Preakness 137: My Final Act

Bittersweet is probably the best way to express my feelings on the following news: I will be leaving The Blood-Horse on May 22, just after my coverage of the Preakness.

As LeBron would say, I’m taking my talents down to South Florida to begin a new business and a new chapter in my life. After 11 years of sports writing—six at a Philadelphia area newspaper and five at The Blood-Horse, I have decided to move on. This plan has been in the works for more than a year, but has just recently come to fruition, and so I am on one hand very excited about beginning what will hopefully be a lucrative and rewarding new business, but also a bit sad to be leaving a career that has been a passion for me for more than a decade.

I have worn many hats at Blood-Horse—racing writer, news and features contributor for the magazine, creator and co-host of the video That Handicapping Show with Tom LaMarra, helped manage, covered the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup—as well as many other duties. But hosting the Triple Crown Talk and Breeders’ Cup Chat blogs have been among my favorite parts of the job, no doubt. Though I’ve only met a few of you in person, I feel like I’ve really gotten to know many of the loyal bloggers on here, and want to thank you for making this the most popular blog in the industry. In the less than five years that the blog has been running, there have been more than 3 million pageviews and 75,000 comments. I appreciate all of your contributions and the banter that we had over the years.

As you know, I was never afraid to give my opinions on here; I told it like I saw it and I don’t apologize for that, and I think that is what helped make the blog so successful. The formula was simple: Passionate opinions, good back-and forth comments from bloggers, and a lot of fun along the way. The Rachel/Zenyatta chapters were probably the highlights (and sometimes the lowlights), I think most would agree.

I hope I’ve also been a good source of information for many of you and that the blog has been a nice outlet for those who wished to express their feelings freely. A small percentage of you are probably saying “good riddance” right now, and that’s OK. I never wanted or needed to be liked by everyone; that’s not what this blog was all about. For the majority of the others who have been loyal readers and enjoyed this blog and my coverage of racing and industry news, I thank you and wish you nothing but the best in the future. I’ve truly enjoyed it.

also very much enjoyed meeting the many owners and trainers in the industry, and appreciate their willingness to share information in a forthcoming manner so that I could in return pass it on to the readers. This industry is filled with good, hard-working people whose livelihoods come from this great sport. There are too many people to mention, but I wish everyone who I’ve had a relationship with—no matter how large or small—the best of luck.

This sport could use some major reform, and I won’t use this forum as an outlet for my opinions on how things can improve. Suffice it to say that banning Lasix is not the answer and having an improved marketing plan is the most important component to future success. A governing body that holds real decision-making power is easier said than done, but the sport needs it. Either way, I’m hopeful that horse racing can improve over the next few years and I’m sure the sport will always play a part in our society, even if it is unlikely to ever return to the glory days.

Finally, I’d like to thank my colleagues at The Blood-Horse. It’s been great working with such a knowledgeable and talented group, and I’m sure you’ll continue to make the website and magazine the No. 1 source for racing, breeding, sales, and news in the industry. It’s been enjoyable playing a part in putting a large gap between us and our (bi-) weekly competitor.

I look forward to running into many of you in Baltimore and saying goodbye. I’ll have one final Preakness blog later this week.

Best to all,



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14 May 2012 9:11 AM


Did Repole hire you away from the Bloodhorse? HA!

Best of luck in S. Florida and I hope you continue to blog.  

Just want to confirm that when I breed a Derby winner you will write the book.  

14 May 2012 9:37 AM
Sam Not Spam

I'm sorry to hear you're moving on, although it sounds like a great opportunity for you!  I don't post a lot but I ALWAYS enjoy reading your blog, and the comments from your diverse (perverse?) audience.  Good luck for the future, I'm sure you'll be successful in your new business.

P.S. Zenyatta rules, Draynay drools.

14 May 2012 9:50 AM

Will just leave it more or less at good luck Jason with a note that sometimes change is good from personal experience.

I left horse racing on a full time basis about 15 yrs ago, which I loved, I met my wife because of my move which in turn produced the true love of my life--my son. Career wise I can say that it was more profitable than I ever could have imagined. Hope you have same results and  much success.

14 May 2012 10:03 AM

Dang Jason, I would have thought you'd include when the "rookie, ameteur, know nothing" bloggers trounced draynay in a handicapping contest as one of your favorite times as well. It surely was one of mine.

All kidding aside, you and this blog will be sorely missed. I wish you nothing but the best. New ventures are always a little scary especially when you have a family in tow. God speed and thanks for the memories!!  

14 May 2012 10:14 AM

Best of luck to you, Jason.  I hope the new direction will be fruitful for you.  I haven't contributed that often and didn't always agree with what you wrote about or your opinions, but I always looked forward to the next blog and the next THS.  I could always depend on you to make me think and look at something in a different light.  Again, best of luck for you and your family and I hope you get the success you deserve!  You will be missed.

14 May 2012 10:14 AM
Jason Shandler

Trebloc: Thanks. I look forward to writing your book. Mike tried to hire me away but who wants to live in NY??

14 May 2012 10:32 AM
Don from PA/DE

Thank U Jason for your columns as a librarian I also attempt to utilize and appreciate and share Knowledge-based information, Bravo best wishes and one futuristic thought if you are in Florida if you come across new sire Circular Quay, please give him a pat on his back for me, I believe and hope he will be sendind out many (first time) winners to the track! Don

14 May 2012 10:38 AM
Karen in Texas

Your absence will greatly alter the feel of these BH blogs, Jason. I hope your new venture will prove to be successful and know you are excited to begin a new chapter in life. Sincerely, good luck!

14 May 2012 10:56 AM
steve from st louis

Jason, I wish you only the best of luck in moving your career and family to South Florida. I just wished you had given us a year's notice so we could have eased into the fact that you won't be at the head of this "dinner table" making sure we all minded our manners.

And some may not believe you're giving up your post at Bloodhorse because it's a job many of us would have killed for, just like working in the toy department and getting paid. But I know the feeling after leaving the Daily Racing Form and going into the private sector. Can you tell us where you'll be and where we can find you in your new position? Some friendships go deeper among racetrackers.

14 May 2012 11:36 AM

Whew!  When I read about your "Final Act", I was a little worried there for a bit.  I thought the Zenyatta-ites may have gotten to you.

Seriously, it was nice to have people with opinions (you) actually taking the time to listen to other people's opinions (us).  Even if we weren't always in sync, at least we could be certain to have some pretty lively discussions on this blog.

We WILL miss you! (capital letters meant! -- also exclamation points!)

All the best in the future endeavour.  

14 May 2012 11:37 AM

Best of luck to you Jason. With the ever changing landscape of horse racing, it's always a gamble.

Hope you aren't going into business with Draynay, take the Repole offer and set up a branch of his business in FL.  LOL

14 May 2012 11:55 AM

Jason:  So sorry to hear that you are leaving.  I always enjoyed your articles/opinions and blogs. I particularly credit your outspokeness and courage to "tell it like you saw it" regardless as to who or how many would agree.  Because of your courage you are now willing to venture forward with a new venue and I wish you and your family the best of luck. You will be missed greatly.  Take care and God Speed.

14 May 2012 11:57 AM
Smoking Baby

 OK (where to start?).  Officially bummed out now. Jason, I've had so much fun reading and sometimes posting on your blog.  I know it's an understatment but I'll say it anyway.  The site will not be the same without you bro and I for one will miss you and your no-nonsense, no punches pulled style.  Many times I've disagreed with you and once or twice I've been bothered when you publicly disagreed with my posts but here's the thing...On these two or three occations, immediately after reading your response, I would always call to my girlfriend in the other room saying "Jason smacked me down again" to which she would always reply...."You love it."  I've got to admit she was right.  I do love the back and forth. You're one of a kind dude and I have no doubt that whatever path you choose in life you'll walk that path with originality, success and style.  You do piss me off though. :)  Seriously though, thanks for providing us with this forum.  It was a wild ride.

