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Horse racing oddity: starting gate tractor malfunction

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It may not have been as exciting as Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, but as Mary Rampelllini reported in the Daily Racing Form:

The featured ninth race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., on Thursday was declared a no contest after the starting gate was unable to be pulled from the racetrack because of problems with a tractor. Wagers on the race were refunded, while bets tied into multiple races were given an “all” in the ninth race.

“We had a tractor malfunction,” said David Longinotti, assistant general manager at Oaklawn. “We told it to go, and it wouldn’t go. We’ll obviously completely check out the tractor tonight, and hopefully we won’t have any more problems with it in the future.”

The horses started to be pulled up at the top of the stretch in the 1 1/16-mile race. Jockey Calvin Borel, who was aboard the front-running Richwood Silver, noticed the gate and began shouting to his fellow riders while pulling up his mount. The starting-gate crew and outriders also waved off the field. There appeared to be no injuries as a result of the mishap.

Enjoy this video from March 13, 2008. Terry Wallace is the announcer.

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Michael Pizzolla’s Handicapping Rant: I Called My Aunt From The Race Book!

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Michael Pizzolla’s Handicapping Rant:

I Called My Aunt From The Race Book!


From The Desk Of Michael Pizzolla

Las Vegas, Nevada

August 23, 2008

7:27 A.M

Dear Friend:

            On August 21, 2008, the Nevada Gaming Commission lifted the ban on cell phones in Nevada race and sports books.

            Happy day.

            I can’t tell you how many times I get a call from family when I’m in the middle of handicapping, and about to put several complicated wagers on two or three races, putting the Fulcrum horse in the middle of 5 other horses, getting all the numbers straight, figuring the logistics of getting to the right window with a ticket writer who can handle the bets at the speed I will have to call them (heck with 20 minutes to post, someone who has to wear a helmet all the time can do it with enough coaching), and, of course, watching the board.

            And then Mom calls.

            I can tell because there’s her picture popping up on my iPhone, looking happy and well.

            This, my friends, is a difficult choice.

            On one hand, my wonderful mom, calling perhaps with good news, perhaps with an emergency, perhaps calling to find out if I’ve gotten her latest note.

            On the other hand, a bet that I had possibly winnowed out of hundreds that day, that had to be made right then and there.

            If you’re reading this Rant, you know what my choice is.

            Bet first, then call mom.

            Hey, what can I tell you? I’m sure she understands. Because we’ve discussed it! She knows I’ll call her back in 5 minutes, balancing my laptop in one hand, notes in the other, iPhone wedged between my ear and trapezoid muscle.

            (Can you imagine the hardships up with which I must put? They wouldn’t even let me wear my elegant Apple Bluetooth earpiece, because I might be talking on the phone. Brutal.)

            Well, guess what?

            Now I don’t have to choose.

            I can be chatting with Mom about her latest juice recipe (mmm, fresh celery, carrot, and beet…what’s that, it’s good for the digestive system…wow, Mom, that sounds great) and betting at the same time (hold on a second, Mom…Evangeline Downs Race 7, 10 cent superfecta box 3-4-9-10-13, repeat that 5 more times…Mom, hi, sorry, do you peel the beets, or just put them right in the juicer?…)

            In fact, I called my aunt last night right in front of the race book supervisors who smiled that their good customer was happy.

            Life is good.

            Now, I’ve got to tell you that there is a possibility of abuse, and I’m really sensitive to that. The Vegas race books (other than the one that previously didn’t allow laptops) have been very good to me. Yes, I’m a good customer, and probably pay some salaries, I’m really low maintenance, don’t ask for special treatment, and they take my bets, bring me Perriers, good strong coffee, and give me a really comfortable environment to watch and wager.

            I don’t have a phone account for wagering, nor do I have an online account, much as I would like to, because it’s not legal to do that from Nevada.

            I understand that.

            The casinos pay a tremendous amount of overhead to keep the writers, satellite signals, accounting departments, etc. of the race book, and the very least I can do is support them by betting there while I’m there!

            My hope is that during this one year trial period during which the lifting of the ban will be evaluated by the books and the Nevada Gaming Board there will not be abuse of the privilege.

            I can see some low lives without the scratch to make a bet calling their illegal bookie. If that gets widespread, no more phones. The Gaming Board has already said that they’ll be sending agents to monitor the situation, and I know the race books will be as well.

