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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Horseplayer News & Opinion From Across the Web

A lot of HANA members have blogs, and/or comments, and a few of them caught our eye today.

First, John Doyle (who has always been a huge help to HANA) talks about the Del Mar meet with Lenny Moon over at Equinometry.

" The weather doesn’t change much at Del Mar. A morning marine layer burns off and the track warms up during the day. Sometimes, when it’s really hot, the track will get dry and be difficult to read, like I stated above. If a cloud cover remains and temperatures are a bit cooler, it plays more conventional with normal biases. But, like anything else, do your own homework – handicap the races, note the results and watch how competing horses come back to run the next time. There is no substitute for your own visuals; it’s one of the few edges left in the game."

John talks about shippers, trainers and much more.

Moving over to Saratoga, Rich (who has also been helping out on HANA's Facebook and Twitter pages) has his own blog. He talks today about some angles at the Spa, and what to look for over the next several weeks.

" However, there is always a range of days at Saratoga when the speed bias not only disappears but the track starts to strongly favoring closers. This is one of the most important times of the meet for the serious player. Catch on to this reverse bias early enough and you could “make your entire meet” in a matter of days."

Scott over at his blog chats about how some tracks with Racino cash do not commit to the player as much as they should. 

Last up, a HANA board member penned an article in the Thoroughbred Daily News, regarding takeout and new methods to fund the sport in the UK, versus here in North America:

"Racing in North America, in my opinion, needs to protect what's best for purses in the long term, by looking at their margins, and setting rates not based on what they've always done, but where they want to go. If they do, perhaps purse levels will be sustainable and growing, instead of shrinking, while heavily relying on band-aids, like slots, or instant racing subsidies for survival."

This is on page 17 and the document is a PDF.

If you are a horseplayer and you have a blog or an article, please pass it along to Rich on our Facebook page, or say hi on our twitter account. We'd love to hear from you.

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