Passing the Torch

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 22, 2020 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

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I was contacted by an old friend. – She was my intern at River Downs long ago and was a great addition to the team. One day she brought her younger brother to work, and he was a true gent. The young man loved the game and asked many “sheepish” questions about learning how to read the program. – This was a dream come true to be able to share my knowledge of many years.  I enjoy giving new gamblers an edge into making sense of all the data. – He was like a wet sponge and soaked up everything. – Since that day, my ace intern graduated and went on to get married to begin a happy life. – When I was contacted by her younger brother it was an enjoyable conversation. When he told me he was a financial analyst who loved digging into the data. – I had another idea for my new friend.

I must admit, I can handicap pretty well and have a grasp of all things the data is trying to show us. – He’s a mid-level player who enjoys digging for the truth. – After a long conversation, I had an idea. – If you are a gambler worth his salt, you’ve tried your hand creating your own speed figures or finding a numerical meaning behind the data to mine for winners. – Sounds easy, but it takes a perfect understanding of the information and someone who has the ability to write a program to break down the info into an easy to understand system.

Stephen is a brain. He knows how to create a program, but lacks the knowledge of what to look for. – I lack the ability to write a program, but I could break down 25-30 weighted handicapping pieces of the puzzle. – Apart we are two guys who handicap, together we could make interpreting the data much easier. – This isn’t going to solve the dilemma of the Triple Crown, but it will take a new handicapper to the next level and beyond.

I’m in the process of finding the most important 30 handicapping ideas, and he’s writing a program. – This is the way he wants it to work, and with a little sweat, we’ll have a fun system to handicap the races. – To be honest, I’ll probably stick by my guns and pour over the info as I have for decades, but he will have a tool that may give him a little boost in his handicapping education. – I tried to shortcut him to the Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms and he told me he had dabbled with the site and that’s what gave him the idea to take his game to the next level. – ” Oh, I’m not going to set the world on fire, I just want to handicap my favorite track and enjoy.” – I must admit, the idea has bounced around in my noggin, and has always interested me. – ” As long as you have fun, and send me a copy I’ll be rooting for you to be a better handicapper.” – He’s on his way, and I must admit. It never gets old sharing a lifetime of knowledge breaking down the data for new handicappers taking them to the next level. – I doubt they’ll be half as good as the E-Z Win Forms and over time he’ll tire of putting in the time to find the winners. But, in the meantime we’re creating a thinking player who wants to find the truth. – My bet is he’ll be back to Winning Ponies saving him oodles of time that yield a much better percentage. Best of luck, Stephen! – See you in the winner’s circle!

 

Get in the Game!

If you’ve ever wanted to own a horse. Now is the best time. – A few friends have called and asked questions about how to get started. I’m sure it sounds simple, and with a little guidance, this can be an exciting time for you.

Local tracks have been trying some programs. – They have horses ready with longtime trainers, vets, farriers, and grooms. They are ready to get you started in the Sport of Kings. All you have to do is get in the game.

Being a part of a syndicate may be the most economical entrance into the sport. – “Shares” are sold to own a part of a Thoroughbred.  Your shares range in what type of horse, and you’ll be teamed up with others just like you. – Trainers that take part are seasoned veterans who know the game. They go “live” on FaceBook and keep you up to speed with morning workouts, daily routines, and even watching your runner get a good bath! – If it sounds like fun, you can bet dollars to donuts it will be a blast.

You’ll be kept up-to-speed with everything about your runner. – You will receive a bill for monthly costs, and it will be broken down to your share. No more, no less, and you’ll be informed when they work and races that are on the horizon. – Just like the big outfits, you’ll know the feeling of watching your runner take the track.

The first time I owned a claiming horse with a couple of friends, it was like having my own professional team take the field. – The rider carried our colors (silks) and the excitement just kept growing. – By owning a “share” it was easier to absorb the costs. And, when there was purse money coming your way. The check made the game worth the effort. – There is nothing like owning a racehorse. And if you’ve been on the fence, now may be the time for you!

