30 September 2008

Trainer Jack Wilson Dies In Freak Mishap

Veteran Fort Erie trainer Jack Wilson was ahead of his time
"Wilson was the first person to run an equestrian therapy pool in the province."
I have to add that the guy was in amazing shape for 58, let alone 88.

"Jack was a big part of racing at Fort Erie for many years," Herb McGirr Sr. director of operations for Fort Erie, told Canadian Press. "He was well respected by everyone here at the track. This is a huge loss to our community."

Magna Entertainment shares plummet, while the rest of the market rebounds
Is the end near for the debt plagued racetrack company?

Michael Konik:I don’t think most people can win betting horses at a 20% takeout,” he said. “The vast majority of your customers cannot win long-term betting horse racing.

Yep, and that is racings biggest problem. No free advertising from winners, compounded with competition from low rake games like blackjack, on line poker, and sports betting, has led to zero growth for the horse racing industry.

I started a pretty good thread at Pace Advantage: Top Five Most Influential Handicapping Books

My List:
1. Winning at the Races
2. My $50,000 Year At the Races
3. Thoroughbred Cycles
4. Speed To Spare
5. Beyer On Speed

HANA (Horseplayers Association of North America) have a brand new logo. Go Broncos.

Tracks and horsemen seek an end to exclusive agreements A step in the right direction. Now get it done.

Explaining the ADW model dispute
There is an answer to this mess. Maybe I'll write about it soon.

The trend isn't horse racing's friend: Fasig Tipton Midlantic Sales in the dumper big time.

Woodbine Bias Report Speed still sucks, and there are quite a few cold trainers.

The Dartboard
Stay Cool looks pretty good cutting back to 6 furlongs in the first race, which is a stupid maiden allowance B, the type of race which is hurting the racing industry in Ontario.
Koonuga Hill has a fair chance to win the Victorian Queen in the 7th.

Calgary woman who defrauded a law firm and car dealership of $500,000 to feed her gambling habit gets four years in jail.

"The Kahnawake Gaming Commission today reported the initial findings of an audit being conducted on its licensee, Ultimate Bet, following a cheating scandal which spanned three-and-a-half years.
The audit...has turned up the name of the main individual responsible for the scheme that siphoned more than $6.1** million from player accounts......
By Nov. 3, 2008, Ultimate Bet must:

Begin refunding all players adversely affected by the cheating scheme. The company has refunded $6.1 million to date, but this summer received another round of refund requests.

Remove from the company all persons deemed by the commission as "unsuitable," including all levels of ownership, management and operation, and is required to continue to provide complete details of all day-to-day operations of the company.

Ultimate Bet has also been issued a $1.5 million fine."

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