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Weighing In

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

I was standing near the customer service booth adjacent to the paddock at Gulfstream Thursday afternoon when a large man with a big personality approached. Although I was attired more like a beach bum than a Gulfstream employee, I think the fellow was under the impression that I manned the booth.

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“Horses Make Liars Outta You”

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

This week, I embark on the dusty trail to the Kentucky Derby (G1). It is exciting, invigorating and grueling all at the same time and I love it. It is fantastic to see the majority of America’s top three-year-olds up close and personal as they prepare for their run for the roses and possible Triple Crown immortality.

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Tom McGreevy Talks Horses

By Eclipse Award-Winning Writer Sean Clancy, St Publishing

Sean Clancy caught up with bloodstock agent Tom McGreevy for an article about Fox Hill Farm’s Havre de Grace (who he picked out) in next month’s Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. It was one of those conversations that wound up being 45 minutes long and over 2,000 words. We thought you might enjoy it.
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How Well do Favorites Perform?

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

The wagering public has been pretty amazing over the years. Historically, the betting choice, a.k.a. the favorite, has hit the Winner’s Circle at tracks all over the country at a fairly consistent 32% success rate. However, over the past decade or so I noticed that this rate continued to creep up. Read more

Morning with Miles

By Eclipse Award-Winning Writer Sean Clancy

Slam. It’s always the door I hear first. From the far end of the house. I don’t hear feet, no voice, no anything. Other than the door. Slam. He always slams the door. Then I hear his feet. Patter. Patter. Patter. Like a chicken across a bowling alley.
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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

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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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Every day, Equibase, the official source for Thoroughbred racing information, publishes a “Top Carryovers” section on the home page of their website. Obviously countless horseplayers are interested in these “bonus” payoffs and the prospects of playing for what amounts to free money, lost on previous days’ races.
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