Author Archives: Derek

I’m Bringing New People to the Racetrack, For Science

As we in the recluse community like to say (I assume, having not attended any of the meetings) “it’s terrifying out there.” But I’ve always considered the racetrack an isthmus of serenity. I typically run into my friends there and … Continue reading

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The Grade 1 Belmont Stakes: Let’s Hope I’m Wrong Again

What can I tell you that you don’t already know? We’ve had three weeks to pour over the data, watch the replays, debate the “what if” scenarios and stay up late to watch the Social Inclusion midnight press conference. That … Continue reading

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The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) – I Need a Gala

The 2014 Kentucky Derby trail has been one of the stranger ones in recent memory so it seems fitting that the final running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack is a head scratcher. #3 BOBBY’S KITTEN is … Continue reading

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The Spiral Stakes (G3) – Ranger Danger

Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park is an interesting betting race. Derby fever can cloud the judgement of both owners and bettors, with both groups looking six weeks down the road to the run for the roses. As a result, … Continue reading

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It Gets Bettor

Originally posted on Medium For a sport that increasingly promotes its complexity, horse racing should claim something this simple as a marketing slogan. Look, I love the process of handicapping races, but the approach to cashing tickets is as simple … Continue reading

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Yelp Review of Next Furlongs Retirement Home for Horseplayers

Originally posted on Medium It seems like everything is done to recreate the racetrack experience, which is unfortunate. The staff was clearly trained on incorporating racing lingo into their activities, but they do occasionally struggle with proper context. I don’t … Continue reading

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15 Racing Predictions for 2014

Races that are rained off turf will be run over Bubble Wrap in an IKEA parking lot. Graded stakes status remains unchanged. The Breeders Cup adds three interspecies races. “None of the Above” becomes a choice for Eclipse Award voters. … Continue reading

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I Will Write More About Racing Next Year

Originally posted on Medium. I really don’t have much to show for 2013. That’s really all I can take away from looking at what I wrote about thoroughbred racing. I can count on one standard-digited hand the number of things … Continue reading

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The Belmont Stakes (G1) – The Revolution Will Be Overanalyzed

Originally posted at ThoroFan. Who knew that the Belmont Stakes would be the most intriguing wagering event of this year’s Triple Crown? Bettors really couldn’t ask for much more out of a race then they will get on Saturday, between … Continue reading

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The Spiral Stakes (G3) – Hanging in the Balance

Originally Posted at ThoroFan. With the new Kentucky Derby points system in play, Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park offers one of only a couple chances for turf horses to pick up the points needed to make it into the … Continue reading

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The Sam F. Davis (G3) – A Prep for the Preps

Originally posted at Thorofan. While this race used to virtually guarantee the winner a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate with the winner’s share of a $250,000 purse, the new points system gives the winner only 10 points – … Continue reading

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Super Saturday Recap: An Open Letter to Belmont Park

It was good to see you again yesterday. Actually, I take that back. It was great to see you. The last time our paths crossed was the day before The Belmont Stakes. Mired in traffic on the George Washington bridge, … Continue reading

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The Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) – Lord of the Dans

Originally posted at Thorofan. There’s a lot to get excited about with this year’s handicap division. Minus the country’s top three year-olds, who are set to do battle in the Haskell Invitational at the end of July, and the stars … Continue reading

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A Break From Data, A Rekindled Love For Racing

I’ve been a fan of racing since I was about eight. Many of us who fell in love with the sport have similar stories. Going to the track for the first time, seeing the brightly colored silks and getting caught … Continue reading

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The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) – Time To Get Ill

Originally posted at Thorofan Handicappers’ Corner Last year the Spiral Stakes shook loose from the bonds of irrelevance when ANIMAL KINGDOM parlayed his win into a Kentucky Derby triumph. While only a Grade 3, and run over polytrack, the winner … Continue reading

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