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  • November 2014
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    Harry ‘The Hat’ Hacek’s View On SoCal Rider Venue; Loss of Hollypark Purses Impact National Standings

    Posted By Warren Eves on November 10, 2014

    By Harry “The Hat” Hacek The top California jockey in national earnings is Mike Smith. That places him seventh on the list.  The first six are New York-based.  What a telltale sign. Does anyone remember the glory years of Shoemaker, Pincay, McCarron, Delahoussaye, Hawley, Stevens or Desormeaux?  I wonder how they would have fared without Hollywood Park?  Probably just as the riders are doing today. I’ve said for many years we would never see the likes of such legends in California again. Jockeys simply don’t have the all-around great support system they once had.  Much to the contrary, three four and five-horse fields don’t allow many of them to earn big. Where do we start to point the finger of blame?  Greed, incompetence and denial is hard to overcome. How quickly the pendulum has changed.

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    Handicapper, Former Horse Owner David Ruth Vents; ‘No Way He Stays Up in New York, Florida or Kentucky’

    Posted By Warren Eves on November 5, 2014

    By Warren Eves David Ruth has done it all in horse racing. The one-time owner now living in Ohio was still fuming several days after the Breeders Cup Classic fiasco. “I intentionally waited until Sunday to send Santa Anita an e-mail,” says Ruth who frequented Las Vegas racebooks for years.  ”I did not want to taint what I said without having a chance to cool down.  I think it was the maddest I have ever been about a decision that I had absolutely no way to capitalize on financially.” Something happened on (more…)

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    Racetracks Cannot Survive on “Whale” Action Alone; Those 10-cent Superfectas Give “Greybeards” A Shot

    Posted By Warren Eves on October 14, 2014

    By Warren Eves The world that makes horse racing’s money wheel go around is not limited to whales. For those who are not familiar with the tag “whale.”  It’s a term Las Vegas places on a mega-buck gamblers. As the years have rolled by I have moved into the land of “gray beards.”  Last time I looked when I lived and played in Las Vegas, the race books were dominated by seniors with a myriad of grey domes. Let me try and get to the point of this column (more…)

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    Thirtysevenlives On Impressive in First Route Try; Carpe Diem Wins Claiborne Like He Could Be Special

    Posted By Warren Eves on October 5, 2014

    By Warren Eves You might want to monitor a juvenile named Thirtysevenliveson. Watched the re-run of Zayat Stable’s first try at two turning and it was a perfect example of grit and determination despite losing lots of ground at Keeneland on Oct., 4. The Dale Romans-trained colt was hung wide into the first turn. Thirtysevenliveson continued to lose ground over the new dirt course. Three-wide every step of the way he still dug in when obviously spent and was making slow late progress to be third. Thirtysevenliveson was bought for $675,000 and should benefit from his second career start. Later on the same card we also saw another impressive win by Carpe Diem in the Claiborne Breeders Futurity.   The colt who was bought at auction originally for $550,000 and purchased later for $1.6M looked worth the money. Ridden by John Velasquez Carpe (more…)

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    Filly Ring for Maddie Playable Next Time She Goes; Strong After The Wire Gallop Out Noted at Woodbine

    Posted By Warren Eves on August 28, 2014

    By Warren Eves We found a nugget while reviewing the August 27th eight-race card at Woodbine. A maiden three-year-old filly named Run for Maddie is playable when she re-surfaces. Here’s why. It was a maiden special weight race at six furlongs on their all weather surface.  After several looks I nearly put Olympic Talent on my playback list.  She came in after about 50 yards and bothered second foes, was hung wide, and kept digging when beat to be second to the wire. As most of you know I spend a (more…)

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    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/31/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 31, 2014

    The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that have an approximate 50% chance of finishing in the exacta. DMR Race 3:  #7 Valdirone SR None

    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/30/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 30, 2014

    There are none today at either track.  As I will be traveling over the next couple of weeks, this daily list will be hit or miss. Back to turf at DMR today.  I’ll catch up the stats but it’s only a matter of days before the return to the mean commences.

    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/27/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 27, 2014

    Off the turf at DMR today.  Too many breakdowns on their new course.  Tough to watch. The synth is not much better. After a pretty bad day, I’ll come right back with D’Amato today in R4 where #3 Passionville ships down and opens at 6/1. The following are not necessarily selections.  They are merely horses that share characteristics with a large sample of horses that tend to finish in the exacta 50% of the time.  Not so far at DMR, but the return to the mean will occur. DMR (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/26/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 26, 2014

    A couple of these Chalk Festivals ran second yesterday.  I’ll catch up on the stats tomorrow.  Busy day, today. D’Amato might be sitting on a big day. The following are not necessarily selections.  They are merely horses that have an approximate 50% chance of finishing in the exacta. DMR Race 2:  #10 Incline Village Race 4:  #2 Sunday Rules SR Race 4:  #1 Trappers Sand Race 6:  #7 Jack Jack Jack

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/25/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 25, 2014

    When Mickey Martin shows up in SoCal, I listen.  In Race 2 at DMR #3 Gnarly Dude goes first off the claim for the great NoCal based trainer.  Opens at 8/1. Chalk Festival continue their putrid ways but this is a very small sample and I’ve seen this before.  The proverbial return to the mean will occur. Opening Day at Santa Rosa – the only fair track that runs turf races. The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that have a 50% chance of finishing in the exacta.  This (more…)