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Rich Nilsen is a 16-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 cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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5 Tips to Make Your Horsetail Shine

Make your horse coat shiny with these tips. Whether you are getting ready for a competition or just want to give your horse the best look, a shiny coat is sure to turn heads.

Flemington Australia racetrackMany of the people make sure that their horse equine will shine like a rich tail. The horses in the races are well trained and groomed as well. Most of the people are waiting for the Melbourne Cup to hold in 2019. Get a complete guide for the Melbourne cup offers and tips on the race for Australia’s biggest horse race.

Lift dirt and oil with a cloth

As part of your daily grooming routine, pour some boiling water into the bucket, adding cold water to make sure it is Luke-warm. Then apply a dash of skin wash, such as NAF Love the Skin He’s in and Mix. Dip a cloth in the solution and squeeze out any excess. To remove dirt and oil, glide the cloth in the direction of your horse’s hair, leaving a shiny shine.

Use a fleece soil to dust and scrape.

Get into the habit of pampering your horse with a ‘polish’ every day. Once it is rinsed with a cloth, use flick wool mitts in the direction of your coat to remove any crust or dust left behind. It is fleeting in a way that is also great at events to give your horse coat a last-minute polish.

An extra shine with a baby wipe

Competitions use one of the best and cheapest means of trade – baby wipes. These are great for giving your horse’s face a quick wipe to create a glow that will catch the light. Wipe under your horseshoe and around his eyes and nose. Wipes are good for bringing shine to any black dots on your feet.

Discover the secrets of vinegar

Whenever your horse has done a sweat job, a dash of cider apple vinegar in the water will help remove the sweat stain and add a glow back to his coat. Common sense suggests that a shiny, healthy-looking coat starts with a balanced diet and flaxseed oil; in particular, it helps in the condition of the skin and coat due to omega-3 fatty acids just add a sprinkle of apple cider vinegar to the hot water in a wash bucket, and wipe the mixture on its coat with a sponge. Afterward, don’t forget to put a cooler rug to help take away any moisture.

Condition his muscles

Grab a tea towel, bend it into a square the size of an arm, then hold it and apply pressure firmly. Build up to a maximum of 20 times on your horse’s neck, shoulders, and quarters. Build up to a maximum of 20 times on each area on each side as part of your daily routine. Applying 30 ml flaxseed oil to your horse’s feed in the morning and night may not cure it quickly, but has great results in the long run. Along with adding shine, it helps position your horse’s muscles as it tenses and relaxes.

Basic Horse Care for Beginners – How to Take Care of the Horse

horse racing blinkersHorse care is a subject all horses are always learning about, and it is a topic that I can talk about for weeks and still not cover every possible subject, which is heavy, especially for beginners or aspiring horse owners. Keeping this in mind, I designed it as an easy to digest horse care for beginners, covering all the basics you need to know. I will cover the following aspects of how to take care of the horse…

Players of horse racing or the horse owners take care of their horses like the baby. And it’s essential also when owe a pet or animal. Many of people like to play NH online horse betting also which includes a chance to win or earn real cash money during the horse race festivals and events.

If you are new to horse care and own a horse, it is very reasonable to make sure that you have access to help from a lot of experienced people. The simplest, most effective way to do this is to stabilize your horse in strength. By stabilizing on a lever yard, you will be able to befriend experienced horse owners, and yard staff will be knowledgeable in horse care and how to care for the horse. Never be afraid to ask questions, or ask for help when needed.

Even if you are stationary in a yard, you should still know the basics of horse care for beginners, so this guide will be adding in-depth guides on each topic over time, but let’s start with the basics – continue reading to find all of the basic horse care.

The basics of horse care that you should consider are anything that affects the health and health of the horse…

Suitable living conditions – This is a fundamental factor in horse care, which ensures that they have a suitable environment to live! Is static suitable? Is the field suitable?

Appropriate routines and horse care for horses living inside or outside – This will vary depending on how the horse is kept and the type of work it does. Providing a routine to suit each horse is very important for the care of the horse.