14 May 2012 11:59 AM
It aint easy being good!

Jason do I get one final chance to win my money back? Also why dont you tell us what you will be doing down in Florida hopefully its leagal! Jason make sure you give us one final super to bet for the preakness and good luck to you!

14 May 2012 12:19 PM
The Rock

Congrats Jason! And good luck to you on your new venture. Welcome to South Florida. It's probably best to stock up on sandals, shorts and polo's. It's all that you'll need here. The coats you can donate to Goodwill. You won't be needing those down here. We're starting to melt down here. Best of luck to you and you will be missed on the BH.

14 May 2012 12:20 PM

Well, isn't this a nice surprise!  Okay okay, I'm kidding.  We never saw eye to eye with our opinions but I have to thank you and I mean from the bottom of my heart for having this blog.  This blog is and has been the only blog I've been going to and I think our back and forth banters from the first one which was about not reading the form to Quality Road, to Zenyatta / Rachel, Zenyatta and her poly records, to Zenyatta / Blame and finally the Beyers (which I have to say, I was right! lol)...  all were truly fun (now that it's in the past lol) and I really enjoyed looking forward having to come back here day after day and night after night to see what you and others have posted.  Believe it or not, I'm very sentimental about this blog because when I found this blog, it was at a very low point in my life and it brought me back to life - I'm not going to bore you with my low points but I do have to THANK YOU for having this blog.

I don't know what this blog will be like after you leave (or if it will stay), in some ways, it makes me kind of sad that you're going because you're Jason, my blog nemesis and it's only fun when you are the writer.  You've always been true to your opinions and that's what makes it real.

What will be even more sad is that Draynay will have one less blog site to go to and post his winning picks.  I think he'll survive though, he has the other 139 blog sites to keep him busy.

I wish you the best man, and I hope and wish that things work out for the best for you and the family in South Florida.  Thanks again for the blog.

14 May 2012 12:27 PM
Jason Shandler

Wow, thanks for all the kinds words from everyone. There are too many people to address individually, but there are about 40-50 people on here that have played a major role on this blog over the years and have made it what it was. You know who you are. Thank you.

All of the blogs I posted were my true opinions, and only about half of what I wrote in the comments section was serious. As you guys know, I like to rile things up and the comments were the best way to keep it going. It's like that old Howard Stern line: Why do people listen to him if they hate him? Because they want to see what he will say next.

Anyway, even the people that I got into it most heavily with, like Jayjay, there was never any true hard feelings. Like I said, it's only horse racing. We're not solving the world's problems here. It was all in good fun.

Have you ever gone any of the hard core blogs in the NBA, NFL, MLB, etc? This blog was like a love letter compared to many of those.

I'll be able to disclose what business I'm going into in a couple more weeks--still some legal stuff to be ironed out. For those that truly would like to know, I'll give you my new email address before I leave. If you live in South Florida, make sure you let me know. I'd love to keep in touch and run into you at Gulfstream or Hialeah sometime in the future.

Thanks again. You guys are great.

14 May 2012 1:06 PM

Jason: Although I was a rare commenter on the blog, I was an avid reader. I often scrolled past lots of headlines to get to the blog section and find yours. Your voice will be sorely missed. Best of luck in your new adventures!

14 May 2012 1:07 PM
Carlos in Cali


Good luck and Happy trails.You took as much as you gave.Good Job.

14 May 2012 1:08 PM

Best of luck to you Jason. I'll leave you with a last woulda coulda shoulda for me in the Derby Super.  Finished betting online and had a couple bucks left after my across the board bet on Slim Shadey came back when he my very last bet is a $2 cold Super and I do 19/6/5/13.  I'm iffy on #13, Went the day Well, and change to 19/6/3,5/3,5 for better value, and because I think Take Charge Indy has a shot because he'll be running just behind the speed.  We know how this turned out.  On top of missing 96k and hesitating for a moment as I'm taking out 13 instead of adding the 5, I also had a large exacta box of IHA and Dullahan.  Ouch.  Anyway, I'm over it now, it was my mistake.  Who would think I'd have a chance with a cold Super.  So, as the Preakness comes up, sorry to be missinging at least reading your blogs.  I don't sign in much because it's a hassle and used to slow my old computer.  Thanks for all the good times.

14 May 2012 1:15 PM

I'll be looking for your email address.  Was hoping you'd come out to Cali for the BC.

14 May 2012 1:19 PM
Criminal Type

I can't believe how incredibly sad reading this made me. While I wish you the greatest success in the next chapter of your life, Jason, You will be missed. Your blogs have been wonderful, irritating, awe inspiring, thought (and sometimes anger) provoking. I am sure you will do well at whatever you do. As for South Florida, All I can say is I hope you speak spanish. I lived there for 15 years and the only thing I miss is Gulfstream Park.

Next time you talk to Mike Repole, I've got a terrific name for a horse for him based on his Pirates Booty Brands. SurrendertheBooty.

14 May 2012 1:22 PM
Bob from Boston

What does this mean for Ted from LA?

14 May 2012 1:32 PM

Very sad to hear you are leaving,BH, Jason.  You have been a great source of information especially regarding the Triple Crown.  I sure cant blame you for heading to Florida.  After attending 50 Ky Derbies, we have chosen to move to Florida and I just might start up a new tradition going to the Florida Derby!  Best of luck to you and family and I will be looking for that last blog before the Preakness!

14 May 2012 2:16 PM

Jason it will be sad to see you go it's going to take a 4 year old with average size feet to fill your shoes.  Let's be honest you were basically average at best on here and I was often wonderful.  I will not tell the blog what happened in your first attempt to move to Florida but let me say this to defend the dolphins.  Anything that little in the water looks like bait to them so stay out of the water in the future.  Let me say that as Jason leaves the blog so will I.  The fun I have had on here is in large part due to Jason letting Draynay be Draynay.  I now have facebook and to keep me busy and it just wouldn't be the same without the little guy.  Although I must admit I won't miss Jason tugging on my shirt yelling, "lift me up so I can see the horses! lift me, lift me."  Jason did make a great point that there are a lot of very nice people on this blog and I have enjoyed meeting many of you.  I will have some final thoughts when I give you my expert opinions on the Preakness and if you are nice I will give you the winner.  Good bye Jason thanks for everything and I look forward to seeing you soon at Gulfstream.  Much success to you and your beautiful wife and your wonderful son.

14 May 2012 2:19 PM

pulling a LeBron?  Where is my Shandler jersey so I can burn it in effigy?

I feel like you should have been surrounded by 100 kids from the United Way when you announced your decision.

But hey, how can you say no to no state income taxes?

Looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore and best of luck to you and your family.  

And just in case you haven't realized it yet...Nickelback is 10x the band Pearl Jam is.  lol

14 May 2012 2:34 PM

Jason.  Best wishes.  I am very sad to hear that you are leaving and we will all miss your for sure.  I can understand your sense of excitement with moving on to a new career and hope that it will be everything you envision it to be.  Unfortunately we have never met in person and probably never will and I feel that that is a loss on my part as I know that when it comes right down to it you are simply “one of the guys” and would definitely be a good friend.  Good luck to you and your family with your new adventure in life and I hope that it is extremely rewarding for all.

