Terry's Blog

 

Playing the Europeans

August 12, 2011

Since Oaklawn does not have either a turf course or synthetic course, learning to play the horses over those surfaces has been a major challenge for our simulcast players. This weekend the challenge is more evident than ever because this is the weekend of the Arlington Million Festival and the Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga. They are top horses, some with the confusing European form, and they have success which is often difficult to decipher for our players. Read More

 

Arlington Million Week

August 08, 2011

Once upon a time the Arlington Million stood alone as a $1 million race in America. As such it had a very special place on the American racing calendar. To veteran racetrackers, like myself, it still has an important place in American racing, since it is the only racing event of its type, which attracts some outstanding European-raced horses annually and is raced in what is called the Heartland of America. Read More

 

The Struggle at Simulcast

August 05, 2011

Experiencing Simulcasting at the racetrack or OTB parlor makes the test so much more difficult than live racing. The choices are numerous and that was supposed to be the big plus. Instead it contributes, along with the hottest summer on record and the lack of real superstars in racing, to a very difficult challenge at best. In these troubling economic times, the simpler some things are, the better. I wish we could find ways to simplify the simulcast experience before the product dries up and disappears. Read More

 

Confusion Still Reigns

August 01, 2011

What I had hope for, a win for Alternation in the Jim Dandy, didn't happen. What did happen was that two new shooters got into the mix for the three-year-old championship and the likes of Blind Luck and Havre de Grace got one step closer to being Horse-of-the-Year. Read More

 

Some Really Good Racing News

July 26, 2011

If you were tired of hearing newscasters drone on about the bad things going on in the world, you can take some solace in news emanating from the racing world. Some good things are happening. And some of those are in places where you wouldn't expect. Read More

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