Here are a couple of sites you can visit or contact about getting into the game. – Racing could use dedicated owners like you and it is more fun going to the winner’s circle with a large group! – Read it over, make your decisions, and get in the game. – After all, “you can’t win unless you get in it.”

https://www.pocketacesracing.com/

https://www.buckeyeracingclub.com/

 

I remember the first time our claimer circled the field and went to the winner’s circle! – There were 50 people in the winner’s circle and the moment will last a lifetime! – We had plenty of success and being an owner was one of the best times in my racing life. – Best of luck, my friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Time to Build Tomorrow is Today

What better place than here what better time than now.” – Race Against the Machine

I’ve spent a great deal of my time watching Thoroughbred action and listening. Yes, that’s my escape from binge-watching, and wondering what to cook for dinner at 10 am in the morning. But, that’s OK. We’re all doing the same things right now. – As usual, I always start to think about what we can do to better our sport. How do we take a seat at the big table again and not be an afterthought to other forms of gaming? – I think the above quote says it all, and more than ever it applies to now.

Here are a few ideas that have popped into my noggin – We always talk about marketing and advertising. – That’s all good, but it doesn’t hold the panacea for what ails the game now. – It promotes racing, events, and future goings-on. – It serves a great purpose but there is no education. Yep, you heard it right. We’re not educating new players and answering questions. You can give a player a winner, or teach them to enjoy the handicapping process.

We need to do a video series of explaining the game. – They can be archived, and fans may view them at their leisure. College and high school students are still continuing education on-line. – How about horse racing?

Start with talking about when horses walk to the paddock and what goes on and why? Many have plenty of questions and I would even venture to say regulars would enjoy this as well. – Explain the process with a fun and light demeanor. It doesn’t take a blah-blah-blah attitude. More upbeat and fun. Just like the game itself.

How about what to look for in horse body language? – Ears pricked up? Lethargic motions while walking the paddock. What if they are on bouncing on their toes? – Break it down. – Have a couple of trainers talk about what they want to see from their runners.

Break down the betting. – Start with win, place, and show wagers and what they mean. We all started here, and so will many more. – You can have other segments that move from a 101 series to a 202 level learning. – Go as high as you want, and allow players to learn. – Just because you can count to 21 doesn’t mean you can play blackjack. – Take it slow and progress.

Talk about odds. – What does (2-1) pay for a $2 win wager and why? – Many players are intimidated by the process of handicapping and have that fear of raising their hands in the back of the classroom.  – Discuss the odds and how they are created. Most know it’s about money, but take the time to recognize what’s going on with the tote board prices. Taking about betting and the odds will get the game moving for new players.

What is happening on the track as they warm up? – Who determines the order of finish? – What is the job of the stewards? – Can we go down and watch the horses saddle? – What happens if my horse unseats his rider? – Who gets the purse money and how much? – All good questions that would apply to players from all levels. No such thing as a silly question and taking time to educate players is gold. You are investing in the future of the sport.

I’ve been watching the on-air talent do a great job of talking about details such as these. – There are new players out there who want to know, and they’ve been taking extra time. – This has really gained traction and I’ve noticed new players chiming in on social media about racing. The process has begun.

During these trying times, we need to examine what we’ve been doing and what needs to change. – When the fog lifts we’ll either be doing the exact same expecting new results, or we’ll approach the game from a fan education perspective. – I sure hope we see the amount of handle that comes from other locations and strive to give the players as much info as possible. How about the temperature in the upper left corner of the screen. Have the announcer or handicapper talk as the cameraman focuses on horses warming up. – How about running a previous package on a horse who had a bad trip, stumbled at the start, or was closed off from getting the rail? – We need to treat the video signal as an educational tool that may give handicappers an edge while they bet from home or OTB’s.

When horses are on the track give the gamblers any information that may help them in wagering. Giving players an on track view with incredible video and handicapping points will help the bottom line. Use social media (Twitter) to get out the word for players to engage and share viewpoints. – While we have no fans on-track we are speaking to the simulcast world. Let’s examine this as an opportunity to communicate more fully. – As horses are on the track fans will enjoy watching as they warm up. Tidbits on red-hot riders for the day, ship in trainers, and selections from the announcer or track handicapper can keep the players interested. – Let’s use this time wisely. We have the opportunity to educate, inform, and promote racing.