            So, I’ll use it to answer calls from family, get updates from the Post Time staff, you know, the usual stuff of cell phone calls.

            But I think there’s more good news.

            In the news reports of the lifting of the ban, the details were sketchy.

            So I did a little research.

            Before I tell you about this, here’s an important disclaimer:

            I am NOT giving legal advice. Although I’m an attorney, I’m not admitted in Nevada, and the last thing I want anyone to think is that I’m giving legal advice when I’m not supposed to.

            Having said that, let’s read the source materials together, as race fans.

            Here’s the letter from the Nevada Gaming Control Board dated yesterday, August 22, 2008:


August 22, 2008                                                       Carson City

                  (775) 684-7740

                                         Fax:  (775) 687-8221


            TO:              ALL NONRESTRICTED RACE AND SPORTS BOOKS AND OTHER            

                    INTERESTED PERSONS




 On August 21, 2008, the Nevada Gaming Commission voted to repeal Gaming

Regulation 22.135, which prohibited the use of communication devices in Race and

Sports books.  While approved, Gaming Control Board and Commission members

expressed various concerns over the long term effects of this repeal, in the end,

recognizing the value of licensees policing themselves, as well as, the necessity for the

Board to closely monitor the books to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and



 Therefore, the Gaming Control Board will continue to be aggressive in its

observations within the books and will conduct both overt and covert observations to

ensure that licensees and patrons are complying with Federal Statutes pertaining to the

transmittal of wagering information, State statutes regarding messenger bettors, and

gaming regulations concerning such areas as Book Wagering Reports, Messenger

Bettors, the Structuring of Wagers, Wagering Communications, Suspicious Wagers, and

House Rules, among others.  In addition, the Board may, at its discretion, periodically

assign agents temporary duty in the books, pursuant to Nevada Gaming Regulation



 While the Board anticipates that all Race and Sports books will continue to take

their regulatory responsibilities seriously, it wants to ensure all concerned that the repeal

of Nevada Gaming Regulation 22.135 does not signify relaxing of standards in any way;

we remain committed to maintaining strict compliance with all relevant statutes and

regulations pertaining to race and sports wagering. 





       Randall E. Sayre

       Board Member


            It seems to me that as long as everything is being used for legal purposes, everything’s fine.

            Here’s the exciting part.

            The letter says that Regulation 22.135 is repealed. Let’s look at that regulation




22.135  Use of communications devices prohibited.  Except for the use of a mobile communications device used as part of a mobile gaming system, a book shall not allow a person to use a communications device within the premises of the book. The premises of the book shall be considered any area where race book or sports pool wagers are accepted. A person who is found to be using a communications device within a book’s premises must be advised to immediately discontinue use of the device or be escorted off those premises. Communications devices include, but are not limited to, paging devices, cellular telephones, radios and computers that are being used to transmit or receive information.

(Adopted: 11/98. Effective: 1/1/99. Amended: 3/06.)


            Did you see what I saw? The Regulation deals with ‘communication devices’, and that includes…computers that are being used to transmit or receive information.

            My reading of that (and again, this is only my NON-LEGAL opinion, just a good citizen reading the law and wanting to be in compliance) is that since that regulation has been repealed, computers are allowed in the race books!

            Happy day.

            That means when you visit Nevada, you can open up your laptop and use your handicapping software and Post Time Daily 2.0 and handicap to your heart’s content.

            Not only that, I have a cellular broadband card that allows me to connect to the Internet. This might be stretching it, but wouldn’t I be using a ‘computer that is being used to transmit or receive information’. I think it might.

            That means I should be able to surf the web at my desk in the race book. Again, I would never use it for any non-permitted purpose, but I’d sure like to go to Macrumors to see when the newest accessories for my MacBook Pro is going to be released.

            It would certainly make the waiting between good value plays much more enjoyable.

            That’s what we value handicappers get paid for, you know.

            It’s the WAITING, the patience to wait for those superior value bets. Finding the bets is one thing, and the handicapping Wizards using the Black Magic Ultimate Handicapping Software have a tool that allows you to go through the 183 races today (those are just the ones that are booked in Vegas) quickly to ferret out those juicy opportunities.

            Once you’ve done that and have a nice list of 8 or 14 or 20 races (depending on the day) that might offer value, then comes the hard part.

            A successful handicapper must WAIT for those.

