Category Archives: Horse Racing

Le Comte Stakes

The Saturday card at The Fairgrounds features 12 races with four stakes and a handicap race. The feature race is the $200k LeComte Stakes for three year olds. This race is the local prep for the Risen Star Stakes that … Continue reading

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The Hidden Power of History

The course of human events strongly suggests that there is no political power without the control and manipulation of collective memory. The bulk of human activity is driven by an individual and collective interpretation of events both past and present. … Continue reading

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Turnback the Alarm Handicap

Friday is the start of arguably the best and biggest weekend in horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup Championships. Horse racing’s equivalent of the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or Super Bowl. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup, it is closing … Continue reading

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The Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, Baltimore

The Preakness is by far the most unique and maybe the most overlooked of the 3 races that comprise horse racing’s Triple Crown. What makes it so unique? For one, while those attending the race get excited just like at … Continue reading

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Volume IV – The Final Dozen

On the cusp of the greatest racing spectacle in the United States we humbly offer our final Derby Dozen poll. It’s been a fun ride and we sincerely appreciate our contributors’ time and effort to our thrice weekly poll. As … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

Like a classic Playboy centerfold, our list of Kentucky Derby contenders is a bit top-heavy. Dortmund, American Pharoah, and Carpe Diem seem like world beaters with impressive, if not gaudy records. Next we have several contenders seemingly a cut below. … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume II – Just Getting Good

It’s t-minus 45 days till Derby 2015 and it’s far from over in trying to dope out the top contenders (and sleepers). In the three weeks since our last poll not much changed at the top, but American Pharoah and Carpe Diem made … Continue reading

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Playing Possum Gotham

Living in the megalopolis this winter has been absolutely brutal, same goes for winter racing at NYRA. Aqueduct has once again been dead all week as NYRA cancelled Thursday and Friday racing, but, Saturday offers hope as the weather looks good … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume I

Sure it’s cold and there’s snow covering most of the country, but spring is just around the corner and they’ll be loading the gate for Kentucky Derby #141 in 65 days. You heard me, 65 days! That means it’s time … Continue reading

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Steward’s Corner

This past weekend at Gulfstream Park there were a few decisions that occurred off the racetrack that profoundly affected the racing results. Before going any further, I want to preface that I know racing stewards have a tough job, just … Continue reading

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Upstart the Youths and Fountains at Gulfstream

While some of us are frosted (pun intended) here in the Northeast, it’s warm and sunny down in Florida at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s card will feature the Grade II, $400k Fountain of Youth Stakes, their local prep race for the … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day Payday – Grade III General George Handicap

After a bit of a hiatus, Dylan is back on WirePlayers with a preview of tomorrow’s General George Handicap. There are a few good stakes around the country Monday as we celebrate Presidents’ Day. However, the best one is the … Continue reading

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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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Triple Crown Threats Since 1978

Summary of past 11 Triple Crown attempts since Affirmed won in 1978. Previous Eleven Triple Crown Attempts Year Derby / Preakness Winner Post Time Odds Finish Belmont Winner Post Time Odds Field Size 1979 Spectacular Bid 3/10 3rd Coastal 9/2 … Continue reading

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