 

 

 

 

The Happy Horseplayer – May

The Monday after Derby is here. Normally, we would be talking about what happened, and how the horses came back. – There would be plans, next race preparations, as well as small adjustments to solve any problems. But, not this year. – The good news is that we will be talking about this in four months. Hang in there, the horses will be taking the track soon enough. – The Happy Horseplayer.

 

Saturday / Derby Day

The H.H. had a full day of action Saturday. – Racing was on three channels without any other sports to watch and wager. Thoroughbred racing had taken center stage. – I watched and remembered past winners and stories as TV talent made us feel it happened just a moment ago. There were oodles of comments about days gone by, and the incredible live racing taking place at Oaklawn Park.

Yeah, it was Derby Day. – The race will be run on the first Saturday in September, but the feelings were still there. – A virtual Derby gave new and regular fans a digital treat, and when Secretariat kicked clear and won the race, it was a reminder of just how great “Big Red” was on that day. – If you’re new to the game, welcome! – If you’re a regular fan it was a day at the races betting on Gulfstream, Tampa Bay, and Oaklawn Park. For this racing fan and gambler, it was business as usual with thundering action to keep me glued to the TV set.

Many are wondering when their favorite ovals will open and if fans will be allowed back to watch the live races?  Yeah, it’s on every fan’s mind. – As I keep up on who is opening without fans we have to remember to take it slow. Let’s see how things are going and with a little racing luck, we’ll find ourselves being “Railbirds” soon enough. – We have to keep everyone involved safe and ensure all protocols and practices are in place.

With the added coverage it’s a trip back in time to when racing was king. – It was the only legal place to make a wager. These were the golden days from long ago. – I didn’t think we’d ever have a trip back to these days, but during these uncertain times, there’s a timeout to get re-acquainted. – There are some ideas to bring in new fans and grow a new fan base. Here are a few ideas from the H.H. to help bridge the gap for new fans to grow.

Once upon a time, we had ten races and 30 minutes between to wait. It gave you time to handicap, watch the post parade, and get in line to wager. Sometimes you would be “shut out” and there was no wager that race. – But, these days are gone. We have rapid-fire slot machines that will allow you to play 100 games at the same time. You can lose the rent in a matter of minutes. – The H.H. is well aware of the casino-style games. I even enjoy a little bit of fast play, but not much. I’m a tried and true racing fan. With the simulcast menus out and about, it makes for a full buffet of racing action.

After this past weekend, I am confident all will be well. – Some states will be a little slower than others to open. – Even without fans, gamblers can bet from home and enjoy a full experience of being at the track. – This too shall pass. As we hear every day; “We’re all in this together.” – We will come out stronger than ever and hopefully, we’ll relish each and every time we pull into the track to watch the ponies. – Until next month, best of luck from your good friend The Happy Horseplayer and Winning Ponies!

 

 

 

Free Selections – Arkansas Derby Day – 5/2/20

As we ponder what could have been, we should relish what we have. Saturday is usually Derby Day, but it has been rescheduled to the first Saturday in September. – There is an incredible card at OP and it is Arkansas Derby Day! – Add in the “Virtual Derby” and we have a fun day on tap. – To get your weekend started, here are some free selections for the “Festival of the South.”

 

Race #1 – #3 – Miss Imperial = Fresh off the claim and is 1/1 at OP. – The trainer wins 25% after a claim.

Race #2 – #8 – Take Charge Glenda = The daughter of Tapit is bred to fire at first asking.

Race #3 – #4 – Tempt Fate = 3rd off the layoff and takes a drop-in class. – He is 3/3 ITM at OP.

Race #6 – #4 – Friar’s Road = Blinkers on this son of Quality Road and has a sharp work under her belt. ***** Best Bet ******

Race #8 – #5 – Fra Mauro = Asmussen and Santana team up and they win 19% as a team. – 2/3 ITM at OP and ran a game 2nd last out.

