Posted: August 23, 2018

A Special Travers

Update: John A. DiMario, who trained Runaway Groom to a memorable upset in the 1982 GI Travers S. at Saratoga, passed away Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at the age of 91. Not long ago I visited with Mr. DiMario and talked about his epic win. The man was still sharp as a tack and a true gentleman. May he RIP. A Very Special Travers Stakes By Jonathan Stettin Since 1864 The Travers Stakes has been providing thrills and great racing history. Although The Kentucky Derby may be more famous and...

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Posted: July 31, 2020

Allen Jerkens: Humble Greatness

By: Charles Simon He knew who I was the day I went and asked him for a job. Walking into Allen Jerkens office and asking him to hire me was perhaps the boldest move that I had made up to that point in my life. An assistant of his had gotten himself into some trouble with the law and Jerkens had an opening, something that happened about as often as horses won the triple crown. He knew my past performances, who I worked for, who I was friends with. He...

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Posted: August 5, 2020

Handicapping with the Herd Dynamics

Ever since I turned my passion for horse racing and the study of how the psychological athlete impacts physical performance, I started getting asked about handicapping races. There is an absolute correlation between scouting herd dynamic characteristics, the depth of their athletic psychology as prospects, and scouting the same in the horses in the starting gate as you plan your plays as a handicapper. The irony for me has always been, I don’t gamble, I’ve never handicapped a race for the purpose of placing a financial wager; I leave that...

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QATAR ARC ROAD Update on the international starters expected at the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2020

Love takes the lead on EnableThe Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is now in 91 days!Three months before the big event, the head of the list became more precise.Sunday, in Sandown, the great champion Enable,...

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