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November 2017

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Welcome to our Saratoga preview issue!  We have a preview with NHC champion and Saratoga lifer Paul Matties Jr., Q & A's with David Aragona and Brian DiDonato, stats for jockeys, trainers, run styles, and posts (Del Mar too!), and plenty more to help you out!

Also in this issue, Rich Halvey talks about saving Santa Anita, Cangamble wonders what a commissioner could do, we explain the power of carryovers, and we'd like it if contests were left alone.  We also have the usual harness page and Quick Hits to round things out.

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The numbers have been tallied, and the 2017 edition of HANA's track ratings are now available.  This is the ninth annual edition of the track ratings, and we are proud to announce Kentucky Downs has been rated #1 for the third straight year.  They are followed by Suffolk, Keeneland, Saratoga, and Del Mar.

In this issue, in addition to the ratings, are some state of the industry Q & A's with handicappers, a Q & A with Craig Milkowski of TimeformUS about timing issues and run-up, and a piece on why now is a prime time for racing to innovate.  We also have a preview of the upcoming Molson Pace on the harness page, along with why The Meadowlands is making changes for the better by adding Dave Brower and Gabe Prewitt to their staff.

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This issue features a Keeneland stats pack from HANA president Jeff Platt with page after page of data that will help you get ready for one of horse racing's most popular meets.

Also included is Rich Halvey's look at Arrogate's Dubai World Cup win and where he stands in relation to some all-time greats, Track Phantom's Derby Top Ten List, Melissa Nolan's Annual Freshman Sire Report, Vin Rogers has some positive angles for you to peruse, Garnet Barnsdale gets you amped for the Mohawk meet to open, and more!

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It's the first issue of 2017, and TimeformUS previews the Pegasus World Cup while OptixEQ looks at the La Prevoyante on the undercard, Barry Meadow talks about the future of horse racing, defending champion Paul Matties Jr. and third-place finisher Charlie Davis dish on NHC18, and Melissa Nolan and "The Sheets" find some potential gems in the 3-year-old crop.

Also included are a look at jockey criticism by Jonathan Stettin, Rich Halvey has a bad case of deja vu, racing's data dilemma is real, and Gabe Prewitt from Pompano Park joins us for a Q & A in the harness section.

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The Breeders' Cup is here, and we have a massive stats pack, courtesy of HANA President Jeff Platt, to help you prepare.  Also included are Q & A's with some top handicappers, including NHC 17 champion Paul Matties Jr. and third-place finisher Charlie Davis, some speed figure analysis by TimeformUS, and two looks at the Mile on the turf by OptixEQ and Cangamble.

Also included is a discussion on field size by Rich Halvey, and you can find out what Jonathan Stettin can't wait for.  Vin Rogers also talks about his experience as a horseman and how that side of the game correlates to the betting side of racing.

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Our #1 rated track Kentucky Downs is back in action, and we get you ready for their meet with an interview with Live Racing Manager C.J. Johnsen, some tips for playing the meet from Lenny Moon, and page after page of stats for jockeys, trainers, and shippers.

In addition to the Kentucky Downs content, we have plenty of other material.  Rich Nilsen tells you what horseplayers can learn from Usain Bolt, Jonathan Stettin discusses stewards' decisions, Rich Halvey has a magic number in mind for you, many familiar contributors tell you the moment or horse that made them fall in love with horse racing, Cangamble is back with some more improvements for the game, and lots more!

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This is our Saratoga issue, featuring page after page of stats over the last four meets.  We also have analysis, tips, and strategies from NHC champion Paul Matties Jr., TimeformUS, and Lenny Moon, and Rich Nilsen offers you a guide to the area.
 
Also included is a Barry Meadow piece on carryovers, Rich Halvey's new way to play the pick 4, Jon Stettin's take on the "Killer B's" of bias and bounce, Scott Raymond's one habit and three reminders for the horseplayer, a discussion of what Vegas is doing right, Vin Rogers has the horse right here, and Rhonda Norby from Equibase gives you the details on STATS Race Lens.

