Continuing the theme of my last post about training and playing on multiple surfaces, I’ve included two videos below of my son John Fernando, a shortstop, on both surfaces. [Yes, he’s applying to colleges and I might as well give him as much exposure as possible, I figure! He now runs the 60 in 7:00 flat and … Continue reading Paddy acts on multiple surfaces; how many others could?
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
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, 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 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
Bill Oppenheim’s column today in TDN lists the sires he considers to be the 12 best in the world (or perhaps NH) and more than half stand abroad. This opinion is shared by many, though the exact horses listed by Bill might change here or there. The dozen according to Bill are: A.P. Indy (1989) … Continue reading Bill Oppenheim’s Top 12 points to shift in balance of power
Have you taken a close look at the Thoroughbred Times 2010 Freshman Sire List? As of today, it’s topsy-turvy, but pleasantly so and you’ll see what I mean by this. I and others have been lamenting for a while now that the racing and breeding programs in this country have reached a point where speed has … Continue reading Classic distance and turf horses leading sprinters on the list