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Friday, January 8, 2010
I wish to inform everyone since I now have my New Horse Racing Community forum on-line, I will no longer be updating my Blog site here as I am spending all my time administering my new site. However, I will continue to do the same & more at my community forum. I will have my Free selections & Picks with the latest news of the day as well. I have many sub forums for all you racing needs & up to date info. Please feel free to drop by & register as a member in what is becoming the best experience for horse racing on the net! Look forward to having you & I'll be seeing all of you in the Winners Circle!
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
UltimateSelector.com is up & running,
we have gone "Live" on the net as of
early this am!
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Take a look see ride thru all the rooms in the forum.
I hope you enjoy the visit & like what you see!
All feedback is welcome!
I look forward to making available the best horse racing community on the net!
It's where you can meet everyone of your horse racing needs & more.
I Appreciate all my readers & viewers, This is who I have done this all for!
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Monday, January 4, 2010
I wanted to give everyone an update on my new horse forum site at UlimateSelector.com
Handi & I have been working into the late hours of the morning every nite. At this point we are learning how to do all this thru trial & error. My official intro page is almost done. I have a great programmer working on this. It should be done this week sometime. Then this will be the 1st to go up to announce my site.
I have picked out our new forum & the look & feel of it is nice. I hope you all like it & will enjoy it.
Now that we have our home picked out we have been working on picking the colors to paint our home & the rooms that we will be adding to accommodate all of our information & new video for my show. We have a bit to go as we are learning as we go along. We have made great strides and will be working hard till it's just right. So all of my time is now been towards this big project, so please forgive me for not updating my blogs so we can move into our new home & have everything under 1 roof!
Till then best of Luck & see ya in the Winners Circle!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The rules are supposed to be that betting stops when the bell sounds and the starting gate opens..
But it isn’t that simple in thoroughbred racing.
At the start of every race, a racing steward closes betting by pushing a button that shuts down the system. But sometimes it doesn’t work that well, like in 2007 a Lexington man at Keeneland Race Course bet on a New Orleans race after the start.And even legitimate bets placed before the start may not be logged until afterwards, causing the odds to fluctuate during the race and prompting doubts about the system’s integrity.
Changes recommended by a committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission earlier this year include shutting down betting when the toteboard says zero minutes to post — typically a couple minutes before the start of the race. Currently, betting is to close when the horses actually break from the gate.
A vote on the proposed changes was tabled at the commission’s October meeting – after some contentious debating.
Commission chairman Bob Beck, a Lexington equine attorney, said earlier this month that the issue isn’t dead. It will be a focus of the agency’s newly hired supervisor of pari-mutuel wagering, Greg Lamb, who joined Dec. 1, he said.
It’s a thorny problem for the industry at large and Kentucky thoroughbred racing, which saw $1.2 billion bet on its races last year and $251 million wagered from Kentucky tracks on races elsewhere.
Proponents say Kentucky should take a stand for wagering integrity and if it means gamblers put more money on other states’ races, the shift would be temporary.
Opponents – namely racetracks – say it’s too big of a gamble and that the idea would cost Kentucky thousands of dollars in wagering and tax revenue. Many horse players make their bets in the final minutes before a race starts.
But the current system has created – at a minimum a perception problem among bettors, Beck said.“It is in the best interest of racing generally for the players to be completely comfortable with the system, and if they perceive some shortcomings in the system then I think it is incumbent upon us to do some investigation and address those shortcomings if they’re there,” he said.
Racetrack operators have criticized the proposal, saying it would reduce betting, race purses and state tax revenues, by cutting off the large volume of money that is bet in the final minutes before the start of a race. Bettors might instead,wager on tracks where they can have more time to bet, they said.
Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs, said the racetrack saw on-track betting drop 20 percent in 2002 when wagers were cut off before post time — a move that Churchill and other tracks implemented, and shortly abandoned, following a wagering scandal in that year's Breeders' Cup.
Flanery also said the proposed fix may not address the public perception of a problem, since the technology by which bets are taken wouldn't be changing — meaning odds could still change after the close of wagering because of delayed reporting.Committee member Mike Maloney, a full-time horseplayer from Lexington, said that gains in integrity — with bettors being able to see odds they could trust before the race’s start — would outweigh what he believed would be short-term downturns in betting. Committee members said they hoped other states would follow suit.
I would have liked to have seen something happen” already, he said. “I’m still hopeful that we’ll get there eventually.”
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, a investigative offshoot of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America said Dec. 17 that it has developed a strategy for racetracks and commissions to address perceived issues, but details are not being released for security reasons.
Ned Bonnie, a racing commissioner and member of the Kentucky committee, said he’s glad the protective bureau is working on the problem, but said the wagering integrity issues are still a long way from being solved.
Maloney went public in 2007 with his own experience of being able to make bets at Keeneland Race Course on a race at Fair Grounds in New Orleans well after it had started. A track spokesman at the time said that a shut-off button malfunctioned and that betting was stopped partway through the race by someone in the tote department.