Suitable feed – Horses have sensitive digestive systems, so you will need to understand the basics of feeding to provide good care of the horse.

Grooming – is not just about beautifying your horse, it’s an invaluable time to get your horse tied up and tested, and to keep them in good condition.

Equipment – Know what you need, and keep it in good condition.

Health – Is Your Horse Healthy? This is something you want to know. It is necessary to recognize signs of health, call a vet, and be competent for basic first aid.

And more there’s always more to learn and learn about horse care!

This is often seen as an easy option, but not necessarily the case. Horses that live outside will still need to check their well-being and maintain their grazing at least twice a day. And in winter, since the grass has low nutritional value, many horses will also have to supply hay. You will need the type of horse that is happy to survive the year.

Excitement over Enable’s attempt at a record 3rd G1 Arc de Triomphe victory

source:  Hong Kong Jockey Club

Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe this Sunday features Enable

The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is the late-season focal point in Europe but the special frenzy developing around the 2019 race at Longchamp this Sunday (6 October) revolves solely around the outstanding race mare Enable, the raging hot favorite to become the first-ever three-time winner of this 2400m spectacular.

On the side of the 10-time G1 winner will be the unstoppable veteran rider Frankie Dettori who – even without Enable – has been enjoying an amazing year, with big race win after big race win for Enable’s trainer John Gosden.

Extraordinarily on Sunday the 48-year-old will be riding in his 31st Arc. He has won it six times but, while he is saying that he hopes the media fever will lessen nearing the race to allow him to concentrate on successfully getting the job done, he also seems stimulated by all the razzmatazz.

“A win from Enable will mean history and it will make her immortal. That is my inspiration,” he said.

Dettori has very different memories of her Arc wins in 2017 and 2018. At Chantilly in 2017, the pair was always perfectly placed and she skipped clear.

“I enjoyed that one,” he said, beaming.

Last year’s win, back at the race’s traditional home of Longchamp, was a tougher assignment.

“She ran a temperature for a week in the run-up to last year’s Arc, but no one told me!” Dettori said. “Then in the race she went clear and it seemed like deja-vue. But suddenly she stopped and the other horse (Sea Of Class) came at us. When we passed the post I froze for about ten seconds until the relief of realizing that we had still won.”

One assumes that the decision not to tell Dettori about Enable’s problem was deliberate on the part of the tactically masterful Gosden, but the trainer is full of praise for the rider’s expertise of what he considers just about Europe’s most  formidable track, insisting that no one – French-based or English-based – rides it  better than his jockey.

Dettori is coy about this tribute but agrees about the complexities of the great Parisian racecourse.

“It’s a jockey’s track. The race can keep changing and you need about ten different plans,” is how the world-famous rider explained it.

Enable’s achievements haven’t stopped since last October and her narrow victory over the brilliant Crystal Ocean in an incredible stretch battle for Europe’s other great all-age mile and a half race, July’s G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, left Dettori musing: “Yes it was an epic and my good girl got me out of trouble!”

Dettori and many others believe that the biggest threat to five-year-old Enable on Sunday will be the Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old Japan. The colt has improved all season, culminating in a thrilling head victory over Crystal Ocean – the highest-rated horse in the world at the time – in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes (2063m) at York in August.

Weight-for-age dictates that Japan will be getting 3lb from Enable as will the French Derby winner Sottsass, who prepped for this with a win in the Prix Niel (2400m). Imprisoned on the rail, he found room in the nick of time with his sudden acceleration being easily the most exciting sight on trials day at Longchamp last month.

A smaller Arc field than usual is expected, and, though no connections will want to be allocated a wide gate, it is likely to be less of an issue than it has been previously, especially as current predictions suggest that the ground for Europe’s greatest race is expected to be on the soft side.

Top Trainer John Martin Suspended for One Year

Source: CHRB


ALBANY, CA – The stewards at Golden Gate Fields issued a ruling suspending owner/trainer John Martin for one year – with half of that suspension stayed provided he commits no other serious medication violations during his one-year probation – after three horses in his care tested positive for a prohibited drug substance. The stewards also fined the trainer $20,000.

