Moving to Medium

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 | 23 JUN, 2014

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I am not a programmer. WordPress was supposed to be easy, but I still get frustrated with formatting issues. It happens even more now that we are in the age of mobile devices. Then I read about Medium. The man behind Blogger and then Twitter worked to bring us Medium. Google it if you want ...

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A Day at the Track: A Tale of Two Benches

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 | 11 MAY, 2014

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  “The racetrack is a place of incomparable beauty.” The makers of the HBO horse racing series Luck wrote that sentence, and I agree 100%. Even a lower level racetrack can be a beautiful place to spend a day. As summer approaches, I want to encourage you to spend your days at the racetrack. And not ...

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The Good Stuff: Four Stories for Every Horse Lover

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 | 14 APR, 2014

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  Everyone is writing about Steve Asmussen, PETA, or the Churchill Downs increase in takeout. I think the horse racing world needs a break from all the negativity. Horse racing needs to be reminded of all the good stuff in the sport. The layperson and the casual sports fan should know that the vast majority of ...

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The Return of Ip Man

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 | 6 APR, 2014

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The undefeated Emperor Max and Zac Spirit were battling down the stretch in the Kranji Sprint, the second leg of the Singapore Sprint Series. While viewers were caught up in this head-bobbing battle, they may have missed El Padrino flying from off the monitor to a nice third place finish in the race. Zac Spirit’s ...

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Binge-watching the HBO Series Luck

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 | 24 FEB, 2014

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  Great television fascinates me. Not reality television but scripted dramas. Much has been written about HBO and how they have changed the television industry with groundbreaking shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood. Currently, I am watching the fourth season of the HBO Series The Wire. I am convinced it is the greatest television show of all-time (not ...

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A Tough Time to Be A Stallion: Speightstown and the Global Economic Crisis

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 | 14 JAN, 2014

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A story about Speightstown’s climb to the top of the leading sires list is no headlining story. But this horse had a tough climb to the top. The son of Gone West now ranks 2nd overall in the 2013 general sires list, a close second to Kitten’s Joy. But when you look at the median sales ...

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Know Your Customers Intimately: Using Data Science in Racing and Gaming

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 | 7 JAN, 2014

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“I have no data yet,” writes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” Luckily, horse racing and gaming own piles of data. Data fill the pages of business ...

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Best Books from My 2013 Reading List

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 | 31 DEC, 2013

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Next to following horse racing, reading is my favorite time killer and in 2013 I spent a record amount of time with my books. I originally wrote this post in the middle of a brutally cold winter- cold even by Minnesota standards. So, I compiled a list of best books of 2013. Perhaps this list ...

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Do Horseplayers Need a Strike?

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 | 13 OCT, 2013

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I am becoming one of those disenchanted horseplayers. The kind that borders on quitting the game altogether because of the lack of leadership in the industry. The problem is that I am a younger horseplayer who falls on the fanatical side of the spectrum. How can I become frustrated so soon? Well, with too many ...

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Better Apps: Five Applications for the Horse Racing Industry

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 | 28 SEP, 2013

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  I’m infatuated with apps. Not just any apps, but specifically apps that stream either live or on-demand sports. I have killed several hours this fall experimenting with Big Ten2go, the NFL Sunday Ticket app and more. Horse racing has done an amazing job when it comes to watching live racing online and making it ...

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