14 May 2012 2:35 PM
Ted from LA


A little bit of Ted from LA just died.  It may have been the bean soup.  Jason, I want in on your next adventure.  Bob from Boston and I both do.  It will not be the same without you here (mainly becasuse there will not be a here here).  Where am I going to go to share my vast knowledge on horseracing?    This is the only place in my life where I can just be serious.  Did anybody like the movie Yentl?

14 May 2012 2:48 PM

Hope you'll make it up to Tampa more often to go to the Downs.  Bummed about you leaving, this is really the only blog I have posted to on a regular basis.  Good luck brother.

14 May 2012 2:50 PM

I did not write many blog entries, but I will keenly miss your insights and sharp wit. Wishing you the best in your new career path. Thank you for adding so much interest to this website

14 May 2012 2:55 PM

Jason - sorry to hear you are leaving - good luck in your new venture. I don't comment often but have really enjoyed reading this blog and last few years. I appreciate your candor, honesty and sense of humor.

14 May 2012 2:59 PM

We'll miss ya Jason. Thanks for being "real". It's been a pleasure visiting this blog when I've had the time. All good things come to an end, here's to a new chapter in your life. Good Luck!!

14 May 2012 3:01 PM
Ted from LA


What does the Bloodhorse job pay?  I could use a trip.  But it doesn't make any difference about our bet.  You still owe me 10,000 francs.

14 May 2012 3:08 PM
Rusty Weisner

They reopened Hialeah?

14 May 2012 3:23 PM
Bill Two

Good luck, Jason.  Always a pleasure to participate in your blogs.  You called 'em as you saw 'em. No apologies.  Good for you.

14 May 2012 3:37 PM

Good luck, Jason! I hope you find as much success with your new venture as you have with writing. Thanks for providing so many terrific articles and insights over the years. You will be missed.


14 May 2012 4:18 PM

Like shoeless joe said to moonlight grahm......"YOU WERE GOOD"..........

14 May 2012 4:22 PM

5 words say it best........................................HE LEFT! GET OVER IT!!!!!

14 May 2012 4:23 PM
It aint easy being good!

It only took Jason to quit his job to get Draynay out of hiding! Dray when is the last time you hit the board in the derby? Big Brown when everyone had him?

14 May 2012 4:29 PM
Terry M.

You are giving up my dream job, working at The Blood-Horse! But I live in Canada and I am not willing to relocate to Kentucky, so my dream will never happen. Good luck in your new job.

14 May 2012 4:33 PM
Criminal Type

Rusty,  Hialeah reopened for AQHA racing a couple years ago. I think this is the first season they applied for a TB racing meet.

14 May 2012 4:53 PM

Good Luck in S Florida,where I live.Out of curiosity can you disclose what business you are in?One other question are you taking the poster with the pen name Kentucky Vet with you or is he a separate entity(if he is my bad)

14 May 2012 5:07 PM


For the last few years I have followed the blog, but kind of in the shadows. I read everyone's comments and comment where I think it is appropriate. I really looked forward to our blog and THS every week you did it. I thank you Jason, for all the unique discussions, about football quarterbacks, to good beer and so on. Have a wonderful career!

PS What are you going to be doing after your work is done with Bloodhorse?

14 May 2012 5:12 PM
Rachel NH


Ack! You're going to leave us before the Belmont?!

I hardly post anymore because I hate logging in, but I just had to log in and tell you how much I've appreciated this blog and all the fun!

Best wishes and prayers for your new venture!

Draynay: I will miss you, too. Stay safe.

14 May 2012 5:14 PM
Smoking Baby

 Draynay.  I just checked out your website.  Well done sir.  As excited as I am about the Preakness I've got to say this year's Met Mile seems to be coming up one for the ages.  I'd sure like to hear anyone's thoughts or opinions about the Met Mile while we've still got the forum.  I'd say To Honor And Serve is the horse to beat.

14 May 2012 5:20 PM

Bob/Ted: we'll always have Paris (Kentucky)

14 May 2012 5:24 PM
Age of Reason

Dear Jason,

I just now noticed this article for the first time (Monday, May 14 approx. 4:15). I was almost teary-eyed and ready to break out Auld Lang Syne, until I scrolled down and saw that Draynay would also be leaving--now I could kiss you on the mouth! Lol. It's been a lot of fun--forgive me if I'm getting sentimental, but though we've disagreed fairly often I always enjoyed the verbal sparring (most of the time. haha).

Alright, fellow commenters, let's send Jason out in style and make his ante-climactic blog the one with the most-ever comments: Hey Draynay, Sylvester, AfleetAlexForever, and whomever else it may concern: Zenyatta rules, Union Rags drools and he will win as many G1s this year as Blame won HOY titles--namely, zero! Hehehe. (Here we go again!) #allinfun

14 May 2012 5:28 PM
Jason Shandler

Thanks again everyone. I really appreciate all the kind words.

Dray: I think you telling everyone that you're leaving too turned a sad occasion into a happy one. Can't say I blame people.

14 May 2012 6:01 PM

I would personally like to thank Jason for the last 5 years. He created a position out of nothing. I met him at Parx of all places, and he moved to KY to accept the job at The Blood-Horse. I've had a blast despite some rough times, and look forward to meeting him at a track in South Florida to laugh, drink beer, and bet horses. I wish you the best man.

14 May 2012 6:14 PM

This is sad news for us but I wish you the best of luck Jason in your new endeavor.  You will be greatly missed.  I have thoroughly enjoyed your articles and blogs.  I'm sorry to see your talent leave the Bloodhorse, I appreciated your candor and writing style.  I hope you stay connected to horseracing and join the blogs with us in the future.  Much success to you and all the best to you and your family.  We won't forget you.

14 May 2012 6:22 PM
Ted from LA


We'll always have Paris, Kentucky.  We didn't have it before...we'd...we'd lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

Here's lookin' at you kid.


Bob and I have been talking.  You can't leave.  What would everyone do???  Start talking to their spouses again?

14 May 2012 6:23 PM

Wow Jason, you just made Monday at work suck even more. Good job.  Seriously, how can you leave us like this?!

I have truly enjoyed your writing these past few years. No one else blogs so candidly and it's made for a heck of a ride. Do let me know what you are going to do in South Florida. Hope it doesn't involve small planes and code names.

14 May 2012 6:42 PM

Best of luck in your new venture. I left sports writing after 14 years of it, and I really, really missed it, so I hope this goes well for you.

Even though you're often annoying in the comments section (ha!), I appreciated that you had the cajones to put your picks out there week after week and they always were thoughtful and well reasoned.

This joint won't be the same without you.

14 May 2012 6:46 PM
Age of Reason

Regarding Draynay,

I smell a rat. Several have speculated in time past that he was a fictional character created by Jason himself, based on stereotypes, just to get more hits and comments--after all, Jason said himself that controversial comments were the best way to promote a blog. So now that Jason is leaving, suddenly Draynay also decides to disappear in a puff of smoke (praise be to every Deity known to man)...Hmm! How convenient! Could Jason just be bringing his fictional puppet with him? That's my conspiracy theory, for what it's worth...

14 May 2012 6:49 PM


I see you are not waiting on your boat of success to come in at the Bloodhorse, you are rowing out to South Florida to meet it. Bon voyage my friend.

The saying goes "personal fulfilment is the only true measure of success" and it is clear to me that you've had a good measure of both, serving the Bloodhorse and us. Here's wishng that your luck doesn't run north while you go south (LOL).

One of the secrets of happiness is not doing what one likes but liking what one does. May you fall in love and enjoy to the max, your new business venture. You will be missed by most on here Bro. including Mike Relva (although he might not admit it).

