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Don’t Go To Santa Anita on September 30, 2010: And A Serious Issue For Computer Handicapping

September 19th, 2010 (1 Comment)

Along with the humorous story about the needless drive, this is a real issue for the developers of online past performances (see and handicapping software (for example How is this to be designated in the past performances? When the Oak Tree meet ran, there was a change in the designation of the track in […]

Jockey Club projects smallest foal crop since late ’70s

September 18th, 2010 (No Comments)

From The Thoroughbred Times, a report from the Jockey Club about the smallest foal crop since 1977. It will be a continuing challenge for tracks to field full fields that attract good betting action, funding the sport, leading to bigger foal crops, etc. With breeders adjusting to dwindling demand, the Jockey Club is projecting this […]

Declaring a winner for Saratoga season

September 12th, 2010 (No Comments)

Here's an interesting article about the Saratoga 2010 Season. Despite the rosy picture painted, there's also cause for concern. From the Albany Times Union: Saratoga Springs By most accounts, this summer's Saratoga Race Course meet was a terrific success — both for fans of local racing and the businesses they frequented. Yet the post-meet glow may be […]

Del Mar Attendance Up; Handle And Field Size Down

September 10th, 2010 (No Comments)

Bloodhorse announced today that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reported an increase in attendance and a decrease in handle. Perhaps the most significant statistic, though, is the decrease in field size. Large fields attract more betting, and let's face it: If what is arguably the country's premier thoroughbred meet cannot attract runners, it does not […]

A Horse. In An Apple Store.

September 5th, 2010 (No Comments)

Excuse me, Mr. Apple Genius, could you show me how to run Black Magic: The Ultimate Handicapper Software™ on a Mac? Quickly… Posted via email from Michael Pizzolla On ValueCapping™, Horse Racing, And Technology

Indicators: Handle Off $100 Million in August BUT…

September 5th, 2010 (No Comments)

Bloodhorse reporting on the drop in handle for August 2010. But the fewer racing days in 2010 seems to be a large part of this. From Bloodhorse: Pari-mutuel handle was off by about $100 million in August compared with the same month in 2009, yet another indication any rebound will take longer than some in […]

From Keystone To Philadelphia Park To Parx Racing

September 3rd, 2010 (1 Comment)

The Bensalem, Pa.-based Philadelphia Park has changed its name to Parx Racing, according to the company’s website. While the change was not officially announced to the media, the transition was made on the racetrack and casino’s website Aug. 30. Racetrack officials could not be immediately reached for comment on the change. Parx Racing is the same […]

Looks Like Exchange Betting Postponed Until 2012 In California

September 1st, 2010 (No Comments)

From the Pasadena Star-News, an article about how exchange betting in California will be postponed until May 2012, instead of being available immediately. Californian opponents of this move noted that this would only allow 7 months of exchange betting until the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012.   Senator Calderon brokers racetrack deal […]