Three separate complaints were filed against Martin after the Maddy Laboratory reported the presence of ergoloid mesylates in the urine samples collected from three horses he ran at Golden Gate and the Big Fresno Fair. Those findings were confirmed by the split sample laboratory chosen by Martin.

[Here are John F. Martin’s stats via Equibase, as of Oct. 2, 2019]

Six months of the one-year suspension were stayed in accordance with a stipulated agreement between Martin and the California Horse Racing Board.

The samples were collected from Ground Rules, which finished third in the first race at Golden Gate on March 21, 2019; Ralph Jacobs, which finished first in the 7th race in Fresno on October 4; and Ruled by Girls, which finished third in the fifth race in Fresno on October 4. While searching Martin’s barn, CHRB investigators also found three bottles of improperly labeled medications, considered contraband per CHRB Rule1890 (b).

Ergoloid mesylates, which are salts of the ergot alkaloids dihydroergocristine, dihydroergocornine, and dihydroergocryptine, are used in human medicine to treat Alzheimer’s and certain mood disorders. The trade name of the FDA approved formulation is Hydergine. Ergoloid mesylates are thought to be used in racing as an anti-bleeding treatment. That possibility, and due to their potential to affect cognitive function, the Association of Racing Commissioners classified the drug as Class 2/A.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Oct 1

track announcer with binocularsAGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes for horse racing fans and Agameofskill.com visitors.  Plug these runners into your Stable Mail or Stable Alert service.


PROMISE ME ROSES (Race 1 @Belmont, Sept.  20, 2019) – Gary Gullo runner rallied from well back and was absolutely flying late under Jose Lezcano.  She just missed catching the 6/5 favorite at the wire.  She is rounding into form for a sharp outfit.


FRERET (Race 3 @GP, Sept.  20, 2019) – Ducked out at start of this maiden claiming turf race and received a questionable ride from low percentage Alvaro Donis.  Came home well but belatedly for third in a better-than-it-looks performance.  Would benefit from a major rider switch.

BION MAGIC (Race 7 @GP, Sept. 19, 2019) – This 2yo filly had worked well prior to her debut.  She got off to a slow start from her rail post, but she rushed up on the backstretch, took command and scored an impressive victory.  Could be a nice one for the Vinson family.

Industry Profile: Morning Line Maker Jon White

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2019)–An unmistakable treasure on the American Racing landscape, the indefatigable Jon White is back for his 11th year as Santa Anita’s highly respected Morning Line Maker as the track opened on Friday, Sept. 27.

A proud native of Spokane, WA, White’s affinity for horse racing traces back to trips with his late father to tracks such as Playfair in Spokane and Yakima Meadows, where his dad worked in their pari-mutuel departments.

Upon graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane (“ESPN’s Neil Everett went there too”), White soon set about a career in racing that has seen him cast in a myriad of roles in a number of different states. (White is also quick to point out that he attended Eastern Washington University, where he noted, the LA Rams’ Cooper Kupp also attended, as did Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd).

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“I’ve been in racing 45 years now and I’ve been involved in many different aspects,” said White, who is also married to popular racing writer Tracy Gantz, whose stories appear in BloodHorse Magazine and The California Thoroughbred, which is published by the CTBA. “I started out in 1974 as a chart-caller and columnist with Daily Racing Form at Northwest tracks and I got promoted in 1981 to the position of reporter-columnist here at Santa Anita and all the other Southern California tracks.

“The racing during that period of time was incredible, as were the jockeys and trainers that I dealt with on a daily basis. In 1986, they assigned me to be the DRF chart-caller and I worked on this circuit in that positon until 1993.”

In addition to his print career at Daily Racing Form and as a free-lancer for several industry publications, White has also toiled as a racing steward in various locales–Yakima Meadows (1979), Les Bois Park in Boise, ID (1990s) and has been a licensed CHRB steward since 2010. His most recent CHRB assignment put him in the stewards’ stand at this year’s Los Alamitos Summer Thoroughbred Meet in July.