Race #10 – #11 – Rushie = Ships in from SA and ran 2nd last out to Charlatan. – His first effort he faced Thousand Words. – facing lesser makes him dangerous.

Race#11 – #8 – Anneau D’Or = Toss out the last race and this is a tough player. – Blinkers off get the barn a 31% win clip.

Race  #12 – #4 – Mr. Freeze = A true speed demon who can wire the field with a clean break. This Romans trainee was very impressive at GP last out.

Race #13 – #8 – Fast Enough = Been off 2 months and should relish the added the distance. Check out the last bullet and you’ll see a ready runner.

Race #14 – #14 – River Echo = 2nd off the layoff and fresh off the claim. – He is 1/1 at OP and made his way through traffic to get the win.

 

Enjoy the day and you can start the countdown of 128 days until Derby 146. – Best of luck, and be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the most definitive data. You will get a glimpse of how the race will take shape with the easy-to-use color-coded tiers that can be used by hardcore players and first-time users. – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies!

Derby, Interrupted

The weather forecast was perfect for the weekend. This would have been the starting point for my handicapping methods. First weather, and onward from there. – The Kentucky Derby, first held in 1875 at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, it is the longest-running sports event in the United States. Dubbed the “Run for the Roses,” the Derby features three-year-old Thoroughbreds racing over a 1 1/4 distance. – Over 150,000 fans pack into the monstrous facility and watch as a stampede of runners tries to etch their names in the history books.

The Derby was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of explorer of William Clark of Lewis and Clark expedition fame. Clark, who was inspired by horse races he’d seen in Europe, raised the money to build Churchill Downs. – In 1872, Clark traveled to Europe, where he visited leading horse-racing sites in England and France. He was inspired by England’s Epsom Downs racecourse, home since 1780 of the Derby Stakes, a 1 1/2 race for three-year-old horses organized by the 12th Earl of Derby and his friends. Clark returned home to Kentucky, founded the Louisville Jockey Club, and raised money to construct a racetrack on land donated by his uncles, Henry and John Churchill. Famed for throwing extravagant parties, Clark envisioned his racetrack as a place where the city’s stylish residents would gather.

Thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the inaugural Derby were black, and black riders played a dominant role in the race’s early years. Between 1875 and 1902, eleven black jockeys rode 15 of the winning horses.

However, by the early 20th century, prejudice and jealousy of these jockeys’ success resulted in African-American riders largely disappearing from horse racing. Jimmy Winkfield, the last black jockey to win the Derby, did so in 1901 and 1902. – Another change to the Derby that occurred in its early years was the shortening of the race. In 1896, following complaints by some members of the racing community that the distance was too long, the event was reduced from 1 1/2 miles to 1 1/4 miles, the length it remains today.

In 1902, a new management team took over Churchill Downs that included Martin “Matt” Winn, a Louisville native and larger-than-life promoter who was instrumental in transforming the Derby from a local event into America’s most iconic horse race. -In 1908, Winn, who eventually started using the honorary title “Colonel,” played a key role in introducing a new system of placing bets at Churchill Downs, replacing human bookmakers with French pari-mutuel machines, a move that proved popular with race fans. -Winn also started the publicity-generating practice of inviting celebrities to the Derby and advocated broadcasting the race on the radio, something other racing executives thought it would hurt attendance numbers.

In 1925, the Derby aired on network radio for the first time; and afterward, attendance continued to grow. 1949 marked the first year the Derby was locally televised. Three years later, in 1952, the Kentucky Derby made its debut on national TV.

As hoards of race-goers, people watchers, gamblers, and celebrities gathered on the hallowed grounds. – The melting pot of humanity all came together on this glorious day. The first Saturday in May was a time when men from all walks would stand shoulder-to-shoulder and celebrate the Thoroughbred.

Many sporting events were canceled during the Great Depression or during the World Wars, as the official race website reads. The race often referred to as ‘The Run for the Roses’ and has continuously produced the most exciting two minutes in sports’ uninterrupted. – Even a postponement would be an oddity. – This came to fruition when it was postponed in January 1945 during WWII, and a complete ban on racing was instituted on January 3rd, 1945. – Nazi Germany surrendered on May 8th, and the organizers scrambled to put on the show. 65,000 fans filled the stands on June 9th for the 71st “Run for the Roses.”

