Night School Handicapping Video courtesy of Jeremy Plonk and his Handicapping Team at HorsePlayerNow.com Marking the Past Performances Once you understand the data and the running lines in the Past Performances, it's time to start marking them up, evaluating them for each horse and comparing each horse to the others in the race. This will also help you determine how…Read more
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How to Read the Past Performances – Part 2
Night School Handicapping Video courtesy of Jeremy Plonk and his Handicapping Team at HorsePlayerNow.com Part 2 of an extensive lesson on how to read the Past Performances by Joe Kristufek In Part 2 of How to Read the Past Performances, Joe Kristufec goes over the actual running lines in the Past Performances for each horse,…Read more
How to Read the Past Performances – Part 1
Night School Handicapping Video courtesy of Jeremy Plonk and his Handicapping Team at HorsePlayerNow.com An extensive lesson on how to read the Past Performances by Joe Kristufek If you want to be successful at betting on horses, you have to know how to read the Past Performances (PPs) found in the Daily Racing Form. And…Read more
Duke Campbell, one of the greatest horsemen to ever walk the prairies
[caption id="attachment_7095" align="alignnone" width="780"] The 37-cent horse, Omar's Gift at Polo Park. "Duke" Campbell on the far left.[/caption] by Bob Gates Donald H. "Duke" Campbell's bio on the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame website says that his chief claim to fame was that he discovered and developed Sandy Hawley into a world class jockey.…Read more
When Hollywood came to Winnipeg to race, those were the days!
[caption id="attachment_5736" align="alignnone" width="780"] Well Caught wins for Don Carlos. June 29, 1951. Polo Park.[/caption] by Bob Gates [caption id="attachment_5734" align="alignright" width="218"] Anita King[/caption] Who knew? Once upon a long time ago Whittier Park and Polo Park race tracks were playgrounds for the rich and famous. Hollywood types from the early to mid-1900s made regular…Read more
The Legend of the Whittier Park Clocker
[caption id="attachment_5684" align="alignnone" width="780"] The Whittier Park Clocker (or his distant relative)[/caption] by Bob Gates At first glance you might think this is the story of some curmudgeonly, 60-something lifetime racetracker who was hanging on to the sport he loved and lived in the only way he could - timing the morning workouts of thoroughbreds…Read more
Memories of Vicki Warhol-Essman, thanks Social Media!
[caption id="attachment_5609" align="alignnone" width="780"] Vicki Warhol wins the Powder Puff Derby at ASD[/caption] by Bob Gates I'm not a huge fan of social media. I don't Tweet and couldn't tell you a thing about Instagram. I am on Facebook, and as a guilty pleasure you might catch me watching cute cat videos on YouTube, but…Read more
And the Oscar goes to…
by Bob Gates It's Oscar time folks and this week we recognize some of Assiniboia Downs' finest equine performances. Who in their right mind would even attempt to cross this minefield? Yours truly of course, and why not? I've never claimed to be of sound mind, or body for that matter. Even so, where do…Read more
Wondrous Wednesday – Oh What a Night!
[caption id="attachment_5494" align="alignleft" width="780"] Jim Sorenson on Simons Sword. His 3rd of 7 winners on June 23, 1976.[/caption] by Bob Gates Isn't it sweet when everything clicks and you can do no wrong? Well, Assiniboia Downs can boast of at least five jockeys who experienced a rare combination of skill, luck and whatever else…Read more
American Pharoah’s Halter, Mission (Almost) Impossible
[caption id="attachment_5463" align="alignleft" width="780"] The Stewart clan. L to R, daughter Audrey, Garylle, son-in-law Brian, granddaughter Alissa.[/caption] by Bob Gates By now we all know the background story that resulted in the acquisition of the prized American Pharoah halter which in addition to other racing memorabilia, was sold at auction last August in aid of…Read more
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