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This issue has Preakness previews by TimeformUS and Melissa Nolan, and we get you ready for the low takeout Canterbury Park meet with a preview and a massive stats pack.  We also have an interview with National Handicapping Champion and OptixEQ founder John Doyle, some tips from a pro on betting on the exchange in New Jersey, and some first impressions of the exchange from a New Jersey resident.
 
Also included is an article by Barry Meadow that will take you back to your days in school, handicapping tips by Jonathan Stettin and Rich Halvey, Lenny Moon wants you to take the 30 day challenge, and Vin Rogers says sometimes negatives should outweigh positives.

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The 8th Annual Track Ratings/Industry Issue is now available for viewing - Full ratings for 62 racetracks, stats, and analysis.  This year we have Q & A's with Corey Johnsen from Kentucky Downs, NYRA, Jim Gagliano from the Jockey Club, Kip Levin from Betfair on exchange wagering, Canterbury Park's Eric Halstrom, Ray Paulick on the state of the game, Sid Fernando on the breeding and bloodstock industry, and Jason Settlemoir from The Meadowlands.
 
Also included is Melissa Nolan's annual first crop sire report, why racing should grow lemons, not squeeze them, takeout comparisons to other gambling formats, takeout myths and realities, and much more!

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This month's issue features a Keeneland preview by Art Parker and Derby Contenders and Sleepers by Track Phantom.  Charlie Davis, the third-place finisher in this year's National Handicapping Championship, also takes a look back at that event.

Also included is analysis of temporary turf rails by Lenny Moon, thoughts on class by Jonathan Stettin and Vin Rogers, a discussion on why post drags are bad for horse racing, and Rich Halvey has ten old school handicapping angles for you.

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Our first issue of the year contains an article by Melissa Nolan about 3-year-olds that are flying under the radar, a TimeformUS analysis of layoff horses, and Lenny Moon's case study of effective takeout rates based on a pick 5 carryover at Golden Gate Fields in December 2015.

Also included is a piece by Barry Meadow explaining what's a good bet, Neal Benoit's interview with NYRA's Maggie Wolfendale, a look at the past, present, and future of the National Handicapping Championship, and much more.

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Welcome to our third annual Breeders' Cup issue!

It's 32 jam-packed pages!

Previews of several Breeders' Cup races with Craig Milkowski of TimeformUS, Lenny Moon, Mike Dorr and Art Parker.

Our annual "Breeders' Cup Q and A" is bigger and better than ever with commentary from more than a dozen great handicappers.

This month's Player Spotlight shines on Emily Gullikson, and regular columns from Jonathan Stettin, Vin Rogers & others close out the edition.

Enjoy and good luck at the Breeders' Cup!

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We are going to get you ready for the meet at Kentucky Downs, HANA's #1 rated track.  Lenny Moon gives you some tips on how to play the meet, Mike Dorr tells you how to get to Kentucky Downs and what to do and what to see around town if you decide to stay in Nashville, and DerbyWars has a Survivor Contest you might be interested in.

Also in this issue:  We look back at the Travers, Horseplayers give their comments on potential US Anti-Doping Agency oversight of horse racing, Jonathan Stettin says horse racing is not dead, Neal Benoit speaks to trainer Tom Morley, Mike Dorr is back with a handy ten-point handicapping process and talks about the need for racing to improve the data product.  Additionally, Vin Rogers tells you about the Theory of Everything, Rich Nilsen discusses what to do when you come to a fork in the road, Craig Milkowski from TimeformUS answers some questions, and we check on the "bounce" in harness racing.

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Lenny Moon gives you some tips and strategies on the Daily Double, Barry Meadow doesn't want you to get caught in the switches, and Melissa Nolan gives you some assistance handicapping 2-year-old races, specifically with the first crops of sires such as Uncle Mo, Haynesfield, and Gio Ponti.

Also in this issue:  Horse racing can learn from the United States Open coverage, Neal Benoit asks if you prefer the crossword or the Jumble, Jeff Platt analyzes Del Mar v. Saratoga betting, Craig Milkowski from TimeformUS has a look at Del Mar's new surfaces, Jerod Dinkin pens a humorous top ten takes from the Triple Crown, we laud American Pharoah and his connections, we have a Q & A with Brian DiDonato from the Thoroughbred Daily News, Garnet Barnsdale says there's track bias in harness racing too, and much more!

