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Take Two

This Saturday at 6:00 pm ET, we're going to try and get things right as we host another NTRA Live Webcast, featuring live video of the Florida Derby.... Read More

The Role of the NTRA - Part 1

This week, I want to focus on a recent query from one of my readers asking me to explain to those "on the horse side" of the business, "What is the role of NTRA - what can NTRA realistically accomplish week to week?". ... Read More

Speaking (and Listening) to the Future

A student had the courage to ask the burning question on the minds of many of his fellow classmates, "Where will this industry be in five years?" In other words, I surmised, "Am I studying for a career in the wrong field?"... Read More

Thoughts From the NHC

I just spent a fascinating two days at the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.... Read More

Handicappers Take Center Stage

This is a big week for some of racing's most devoted followers. On Friday and Saturday, some 300 horse players will compete in the 11th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.... Read More

Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta--Act II

After years of watching our stars cut their racing careers short as owners understandably pursued lucrative breeding and stallion syndication deals, it's a breath of fresh air to have Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra both back for another year. ... Read More

Price Wars

You are no doubt aware that a large number of Mid-Atlantic racetracks and OTBs are being denied the right to offer simulcast wagering on races run at Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds, and Santa Anita Park. ... Read More

Wishes for the Decade Ahead

It's the time of year when people like to make a wish list for the upcoming 12 months. We are on the verge, though, of completing not just another year, but a full decade. So in that spirit, here's my list of wishes for the Thoroughbred industry in the 2010s.... Read More

What a Year

Selecting the 2009 Moment of the Year may be nearly as contentious as selecting the 2009 Horse of the Year.... Read More

Breeders' Cup - Initial Reflections

Breeders' Cup 2009 was outstanding. Competitive from top to bottom. Inclusive of many of the best horses from around the world. Maddeningly hard to predict for even the most skilled horse player. Life changing for the single winner of the $1.8 million BC Pick Six. And thrilling to the very end.... Read More

Breeders' Cup Memories

I have written a lot lately about the importance of wagering to the overall economic health of Horseracing. Contrary to what some might think, though, I am equally passionate about the many opportunities to sell horse racing as the exciting sporting competition that it is. And no racing competition is more exciting than the Breeders' Cup World Championships. In fact, the Breeders' Cup is a great time... Read More

Thoroughbred Industry's Bright Future

This week, it was my pleasure to speak to a very passionate, engaging (and some might say courageous) group of young men and women who make their living in the Thoroughbred industry. The next generation of leaders in our industry is already meeting monthly with the goal of devising a long term plan for racing and breeding through the year 2020.... Read More

Is the Price Right?

Last week I told you I would be speaking to marketers from across the country at the NTRA's Marketing Summit in Las Vegas. I asked for your ideas and you responded -- man, did you ever respond! I received almost 50 substantive, insightful, passionate responses.... Read More

Marketing 101

Next week, it's my privilege to speak to marketers from racetracks and ADWs across the country at the NTRA's Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit in Las Vegas. I plan to speak frankly about the challenges Thoroughbred racing faces. ... Read More

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