Category Archives: Our Philosophy

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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Master of the Obvious

The true meaning of True Detective Television critics, journalists, bloggers, and avid fans of HBO’s popular and celebrated “True Detective” series are trying to figure out what the show was really all about. Prior to last week’s series finale many … 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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Racing Must Do A Better Job Promoting Its Assholes and Douchebags

With a week and a half til the Kentucky Derby I could write about contender pedigrees, but there are others much more knowledgeable than I on the subject; say Sid Fernando or Frank Mitchell. Or I could write about which … Continue reading

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A Hard On For Security

Horse Racing – a once mainstream sport now relegated to niche status. But alas, it has a chance for rejuvenation, to a degree at least, through a Triple Crown winner – the first since Affirmed in 1978. Undoubtedly, such an event would … 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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Young Blood

The following post, which originially appeared on ChicagoNow , is a counter-response to an article, which appeared on Yahoo! sports and appeared on Twitter on Tuesday Feb. 27.  The full article is available here. The Yahoo! Author lays out six … Continue reading

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Can Aristotle Make You A Better Handicapper?

In an attempt to explain why things happen Greek philosopher Aristotle developed an analytical scheme known as the “Four Causes.”  It included 1) Material  2) Formal  3) Efficient  4) Final. Aristotle believed his framework had widespread applicability and it may … Continue reading

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Betting Alone While At One With The Universe

Like snowflakes, our thoughts are by nature individualistic and unique. However, within our innate uniqueness, lies an underlying similarity of consciousness – that we alone are the only ones in the universe, the only ones capable of knowing what we … Continue reading

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The Business of Thoroughbred Rescue: My Interview with Caroline Betts, Director & President of Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue

One of the most informative of the weekly thoroughbred business Twitter chats I participated in recently was on the subject of thoroughbred rescue and retirement.  The chat was hosted by Caroline Betts, an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at … Continue reading

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Racetracks Need to Get Social – The Fans are The Real Stars

Too much of the discussion on racing and social media focuses on racing promoting their “stars,” whether it’s horses, trainers or jockeys.  Racetracks need to go beyond this to promote their racing product and on-track experience for both experienced and … Continue reading

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Betting on Horse Racing

There’s plenty of speculation as to why horse racing declined as a major American sport since its last heyday in the ’70s. Was it the decision not to broadcast races on network TV, the spread of state lotteries and Indian casinos, endless industry infighting, changes … Continue reading

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