Following the 1993 Del Mar meeting, White hired on with the newly created HRTV, working as an on-air racing personality for some 20 years until taking his current position as Santa Anita’s Morning Line Maker.

With a soft spoken, low key demeanor that belies an intense passion for racing, White’s historical perspective and broad-based knowledge are legendary in racing circles.  Following is a question and answer session with White, who will also be making the official morning line for this year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.

     Q                Who’s your all-time favorite horse?

     A                No question, it’s (Washington-bred) Turbulator.  He didn’t race as a 2-year-old because he became so ill that he very nearly died. He didn’t race as a 3-year-old because he severely injured a knee on a farm. His breeder, owner and trainer, Tom Crawford, then tried to trade the horse for two cows. But due to the injured knee, the swap didn’t take place. Turbulator finally did make it to the races as a 4-year-old in 1969.  He lost his first three starts, but then won seven straight in just nine weeks from six furlongs to two miles at Playfair. In 1970, Turbulator broke three track records, one of those also being a world record. In another of his 1970 victories, he carried 134 pounds. A huge fan favorite, there were Turbulator T-shirts, coffee mugs, campaign buttons and refrigerator magnets, all items I possess to this day, along with two of the shoes he wore when he broke the world record for 6 ½ furlongs.

     Q                Favorite all-time jockey?

     A                Laffit Pincay, Jr., although Bill Shoemaker, Gary Stevens, Eddie Delahoussaye and Joe Baze, Russell’s father, certainly all rank right up there. I’ve said many times that if I ever needed a horse to win a race or I would die, I would pick Laffit to ride the horse. On the last day I was ever at Longacres, in a prime example of Laffit’s sheer strength on horseback, he won the 1986 Longacres Mile by a neck on Skywalker.  I flew back to LA on the plane with Skywalker and his trainer, Michael Whittingham.  Skywalker would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year with Pincay aboard.

     Q                Favorite all-time trainer?

     A                It’s a dead heat between Charlie Whittingham and Laz Barrera. I was very lucky to get to know them both quite well. They were incredible horsemen and wonderful people. I miss them a lot.

     Q                Favorite all-time race?

     A                It’s another dead heat, this time Secretariat’s spectacular 31-length Belmont Stakes victory to sweep the Triple Crown in 1973 and Zenyatta’s sensational win in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, which I saw in person…As I stood in the mass of humanity during Zenyatta’s furious late charge to become the first female Thoroughbred to ever win the Classic, I was so overcome with emotion that I had tears in my eyes.

     Q                You’ve had so many great moments in racing, I know Justify’s Kentucky Derby win last year ranks way up there?

     A                As we all know, Justify didn’t make it to the races until Feb. 18 here at Santa Anita. I managed to get a one hundred dollar future book wager on him at 100 to one to win the Kentucky Derby, so that was pretty incredible. But my biggest score was hitting a Pick Six at Santa Anita that paid $45,981.  It was on Dec. 28, 2003, and I did it on a $120 ticket.

     Q                If you retired tomorrow, what would you do for kicks?

     A                I honestly don’t know. My feeling is I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

FL Court rules that Calder can switch from horse races to Jai Alai and retain slot machines

Slot Machines Seduce, Then EntrapAn appellate court upheld a decision by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and said Calder Race Course could continue offering casino slot machines if it switched from horse racing to jai alai.

A state appeals court Wednesday (9/25/19) said Miami-Dade County’s Calder Race Course can continue operating slot machines if it discontinues horse racing and offers jai alai games instead.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and rejected arguments by thoroughbred breeders and owners, who had appealed the agency’s decision.

The case was rooted, in part, in a 2004 constitutional amendment that allowed pari-mutuel facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to operate slot machines. Calder, which has run horse races for decades, obtained a permit to operate slot machines.

In 2018, Calder asked the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering whether it could continue to operate slot machines if it shifted from offering horse races to jai alai. The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., Inc. opposed the proposal.

