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Horse racing oddity: maintenance crew nearly trampled

in thoroughbred horse racing by Michael Pizzolla 15 Comments

Date: August 19, 2004
Track: Del Mar

I’m happy to report no one was hurt. There are two parts to this video. First is a clip of the “head-on” camera shot, which clearly shows three maintenance workers diving as they realize the field is about to trample them. Notice the bucket that they leave on the course.

The second part is the full race. At the 2:29 mark, you can see where the maintenance workers scramble, but it’s not nearly as clear as the head-on shot.

From Steve Andersen’s report in the Daily Racing Form:

“Three members of the Del Mar turf course staff nearly caused a catastrophic accident in the seventh race Thursday, when they were forced to scramble under the rail to avoid a field of seven horses while replacing divots on the turf course.

“The three men dove under the inside rail just as the field turned for home and had so little time to react that they left a plastic bucket on the course, which the runners nearly struck.

“The incident occurred with approximately a quarter-mile remaining in a race over 1 3/8 miles on turf. The three men walked onto the course and began working when the field passed the far turn for the first time. They were alerted of the oncoming field by the screams of the jockeys.”

Duration : 0:2:53

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How To Handicap Horses Part 1: How Odds Work

in handicapping horses by Michael Pizzolla 2 Comments

Part 1 of my original series on how to handicap horse racing.

Over the next several episodes I will be going over various strategies and methods to handicapping races to help YOU get on your way to picking winners! Great for beginners and intermediates alike!

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Duration : 0:9:22

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Handicapping Rant: Will Handicap For Macs

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For you horse racing fans, here’s a video of my handicapping of the 5th race from Hoosier Park, 10/17/08, that ‘took care’ of the Mac laptops!

Duration : 0:9:34

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Michael Pizzolla’s Handicapping Rant 10/5/08: Part 2

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Part 2 of mini video rant on a race run at Keeneland yesterday, 10/4/08, won by longshot Sing Baby Sing. You’ll see the Black Magic: Ultimate Handicapper in action and hear a pretty funny story about what happened in a Las Vegas racebook.

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Horse racing oddity: jockey misjudges distance

in thoroughbred horse racing by Michael Pizzolla 25 Comments

For some reason I find oddities like this May 16, 2004 race very entertaining. The Hasta la Vista Handicap at Turf Paradise in Arizona is run at what today is an unusually long distance of 1 7/8 miles. This requires two full circuits of the course, rather than the usual one time around in most races. Unfortunately for jockey Jorge Carreno, he forgets that minor detail, creating a very unusual sitation. On a personal note, in the early 1980s, I recall Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez falling victim to the same mental lapse in the 2 1/4 mile Display Handicap at Aqueduct. My father and I got a big kick out of the fans watching the replay cheering “come on Georgie” the first time around, as he was furiously whipping and driving despite having a mile left to run.

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My Dad – Dirt Track Racing 2 Online – WoO Late Model Testing

in original online racing form by Michael Pizzolla 10 Comments

This is a vid form My Life … My Dads online Adventures racing people around the This is where i show my dad the World of Outlaws Late Model Mod that i got for DTR2, se we go online and absolutely KICK BUTT ’cause we are in a lightin fast WoO Late Model and everyones left in the dust …. enjoy!

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Using Speed Figures when Handicapping Thoroughbred Horses

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This e seminar addresses the utility of speed figures in the handicapping process and how they should be applied and interpreted.

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How to Handicap Thoroughbred Horse Racing: The Age Factor

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Learn the importance of the age of the horse when Handicapping Thoroughbred Horses.

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A Thoroughbred/ Horse Racing Tribute

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Just like the title says I wanted it to be just a TB tribute because I LOVE them but it turned out to be both which is perfectly fine!!! enjoy!! ^_^
***The R.I.P is for Barbaro!!***

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The 2006 horse of the year returns to the races.

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