In 2020, the Kentucky Derby will be postponed until the first Saturday in September. – We have 128 days from the time of this writing, and I’m counting the days. This weekend won’t be the same without the Oaks and Derby, but the times are uncertain.  Live Thoroughbred racing returns on May 11, 2020, to Churchill Downs. – The only change will be no spectators on track. We will still be able to watch and wager on the races with no roaring crowds. – If that’s the worst thing to happen. Bring it on! – I want to watch the ponies. We’ll have great coverage on TVG, FS1, and NBCSN or your favorite ADW or computer device. It’s the only sport to wager on. – It was postponed, but the show will go on.

 

 

First Saturday in September

I know, it sounds crazy. But, in the times of Corona-19, it may be the new norm for a while. – This Saturday would have been Kentucky Derby 146. – We just need to sit back, chill out, and wait for the ponies. They’ll be heading to post in about four months.

Churchill Downs has been conducting the race since 1875, and they went to post during The Great Depression and two World Wars. “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is the longest continuously held sporting event in America. The first Saturday in May is a special time for horseplayers. This rite of spring is special in many ways. “My Old Kentucky Home,” Mint Juleps, the beautiful roses. – There are not many places more beautiful than Churchill Downs on this day.

Has it ever been postponed?

Every year, thousands of people block off the first weekend in May on their calendars to ensure they can make it to Churchill Downs to partake in all the exciting Kentucky Derby festivities. However, in January 1945, the government issued a total ban on horse racing because of World War II. All the workers, supplies, and funds put towards executing a major horse race were redirected to help fight the war. Many believed the race wouldn’t be run at all. Luckily, the horse racing ban was lifted in May of the same year.

Kentucky Derby organizers scrambled to find a way to recommence the event. Ultimately, the 71st running of the Kentucky Derby was held just two months after its original date, on June 9, 1945. Prior to the postponement of the 2020 race, this is the only other time in history that “The Run for the Roses” has been postponed.

Has Mother Nature ever played a part in postponing the race?

The Kentucky Derby has never been postponed or canceled due to bad weather. Churchill Downs consistently reiterates that the event is held rain or shine. In 2018, rain poured all day long and the 144th Kentucky Derby race still went off without a beat. All 157,000 spectators continued to cheer and enjoy their Derby Day – just wearing ponchos and rain boots!

Delayed races, however, are a possibility if the track is extremely flooded or lightning is occurring at the same time the race is supposed to go off. – I remember standing in the soaking rain waiting for Smarty Jones to etch his name in the history books.

Whatcha’ gonna’ do this Saturday?

How about a small party in honor of the big race? – Maybe a grill out, and make some adult beverages ( Mint Juleps). – There will be a “Fantasy Derby.” – Check out (HRRN) Horse Racing Radio Network @ horseracingradio.net – There will be a full-field of 20 and it will be on Sirius Radio 219, XM 201, and streamed live on site. – Go ahead and check it out now! – You can do family “pool bets” by picking a name out of the hat and enjoy the race. Guaranteed to get your inner-horseplayer ready for post time! – Live racing at Oaklawn Park offers up two Arkansas Derby races! – Live racing is the only wagering sport to taking place and it’s been shown on TVG, FS1, and NBCSN. Check your local listings for the entire race card. – It may not be the traditional Derby, but it will do until the first Saturday in September arrives. – My guess would be the largest Derby handle in history. Colonel Matt Winn would be happy watching from the heavens over the Twin Spires that day!

Have a libation, and sit back and enjoy yourself at home. – We’re all in this together and why not enjoy the racing on tap? – Oaklawn Park will have an incredible card and Winning Ponies will be ready and waiting with the one-of-a-kind E-Z Win Forms to make your day a winner. With over $2,065,249 in exotic winners to date, there is no better time to watch and wager from home with the best handicapping data for the sport. 