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We got you ready for the Belmont with Lenny Moon looking back at other Triple Crown tries and what we can learn about American Pharoah's chances, a breeding analysis for the starters by Dan Zucker (who also explains why a certain horse can turn the tables on American Pharoah), and Dana Byerly said to be a smart fan when handicapping the race.

Other articles include Barry Meadow talking about handicapping and shopping; Neal Benoit interviewing trainer Ian Wilkes; Dean Towers discussing the importance of field sizes, and Vin Rogers telling it like it is.

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Welcome to the Annual Track Ratings/Industry Issue - Full ratings for 62 racetracks, stats and analysis, interview with Corey Johnsen of Kentucky Downs, and "7 Questions" with various industry analysts and horseplayers. 

We have a Q and A with Andrew Beyer: Does he ever play Assinboia Downs? What does he think of the horseplayer issues of the day?  We have a deep dive into carryovers, betting value chatter, and much, much more. 

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This issue is 25 pages loaded with you've come to expect:  Handicapping articles and stats to help you with your wagers.  Barry Meadow has some suggestions on how much you should bet, you get the 411 on horseracingdatasets.com, there's a discussion on whether or not the Rainbow 6 is for suckers, and Melissa Nolan gives you some stats on studs.

Also in This Issue:  We've got an excellent harness section, led by an interview with Jason Settlemoir. TimeformUS, who also gives you a longshot Q & A, provides an extensive graded stakes stats pack for jockeys and trainers, Neal Benoit interviews Julien Leparoux, Candice Hare tells you who might go from zero to hero in the Derby, and we'll explain what churn is.

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This issue is jammed with handicapping articles, and we're pretty proud of them.  We've got Craig from TimeformUS looking at Turf, and it's sure to help you. We've got Jerod Dinkin's views on the NHC, and another excellent article from Ross Gallo on Tourney play.  We've also got a look at Daily Fantasy Sports and their place beside horse racing, education of bettors, Barry Meadow talking some redboarding, and Lenny Moon looking at what pools to bet, depending on your bankrolls.

Also in This Issue:  We've got an excellent harness section, led by Garnet Barnsdale. Fun 2015 Prop bets, that you probably won't see at Wynn anytime soon, and our usual back page stats. This month those take a look at recency angles, in light of the changes at NYRA.

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This issue is a massive 33 pages, jam-packed with analysis and statisticsBarry Meadow has an alternate look at key races, Lenny Moon explains money management, we have a thorough discussion of judging, including the Breeders' Cup Classic non-DQ, and Mike Dorr gives you insight on exotic wagers.

Also in this issue:  Charlie Davis talks about his Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Experience, the Track Phantom offers up some Breeders' Cup Trip Notes and Bet-Backs, Jason Beem discloses his life-altering experience with gambling, TimeformUS provides analysis and stats from the Breeders' Cup, and we have a multi-page Breeders Crown (harness racing's championship nights) pull-out section.

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We get you ready for the Breeders' Cup with a number of questions and answers with handicappers, and we discuss what we love most about the event.  In addition, Lenny Moon gives you keys for turf sprints, Craig Milkowski of TimeformUS looks at Santa Anita post position stats, and we handicap the Classic in two minutes.

Also in this issue:  Dan Zucker
offers up a pair of columns - the Horizontal Horseplayer and how the Breeders' Cup is the Super Bowl of Horse Racing - Jerod Dinkin has the cynic's guide to the event, The Track Phantom compares Tonalist and A.P. Indy, Art Parker says not to count out the Coach, and Ken Massa pays tribute to Mike Mayo.

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We get you ready for Kentucky Downs with an interview with track president Corey Johnsen, and horseplayer extraordinaire Mike Maloney offers some tips and thoughts.  Building on the turf theme, we also have a column on Pace Figures and Turf Racing from TimeformUS's Craig Milkowski, a glance at what to do with off-the-turf races, and a number of turf stats throughout the issue.

