29 March 2008

Free Dubai Past Performances and lots of news

FREE STUFF

Here is a link for a free PDF of today's card at Dubai starting with the second race. To me, A.P. Arrow looks like he has as much chance as Curlin in the $6 million World Cup.

Another free link that is worthwhile is Link2Tote. Not only can you get live odds for most North American tracks, you can also get European tracks as well as Dubai, and if you are so inclined, Greyhound, Harness, and even Jai Lai odds are also available.

And lets not forget the Freebie from Brisnet. Past performance charts for every Derby contender. With just over a month to go, there are still 130 pages of contenders (400-500 horses).

Power Cap reports that TVG is now offering their customers free past performances like Twinspires does already.

NEW CALIFORNIA CLAIMING RULE: A LICENSE TO STEAL
A new proposed unique rule in California is coming into the homestretch. The owner of a horse who has not raced for 180 days will have the option to race that horse in a claiming race without worrying about losing the horse in the claim box.

Read more here.

I understand the concept that this will give the owner of a horse who injured itself incentive to take their time bringing the horse back to the track. But at the expense of all other claiming horses and owners...I don't like it. What could easily happen if this rule comes to fruition, is that allowance horses and even stake horses wind up domination the lower claiming races in California. From a betting standpoint, you wind up with lots and lots of chalk, and I hate chalk.
Again, this rule goes against capitalism, which is a much needed element when it comes to horse racing, especially today, when the game is dying. Horses need to run for what they are worth so that more claiming occurs. More claiming, means potentially more new owners. This reminds me of the ridiculous B Allowance races that Woodbine runs that artificially protect horses from claiming that shouldn't be protected.

TIP Program Gets Approval Not to be confused with the HIP awards, the TIP awards will still allow owners to get bonus money even if they have the "audacity" to claim an Ontario bred. The TIP pamphlet is available at the CTHS website. Highlights:

FORT ERIE ALLOWANCE RACES:
$2,500 (winner only) When running in Optional Claiming Races
only horses running without a claiming price are eligible.

FORT ERIE SALES CREDITS and OWNERS BONUSES - $7,500 to $20,000 CLAIMING LEVELS:
The CTHS Sales Credit and Owners Bonus Program at Fort Erie Racetrack’s top end claiming levels are as
follows:
$15,000 - $20,000 Claiming: $1,000 Sales Credit & $1,000 Owners Bonus
$7,500 - $10,000 Claiming: $750 Sales Credit & $750 Owners Bonus

Fort Erie Closed & Open Stakes:
1st place: up to $8,100 ($5,400 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $1,650 ($1,100 if not Ontario Sired)
Fort Erie Allowance winners: up to $3,000 ($2,000 if not Ontario Sired)
Fort Erie $20,000 Claimers: up to $1,500 ($1,000 if not Ontario Sired)

WOODBINE:
Grade 1 Open Stakes: (Includes Canadian Triple Crown, Filly Triple Tiara, Princess Elizabeth, Coronation
Futurity & Cup & Saucer)
1st place: up to $18,000 ($12,000 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $6,000 ($4,000 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $3,600 ($2,400 if not Ontario Sired)
Grade 2 Open Stakes:
1st place: up to $15,000 ($10,000 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $4,950 ($3,300 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $3,000 ($2,000 if not Ontario Sired)
Grade 3 Open Stakes:
1st place: up to $12,000 ($8,000 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $4,050 ($2,700 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $2,400 ($1,600 if not Ontario Sired)

Ungraded Open Stakes:
1st place: up to $9,900 ($6,600 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $3,300 ($2,200 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $1,950 ($1,300 if not Ontario Sired)
Closed Stakes:
1st place: up to $8,100 ($5,400 if not Ontario Sired)
2nd place: up to $2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)
3rd place: up to $1,650 ($1,100 if not Ontario Sired)
Ontario Sire Stakes:
1st place: $6,600 ($3,300 if not Ontario-Bred)
2nd place: $2,200 ($1,100 if not Ontario-Bred)
3rd place: $1,300 ($650 if not Ontario-Bred)
Allowance: up to $6,000 ($4,000 if not Ontario Sired)
OSS Allowance: $4,000 ($2,000 if not Ontario-Bred)
B Allowance: up to $3,900 ($2,600 if not Ontario Sired)
$62,500 Claimers & up: up to $6,000 ($4,000 if not Ontario Sired)
$40,000 to $50,000 Claimers: up to $4,500 ($3,000 if not Ontario Sired)
$25,000 to $32,000 Claimers: up to $3,300 ($2,200 if not Ont. Sired)
$20,000 Claimers: up to $2,250 ($1,500 if not Ontario Sired)


Unconfirmed rumours. Horses who last ran for $10,000 claiming or lower are getting the boot out of Woodbine and will take up residence at Fort Erie. Lots of these horses will fill races at Woodbine in the near future. Woodbine needs Fort Erie, but treats Fort Erie like crap most of the time.
Also, Stronach apparently has quite a few well bred claimers who will occupy stalls at Fort Erie. Generally, Stronach is a good outfit to claim from. The problem is that Fort Erie writes allowance races, which allows owners like Stronach to protect and steal.
Hopefully Fort Erie will phase out the phony allowance races this year, so they will have more money to distribute to the meat and potatoes claimers. I have often contended that if your horse is worth more than $15,000, run him or her at Woodbine for real purses.

Pull The Pocket reports that "the Ontario Adoption Society whereby 0.15% of purses paid out in the province will be set-aside for retired standardbreds."

HPI has upgraded their website. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz No press. But then again, there is nothing overwhelming there. They do have lots of info for new players. But I doubt they get many new players.

2 comments:

TX 1 student said...

the new HPI website is a huge improvement from the previous version, but one thing is abit amusing..

"welcome to horseplayer interactive, Canada's premier online and telephone wagering service"

Can't make a comparison on this because there is no competition!

pcsolotto said...

If im in the situation of the owner of this blog. I dont know how to post this kind of topic. he has a nice idea.