Check-in Thursday @ 8pm EDT for the Winning Ponies Internet Show with John Engelhardt. He’ll be breaking down the weekend races and talking Derby with you! – If you miss the live broadcast, it can be found on the Winning Ponies tab to catch the podcast.

Be sure to check in Friday for some free selections to whet your appetite for the big Saturday race card!

The Derby is just a few months away, and in the meantime, there has never been a better time to build your bankroll. – Be safe, and best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies!

 

 

The End of an Era

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 25, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

On a cold rainy morning, a magical place in my life was cleared away. Swept into the pages of history for many fans, but for me, it was much more. This was the place where my love of horse racing began. For me, it was more than just an old building, it was a monument that held a million cherished memories.

My love affair began long ago. I would travel out as a youngster with my parents. My brother Don and I would stay in the car with my Mom as she would bring a bucket of chicken. We would do homework, play ball with the other racetrack youth, and grow up 20 minutes at a time in between races.

When the day came when I could go inside with Dad it was magical from the first trip. – I watched and rooted for his horses. If he was doing well on the night I would get to make a $2 place bet on my favorite horse. – That was the beginning of my affair.

Over the years, I would get to make the once or twice a week trek with Dad and Papaw. We would drive out for the last three of four races. They stopped charging admission and we scooted in for the final four. – I started my wagering getting to make a couple place wagers. I started to follow the entries in the paper. It had an enormous section called “The Racing Edition” covering Latonia (Turfway Park) with complete charts. – I guess it’s fair to say these were my first lessons in handicapping along with my Dad showing me more with every trip.

As my love grew, so did my knowledge. – Nothing better than going to the races. Most teenagers wanted to hang with friends and swig warm beer in someone’s basement. Me, I wanted to see the ponies. – I was given $20 per week to go out on Saturday to play the races. All I had to do was have good grades and not get into trouble. Included in my bankroll was my lunch money saved as I jogged home to eat lunch. – In the summers I cut grass, raked leaves, and shoveled snow. A horseplayer’s muse called and a small bankroll was needed.

My first job at the races was in 1986 when Jerry Carroll purchased the old Latonia Race Course and renamed it, Turfway Park. –  I wasn’t paid a king’s ransom but it had me going to the races five nights a week. – The friends and memories made are worth the gold in Fort Knox as a parking lot attendant.

Over the years I moved up a peg or two. Eventually, it became my full-time job. – I was the director of parking, admissions, and eventually Race Book Manager / Player Development Director. – I had the opportunity to do weekend radio shows in the Cincinnati market and on-air handicapping. These times were pure gold and eventually lead to other positions in racing.

I had horses that ran over the oval, made friends who have stood the test of time, and not a day goes by that I would wish for another ride in the backseat with my Dad and Papaw heading out for the last four races. – This huge building was my foundation. I grew up there as many have and this simple building played a role in my life. – As the wrecking crew begins the future plans with CDI are ready to start. A new day. As in 1959 when Latonia opened the doors. Churchill will have a new state-of-the-art facility ready for racing in 2021. – There will be racing next year, but the building will not be ready. A smaller place to watch and wager along with an off-track site will have live racing in Northern Kentucky. – Until then, I’ll be waiting to see you at the races.

 

 

 

Tough Times – Tougher People

If you’re the dealer, I’m out of the game. If you are the healer I’m broken and lame. If Thine is the glory mine is the shame. If you want it darker, than we kill the flame. – Leonard Cohen. 

Every morning is like the movie Groundhog Day. – I check my phone or find my desk calendar to see what day it is. – Social media keeps us all in touch, and I really look forward to reading Facebook. – After reading about horses, sales, plans, and racing. I’ll peruse my usual spots for racing news. Some of the best places are  “groups” where people who share the love of our sport to gather and talk about horses. It’s our place to speak of our love of racing.

Stephen Romano has a Facebook site “Horse Racing Forum of America” dedicated to the love of the game and the loyal fans.  – There are morning birthday wishes accompanied by an upbeat feel. Great way to start the day. – You’ll hear his thick New York accent speaking of great days at the races, favorite riders, and a multitude of friends, Nothing better to start the morning.