Also in this issue: 
Melissa Nolan offers a guide on horsemanship for handicappers and looks back at the career of Tom Durkin, Mike Dorr analyzes payoffs, Jerod Dinkin takes a look at the state of summer meets, Rich Nilsen tells you how to identify a sucker horse, we give you the 411 on In-Race Betting, and Garnet Barnsdale invites a guest to the harness page!

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Mike Dorr has an in-depth analysis of jackpot bets, Lenny Moon wants you to take the 80/20 challenge, Craig Milkowski of TimeformUS has an early glimpse at the Breeders' Cup, and Barry Meadow tells you about betting systems

Also in this issue: 
Q&A's with Brad Cummings of EquiLottery and Chris Roberts of Northlands Park; Melissa Nolan talks first-year sires; Scott Raymond says get back to the track, what to do when when you're in a slump, what the Thoroughbreds can learn from Harness Racing, Garnet Barnsdale's monthly harness column, quick hits, and a heaping helping of stats!

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Barry Meadow
talks Morning Lines, Lenny Moon finds a track he can crush, CJ of TimeFormUS looks at track bias. Pletcher's Derby record, what gives? Four ways to have more fun on big days. Mike Dorr wants WPS minimums hiked. 

Features: Belmont Epilogue, Dinkin is going to miss Keeneland poly, Garnet's harness column focuses on the Hawk, Belmont meet stats and much more.

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Track Ratings:

Methodology, Top five at a glance, Big movers, Interviews: Kentucky Downs Johnsen & Sam Houston’s Stahlbaum, Tracks Listed, 1 through 64, Statistics.

Features:

Keeneland Previews: Rich Nilsen, 7 Reasons to Play Keeneland, TimeformUS Trainer Numbers, Melissa Nolan’s Freshman Sire Outlook for the Horseplayer. 

Woodbine Preview, Stats, Bruno channels Abbott & Costello, Barry Meadow talks takeout, taxes & fees. Lenny Moon says it’s all about the Player. Garnet Barnsdale looks at false chalk in harness racing. JJ Hysell’s Derby Top 5, CJ from TimeFormUS explains run ups. Big figure gaps, sucker bets?

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It’s 30-plus pages, jam-packed with Handicapping insight and news. Feel free to share it on social media using the buttons above, and best of all, it’s free!

Barry Meadow kicks it off looking at odds lines, followed by an excellent article by Bruno de Julio, and our Cover Story, “A Review of Esquire’s Horseplayers” by Jerod Dinkin. Twinspires’ Jeremy Clemons answers eight questions and Larry Collmus gives one dandy interview.  Mark Patterson of Mountaineer shares tips and tricks, Doug McPherson lends his thoughts on Quarter Horse bias. In the harness section, Garnet Barnsdale looks at a “Trident” of handicapping.

JJ Hysell gives us her kick butt Derby Top Five, the WirePlayers boys and girls share their top ten. Mark Midland tells us why he thinks bigger tournaments are working at Derby Wars. We get some “FTS” and “STS” insight with Art Parker.

The Back Page shares some trainer stats from database handicapper Jeff Platt, that to our knowledge, are not published anywhere.

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Horseplayer Jerod Dinkin, a seven-time Horse Player World Series and three-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier, offers several tips tournament play, both before you enter and when you are in competition.

What is "lawyer handicapping" and why should you avoid it?  Barry Meadow explains.  Clocker, horseplayer, and jack-of-all trades Bruno De Julio explains why he likes to see horses "multi-task" and what that means.

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A trainer is 15% off the claim, wins 32% sprint to route, is pretty good with a certain jockey. How are we supposed to use these numbers? Barry Meadow explains how to, and not to, use published statistics when we handicap.

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Patrick McGoey won the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge and over $500,000 two years in a row. We spoke with him as he goes for three.

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An interview with professional horseplayer Mike Maloney.  Learn how a pro goes about his betting day, and see if it can help you become a better horseplayer.

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Are horses getting slower or faster? What's up with run up times? How are the TimeformUS figures constructed? Learn the answers in our Q and A with TimeformUS's Craig Milkowski.

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