Wednesday’s ruling said Calder obtained its slot-machine license as what is known as an “eligible facility” under a section of state law…


Breeders’ Cup Turf the Target for Old Persian

…The four-year-old disappointed in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on his return to European action, and was then a beaten favorite in a Group One in Germany last month.

However, he was back in the winning groove when dominating the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine last Saturday – and Appleby feels his charge has earned himself a trip to Santa Anita in early November.

He said: “We were delighted with Old Persian, and he’s come back home in good order.

“The Breeders’ Cup is in our sights – that was the pencilled plan going into the Northern Dancer, and I think he deserves a crack at it now.

“A mile and a half on the turf at Santa Anita should suit him well.”

A few days after the Breeders’ Cup has been run, Appleby will chase a second successive victory in the Melbourne Cup, with last year’s winner Cross Counter set to be joined by stable companion Ispolini.

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Santa Anita Promotional and Event Calendar


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20 2019)–With its 23-day Autumn Meet opener just one week away on Friday, Sept. 27, Santa Anita Park has unveiled its Marketing and Promotion calendar that includes a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2.

2019 Autumn Events & Promotions Schedule

(Every Thursday & Friday Free Club House/General Admission & General Parking)

Fri – Sept. 27

Opening Day

Farriers Package

Turf Terrace Package

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)

S2 Beers/$6 Specialty Cocktails (Offered each Friday except Nov. 1)

The Stronach 5 Pick 5

ShowVivor Begins (online contest)

Sat – Sept. 28

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day

Oktoberfest Trackside – Day 1

Win & You’re In Handicapping Challenge

Chandelier Room Party

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)

Sun – Sept. 29

$500 Opening Weekend Challenge

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

Sat – Oct. 5

Oktoberfest Trackside – Day 2

Wine & Spirits Dinner Series

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas)

Sun – Oct. 6

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

Sat – Oct. 12

Hot Wings & Craft Beer Festival – Trackside

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)

Sun – Oct. 13

Road Kings Car Show – Infield

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

Mon – Oct. 14

Columbus Day

Dollar Day – $1 Beers, Sodas/$2 Hot Dogs

Farriers Package

Turf Terrace Package

Sat – Oct. 19

Guerra de Michelada’s featuring Live Music- Infield

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – Infield

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)

Sun – Oct. 20

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – Infield

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

Sat – Oct. 26

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – Infield

$500 Betting Challenge

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$3,000 Football Pick ‘Em (Entries – Sironas Sports Bar)

Sun – Oct. 27

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Fest – Infield

Wiener Dog Races/Costume Contest – Infield

CARMA Aftercare Awareness Day

Farriers Package

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

$40 Handicapping Contest

Fri – Nov. 1

Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Day 1

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

The Stronach 5 Pick 5

Sat – Nov. 2

Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Day 2

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

Sun – Nov. 3

Closing Day

Mandatory Payouts

Closing Day Betting Challenge

Brunch in the FrontRunner

Turf Terrace Package

Golden Road Pub

For additional information on the 2019 Autumn Meet and/or the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

5 Types of Sportsbook Regulars: The Mush And More

From Sportshandle.com, the 5 types of bettors we meet in the sportsbook or track.


This is the guy who picks losers more than winners. Just like Eddie Mush in A Bronx Tale. If he makes a play on your team, you get that sick feeling in your stomach knowing it’s going to take a miracle to win your bet. Ideally, you want to get his play beforehand and go the other way.

Let it Ride movieMy Mush was Patty Snaps. One of the nicest guys I ever met in the book. A former casino host originally from Ohio, he was a character, and he had great stories. He always had a tip on a horse that couldn’t lose, but did. And when he bet a game, he had it all lined up why it would win.

I called him Patty Snaps because he had the best snap I’ve ever seen when he watched a race or game. You could hear it from a mile away. Impressive really.

But Snaps was the guy whose horse would win then get taken down by an inquiry. And his teams would either lose in epic, last minute finishes or get blown out by 50. His favorite line was “If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”