As of late, there have been some pretty dark words. Not that our leader has turned sour, but a passionate voice speaking about what’s going on. – That’s the hard stuff. You know he’d rather be talking about Belmont or making plans for Saratoga. I love all of the pics he posts about his friends in racing. The riders, trainers, owners, and TV hosts. Stephen is a fan of the game in the truest sense. He’s the kind of guy you love to spend a day at the races with.

I’ve noticed he has spoken from the heart many times. – This tears me apart watching our fellow brothers and sisters hurt to the core. How he tried to implore others to follow the rules and shelter in place. An update on who has come in contact with the novel virus, and ones we have lost. I could see it in his eyes and hear the darkness of the moment.

He longs for a bad day at the races versus daily worries of life. Man, that would be a big win right now.

As we try to keep a sense of equanimity. I would suggest thinking about when the dust settles. – What tracks are you going to hit first? Are you going to make a trip to visit that special oval you always wanted to see? – The answer is yes! My list grows by the day, and I’m going to drive the tires off my car going to the track. Yes, it will come back, and we’ll fall in love all over again. In the meantime, here are a few things to do to keep you involved.

Use social media to stay in touch with other fans in “groups” who share the love of racing. – Call your buddy and hash over the day’s races. – Watch the big weekend races and relish the return to normalcy. Check-in each and every Thursday @ 8pm EDT for the Winning Ponies Internet Show, and if you miss it, go back and check it out on the podcast. John Englehardt brings you the action with some of the biggest names in racing. – Free selections are posted ( and we did pretty well last weekend!) – Go ahead and download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the most comprehensive handicapping data. There’s never a bad time to build your bankroll.

Trust me, this too shall pass. – We’re all in this together and relish every time a track goes to post. – It’s time to feel good and enjoy the action. – From your friends at Winning Ponies, best of luck, and be safe. 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Selections – Saturday, April 18, 2020

Trapped at home? – Not much to do? – Download your E-Z Win Forms and head to the track. Or, just put on your lucky cap and head over to the computer. – Yeah, it’s not the same, but it will be a day of action-packed Thoroughbred coming your way. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better. Here are some free selections to whet your appetite for some red-hot runners! – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies!

 

 

Gulfstream Park

 

Race #3 – Cat’s Astray = She ran as fast closing 2nd as the beaten chalk last out and is 5/8 ITM at GP. – Miguel Vasquez should have her right on the pace.

Race #4 – #1 – Chase Runner = Son of Big Brown has been knocking on the door and the rail is winning 19%. – He’ll be right on the leader’s heels. – He is 4/5 ITM at the distance.

Race #6 – #7 – Big Spender = 3rd off the layoff making a drop class. – The trainer wins 24% 3rd time off the shelf. – Emisael Jaramilo in the irons and he wins 20% with early runners.

Race #10 – #2 – Blood Moon = Son of Malibu Moon for Danny Gargan coming off a two-month layoff. – Drops in class and was claimed two races back. Gargan wins 26% 2nd time off the claim.

 

 

Oaklawn Park

 

Race#1 – #4 – Wenyen = Drops in class for Robertino Diodoro taking off the blinkers where the barn scores at a 36% clip.

Race #2 – #9 – Metropole = Son of Shackleford dropping down two class levels where trainer Brad Cox wins 33%. – He gets added distance from 6f to 1 1/16. – 2nd off the layoff yields a 29% win clip. Solid play on the card.

Race #7 – #5 – Dressman = Ships in from Santa Anita and been knocking on the door. He adds blinkers where Bob Baffert wins 32% putting them back on. He’s been off 49 days and looks ready to fire.

Race #8 – #2 – Flagstaff = John Sadler trainee making a 3rd off the layoff move. Bullet works in the morning and the red-hot Joel Rosario in the irons is a plus as he is winning 38% at the meet.

Race #10 – #12 – Go Google Yourself = She is 2/2 at OP with wins and trainer Paul McGee wins 22% with graded stakes. – She is 9/9 ITM at the distance and should stalk just off the pace at a big price.