Since then, Maloney has campaigned to improve wagering integrity. Maloney said the solutions proposed by the committee were the best available.“The perfect solution would be to spend the money to upgrade the tote system,” Maloney said. “There are drawbacks to any fix that you come up with that’s short of having a state-of-the-art tote system. It wasn’t a perfect fix. It was just something that after a lot of discussion and a lot of work we thought was the best alternative at this time.”
Friday, January 1, 2010
I am pleased to announce that I have my new forum site online.
Handi & I have been working long late hours developing my blueprint.
I have my temporary intro page set up during construction time.
I hope to have the foundation & forum set up within the next week.
We will then be tweaking & debugging & decorating & painting our new Home.
This will be the Mother of all horse forums on the net!
Please feel free to drop by ...
Thank You all for your continued support!
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Santa Anita Park has announced the addition of a new on-line handicapping contest, "Winvivor," beginning Jan. 1.
According to a press release from the California track, the contest will "complement" the "Showvivor" handicapping contest, a free contest offered for the past two years. Participation is free and Winvivor contestants will be required to select one horse per day to finish first in a race of their choosing.
"Showvivor has been very popular with our fans and we feel that Winvivor could be a big hit as well," said Santa Anita vice president of marketing, Allen Gutterman, in the release. "By virtue of the fact that you’ll have to pick a winner each day instead of a horse that finishes first, second or third, it’s obviously going to be tougher for people to stay ‘alive’ with Winvivor, but we think it has the potential to create some added interest, which is always good. Showvivor has proven itself to be a great way for our fans from all over the country to stay in touch with our racing product here, and we feel that will be the case with Winvivor as well. "
Both contests will offer $2,500 to the winner. All selections must be registered on-line no later than 10 minutes before first post time at Santa Anita..
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Zenyatta says goodbye to Santa Anita.
Santa Anita’s traditional opening day of Dec. 26 brought out 35,292 to watch a pair of grade I races and to honor Zenyatta and John Henry. The crowd was the largest in the last 10 years of opening days at the “Great Race Place.”
The throng enthusiastically cheered Jerry and Ann Mosses' undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Zenyatta who was paraded in front of the grandstand and into the winner’s circle by jockey Mike Smith after the day’s sixth race. It marked her last scheduled public appearance before heading for the breeding shed in Kentucky.
Zenyatta climaxed her brilliant career with a 14th consecutive triumph when defeating males in the Nov. 7 $5-million Classic co-hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita.Earlier in the afternoon marking Santa Anita’s diamond anniversary, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally helped to unveil a life-sized bronze statue of John Henry, sculpted by Nina Kaiser. The likeness of the revered gelding, who won 12 stakes at Santa Anita during the 1980s while conditioned by McAnally, will permanently stand near the track paddock.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Jockey Glenn Corbett
Christmas came a little early for jockey Glenn Corbett, who reached the 3,000-win milestone Dec. 22 aboard the aptly named Souvenir Winner in the fourth race at Turf Paradise.
"It's a milestone, to be sure, and it feels that way," said the 44-year-old Corbett, originally of Atlanta and now a resident of Phoenix.
He guided Souvenir Winner, a 17-10 favorite in the $6,250-$8,000 claiming race at six furlongs, to a front-running 1 1/2-length triumph. The 3-year-old gelding is owned by Jere Brinkerhoff and trained by Val Brinkerhoff.
Corbett started riding in 1985, his first victory coming at Penn National Race Course. He has ridden in 19,120 races.
"In this sport, you take it one win at a time," Corbett said, "so I'll continue to chip away, one win at a time, and see how far I can go."
The leading rider at Turf Paradise in 2007, Corbett ranks second at the Phoenix track's current meet with 43 wins in 181 mounts through Dec. 22. He has won four stakes at the meet and 173 in his career, mostly at Turf Paradise and Prairie Meadows.
He rode Lusty Latin to a 15th-place finish in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and has another prospect for next season in Uh Oh Bango, who ran second in the rich Boyd Gaming’s Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) on Dec. 4."The first question people ask when they find out you're a jockey is, 'Have you ridden in the Kentucky Derby?' " said Corbett. "As a rider, once you've experienced the thrill of riding in the Derby, you dream of going back. If all goes well, Uh Oh Bango will take me there again."
Monday, December 21, 2009
The head of the New York Racing Association insists he is not threatening cancellation of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) next year if the state does not quickly award an operator for the long-stalled Aqueduct casino project.
But Charles Hayward, NYRA’s president, would like it to be known that the racing entity risks running out of money by next June — and that the Belmont Stakes is set for June 5.
“There’s not a threat there," Hayward said Dec. 21. Still, if his ratcheting up of talk about NYRA having to shut down forces state leaders to end the stalemate over a VLT operator at Aqueduct, Hayward is not objecting.
“Sometimes you need to be a little more direct to help people understand what the circumstances are," Hayward said in an interview.
Gov. David Paterson and state legislative leaders have been stuck for months over who to choose from a list of five bidding groups to run the Aqueduct casino, which was first approved for a gambling facility back in 2001.
The state is losing an estimated $400 million a year. And NYRA, along with horsemen and breeders, is losing at least $60 million a year from the VLT delay.
