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About Editor

Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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Women in Racing Symposium in Saratoga Springs on Sunday

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a symposium on Sunday, Aug. 19 featuring accomplished women involved in various aspects of thoroughbred racing. Comprised of seven of the most recognizable women in the sport — Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, champion steeplechase jockey Blythe Miller Davies, record-breaking trainer Linda Rice, iconic owner/breeder Charlotte Weber, industry leader Stella Thayer and top racing analyst Gabby Gaudet — the panel will be moderated by longtime television commentator Charlsie Cantey. The symposium begins at 10 a.m. in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery and is open to the public and free to attend.

 

The panelists will discuss their careers and introduction to racing and be available to meet racing fans after the program.

 

About the panelists:

Janet Elliot: A native of Ireland, Elliot became only the second woman inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first woman trainer enshrined in 2009. An assistant to Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard for 11 years, Elliot went out on her own in 1979 and has trained some of the top steeplechase horses in the game, including Eclipse Award winners Flat Top and Correggio. She ended Sheppard’s 18-year run as the leading money-earning steeplechase trainer in 1991 and led all steeplechase trainers in wins that year. Elliot topped all steeplechase trainers in earnings for a second time in 1998. She won the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Steeplechase in 1986 with Census and won that race again with Flat Top in 2002.

 

Elliot has won the Colonial Cup six times, the Iroquois five times, the Temple Gwathmey four times, the American Grand National three times and the New York Turf Writers Cup twice. She ranks fourth all time in earnings among steeplechase trainers with more than $8.3 million.

 

Gabby Gaudet: An on-air analyst for the New York Racing Association, Gaudet is the daughter of trainers Eddie and Linda Gaudet and sister to trainer Lacey Gaudet. She began her career as an analyst and paddock reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club while still a student at Towson University in 2013. In addition to working at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, Gaudet has since covered racing at Arlington Park, the Breeders’ Cup and Gulfstream Park. She joined NYRA for the first time prior to the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course and took on an expanded role the following year.

 

Julie Krone: The first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, Krone is the most successful woman jockey of all time with 3,704 wins and purse earnings of more than $90 million. She became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she piloted Colonial Affair to victory in the 1993 Belmont and the first to win a Breeders’ Cup race when she rode Halfbridled to win the 2003 Juvenile Fillies.

 

Krone won 22 Grade 1 races in her career, including the Pacific Classic, Hollywood Derby, Malibu Stakes, Carter Handicap, Shuvee Handicap, Meadowlands Cup, Ballerina Handicap, Man o’ War Stakes, Sword Dancer Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Frizette Stakes and Flower Bowl Handicap, among others.

 

Blythe Miller Davies: The first woman to win the National Steeplechase Association jockey championship, Miller Davies announced her retirement in 2003 after 15 years in the saddle, 204 steeplechase victories and more than $5 million in purse earnings. She won two NSA championships (1994 and 1995) and ranked seventh on the all-time list of career wins at the time of her retirement.

 

Miller Davies, daughter of trainer Bruce Miller, rode five-time champion and Hall of Fame member Lonesome Glory, two-time champion Flat Top and champion All Gong, as well as NSA Grade 1 winners It’s A Giggle, Campanile, Victorian Hill and Uptown Swell. In addition to her father, she rode for Hall of Fame trainers Jonathan Sheppard and Janet Elliot, among others.

 

Linda Rice: In a career that began in 1987, Rice has become the most successful woman trainer in American racing history. Through July 22, she has won 1,772 races with purse earnings of more than $69 million (both records for a woman). Two of her horses, La Verdad and Palace, surpassed $1 million in career earnings and La Verdad won an Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter. Rice has won 44 graded races in her career, including seven Grade 1 events. She has won five training titles on the New York Racing Association circuit, including the 2009 Saratoga meet.

 

Stella Thayer: The first woman president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Thayer purchased Tampa Bay Downs in 1986, outbidding New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Along with her ownership of the track, Thayer serves as its president and treasurer. A member of The Jockey Club and a past member of its Board of Stewards, Thayer is also a thoroughbred owner and breeder and a past president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.

 

Charlotte Weber: Owner of the 4,500-acre Like Oak Stud in Florida, Weber has enjoyed success as an owner and breeder for 50 years. A member of The Jockey Club and a vice president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Weber has campaigned numerous top horses, including Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and champion turf horse Miesque’s Approval and Grade 1 winners My Typhoon, To Honor and Serve and Zo Impressive. Live Oak earned a second Breeders’ Cup win in 2017 when World Approval won the Mile. World Approval is a half-brother to Weber’s other Mile winner, Miesque’s Approval.

 

About the moderator:

Charlsie Cantey: One of the most recognizable broadcasters in American racing history, Cantey was an analyst for ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports and NBC Sports throughout her distinguished career. Cantey began her broadcast career in 1975 at New York’s WOR-TV on the weekly programs Racing from BelmontRacing from Aqueduct and Racing from Saratoga.

 

From 1977 to 1986, Cantey served as a CBS contributor for NFL, NBA and horse racing coverage. From 1985 to 2002, Cantey was a reporter and analyst for Racing Across America for ESPN. She joined ABC Sports in 1986 and was an integral part of its racing coverage until joining NBC Sports in November 2000 as an analyst for its coverage of the Breeders’ Cup. She worked for NBC for five years, retiring after the 2005 Breeders’ Cup. Cantey covered the Triple Crown races for 17 consecutive years.

