from Airdrie Stud. Host Mike Penna visits with Airdrie founder, former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones and his son Bret from the historic Woodburn Stud property to preview the Airdrie stallion roster and discuss the success of their runners on the track. In hour 2, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin discusses Withers Stakes contender Alpha and looks back on Consortium’s effort in the Holy Bull, and Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin talks about Animal Kingdom’s comeback and looks at his current 3-year-olds.

Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin

Barry talks about Animal Kingdom and previews his current 3-year-olds with Mike Penna on HRRN


Winning When You Lose

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Wagering on Thoroughbred racing is a game of probabilities, not certainties. Anyone who tells you, “This horse can’t lose,” is full of crap. Even Zenyatta got beat.
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Equine Forum Podcast – January 28, 2012

Listen to today’s Equine Forum on HRRN featuring special guests: Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, talking about riding Champion Awesome Feather. Trainer Mike Maker discusses the return of his Juvenile Champ Hansen. Eclipse Award winner Jennie Rees look back on her winning story. Trainer Bill Kaplan talks about Champion Musical Romance returning in today’s Sunshine Millions, and Santa Anita Director of Publicity Mike Willman previews Saturday’s stakes and the LUCK Pick 6.

Trainer Mike Maker Talks About Champion Juvenile Hansen

Mike Maker joins HRRN’s Equine Forum to talk about his Champion

Kathy Ritvo on Mucho Macho Man

Trainer Kathy Ritvo talks about Mucho Macho Man coming up to Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic

Dale Romans on Shackleford

Trainer Dale Romans talks about Preakness winner Shackleford pointing for Donn Handicap