NYRA’s latest fiscal problem is not a new one. It is facing another cash flow crisis brought about by dwindling handle, the unkept promises of VLT revenue sharing money, and funds owed by other entities, such as $14 million from New York City Off Track Betting Corp.
When NYRA won a new franchise term in 2008 to run Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks, it gave up its ownership claims to the three tracks in return for another three decades of operating the tracks along with millions from the state. One of those pots was $30 million from the state to help NYRA bridge its finances until a new VLT operator was selected.
But that deal called for a new VLT casino to be up and running by last March. If a VLT operator is selected soon, Hayward said NYRA can negotiate with that company to provide financing to NYRA so it's solvent next year. If there are more delays, the NYRA chief did not rule out having to ask Albany for another bailout.
The problem, though, is that the state is facing another multi-billion-dollar deficit next year and, in an election year, it would be a heavy lift for the governor and lawmakers to provide money to a racetrack operator at a time when they might be cutting funding for public schools and hospitals.
Hayward said NYRA planned on ending the year with $15 million on hand, but — with NYCOTB holding back $4 million in payments — will finish out 2009 with about $11 million. But that black ink will turn red by next June at the latest, Hayward estimated — all of which would have been avoided had the state selected a VLT operator.
“It’s not our fault there’s no VLT operator," Hayward said.
The NYRA boss chose not to blame any current state leaders, but said much blame can be pointed to former Gov. George Pataki. Hayward said the Pataki administration’s dislike for NYRA scuttled a deal NYRA had with MGM Mirage that would have, in the end, brought far more money to NYRA and the state than any deal the state might end up with from the current bids on the table.
Hayward said the “day has passed" when NYRA would jump back in and ask the state to let NYRA handle the VLT process. “It seems to me that the political leaders understand that this has to get done," Hayward said.
There are other concerns, though. The VLT bidding process has been anything but clean. Terms have changed, bidders have been allowed to change offers after supposed deadlines, and there have been stark differences in this bidding process compared to most state contracts. All that has led to much speculation that the state, no matter who it selects, has opened itself up to litigation from a losing bidder. That, then, could further delay the racino opening.
Hayward said NYRA has no favorite among the bidders. “We have some significant reservation about Aqueduct Entertainment Group, but we won’t comment further on that," Hayward said of the entity whose major partners include Navegante Group of Las Vegas.
How serious is NYRA about no Belmont Stakes next year? Hayward said there have been no contingency plans to deal with possibly canceling the race. Asked if any ideas have been floated to hold the event at another location if it had to be scuttled, Hayward said: “I don’t think we’d undertake that. I don’t know how we’d do that to be honest.
“It’s still our plans to run the Belmont stakes," he said.
Hayward said NYRA will try to further cut costs, but he noted NYRA administration went without raises in 2009 and will not have any next year.
But he could not rule out the race not occurring if the financial issues are not resolved. “We’re not putting a gun to anybody’s head. We’re just saying the facts," he said.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The 21-year-old native of the
Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., and Kent Desormeaux for most wins on a single card at
“I always like my horses,”
to-1 or even money, we have a chance to win.”
“Some people have compared him to a young Laffit Pincay,” said
Heavy rainfall in South Florida Dec. 18 forced officials at Gulfstream Park to take immediate action to protect horses and people. About 600 horses were relocated to other area stabling facilities and there was an evacuation of one backstretch dormitory.
In addition, track maintenance personnel also worked to seal the track and clear drains.
The horses moved from the 12 barns at the track were sent to other nearby locations, including Palm Meadows, Payson Park, and Calder Race Course.
"Our first concern is the safety of horses and horsemen," said track president Ken Dunn. "Once the water subsides, we can assess all individual needs to provide more specific assistance."
A release from the track said the Florida Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association was assisting the track in providing meals for the displaced backstretch workers. Late Dec. 18, officials were also considering both on-site and off-site housing options for the dormitory residents, the release said.
Dunn said that Gulfstream officials were hopeful training could resume the morning of Dec. 19 and that once the weather front had cleared the area, an evaluation would be made to determine the damage and what needs to be done before the track opens its season Jan. 3.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
To Joey P!
Winner! 1st Place Prize Money of $25.00
We had fun & enjoyed participating with you all!
Look to do it all again tomorrow nite!
Till then may the Horse be with you & see ya in the Winners Circle!
Who can play? .. Anyone
Handiman & I have decided to treat our viewers & readers with a nite of Appreciation & Fun on my "Live" Web Show! Anyone can play. The rules are straight forward & simple ...
1) Player MUST play every race 1-10
2) Player picks 1 horse per race only!
3) Players will post their pick in my Chat box & I will score them.
4) Player Selection must run 1st or 2nd or 3rd to score.
Whatever the mutual payout is we just add them up for all 10 races.
5) Winner is player who scores the highest mutuals for all 10 races.
6) Winner receives $25.00 thru Pay Pal after the races are over.
My "Live" Show starts at 6pm Sat Nite.
Hope to see you all there!
Best of Luck & let's see who wants to take our money!
Ultimate Selector! & Handiman
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