14 May 2012 7:02 PM
Jason Shandler

Sorry to disappoint you Age of Reason. Dray is in fact a real person. He is bald, ugly, and doesn't know anything about horses (obviously), but he is real. We met a couple years ago at Keeneland, and believe it or a pretty decent guy!!

14 May 2012 7:03 PM
Thoroughbreds are the best

I have rarely commented but have truly enjoyed reading every comment the past couple of years.  Your blog has been so fun and entertaining because you not only have strong opinions you aren't' afraid to let other people express their equally strong opinions.  Your blog has re-awakened a deep love for horse racing that was dormant for a very long time.  I hope you have a great adventure in South Florida and look back on this phase of your life with terrific memories.  Honestly, I think they could have campaigned Zenyetta more, really couldn't fly over the Rockies. HAHAHAHA!

14 May 2012 7:03 PM

Um.........See Ya!

14 May 2012 7:07 PM
Jason Shandler

It means a lot to hear from some of the people like The best breed, who have read for a long time but rarely commented, and have now taken the time to wish me well and compliment me on my contributions. Thank you.

Tom: You've been a great mentor and a better friend. Besides being the person most directly responsible for getting me a job at B-H, you have taught me more about horse racing than anyone in the business. B-H better pray they don't lose you because you are the glue that holds the place together. Thanks for everything man.

14 May 2012 7:13 PM


Here are some parting words of wisdom for you my friend:

"There's no mistake so great as that of always being right"

You told Jason (quote)"it's going to take a 4 year old with average size feet to fill your shoes" but I am telling you "the bigger your head gets, the easier it is to fill your shoes Buddy".  Anyway the comic relief was good most of the times.  

14 May 2012 7:16 PM
Tiz Herself

Best of luck Jason to you and your family. While haven't been commenting very long on blogs here, have read every one since I can't remember when.

Will miss you telling things how you see it as is rare that people do that.

Congratulations on your new opportunity!

14 May 2012 7:22 PM


When I saw the headline, I knew it.  Good Luck to you and your family in your new venture.

We'll miss you.  I'll miss you and this blog.  I'm a long time racing nut, BH subscriber and user but never blogged until I won the 2010 contest.  You and your blog allowed me to express myself and my joy.

Thank you for taking the time to stop and talk with me on the Wednesday morning before last year's Derby under the CD clubhouse.  Talking racing, horses, Uncle Mo, the blog and who we each liked in the Derby was one of the highpoints in a very special week.

Thanks for your information, articles, interviews, opinions, picks and this blog.

At the risk if dredging up a pick gone south, I'll offer this definition:

'flash point':a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being.......May this year's Preakness and your blog be your Flashpoint into your new venture.

May you and your family be blessed.    

14 May 2012 7:27 PM

Smoking Baby,

Caleb's Posse is a lock in The Met Mile ...never mind all the excitement.

14 May 2012 7:27 PM
Tiz Herself

Will also miss you in the THS and the live blogs from the Triple Crown and Breeders Cup. Florida is warmer than New York! Maybe will see you back commenting instead of blogging?

Am thankful that Hansen will get a break and not run in the Preakness.. save some horse for the rest of the year.

Got to love the Pimlico Special coming back around. Top five; Nehro, Endorsement, Toby's Corner, Cease, and Alternation.

14 May 2012 7:29 PM

Jason you will be  missed!  You were always good to round out the super in the Derby with a long shot like Musket Man or I'll Have Another.  Somehow you saw things in these long shots were others did not.  

14 May 2012 7:32 PM

We Could Sail Away

Or Catch A Freight Train

Or Rocketship Into Outer Space

Nothing Left To Do

Too Many Things Were Said

To Ever Make It Feel

Like Yesterday Did

Seasons Must Change

Seperate Paths/Seperate Ways

If We Blame It On Anything

Lets Blame It On The Rain

Motley Crue: Dr Feelgood

Jason best wishes and thanks for the great reads....I didn't post often but sure read alot, gonna miss the blog and the bloggers

14 May 2012 7:33 PM

Wow: I don't know what to say;  yours is always the first site I look at every day when I login, and I am devastated to see that you are leaving!  Your humor, your concise writing, and your accurate insights were a magnet for me.  Really, noone IMO is close to providing the entertainment and knowledge that you did.

Are you staying in the industry or is your new venture in some other field?

Best of luck to you, Jason!!

14 May 2012 8:04 PM
Paula Higgins

Oh wow, this is a shock! Kind of like when Johhny Carson retired from t.v, no joke. Well, I loved this blog and will miss each and every one of you. Even Sylvester. This is painful for us, but good for you Jason. I wish you the very best and great success in your new business. I learned alot from reading your blog and from you. You will be very much missed by all of us. Ted from LA, Draynay, et. al, don't go anywhere, stay right here.

14 May 2012 9:27 PM

Just wanted to say thankyou for all the "good reads" your blogs have provided over the past few years. I am sure success will follow you wherever you decide to hang your hat, for you are truly a special guy with great talents. Geesh, and you were just getting good at this game, darn. Good luck and may the wind behind you never be your own.

14 May 2012 9:38 PM
Jason Shandler

You guys are too kind. In fact, all these nice things being written about me are starting to make me uncomfortable. Maybe if I try this it will stop:

She lost. Get over it.

14 May 2012 9:50 PM

Ok, that was pretty much the only time I thought that was funny. :))

14 May 2012 10:06 PM
Mary Zinke

Wishing you good luck in your new career, Mr.Shandler. I read your blogs and the comments ever since I was told to check them out just under two years ago, and enjoyed them for info and entertainment. Some characters were so irritating and many times boring, but a couple of guys were so amusing and never a bore. I don't agree that Salix should not be banned. It needs to go, but at least you mentioning it gets people discussing the subject.

14 May 2012 10:29 PM
Bob from Boston

Alright.  Since this appears to be the end of the blog, I feel the need to come clean.  I am a woman.  A 53 year-old woman from Minnesota.  Ted from LA is my lover and we both live for the movie Yentl and the Bob Newhart Show.

14 May 2012 10:34 PM
Paula Higgins

Jason, the love is for real. I am not even going to say one word about "She lost. get over it." If we let you say that every blog, uncontested, will you stay? Bob/Ted, you are not a woman. Nice try. Bob Newhart absolutely. Yentl not on a bet.

14 May 2012 11:12 PM
Paula Higgins

O.k. I am really having separation anxiety here, so Jason, for the record, I agree with you about Lasix. I think every trainer would agree with you as well. There, I have said it. If this keeps up, I am going to need medication for withdrawal.

14 May 2012 11:23 PM

Wow Jason, congrats on your new venture in South Florida. You will be missed. Your topics and posts were a joy for me read and comment whether I agreed with them or not. This blog has been a place where a middle school science teacher can feel like a handicapper and know his opinions will be appreciated, trashed or just ignored. Your wit will be missed. If you are ever in Cali for del mar or santa anita will get a beer a handicap some 2 year olds.

Good luck

15 May 2012 12:05 AM
The Deacon

Wow, sad news (Jason leaving)and good news (Draynay leaving) all in the same blog. Jason, you were Dr. Jekyll and Draynay was Mr. Hyde.

Loved reading the banter on your blogs. It sometimes got out of hand but it was good reading. Hope your new gig turns out to be rewarding and exciting.

May the best be in your future........

15 May 2012 3:48 AM


I will definitely miss you running this blog.  Thanks for allowing me to do a couple of guest blogs, and doing such a good job getting my posts(and I assume most everyone else's) up in a timely manner.  I feel pity for you if you actually had to read every word I posted; I didn't do you any favors with some of my manuscripts.

