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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Why do I live in Minnesota, a state where the high temperature tomorrow is supposed to be -1, a state that once elected as governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura? Currently, snow begins to fall and my weather channel app tells me it feels like 2 degrees. Two degrees is an improvement over this morning when ...

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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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Looking Back on Arlington Million Day

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 | 22 AUG, 2013

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  “We all spend a lot of time being impressed by folks we’ve never met. And we spend even more time trying unsuccessfully to keep up with them. Trying to start up our own companies, our own products, our own film projects, books, and whatnot.” I have definitely been guilty of that myself. But I begin ...

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The State of Horse Racing

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 | 14 AUG, 2013

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It started with a coupon. I didn’t have a father or an uncle who brought me to the race track when I was a child. For me, it was a buy one, get one free coupon that brought me to Canterbury Park following my college years almost a decade ago. It was Jeff Maday, Media ...

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