            You know with handicapping software, there’s a readout for EVERY race. Not many of them offer value. And even the ones that you thought might may not be playable because of the odds. Or scratches.

            Speaking of scratches, both Post Time Daily 2.0 and Black Magic have automatic scratch features where you can connect to the Internet and the software will automatically download and apply the scratches. What a time saver.

            And if my (NON LEGAL) reading of the repeal of the regulation is correct, I may be able to do that right in the race book!

            What a time saver!

            Just as the white space against which these letters appear is as important as the letters themselves, so are the races you pass as important as the races you play.

            As the betting maxim goes, ‘it’s not the bad beats that cost you most, it’s the bad bets’.

            Me, my mom, and my aunt, are all very happy with this new development!


            On other fronts, the Black Magic Wizards’ Forum has been an unqualified success. Wizards are offering their race analysis, betting structure, getting their questions answered pronto, and having a support community that is unparalleled in racing, and maybe anywhere!

            One of the things that I find most fulfilling is seeing the light bulbs go off!

            I did a two-part DVD on what I call Handicapping Praxis (that’s a fancy word for putting theory into practice). Every month, the Wizards get a full length DVD from yours truly explaining fine points of using the Black Magic software, wagering strategies, looking over my shoulder while I handicap, and so forth.)

            Just a few days ago, a Wizard posted that after watching these, he knew that my handicapping was not ‘mystical, or unapproachable, but that the calls I made, he could (and did!) make, and they made perfect sense to him.

            Did I provide earth shaking new techniques and new numbers?


            I simply talked about what I have been teaching for the last 20 odd years: Find opportunities where there are horses you like that the public shouldn’t.

            And I showed, step-by-step on the DVDs, how I put that into practice.

            This Wizard, and many others, ‘got it’.

            It’s a mystery, you know. You can hear the same thing over and over, sometimes for years, and one time you hear it, you ‘get it’, ‘grok it’, internalize it in a way that it becomes a living piece of knowledge for you. It’s not something new, but something mysterious happens where you realize you now KNOW something at a deep level that before you had only intellectually understood.

            It is so gratifying to me, and makes all the time I’ve spent teaching, and lately supporting the Forum so worthwhile.

            Well, that’s it for this Rant.

            I’m going to pack up my laptop, my cell phone, and perhaps my wireless broadband card, and head to the race book.

            This is going to be fun!

            In the meantime, if you need information about how to get the free Post Time Daily 2.0 software and the free video e-course that comes along with it, go to

            Many of you have asked about getting Black Magic Ultimate Handicapping Software. It’s not on the web, and that’s on purpose. It’s a select group, and I want to keep it that way. So, if you’re interested, give the office a call at 702-889-2814 and speak with Doug, Warren, or Brian. They’ll be able to send you information, and some introductory DVDs.

            For those of you who are just getting started and want the basics, Post Time has put together a digital version of my original Handicapping Magic book. For some reason, the originals have been going for hundreds of dollars on eBay and elsewhere. In the digital edition, you get the entire text of the book in the original format, plus 150 pages or so of new chapters, plus videos showing you the techniques in action, plus some ‘banned’ writings on handicapping I did many years ago. If you’re interested, you can go to and read about it.

            If you’d like a copy, don’t order from the website. Call the office at 702-889-2814, tell them you’ve read this Rant, and they’ll take $20 off the price as a thank you for being a subscriber to these Rants.

            I hope this finds you well, and as always, I welcome your comments, and always look forward to hearing from you.

Drop me a line at if you have any questions or comments, or just to let me know how you’re progressing.

The best of luck to you today and always,

            Michael Pizzolla

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Thoroughbred Horse Racing Film: The Long Shot (1939) DVD

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Superb acting and a heartwarming story make The Long Shot just as enjoyable today as it did in nineteen thirty nine when it became a wildly successful at the box office. Amidst angst, strife, and downright maliciousness, thoroughbred racehorse trainers played by the stellar Gordon Jones and Marsha Hunt are determined to enter their prize horse in the Santa Anita handicap horserace. Against all odds, and against the persistent urgings of the mob, the horse will get his shot at winning the race. Capitalizing on the success of true story underdog horseracing champion Seabiscuit, The Long Shot is a marvelous feel good film that should be savored by all.

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Why Slot Players Are Unlikely To Be Handicapping Horse Races

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I was reading an article from the Anderson Herald Bulletin, asking the question ‘Will slot players become race fans?’

Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs (I love handicapping horse races at night time tracks that I can play here in Vegas while it’s still early evening!) have gotten slots this year.

For all of us handicappers, the answer to this question was as easy as picking a 1 to 5 shot. With no disrespect meant to slot players, the mentality of those playing the slots and those handicapping horse races is almost diametrically opposed.

“The horse racing industry lobbied hard to get slots at the tracks, telling lawmakers last year that the money brought in by slots could be funneled into horse racing purses. Bigger prizes attract better horses, they said, and that means more money for breeders and more interest in racing.

That may be the case, Wilcke and other experts say, but creating racing fans from the slot machine crowd can be difficult.”


A slot player sits down, takes out a bill, puts it in the machine, and in seconds is banging at keys, getting action every few nanoseconds. Even with video poker, there are some very simple strategies that will keep the player from losing too quickly.

But the slot player knows or should know that he is playing a game that cannot be beaten long term because he is playing against fixed odds against him.

Perhaps he hasn’t thought that far ahead. Perhaps he’s just there for relaxation.

But I had to laugh at this line from that article:

“People are looking out at live racing and seeing it take place and saying, ’How do I bet on a horse?”’ he said. The track is helping new horse racing fans with pamphlets explaining the betting system.

How do I bet on a horse indeed! Live racing, simulcasting, win-place-show, exactas, trifectas, superfectas, pentafectas, daily doubles, pick 3s (not to be confused with the trifecta, sometimes referred to as a ‘triple’), pick 4s, pick 6s, etc., seems to me completely overwhelming to the slot player.

Not to mention that before he makes one of those bets, he would have had to handicap the race.

Great. There are track programs, racing forms (both online, like and printed), tip sheets, touts.

I’m a handicapper. Although I’m usually handicapping horse races, If I’m predicting the outcome of that question, I’d say it’s an easy bet. The slot player picks a number, bets a few bucks on a horse, cheers it as it runs (or doesn’t), and then after a race or two, grabs another bill from his pocket, puts it in his favorite machine, and is back in thoughtless gambling bliss.

Read the whole article here:

Copyright 2008 By Michael Pizzolla

Experts Gather In Saratoga To Predict That Thoroughbred Racing Is Unlikely To Relive Glory Days

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News flash.

The Schenectady, NY Daily Gazette reported on a gathering of industry professionals at the swanky Gideon Putnam Hotel. I can remember many halcyon August evenings after the racing at the Spa spent in that place. I felt as if I had died and gone to the special section ih heaven reserved for those handicapping horse races.

The dire comments talked about the viewership numbers, and how NASCAR has a race a week, while there are 70,000 thoroughbred races around the country each year.

I know, I publish past performances for each and every one of them (, publishers of the original online racing form).

Steven Crist, publisher of the Daily Racing Form said that tracks had been trying for a quarter of a century to increase attendance, and, as he tersely, if not optimistically stated, “It’s not going to happen.”


Yet, here I sit in Las Vegas, having just made a nice hit at a race at Mountaineer Race Trace, having watched and wagered the race in a Vegas race book. Who am I to talk? I’m not in Saratoga Springs.

Yet, I was sad to note that attendance at the picturesque and storied Saratoga was down almost 60,000 for the first two weeks.

Yes, I know it’s hardly shocking. It’s an easy call to say that something difficult is not going to happen. I don’t mean any disrespect to that august group, but I’d suggest that perhaps the root of the problem lies in the attitude of resignation as much as demographics and metrics.

So it goes.

There’s an Latin maxim that goes, Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. It’s been much too long since my high school Latin, but it’s close. It means ‘Times change, and we change with them.’

It doesn’t mean that I have to like the change. Give me the crowds on a steamy August day, the longshot romping home, the roar of the Saratoga crowd, the swells in their finery, and the knowledge that the Gideon Putnam and an evening of good food, good drink and the subtle joys of handicapping horse races for the next day’s races awaited me.

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Copyright 2008 By Michael Pizzolla

Gold Coast Handicapping Tournament A Real Marathon For Journalist

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Gold Coast Handicapping Tournament A Real Marathon For Journalist

Even the most devoted handicapper, someone who lives and breathes for handicapping horse races, must prepare for the rigors of a handicapping tournament.

I read with amusement the article from an Ocala newspaper about a journalist/handicapper who trekked to Vegas to take part in the Gold Coast Summer Classic Handicapping Tournament.