Since I moved back to soCal in late 09', there were instances I got a little frustrated when you would give Cali racing and horses I hard time, but deep down I aprreciated it because it kept me honest and from viewing things through the prism of sentimentality(which is easy to do with the horses we get to see in person).

I am happy to have met you way back in March of 09' on Sprial(Lane's End) day at Turfway. The best of luck on your next chapter in life.

15 May 2012 3:52 AM
Mike from Michigan

Jason, thank you for all your insight you have shared.  We all wish you much success in your new ventures. As a half-vulcan science officer once said..."Live long and prosper".

15 May 2012 7:08 AM
Pedigree Ann

Best of luck in your future endeavours (spelled the British way in honour of the Argentine champion and US sire *Endeavour II). South Florida would not have been my choice of a place to live - too hot and humid for this Minnesota-raised girl - but if it is your choice..., Will miss your blog. Adieu, mon ami.

15 May 2012 8:03 AM

Hey Jason thank you for all the great articles, most of your straight forwardness, and trutfullness, I want to compliment you on your article on O'neil and his milkshaking situation, a black cloud will sit on his head regardless of what he does or acomplishes. 250,000 spent to beat this charge guess we are all in the wrong business, training horse is not rocket scientist work.

15 May 2012 8:21 AM
Smoking Baby

Bob Newhart is arguably the funniest man on the planet.  Dude doesn't have to speak a word of dialogue and I'm already LMAO.

15 May 2012 8:58 AM
Jennifer in Columbia

Although I am happy that you have a new gig, I am sad for me because I always enjoy reading your blog and the inevitable conversations/controversies that flow from it. It has been lovely to read the community comments, and we all owe you a big thank you for starting and moderating the discussions. Good luck as you journey on your new path!

15 May 2012 9:17 AM
mr pibb


I've come here on occasion over the years to participate in your blog. While at times a certain individual distracted in an attempt to gain attention he must never have received as a child the rest was awesome. I sincerely wish you the best, you are a class act and BH will have a big hole to fill with your departure. Good luck!!

One last thing:

Get over it she won HOY and should have won it twice in a row!!

15 May 2012 9:25 AM

Hi Jason -

good luck in your new spot.  Thanks for the lively and informative blog.  Sorry to lose your voice of reason and strong opinion.

Racing needs people who will call the emperor naked and work for the betterment of the sport, not just where the next dollars are.  You're right - a good, comprehensive governing board could save the sport.  

Anyway, take lots of sunscreen with you to FL, and enjoy what you do.

15 May 2012 9:28 AM
Melissa P

I am truly sorry to see you go, Jason. As someone who has been involved in following horses on the internet since way back in the Prodigy days (dark ages) when we were in the breeding and racing business, I've seen bad and good. Your blog on BloodHorse has always been "good." May not have agreed with everything (mostly, though I did), and some of the comments from some of the people made my blood boil. Isn't that the whole idea? It's been a fun ride. Sure hope your next endeavour is extremely successful and at least as much fun as this has been. If not, heck, just come on back! We'll probably all still be here (darn it)!

15 May 2012 10:06 AM
gw bushwacker

Happy trails Jason and good riddance to draynay who has nowhere to go now since no other will put up with his nonsense.  

Over time this blog has been a wonderful place to visit. Jason you made it real and your blogs were always inciteful except when you were kissing up to Repole to get an interview. Thanks and good luck!!

15 May 2012 10:14 AM

Still saddened by loss of blog master Shandler.  Keep playing song "Pictures in My Head" from recent Muppet Movie.

15 May 2012 10:45 AM
Eric Rickard

Sorry to see a passionate horse racing supporter leave. I hope you stay in the field. Good luck with your knew endeavor. Although I felt you had a west coast bias, I still appreciated your opinions. Stay cool.

15 May 2012 10:45 AM
Union Buster

What can I say but I WAS RIGHT!! union on the rags had no chance. Thanks for putting up with those of us who didn't buy into your picks. Good luck in your "new life". Maybe draynay will get a life soon too. That I would not bet on no matter the odds. Chow.

15 May 2012 11:06 AM
Smoking Baby

Ranagulzion.  You could be right.  Caleb's Posse just keeps firing bullets.  He's due to win one.  If he can pull it off the Met Mile will really be a feather in his cap.  My guess for top three is To Honor And Serve, Jackson Bend, Caleb's Posse depending on the weights.  

15 May 2012 11:07 AM
Sam Santschi


So sorry the blog is ending.  I really enjoyed reading as there was always something to learn and or laugh about.  Good luck in the future.

15 May 2012 11:10 AM


    Wishing you the best in your new position.  I too just switched jobs after 13 years at a place that's the only one I've been employed.  There are a lot of emotions that go along with it, excitement, fear, etc.  But, in the end, if you're doing what you think is best for you and your family and you do it with conviction, you can't go wrong.  I've enjoyed the blog over the last few years.  There are definitely some characters on here but that's what makes this blog so fun to be a part of whether it's commenting or just reading.  We all have you to thank for that.  I always enjoyed your articles.  You're like a young Steve Haskins without the ability, lol.  Anyway, take care and invest in sunscreen.  One last barb, although I will miss your insight and obviously this blog, I could punch you right now.  You just made handicapping more difficult for me.  On the day of bigs races, I always visited your blog to see who dray picked so I would know who to toss.  Now, I have to seriously look at all the horses in the field and don't have that free square like in bingo!!!

15 May 2012 11:51 AM

As I mentioned, best of luck but it leads to another comment I made

I would hope you officially thank the Dray before leaving as his comments spurred a thousand replies on this blog.

To him, your leaving, ala Julius Caesar --"Yours was the unkindest cut of all." Mr. Haskin will not, I suspect, give him the latitude you have here nor others (don't believe for a moment he will completely disappear from sight.)

He will suffer the horrible fate of "NOT BEING RELEVANT" ----Certainly a cruel blow

15 May 2012 12:34 PM

Jason : I got over HDG's loss almost immediately after the race, I still can't get over the weight whining though but she's retired so I'll let it be.

Draynay : I'm glad that you finally admitted your love for Zenyatta, only one thing wrong with your website.  Zenyatta is a "she" not a "he" although "she" is much much better than most "hes".  Better fix it before you actually buy that domain.  People will think you can't tell the difference between male and female.

Bob from Boston :  How U doin' ? ;)

15 May 2012 1:04 PM

Farewell, Jason. Hope you update us of your new location via Twitter. I've enjoyed reading for the past three years. Good luck to you!

15 May 2012 1:11 PM

I would have come here more often but you made the choice to put up with draynays BS on a daily basis so it made it distasteful for me.  I get it though, he was half or more of your posts sometimes. Aside from that I did read the blog regularly while avoiding the other crap and very much enjoyed your passion for the sport. Thank you for all of that.

Change is nerve wracking and I too made a decision 15 months ago to leave my line of work. I retired at age 54 and now am enjoying playing the ponies on a more regular basis. It's become my "part-time job" and there is nothing like loving your work, showing up when you feel like it,  and making alot of money when you do.

I wish you and your family the same in your new venture. All the best!!

Side note to draynay,

Canterbury Park is running their annual weiener dog races on 6/17, 6/24, and the finals on 7/4. Pack up your mutts, come on over, I'll buy you a drink and teach you some humility.

15 May 2012 1:12 PM
El Kabong


This was my most successful Derby ever, but it takes a bitter sweat turn with this news. Your articles were great lead ins to all the verbal sparring on this blog and I really enjoyed them all. You were in a tough position to begin with in this sport and to have to write and blog each week along side Steve Haskin is a tall task. You did a fine job my friend and we will all miss your presence.

