AGOS Claimer of the Week: Big Payoff at Fair Grounds

Five Small wins big, pays big

Five Small left the gate quickly, grabbed the lead and outran the field to the wire capturing the fifth race at Fair Grounds on Thanksgiving Day. Five Small has been named the Claimer of the Week. The son of Keyed Entry brought holiday smiles to his supporters returning a whopping a $39.40 for a winning ticket. The gelding defeated a field of $5,000 claimers and stopped the clock at 1:12.13 for six panels. In his sixth lifetime victory Five Small was ridden by Jocelyn Gomez. Owned and trained by Jorge Gomez, Five Small has accumulated approximately $70,000 in lifetime earnings. The Kentucky bred has finished in the money 13 times from 26 career races.

Woodbine Horse Racing Goes in Different Direction

 Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine will be going in a different direction in 2016, literally. Plans are in place to have 25 grass races contested clockwise — the opposite direction of usual North American races and more like they do in Europe and Asia. … [Continue reading]

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – November 25, 2015

AQUEDUCT Carella (Aqueduct - 11/15/15 - Race #1 - #2 - 6f on the dirt) - top rider Javier Castellano was aboard on this day, and she had to take up sharply right after the gate break. She stumbled a quite a bit, and once she found her composure, … [Continue reading]

AGOS Claimer of the Week: A Veteran Woodbine Runner

Gentleman Jackson contested the lead for the opening half mile, took command in the stretch and won the seventh race at Woodbine on Thursday by 3 lengths. Gentleman Jackson has been named the Claimer of the Week. The gelding defeated … [Continue reading]

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – November 18, 2015

AQUEDUCT D'BUNNYPHONE (Race 5 at Aqueduct, Nov. 13, maiden claimer) - Expected pace setter lost best chance when stumbling badly at start.  Was rank while 3 wide on the backstretch.  Proceeded to make strong middle move, while again three wide on … [Continue reading]

Historic Horse Racing Coming to Wyoming

 CASPER, Wyo., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission approved EncoreRBG as a historic horse racing system provider and approved several Encore game themes during their meeting held on November 13, 2015. "The Encore … [Continue reading]

Handicapping Tip of the Day #15 – Sneaky Trainer Entry

Take special note of the uncoupled entries Handicapping Tip of the Day - November 17, 2015 Last time I mentioned the importance of noting blinkers changes before you begin your handicapping. The second thing I do after noting the blinker … [Continue reading]

AGOS Claimer of the Week: Valorem

Valorem took the lead in the sixth race at Mahoning Valley Saturday afternoon and never looked back.  The Canadian bred led by 4 lengths in mid-stretch and held on to win by a smaller margin over $10,000 claimers. The bay mare returned a whopping … [Continue reading]

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – November 15, 2015

AQUEDUCT Break Away (Aqueduct - 11/6/15 - Race #4 - #2 &#5 - 1 1/16 on the turf) -  This filly was bumped at the break losing rider Eric Cancel. She was 4-1, and the public thought she looked worth a bet. I did as well, and look for her to … [Continue reading]

Ideas for Better Customer Service in Horse Racing

Let’s start with saying thank you. These days, it’s common for rock stars to thank fans for spending money on expensive concert tickets. NASCAR has long trained its drivers to start by thanking sponsors and fans. Horse people are fantastic at … [Continue reading]