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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.”

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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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Using Speed Figures when Handicapping Thoroughbred Horses

in handicapping horses by Michael Pizzolla 4 Comments

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

Duration : 0:10:33

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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.

Duration : 0:9:46

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A Thoroughbred/ Horse Racing Tribute

in thoroughbred horse racing by Michael Pizzolla 8 Comments

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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one more California Horse Racing commercial

in thoroughbred horse racing by Michael Pizzolla 1 Comment

“unfortunately, some things don’t stay in Vegas…”

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Horse racing oddity: starting gate tractor malfunction

in thoroughbred horse racing by Michael Pizzolla 25 Comments

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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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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Thoroughbred Horse Racing Art Prints

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A tour of what one will find on the website:

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