That said, change is always good. Make the best of it and we all look forward to hearing about your next venture. May the spirit of Mookie Blaylock guide you.

15 May 2012 1:28 PM
Jason Shandler

More nice, funny comments today. Thanks. I'm sure my replacement will start a new blog; mind you, it won't be nearly as good but at least you guys will have a place to spar and give your opinions. Here's a prediction: One of the Dans--Wise Dan or Successful Dan--will win the BC Classic. You can get them at about 40-1 in Vegas at the moment. Very juicy odds.

15 May 2012 1:34 PM
draynays better half

Jason don't do this to me!! You have been a distraction to my crazy half an it's kept me partially sane. Me and the weieny dogs have appreciated you for that. Oh worry worry what's a wifey to do when her man has nowhere to vent his frustrations? I guess I'll have to beg Mr. Haskins to let my boy blog there.

Good luck to you. I know you are a great family man and will always put them first. Say a prayer for me on a regular basis, I'ma gonna need it.

Bye bye

15 May 2012 1:34 PM
Mary in VT


Quite selfishly .. I'm sorry to hear this. I'm not a big blogger myself but seldom missed one of your columns. Loved the way you called it liked you saw it with no holds barred which has become far too rare in these boring PC days. In fact, I thought you got the community feel of your blog just right vs some other Bloodhorse blogs that occasionally descend into something of a nanny state. This was a lively and fun place for the open honest exchange of ideas.

You did a hecuva job.

Best wishes in your new situation. Health and happiness to you and your family.

15 May 2012 1:36 PM
Rolling Thundar

Ohh no Jason:.....

What's a Rookie like me supposed to do now.....

Where will I go to get the wisdom that I sot here.....

You were a real stand-up Guy, Honest, and informative....

15 May 2012 1:50 PM
Age of Reason

Jason, I literally LOLed about your account of real-life Draynay! No small coincidence that he appears in real life exactly as I imagined he would. Hehehe

Wow, you know the well-wishes and kind words on here were sincerely meant when we can't even get an argument started about Zenyatta. There's so much kindness floating around this place it's as if everyone has had a simultaneous religious experience (yeah, let's argue about religion! NOT). Otherwise it still feels like there's been a death in the family, though the person in question may be leaving but is certainly not dying (anytime soon--knock on wood).

Just to make sure Draynay doesn't come back, methinks that this blog should be turned over to Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs of fame. Do I hear a motion?

15 May 2012 2:15 PM

My $ is on "To honor and Serve"

15 May 2012 2:23 PM
steve from st louis

Jason: You're finally making the best bet of your young life--it's the perfect time to purchase south Florida real estate. You'll realize a much better return than any Patrick Biancone-hopped thoroughbred "good thing". It's good to be a contrarian in the market and at the track. Deepest thanks for dragging Draynay with you. How can we ever repay you?

15 May 2012 2:32 PM


I like your attempt at an early bird BCC prediction but I think you got it wrong. This year it belongs to the 3YOs ...that special one of the crop ...Belmont, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner ...if you get my drift (LOL).

15 May 2012 3:21 PM
Betty S

Another wish you well, Jason.  You will sure be missed.  Try to stay in touch.  I still haven't decided if Dray is your puppet but he made it lots of fun.  Hope you love FL

15 May 2012 4:36 PM
El Kabong


I hope just because you're not starting the wrestling match you won't come join us to put someone in a choke hold or lay the hammer down. Let's see, what would be a good blog name for jason:



Mr. Drunkenbum


How about


Surprise us with a guest visit. It might be more fun from this side.

15 May 2012 4:41 PM

...deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.

15 May 2012 4:54 PM

Jason, My good man you will be missed.  Yes,  you wouldn't be you if you didn't give us one more "she lost get over it".  We will forgive you this time.

On another note,  Since you're going to South Florida tell us what your new job is going to be?  or better yet , I'll guess at a few things that pop into mind.

1. You're going to work for Benjamin Leon

2. You're going to drive the foreigners back and forth (illegally) to Cuba.

3. You've got a new job being a CIA since the government just fired a slew of them for being bad.

You're going to jump on a boat and go to Cuba.

4. You're going to work on a horse farm down there.

OK,  you'll have to give me a hint but I'll guess it if it isn't one of these.    

Now, for the life of me I cannot think of a job for you in way down there.  You belong in Kentucky my good man.

Either way, Jason,   You take care of yourself and follow your dreams and DREAM BIG.

15 May 2012 6:53 PM
Ted from LA

...deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.

Draynay 15 May 2012 4:54 PM

For once I agree with Draynay.  Does anyone know a good taxidermist?

15 May 2012 7:30 PM

Jason I'll miss coming to this blog and educating everyone.  I tried my best to make everyone see the light in a mature, thoughtful manner but unfortunately most on your blog were irrational mud slingers. Godspeed Jason and Higgins I got nothing but love for ya!

15 May 2012 8:03 PM

Are the rumors true?  You are taking your winnings from Blame B.C., organizing a syndicate to buy Padua farm at auction, and retiring to Palm Beach?

Take me with you (wait, never mind...I have the Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning, plus the horse racing haven,  Arapahoe Downs, and you have the Dolphins!!! )  

Dude, rethink S. Florida and come to Denver for some real NFL games, and no humidity!

15 May 2012 8:19 PM
Age of Reason


Would the "irrational mud slinging" to which you referred include your own recent statement that West Coast and synthetic racing is "officially tiddlywinks compared to the East"? As I recall, this rather unenlightened statement of yours was made in Jason's blog leading up to the Arkansas Derby--in which California horses ran 1-2. I also recall that you went blissfully silent on that opinion after the Kentucky Derby--could it be because the Top 6 finishers all came from California or a synthetic track performance? Also, isn't it rather hypocritical to brag on yourself as being "mature" and "thoughtful" while, in the same sentence, demeaning and disparaging the majority of your contemporaries on this blog as being "irrational" and "mud slingers"? Isn't it a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black (a.k.a. old-fashioned hypocrisy) when you call someone a mud-slinger, then sling mud of your own as you slur their intelligence with charges of being "irrational"? Since you're all about trying to educate we the peons, I would love to hear your response. Very truly yours,

Age of Reason

15 May 2012 8:51 PM

Age of Reason the Derby winner's trainer has cheated more than Ben Johnson in the US Olympic Track Team.  Please do not use that as evidence that CA is now the dominant locale for horseracing.  One thing about I'll Have Another that was quite glaring....he ran the KY Derby faster than Zenyatta ran the '10 BC.

15 May 2012 10:14 PM
Jason Shandler

El Kabong: Don't worry, I'll show up from time to time on these blogs. I like the Mookie Knows Best handle.

Flying to Baltimore tomorrow. I'll try to find the winning tri/super and go out with a bang.

15 May 2012 10:18 PM

I meant to say "US Track Team" and not Ben Johnson.  I know he ran for Canada.  Please don't state the obvious unless its Blame was the best horse in 2010.

15 May 2012 10:31 PM
El Kabong


Looking forward to it. Good luck in Baltimore.

15 May 2012 10:40 PM
El Kabong

Age of Reason,

The mayor of simpleton  has no clothes on and he calls us names? Naked fool. Don't waste your time on his village of worthless comments. Crickets make more sense.

15 May 2012 10:50 PM


I know life calls but couldn't you wait until after The Belmont?

15 May 2012 10:51 PM
Shelby's Best Pal

Kentucky's loss, South Florida's gain--Good luck, Jason.  Thanks for the weekly show which I enjoyed very much and thanks for the insights.  Pretty, pretty good young man.

