Archives for February 2019

Friday features Huge Stronach 5 Wager Carryover

The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51.

The Stronach 5 will kick off at 4:35 p.m. with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a five furlong dash from Golden Gate Fields before finishing at Santa Anita Park with an allowance optional claimer at 6 1/2- furlongs on the downhill course.

There were no winning tickets in last week’s Stronach 5 after a $140 winner at Golden Gate and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream.

Stronach 5 past performances:

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

Leg One – Laurel Park 9th Race – (10 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT

Leg Two – Gulfstream Park 10th Race – (16 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT

Leg Three – Gulfstream Park 11th Race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PT

Leg Four – Golden Gate Fields 5th Race – (12 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PT

Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 5th Race – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:-07 ET, 3:07 PT

The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.

The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.

Is Horse Racing Alive in Georgia? Could Be

Proposal to allow horse racing in Georgia clears Senate panel

Georgia has taken a step toward allowing horse racing in the state.

A Senate panel on Wednesday gave approval to a bill that would allow up to three horse-racing tracks in Georgia.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Brandon Beach, said Wednesday’s 5-2 vote was the first time the proposal has cleared a Senate committee.

“It’s a big step,” the Alpharetta Republican said. “I feel real good about it.”

Beach, who is running for the 6th Congressional District seat, said he envisions a racetrack with a mix of uses similar to the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park that would be a boon for the economy in Middle and South Georgia.

Beach proposed legislation in two parts.

Senate Resolution 84 would put a question on an upcoming ballot asking Georgia voters whether betting on horse racing should be legal. Senate Bill 45 would create a Georgia Horse Racing Commission that would be tasked with approving up to three licenses and regulating the facilities.

“Rural Georgia will benefit from this,” Beach said. “There’s horse farms, hay farms, breeding and auctions. It will create thousands of jobs.”

Click here to view original web page at www.ajc.com about horse racing in Georgia

Industry Profile: Handicapper Marshall Gramm, Memphis Rhodes Professor

The Rhodes professor has become one of world’s best at betting the horses

He grew up in Washington, D.C., poring over the horse racing odds that appeared in The Washington Post sports section. Then he went to Rice University in Houston, got his Ph.D. from Texas A&M, got hired by Rhodes College 19 years ago and never left Memphis.

After initially researching “bank regulation boring stuff,” he decided to turn his habit into his job. He began to use horse racing data to look at betting markets as a proxy for financial markets and pricing.

He’s also a co-founder and part-owner of Ten Strike Racing, a 10-year-old syndicate named after the 1884 winner of the Tennessee Stakes held in Memphis.

He owns about …

Australian race horse Winx wins 30 straight races

15/2/2019 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – CanterburyAustralian race horse Winx capped off a tremendous run of form at the 2019 Apollo Stakes on Saturday. Winx cantered to victory at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney as she blew away the eight-horse field. Horse racing fans can bet online on Grand National now as the April event approaches. Ridden by jockey Hugh Bowman, Winx won the race by two lengths after blasting past rivals Tom Melbourne and Happy Clapper. Winx has now won an unbelievable 30 straight races, but she still has a way to go to break the all-time record.

Can Winx break the all-time record of consecutive wins?

Winx’s 30 wins is incredible, but she is still behind Puerto Rico’s Camarero. The stallion posted a 73-2-0 record during his brief lifetime. Camarero only lived from 1951 to 1956, racing for just three years. The Puerto Rican stallion won 56 consecutive races between April 1953 and August 1955. Unfortunately, Camarero died in 1956 of an intestinal blockage. His 56 straight wins is still the world record for most back to back victories.

Winx’s winning streak started just under four years ago at Sunshine Coast. Now seven-years old, Winx may not have many more opportunities to chase Camarero’s record. As her jockey said post-race, Winx has nothing left to prove to the horse racing world.

Randwick was Winx’s first race of the 2019 season and her win backed up her 2018 Longines Horse of the Year award. Called the Usain Bolt of horse racing, Winx can certainly come close to Camarero’s record, if she is kept racing. Unfortunately, it looks as though trainer Chris Waller is preparing to retire Winx. She may only have one or two more races left to run.

