Practice on artificial surfaces makes sense before the playing

Young ball players and racehorses are continually schooled in the mechanics of proper movement, from double-play feeds to changing leads correctly. Many of this early schooling took place in the “old days” on natural fields, but artificial surfaces have changed the way some are now taught. Indeed, many young ball players and horses now get … Continue reading Practice on artificial surfaces makes sense before the playing

Baseball analogy: Explaining elements of synthetic racing

The post before this one, Jessica Chapel addresses DRF’s clear anti-synthetic stance, engendered a number of comments from some well known racing people, including Steven Crist of Daily Racing Form, Ray Paulick of Paulick Report, Barry Irwin of Team Valor, and Alan Porter, the pedigree pundit, primarily relating to the perceived role of the daily paper’s editorial slant against synthetic … Continue reading Baseball analogy: Explaining elements of synthetic racing

Jessica Chapel addresses DRF’s clear anti-synthetic stance

Jessica Chapel, as far as I’m concerned, is an innovator (she developed the Raceday360 site, recently sold to Hello Race Fans) and forward thinker, and over the last two years we’ve had opportunities to occasionally chat online and exchange thoughts. She was one of the first in the racing industry to embrace Twitter (as I … Continue reading Jessica Chapel addresses DRF’s clear anti-synthetic stance

Roger Lyons crunches figs and spits out Top 40 dam lines

Roger Lyons long ago worked side-by-side with Bill Oppenheim at Racing Update, in the development of Bill’s “APEX” ratings. He also worked with the late Jack Werk on the development of the Werk Nick Rating for WTC, Inc., of which I’m president. At WTC, Roger has developed several tools for pedigree analysis, and he’s always fritzing around … Continue reading Roger Lyons crunches figs and spits out Top 40 dam lines