15 May 2012 10:56 PM
Paula Higgins

O.k so here's what we do: all of us, INCLUDING Jason, just blog on the new blog once it's set up. You don't have to write it Jason, just show up from time to time. I just hope the person who runs the blog can give it out like you did. You didn't take any prisoners and neither did half the characters on here. C'mon y'all, we can do this.

16 May 2012 12:02 AM

Please explain to me what Ben Johnson has to do with the US Olympic Track and Field team.

One thing that was quite glaring about the Churchill Downs oval.  It was much faster for the Derby this year than it was for the Breeder's Cup in 2010.  Rookie.

16 May 2012 12:08 AM
Paula Higgins

Back at you Sylvester!

16 May 2012 12:09 AM


Wrong again.  Ben Johnson was on the Canadian track team.

16 May 2012 12:31 AM

:::: gets the duct tape and tapes Draynay to the wall::::

Yep, you're right.  You do look good on that wall.  Something's missing though... anyone have a pink dress with a matching pink hat ??  Needs color on that wall.

Sylvester :  It's pretty obvious that Zenyatta owns you and your soul.  I bet you count her wins and consecutive grade 1s before you go to sleep and dreams about her LOL.  You then wake up whining...just like you always do on this blog hahaha

There's NO whining in horse racing!!!  Now go check on the duct tape that's holding draynay, make sure it's not coming off.

Longshot picks for the Preakness : Cozzetti and Brimstone Island

16 May 2012 3:32 AM
Union Buster

Ok enough of the Jason sloberfest, get on with it and write your final chapter already. Let's see if you can bring us home a winner. If you need help just say please.

16 May 2012 9:45 AM
Smoking Baby

Sylvester.  What?  No self-righteous indignation for the year Scott Blasi trained Asmussen's barn while he sat out a suspension for drug positives?  What about Pletcher who also had a lengthy suspension a few years ago?  Dutrow?  Don't get me freaking started.  Biancone?  NYRA?  No?  Didn't think so.  Now...back to California.  If you want to start in on another scumbag (the self-satisfied dude with the porn mustache) training horses out here I'll be right there with you.  OK...sorry for the rant.  I just don't think O'Neil is very high on the list of bad guys is all.

16 May 2012 10:23 AM

Just read another article on another site on how Matz is haunted by UR's Derby.  He basically says he doesn't blame Leparoux and then goes on to blame Leparoux.  Right below the article is a bit on Went the Day Well.  What is interesting to me is that WTDW had some traffic troubles in the Derby yet you would never see Graham Motion blaming Johnny V. for the problems.  That is because, in my opinion, Motion has true class.  Again, Matz is being a sore loser.  I hope Julien never rides for Matz again.  Sorry, but UR was not good enough and it has nothing to do with how Julien rides him.  Take him to the Belmont and see what happens.  I'm betting he doesn't hit the board and while I truly hope the horse has a long and successful and safe career, I am no longer rooting for any Matz' horses.

16 May 2012 10:48 AM
Carlos in Cali

Jason, before you leave for Sauna-sphere...I mean South Florida,let us have your personal- Best,Worst,Informed,Uninformed,Clueless,Funniest,Wittiest,Dumbest,MostAnnoying and whatever else you can think of: blog poster(s) on your site just to put things into perspective for once and for all.Get Raw and this time at least be "objective" during your B-H curtain call.No mercy,we're all grown-ups here...I suppose.

16 May 2012 11:12 AM
Smoking Baby

 Draynay.  Loved the Few Good Men quote.  The only response I can come up with is "You're a lousy freaking softball player Dray!!!"

16 May 2012 11:17 AM
Carlos in Cali


Call Sylvester-Jylvester one more time.There's nothing funnier.. or sadder than a grown man being broken-down to his very last compound by a mere shuffling of a name.

16 May 2012 11:21 AM
Age of Reason


Get back at me when an East coast filly or mare can actually hit the board in the Classic. For your sake I hope it happens before we both die of old age, though the Vegas line says our chances of seeing a Triple Crown winner are greater.

16 May 2012 12:26 PM
Age of Reason

I was unable to type momentarily as I was bent over with laughter at Sylvester's latest inanities. You're so right, Blame was definitely the best horse of 2010, that's why he won HOY so decisively. Oh wait...

16 May 2012 12:33 PM

Sylvester : Who's your pick for the Preakness ?? Come on, you must have some idea of who's going to win ?  Be honest, do you know anything about horse racing ?  I mean do you know enough to make a bet ?  Seriously.  Or are you here because no one in the real world pays attention to you, like you're lonely and alone.  If so, don't worry, you'll get plenty of attention here!  LOL

Mayor of Simpleton ??  More like the village idiot with a lot of pent up anger lol.

I can't remember the last time the Preakness was run on wet track.  If the track is wet, it changes everything specially if it's muddy, which I think will be in Bode's favor.  If it's sloppy, IHA or another stalker wins.

The met mile is coming up as a nice betting race, I can't imagine any one being lower than 2-1 at race time.

16 May 2012 12:41 PM


I know life calls but couldn't you wait until after The Belmont?

Rinzler 15 May 2012 10:51 PM.

I 2nd this motion.

Jason I'll miss coming to this blog and educating everyone.

Sylvester 15 May 2012 8:03 PM.

Would the education be on picking winners like HDG in last year's classic or DNB in this year's Kentucky Derby?

Longshot picks for the Preakness : Cozzetti and Brimstone Island

JayJay 16 May 2012 3:32 AM.

Last heard, Brimstone Island wasn't going to run.

16 May 2012 12:53 PM

Being great is easy for me.  For others less studious then myself I know you need me for the Preakness and Belmont winner.  I'll have Another won by default.  Bode just runs fast as far as he can and again he will come up short.  Creative Cause is your winner I guarantee it.  For the Belmont Castellano will make amends and take Union Rags in for the win.  Don't thank me now, thank me when you are cashing your tickets because of my expert advice.

Remember I know EVERYTHING.

16 May 2012 1:56 PM
Ted from LA


I want to dedicate this song to you.

Went the Day Well over Bodemeister.  IHA third.  I am throwing the 4 in as a longshot in the super.  I'm hoping IHA for the win so I can have a really good day at Belmont Park.

16 May 2012 6:39 PM


We all know the obvious and it has nothing to do with Ben Johnson, Zenyatta or Blame.  Once again you're the center of attention.

16 May 2012 6:44 PM
Tiz Herself

I'll Have Another looks great from the photos I have seen

RIP Premier Pegasus who was euthanized after a severe leg injury working @ SA 5/19/2012.... will miss this talented young horse!

16 May 2012 6:45 PM


It was great reading your blogs and even though I didn't comment much I still read them. Oh the Z Vs RA wars how that was fun lol. Good luck with your new job and home. If IHA does it this year you gotta comeback for one more blog lol. Take care and best wishes!!!

P.S I think your right when it comes to the Dan brothers  or maybe one of them will win a BC race lol

16 May 2012 7:11 PM

Draynay's not going anywhere people remember his undercover account Sylvester. TROLLOL

16 May 2012 7:13 PM

Daddy Nose Best and Leparoux to taste sweet redemption in Preakness.

16 May 2012 7:20 PM
Paula Higgins

O.k. back to racing. My picks are Bodemeister and IHA. Not necessarily in that order. I would love to see Bob Baffert win something big this year with Bode. A truly great trainer and a really talented horse. On the other hand I would love to see a Triple Crown winner. I have divided loyalties once again. Union Buster, it's not a sloberfest. Quit being so warm and fuzzy. I swear I am going to miss "She lost. Get over it."

16 May 2012 8:08 PM


What's Mookie Knows Best about?

Is that a Pearl Jam ref, through Mookie Blaylock, Ten?