Source: Press Release

A Look at TV Audiences for the 2018 Triple Crown Horse Races

Triple Crown trophy

Justify won the Triple Crown this year

“Among the Kentucky Derby audience, 22% also watched the Preakness Stakes and 26% checked out the Belmont Stakes…”

Broadcasting & Cable Full coverage: Viewership By the Numbers: A Close Look at TV Audiences for Iconic Horse Races

Following a horse named Instagrand

Following a horse named Instagrand

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Penn National Reports Strong Second Quarter in 2018

PENN National logoIs Horse Racing dead? Penn National Reports Gains

Casino and racetrack owner Penn National Gaming Inc. reported a spike in income from operations in announcing financial results July 26 for the three months ended June 30.

Source: Penn National Reports Strong Second Quarter

Horses’ Weights to Appear Soon in Past Performances

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The Stronach Group announced that after monitoring, compiling and televising the weights of horses the past several months at its facilities in California, Florida and Maryland, the information is scheduled to be available in past performances by the end of summer.

Prior to be being saddled before a race, horses step on a scale in or near the paddock, where their weights are recorded by a racing official. The weights have been posted on in-house simulcast shows before each race. By the end of the summer, weights will also be available online and in racing programs with a plus/minus from the previous start, according to The Jockey Club.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been weighing and recording the weight of horses for several years. Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group, believes the information, once it can be referenced, will help bettors and horsemen determine a horse’s optimal weight, monitor stress of competition, and how weight can vary due to age, environment and time between races.

“This is something we’ve been working on for quite a while,” Ritvo said. “We believe this is another tool for bettors to determine when a horse could be at his ideal weight. We also believe horsemen will look at weight to decide how training, feeding and environment affect a horse’s weight and performance.

“I think this information benefits everyone, from horsemen to bettors to track veterinarians, and it allows further transparency,” Ritvo said. “We hope the added element is beneficial to our customers since we have always considered them the economic engine of the sport.”

Source: Press Release

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Aug. 9, 2018

Horses to watch for AGOS visitors.  Put these runners in your Stable Alert service.

ELLIS PARK

BORDINI (Race 7 @ELP, 8/5/18) – live runner from the Amoss barn raced inside of traffic and then got shuffled back to last behind not one but two walls of horses.  Swept to the far outside, which is not where you want to be at Ellis, and unleash a good late run for a sneaky good effort.

SARATOGA

OUR GIRL ABBY (Race 5 @SAR, 7/21/18) – made a wide move turning for home to engage the gate-to-wire winner in deep stretch. Exchanged bumps with that filly and lost the bob in a solid performance.  This was her first start since March and her first for her new barn, who raised her confidently in class.

PUTTHEGLASSDOWN (Race 5 @SAR, 7/21/18) – broke from the rail in her debut at the Spa for Englehart.   Settled in 8th before making a nice run to get up for the place spot behind the winning Asmussen favorite.  The PA-bred daughter of Violence is out of a stakes winning mare.

PICTURE DAY (Race 3 @SAR, 7/26/18) – Linda Rice runner loves to win and she was one of the few that closed against the bias in the slop on this Thursday afternoon.  A stakes winner, this Include mare is tough in the optional claiming sprints.

TRINNI NINJA (Race 10 @SAR, 7/27/18) – Daughter of Trinniberg was one of the few to close against the bias on this day.  She is in good form and might be able to break through for low percentage connections next time out at the state-bred maiden $25,000 (or lower) level.  Demand some value.

CATORIA (Race 5 @SAR 8/1/18) – Wildcat Heir filly outran other speed in this race and took this field gate to wire, beating the heavy favorite at 23-1 for Mike Dini.  She is out of a Meadowlake mare and will be dangerous at 6 1/2 or under.

BROCKMONINOFF (Race 3 @SAR 8/1/18) – George Weaver runner was bet down on the drop in class despite his first race since last October.  Suffered some trouble in this race and came up a little short.  Barn is only 12% off  layoffs and this NY bred should move forward next time out.  Can dirt or turf.

LIGHT THE POSSE (Race 2 @SAR 8/2/18) – Betting favorite was making his second career start off a good 2nd in debut and adding Lasix.  The son of Posse ended up hurt badly by a modest pace set by the eventual gate to wire winner.  Can score at this level next time out.

Cot Campbell among new inductees in Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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Partnership Pioneer Cot Campbell among new inductees in 2018 Horse Racing Hall of Fame class.

Joining him in the Hall of Fame’s Pillars of the Turf category are Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Penny Chenery, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, August Belmont I, John W. Galbreath, Arthur B. Hancock, Sr., Hal Price Headley, John Morrissey, Dr. Charles H. Strub, William Collins Whitney, and Harry Payne Whitney.

They joined three other inductees in the class of 2018: thoroughbreds Heavenly Prize and Preakness, and trainer William Lakeland.

 

The Augusta Chronicle Cot Campbell highlights inductees to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Source: Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame

Former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca tells story of how he followed the Kentucky Derby during a game

Audio: Former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca tells story of how he followed the Kentucky Derby during a game

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Michigan poker stars share tales of huge losses, darker days

Poker Pro Vanessa Russo

Poker Pro Vanessa Russo

From afar, it has the look of a glamorous lifestyle, at least what you see on ESPN’s telecasts, especially when, for dramatic effect, stacks and stacks of hundred-dollar bills are plopped right smack dab in the middle of the poker table.

And for a fortunate few ….

The Detroit News Full coverage: Michigan poker stars share tales of huge losses, darker days

Saratoga Springs, NY Offers Summer Fun

Horse Racing, New York City Ballet, Spas, History

Quaint Saratoga Springs Offers Summer Fun: Horse Racing, and so much more.

“Known for its period charm, world-class horse racing, mineral springs, outdoor activities, and diversely rich cultural calendar, Saratoga Springs was a health resort and gambling center for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. But here are some of the delightful must-sees and dos in this century…”

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