For those of you who have been in one of these three day marathons, you’ll relate. For those who haven’t, this story will give you some of the flavor of the event.

But nothing can prepare you except trying one of these marathons. You’d better love handicapping horse races!

Click here to read the original story: Handicapping trip to Vegas thrills, exhausts

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Art Prints

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A tour of what one will find on the website:

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Michael Pizzolla’s Handicapping Rant:The 2008 Summertime Rant

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From The Desk Of Michael Pizzolla
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 26, 2008
5:57 A.M

Dear Friend:
You know, you don’t even need be a handicapper to love this time of year.
Saratoga and Del Mar have begun, and summer is officially in full swing. Funny how I take it for granted that I mark the passing of the seasons with the opening and closing of tracks.
The bloom of Spring, Churchill, the Derby, and the Triple Crown. Belmont in the Spring for the big race. And then again in the Fall, the backstretch framed against a backdrop of orange and gold leaves, the cooling air of autumn.
But summer?
Saratoga and Del Mar.
I remember the first time I saw the Gideon Putnam, years and years ago, and driving up to this hotel with the big columns in front, it was like another world, as if I had gone back in time. Ah, the Performing Arts Center, long summer nights.
And Del Mar, hearing Bing crooning, ‘where the turf meets the surf’, the utter shock of seeing my first avocado, and being able to see the Pacific right from the track.
The writer in me swoons over summer and the Spa, and San Diego.
The racetrack investor in me says you can keep them.
Handicapping puzzles abound, head-scratching race after head-scratching race. Two and a sixteenth mile turf races. Short fields. First time starters by the bushel basket.
Oh I’m sure I’ll find some good bets there this season. As well as at Del Mar.
But my most tidy score so far this month was at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.
A racetrack which, alas, may never be the subject of poetry.
Yet it is there running in the evening, after the flash and glitter of the marquis tracks has slipped into the night, there is sturdy, solid, Iowan racing, along with Evangeline and Lone Star.
Heck no.
More often than not.
It reminds me of the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”
Take, for example, the race on July 3rd, 2008, the 7th at Prairie Meadows.
Nine $5,000 claimers, most of which had seen better days.
Yet, here was a Heavy Pressure race.
Lots of horses with similar early fractions that looked to set up the race for a closer.
And even by eye, you could see that there were two confirmed closers in the race, the 3, Fitzroyal, and the 7, Rejuvenate.
Bear in mind, these did not look like world beaters. Fitzroyal, a horse old enough to remember the Paleolithic era, ad finished 6th, 12th and 6th in its last 3 races.
The 7, Rejuvenate, didn’t look quite that good. 7 by 13 in its last, 8 by 19 the time before, and on a layoff.
Yet by eye, you could see that these were the closers.
The Master Magician, and Black Magic, designated both of these horses as S, or Sustained horses.
Their final fractions were the strongest in the field.
Value Tech (built into Black Magic) pointed out the very big ratio between the 3’s Ultimate Odds Line and its Contention Line. The 7 had a huge ratio as well, but wasn’t quite as strong on the line.
This is perhaps the single most important factor to look at in a race when deciding whether to invest.
The ideal bet has us backing horses that we like that the public shouldn’t.
A relatively strong odds line, and a weak contention line, brought about that horses that ran like the 3 and 7 did in its recent races, is ideal.
It has taken me probably twenty times as long to talk about this then it did to find it.
I’ve been spoiled by Black Magic’s portfolios. With a click, I can look at all of the Heavy Pressure races from the entire country. It’s frankly how I was attracted to this race.
See, the fundamental handicapping of this race was pretty straight ahead. Two committed closers in a race full of speed.
Good odds based on their late fractions and overall velocity, on horses the public should avoid.
The real work was FINDING this race.
That’s why I say Black Magic has spoiled me. Oh, I would have found this race. It just would have taken me hours instead of a minute.
Anyway, the 7, Rejuvenate, just nipped the 3, Fitzroyal, at the wire. I preferred the 3 to the 7 to win the race. But I was comforted by the fact that the 7 went off at 21-1, paying $44.60 while the 3 was a paltry 10-1.
The exacta paid $642.80. For each dollar exacta box, the return was $321.40.
The trifecta, with Black Magic’s top horse finishing third, was $1,740.
Here were some of my tickets on the race:

So while my warm and fuzzy side yearns for the Spa, and the shores of the Pacific, my greedy little reptilian brain finds this race in Iowa as beautiful as roses.
Well, that’s it for this Rant.
For those of you who have asked, I’m finally going to re-open Black Magic. It’s been 6 months now, and I’m able to handle the Wizards’ Forum well (although I must tell you that one of the reasons these Rants come so intermittently is that I am constantly either on the Forum, or preparing a DVD or audio for the Forum). So, I’m going to open it up for a few more.
Post Time is also going to be making an unprecedented offer that will make getting Black Magic painless and easy. I’m happy for this too, as I know that putting this in a decent handicapper’s hands will make a big difference, not only in their handicapping, but in finding spots like that Prairie Meadows race. (Most of the BLAM Wizards take the unlimited data deal, so that they can look at all tracks).
The biggest advantage of Black Magic is the Wizards’ Forum. I only wish I had a supportive and friendly group like this to discuss racing and techniques when I was honing my technique.
Sometimes, our database drops a name or two, so if you want the details on the Black Magic offer (should be out in a week or two), drop me an email with your name and snail mail address. The only catch is that you need to either have an account with Post Time, or have some Post Time software.
One more thing.
Warning: Blatant Commercial Message coming!
The special Post Time ran last month was a big hit. I’ve gotten a I’ve got a slew of thank yous from those who got the Mega Seminar In A Box.
I still have a handful of my latest seminar package, Handicapping Magic Mega Seminar in a Box at the office: 11 to be precise.
It is usually $497, and comes with $1,500 in free bonuses.
You can read all about it here:
Bottom line, on those seminar DVDs is just about every trick, tip, pattern, and tactic I use to make my scores. It’s a powerful tool kit, and for those of you who have BLAM, you’ll find it invaluable. For those of you who don’t know about these tactics and patterns, you’ll start using them right away and see a difference in your bottom line (and get a really good understanding of why BLAM is so powerful, because it incorporates the concepts and tactics I explain in that Seminar).
Anyway, I’ve got 11 of them at the office, but I don’t have the accompanying manuals in hard copy.
And my printer really socks it to me if I only want a few manuals printed.
So, here’s what I’m offering. I’ve had the manual put into PDF format, so it comes to you on a disk.
You can have the whole $497 package, complete with the $1,500 of bonuses, including the Per
sonal Lesson from yours truly for half price, $247, the only difference is that the manual will be on disk instead of hard copy.
Do NOT order it from the website, or you’ll be charged the full $497.
Instead, send me an email at, and the subject line ‘Seminar In A Box Special Offer’.
The first 11 get the deal.
Then call the office at 702-889-2814, and tell whoever answers that you want the Seminar In A Box Special, and they’ll get one right out to you.
End of blatant commercial message!
There have been some very exciting developments in BLAM land, and the Wizards’ Forum has been a success beyond my dreams, mostly in terms of the support and enthusiasm (and yes, some truly monster scores by the Wizards) on the Forum.
I’m just thrilled that it has continued and grown, month by month.
I am so grateful to those who are making this community of support so successful by their sharing. Whether it’s a race coming up, or a technique that they’re working on, or just a word or two of encouragement, there’s always something on that Forum that’s useful.
I hope this finds you well, and as always, I welcome your comments, and always look forward to hearing from you.

The best of luck to you on today and always,

Michael Pizzolla

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Sterling San Francisco Handicap Horse Racing Trophy Circa 1948

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Sterling San Francisco Handicap Horse Racing Trophy Circa 1948

Sterling silver horse racing trophy from the 1948 San Francisco Handicap. Engraved “San Francisco Handicap $25,000 Added 3-Year Olds And Upward 1-1/8 Miles Won By Shannon II Owner Neil S. McCarthy – Trainer W. Molter Jockey: Jack Westrope Time 1:50 TANFORAN November 25, 1948″

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Seabiscuit: The Lost Documentary

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The Lost Documentary

An extraordinary piece of horseracing history, this “lost” original documentary was made in 1939 by Seabiscuit’s owner, Charles Howard. You’ll witness Seabiscuit’s birth, his early life at the stables and trainer Tom Smith putting him through workouts. Also chronicled are Seabiscuit’s most thrilling races, including the heart-stopping photo finish at the Santa Anita Handicap and the legendary match race with War Admiral.

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