Archive for January, 2009

Is The River Dry?

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 24, 2009 in News | No Comments >>

Its 85th season might be the finale for River Downs. After a fifth straight year of operating losses at the Anderson Township horse track, General Manager Jack Hanessian said the facility will close if state leaders fail to expand gaming options for the track in 2009. “We’re committed to racing this year,” Hanessian said. “If […]

Milemarker Number 4000 and Counting….

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 20, 2009 in News | 2 Comments >>

Jockey Stewart Elliott reached the milestone of 4,000 North American wins on Jan. 18th, when he guided Jake’s Bandaid to a victory in the seventh race at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack. Elliott, 43, began riding at the Pennsylvania racetrack back in 1981 when it was known as Keystone Park. He learned to ride from […]

Trust Who?

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 20, 2009 in News | No Comments >>

The Hinsdale Greyhound Park’s president and chief executive is denying that he ever told state gambling regulators that bettors would be paid if the track went bankrupt and closed its doors. The track filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, leaving hundreds of bettors across the country at risk of losing a half-million dollars they […]

Weekend 3-Year-Old Report

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 20, 2009 in General Discussion, Kentucky Derby, News | No Comments >>

How would “The Pamplemousse” look on the list of Kentucky Derby winners, alongside such immortal names as Whirlaway, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Citation and Affirmed? Trainer Julio Canani and jockey Alex Solis think the odd name fits just fine – especially after the Kentucky-bred son of Kafwain upset odds-on favorite Square Eddy to win Saturday’s $100,000 […]

Iron Man

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 18, 2009 in General Discussion, News | No Comments >>

For Terry Wallace, it’s 19,089 consecutive races and counting. Or, 34 consecutive seasons and counting. Whichever way you count it, the streak is impressive and apparently unprecedented. Wallace has called every race at Oaklawn Park since 1975 – the same year John Wooden coached his last basketball game at UCLA, Saturday Night Live premiered and […]

Let’s Get It On!

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 16, 2009 in General Discussion, News | No Comments >>

Defending champion Richard Goodall heads a record field of 301 horseplayers, who will gather at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa on Jan. 23rd-24th, to vie for horse racing’s official title of “Handicapper of the Year” and a first-place prize of $500,000, in the $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC). “We are […]

Speed Trap?

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 16, 2009 in General Discussion, Handicapping | No Comments >>

The bottom line is that the only time to look for early speed this season on the inner track is when the surface is very wet and sealed. The first few days of racing at the newly minted Gulfstream meet have been surprising as well. Early speed has not done any better at the Miami-area […]

A Day At The Beach

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 16, 2009 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping | No Comments >>

Get it right here… That’s right, is going to pass out a sweet runner that needs a hard glance before wagering. Race #8 / The Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, is a solid $100,000 turf event for 3-year-olds.  The race offers: exacta, trifecta, superfecta and daily double wagering. This affair turns up a […]

No More Pepper

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 16, 2009 in News | No Comments >>

Peppers Pride, who holds the modern day American record for consecutive wins, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for breeder/owner Joe Allen. She is booked to Tiznow. The 6-year-old New Mexico-bred mare won all 19 races. Fourteen of those wins came in stakes and all were restricted. A daughter of Desert God, […]

Back In The Saddle Again

by Ed Meyer

posted on January 15, 2009 in General Discussion, News | 2 Comments >>

After winning the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner in 2005, Gill greatly reduced his vast equine holdings that included as many as 450 horses in training, 30 broodmares, and 50 foals and yearlings. He ended his self-imposed exile last spring by opening up his checkbook to go on claiming sprees at several tracks. Gill’s goal […]