16 May 2012 9:42 PM
Arch the phoneman

Florida? Have you lost your mind? Hope you like to sweat. I remember being at a sping training game in March. It was 85 and felt like 110. I will miss you and your always interesting stories. I rarely blog, but, I always read. My favorite bloggers: Carlos in Cali, Pedigree Ann, Coldfacts,Higgins, Bob from Beantown, Draynay, and the KY Vet(although I've often wondered why he's so angry-maybe it's because he's a professional). Now, what am I going to do? Thanks Jason. They could have run around that track 3 more times and Zenyatta was never getting by Blame. Garrett had her measured. God Bless You.

16 May 2012 9:59 PM
The Deacon

For the love of Jason, Draynay please go away!!!

16 May 2012 10:58 PM

As a going away present, I will actually play Jason's Tri and Superfecta plays instead of avoiding it.  Hopefully it'll be a good going away present lol.

17 May 2012 3:57 AM

Michael Matz is still "haunted" by the slow start of Union Rags.  It seems Matz really believe UR is a distance horse.  I'm not one to question a trainer but I just can't buy into his reasoning of UR getting squeezed at the start as the reason for UR not winning the Kentucky Derby.  Julien didn't help but I don't think it would've mattered.  WTDW also had problems at the start but he finished strongly and could've gotten 3rd with one more jump.  Why not try him in the Preakness ?  Less horses and shorter distance, I don't know what makes him think UR can get the 12F distance but he's the trainer so I'm not going to question him.  I just hope he doesn't ruin a perfectly good horse trying to find out how "good" he is.

17 May 2012 4:41 AM

Good luck with the new venture, Jason. I am down here in SW Florida so maybe I will run into you at one of the south Florida tracks or Tampa Bay Downs while you are in the sunshine state. You will love the winters, trust me.

Looks like a chalky Preakness but interestingly enough the last time a Derby runner up won the Preakness was 1993, and the closest any runner has come in the past decade or so was Hard Spun (3rd) in 2007. Many thought he was a lock at the Preakness distance. Then again, there was mucho pace in that 2007 race...I think Pretension may be used early and get up on Bode...pressing him. Pretension is a NY bred that has run a little, and recently wore down My Adonis at Pimlico, and is bred to go classic distances (Bluegrass Cat over Street Cry).

Food for thought for the Bode is a lock betting machines...

17 May 2012 7:08 AM

After reading all of your comments I want you all to know that I've boo-hooed exactly like Mike Smith did during the 2010 BC post press conference once he realized Zenyatta wasn't capable of beating Blame.  Arch I regret you didn't join in the fray more.  You obviously know what you're talking about.  JayJay:  Creative Cause is your Preakness winner.

17 May 2012 12:22 PM
Mike Relva

DRAYNAY aka Sylvester

Guess we we BOTH wrong regarding the Derby.

17 May 2012 12:22 PM
Mike Relva


How's it going?

17 May 2012 12:23 PM

tcc : yeah, looks like they're taking him to the Belmont.  I'll probably go with Pretension for the other longshot, local horse, knows the track and he does know how to win.

17 May 2012 12:43 PM

Interesting Thoro-graph analysis of the Preakness field.

17 May 2012 1:05 PM

Laz : I agree with Carlos, call Sylvester, Jylvester again.  LOL.  Actually I think we made him cry, he stopped responding.

Ranagulzion : You may be right about DNB but for some reason, I just don't feel he's a G1 horse.  I think he's going to be winning G2 and G3 races but against the top level, I don't know if he's capable.  I'll probably put him on the bottom of my exactas as he'll be at a good price.

Where's Jason and his tri and super plays?  Is there a THS tomorrow?

17 May 2012 1:10 PM
Mary Zinke

If you know everything, know this: If you jinxed MY CC, hell hath no fury like Mary.

17 May 2012 1:26 PM

I just thought of you, Mary Z, when I read Dray's post.  

17 May 2012 2:57 PM

Oh no!  Jason's ending his reign at BH and Donna Summer died.............

17 May 2012 2:57 PM

Hey!  In his defence, Ben Johnson was the only one who was CAUGHT.  Let's not even talk about all the ones who used and weren't caught.

(Sorry, Jason -- you must have figured out that we might be nice to you for a little while and then get back to our opinionated opinions about stuff on this blog, even if not Horsie Stuff.)

(Would like to see Cozzetti do well only because I really, really like Cozzene)

17 May 2012 3:19 PM

Footlick:  I agree - Donna Summer AND Jason!  There goes more of my past!!!!

17 May 2012 3:58 PM

sillyvester left the building.

17 May 2012 4:05 PM

draynay you don't know s**t from shinola. Anybody who has listened to you left the blog long long ago because they went bankrupt betting the false favorites you tout.

hey Relva good to see you back.

17 May 2012 5:35 PM
Mary Zinke

footy, I don't mess w/the guy. Much respect, plus same b'days so, I say leave him to his kingdom, but it's just that when he's not so right, he's so wrong.

17 May 2012 5:45 PM

Wow!!!!! DRAYNAY! You finally picked a good horse! 300w200p creative cause......REVERSE THE CURSE!!!!!! lets all make some money!!!!!!

17 May 2012 10:17 PM

What a great May I am having .First Frank McCourt no longer owns the Dodgers then I have the winner and exacta in the Derby ,then to top it off Jason is leaving and just when you think it cannot get any better Draynay goes for the ultimate equipment change of muzzle on Life is GOOD.Good Luck Jason on your new venture

18 May 2012 12:24 AM
Linda in Texas

I have been away on business, just now home and checking in to see what is going on. And i read that you are leaving Jason. You cannot be serious?

Sometimes your answers to people cracked me up, literally. Most of the time i knew what someone was asking for when they made a stupid comment. I was afraid you would make fun of me because i know i made some stupid comments, but i love the horses. Not a handicapper, but love the sport.

You mentioned in a post on your own blog "your replacement." I need to warn that person that

if someone is being hired as your replacement, they are in for having

a job they will never be able to perform. There is only one Jason Shandler. Mold broken, enough said.

May the best of everything that isn't tied down Jason come your way as you start a new sequel in Florida with your family.

I went to school with a guy that you remind me so much of that it is uncanny. He was mean, tacky, truthful to a fault and could be quite hateful and it was all only a ploy to keep others from knowing he had a huge heart! We became super friends. And are to this day,

60 years later.

Cheers and safe trips Jason. Let Bob or Ted know where you are so we can keep tabs on you. I feel just like Paula Higgins.

Thanks for the chance to interchange thoughts with so many neat people. I know hundreds will miss you. I sure will.

All the best to you and yours.


18 May 2012 7:43 PM

So long Jason, been watching you and Tom for years, you have some good Tip once in a while.. too bad your final pick on Preakness day did not came in or it would have a been a good farewell.. anyhow good luck to you, and if you feel like coming back here at Blood Horse just to make a comment on upcoming big races do so. take care.

19 May 2012 9:37 PM

A bit late to this party, better than never I suppose. Thank you Mr. Shandler for the blogs. I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well as Breeders' Cup Chat. Your entries, and the comments that followed, have always been entertaining to read. I only found your blogs as recently as last summer, wish I had found them sooner, and contributed a bit more, but I greatly enjoyed the year I did get to read. Also enjoyed watching editions of That Handicapping Show, even if I didn't agree all the time. Best wishes to you in your new venture, you seem a very likable guy, I'm sure you'll find it prosperous. Thanks for all your work and contributions, it was always a great read and will definitely be missed on here.

21 May 2012 11:00 PM
Ted from LA

The last word.

23 May 2012 5:29 PM

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