How does Winx’s record stack up to others in the sports world?

There are some sports records that will never be broken, at least, that is what experts and fans believe. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in a single NBA game, cricketer Rohit Sharma’s 264 for an inning in a one-day international, and Michael Phelps Olympic record gold medals are all seen as unbreakable. Camarero’s record of wins has long been in the same unbreakable category. Winning consecutive horse races is incredibly difficult and Winx’s current winning streak is a phenomenal accomplishment. Add in Winx’s opponents may have been far tougher competition than Camarero’s.

During her near four-year run of wins, Winx has been victorious in four consecutive Cox Plate events. Thanks to Winx’s continued streak, she has become a sports celebrity in Australia. Winx has crossed over into main stream pop culture down under. Horse racing fans have come out in droves to see the Usain Bolt of the horse world. It has also influenced scores of Aussies to wager on Winx to win the races she runs.

Since her first race in 2014, she ran 10 races before the streak started, Winx has earned $16 million in winnings. Like other top athletes, Winx is said to rise to the occasion of big race days. Hopefully, she will have a few more races left in her to continue the streak.

How Technology Reshapes the Horse Racing Industry

Innovation in Betting

As long as there are horse races, there will be eager punters who are keen to back their favourite horses and jockeys. Horse racing wagering is another area of the industry that has significantly changed and improved with modern technology. These days, instead of having to trek to a bookie’s office, punters can place bets at home or on the go thanks to platforms and apps from international online sports betting operators. The advent of mobile technology means that they can get up-to-the-minute racing news, and major events like the Breeders’ Cup are even beginning to broadcast in virtual reality across the globe so that fans will never miss a meeting.

Future Innovations

It may all sound high tech already, but we could see a whole new wave of innovations incorporated into the sport in the coming years. For starters, a team of Australian scientists successfully shod a racehorse with the first ever pair of 3D printed shoes made from titanium. However, it may take some time before this becomes a widespread thing since a horse’s hooves can change every hour and printing one shoe takes several.

Scientists are even becoming involved in the breeding process since it’s well-known within the sport that a mature colt or filly often outperforms those born later in a year within the same age bracket. To that end, Equilume recently designed a mask that will trigger early breeding times in mares, using a blue light to affect their ….

Industry Profile: Jockey Alex Birzer, rider of the heartland

While researching Alex’s accomplishments, I came across a race that really grabbed my attention. On July 28 at Prairie Meadows, I watched Alex Birzer aboard She’s Our Fastest engaged in a spirited stretch duel with Our Majesty who was piloted by David Cabrera.

As they battled it out, Cabrera and Our Majesty came over a path or two and leaned heavily on She’s Our Fastest and the two bumped and nudged each other down the lane. But I was then utterly amazed when Cabrera started throwing elbows at Alex and hounded him through the entire stretch all the way down to the wire. Alex never stopped riding and didn’t try to retaliate. He just put his head down and persevered on his mount.

Our Majesty finished a head in front of Alex and She’s Our Fastest but the horse was taken down and Alex was rightfully awarded the win. This was no big deal to Alex but it was impressive to me, that he didn’t take the bait for a fight and he also showed what kind of work ethic he has from that one race. Alex wasn’t going to waste time swatting at a pesky jockey nor was he going to jeopardize his safety or the betting public’s money. He just did his job and rode …

Darren Weir’s Buzzer Use to make his horses run faster stunned Australia and was a wake-up call for horseracing worldwide

Dick Francis wrote more than 40 novels. I read the first 20 or so. For Kicks was the best. It came out in 1965. Wow! Ten years old and entranced. Since then there have been many superior books but not one more riveting. What made Francis’ racing thrillers so captivating was his understanding of horseracing and its diverse characters. He had been a good jockey and knew the score.

In his stories the sport of kings was Somerset Maugham’s Monaco: a sunny place for shady people. It was the ingenuity of the plot that distinguished For Kicks. Certain horses’ performances were being bizarrely enhanced but post-race drug tests showed no trace of any banned substance. The circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing was formidable. Horses that had…

Is This the Future of Horse Race Wagering?

This article is an oldie but goodie about the combuter robotic wagering that exists in horse racing.

Starting a Computer Robotic Wagering team isn’t for everyone. It takes money, time, and manpower.

”It’s not just one guy. To do this, you have to go out there and get your own math whiz, get an MIT grad to write a program that you then feed tons of race data into and develop your own forecasting model,” said Scherf. “Then you’ve got to test that over a period of a year and refine it and refine it. I’ve always heard it’s going to cost you at least a million dollars to set up.”

Dana Parham, one of the pioneers of computer-assisted wagering, told the International Simulcast Conference in 2010 that it cost him $6 million to run his business with 30 employees.

Clearly, the computers don’t do all the work, but they handle a majority of it. Racing and Gaming Services, a group based on the island of St. Kitts with a U.S. pari-mutuel hub, has about 90 customers who invest in the team’s wagering strategies. Last year, RGS said 60% of its betting was done robotically.

“The point of the computer is to come up with a true or fair market value for each horse,” said Scherf. “If I run this race a thousand times, and this horse will win 500 times, then he should be even money. If he’s 4-5, he’s not a bet. If he’s 6-5, he’s a bet, the computer says. They do that for every horse in the race.”

In an interview with Standardbred Canada, Parham explained the key advantage of computer-driven wagering. It’s not just about speed; the computer takes a long-range, statistical view that …

Lone Sailor favored in Saturday’s Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds

Lone Sailor had a good, if not impressive 3-year-old racing season.

However, something happened along the way that has trainer Tom Amoss very optimistic about the potential for Lone Sailor’s 4-year-old campaign. That will begin Saturday in the Mineshaft Handicap, part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day at the Fair Grounds.

“I think it has a lot to do with him growing up mentally, understanding racing and getting competitive,” Amoss said. “I think he was late to the the party getting to understand about competition and wanting to compete. So, I think that’s the biggest thing that has changed from the end of his 3-year-old campaign to the beginning.”

Lone Sailor, a Majestic Warrior colt out of Ambitious by Mr. Greeley, is the early 7-2 favorite in the Mineshaft. It is the first of two $150,000 races for 4-year-olds and up and will be contested over a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt track. The other is the Fair Grounds Handicap, which will be run on the turf over a mile and an eighth immediately following the Mineshaft.

The day’s biggest races are the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes for top 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls, and the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes for top 3-year-old fillies.

Harlan Punch, trained by Brad Cox and with jockey Florent Geroux up, is the 4-1 second favorite in the Mineshaft, with Flameaway, Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione, is next at 5-1.

Lone Sailor, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is coming …

Industry Profile: Handicapper Jonathan Kinchen

“I think the biggest sucker play in racing is handicapping for 45 minutes, and then spending three minutes deciding how to bet it. So often, players will get home from work, handicap to 11, wake up and handicap, go to the track and then construct their Pick 5 ticket at the window. I think you should spend as much time constructing your ticket as handicapping, if not more.”

LAS VEGAS, NV.–Jonathon Kinchen is maybe the closest thing the handicapping world has to a rock star. In little more than four years, Kinchen has gone from an unknown real estate investor with little tournament experience to a commentator on Fox Sports’ Saturday at the Races. He’s arguably the most recognizable and popular player at the NHC, and it’s easy to see why. Kinchen’s young (for a horseplayer), he can pull off the odd tropical shirt, and his sleeved left arm is covered in tattoos of Barbaro, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. His Tweets are often clever, and even his Twitter handle–@UTBigHair, a nod to his alma mater–is above average.

At root, though, the 36-year-old Kinchen is simply a good horse player. He remains the only player in NHC history to have both of his entries qualify for The Final Table, and in 2015 he won the NHC Tour, a testing year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned events.

You’d be familiar with Kinchen’s introduction to handicapping. He grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and his father often brought him along on trips to Lone Star Park.

“He’s a horrible bettor,” Kinchen laughed. “He doesn’t look at the Form; he’s the guy standing in line in front of you looking back at the TV screen, betting our address. But I saw a lot of guys with computers and papers doing it seriously, and I figured that if I was going to come with him, I should at least figure what it’s all about.”