Horse Racing

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Preakness Preview

  If you hit on 20, you’re an idiot.  Even if you pull a miracle ace out of the deck, you’re still an idiot. Because even if it works out in the end, the wrong decision is still the wrong decision. And sometimes, on the flip side, even when it doesn’t work out in the

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Shoe Money Podcast - Kentucky Derby, Early NFL

In a special edition of the Shoe Money Podcast, Joe Bianchino and Ryan Paulsen sit down to talk Derby, and take an early look at some NFL bets. Click here to download, or check out the player below.

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Kentucky Derby Preview

  Picking the Kentucky Derby isn’t supposed to be easy.  It’s not a Thursday afternoon at Belmont, with a six horse field and only one that’s fast enough to beat its show pony to the wire. It’s the Kentucky Derby.  It’s 20 of the world’s best 3-year-olds in a cluttered, scattered scramble that’s impossible to predict.

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Breeders' Cup Preview

Part of the speech my brother gave at my wedding was about throwing me through a wall when we were younger. It was my fault; we were playing hockey and I tried to take the puck up the boards.  What was he supposed to do? Not throw the hip and put me into the wall?  He

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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Woodward Weekend

If you’re open to it, I believe that the world sends you signs. Whether it comes from God or Yahweh or fate I couldn’t tell you.  But I believe that whatever it is, if you look for them, you’ll find them. Like when you’ve been having a great meet so you start thinking about playing

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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Travers Weekend

  When California Chrome ran in the Belmont looking to win the Triple Crown, I bought 10, $2 win tickets betting on him – an odds-on favorite.  They weren’t worth the $2 I spent on them.  They weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.  But I wanted them just incase he won. And then he

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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Whitney Weekend

  For as long as I’ve covered Saratoga, my favorite race has been the Whitney.  The Travers is the show-stopper, it’s the unquestioned climax of the racing season, but there’s always been something about the Whitney. Maybe it’s because I hit it for a big winner my first year there, or maybe it just comes

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Saratoga Preview - Opening Weekend

  If you’ve ever wondered how the tobacco industry stays in business, blame broadcasting. Before I started working in radio, I knew there were people in the world who pay $10 for a pack of cigarettes, but I didn’t know any personally.  Now I know plenty.  Because after discovering that a cigarette-a-commercial-break is what helps

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Belmont Preview

  The first time I saw a trailer for Cowboys vs. Aliens, I was in a movie theater watching the previews, and I remember a rush of excitement followed immediately by a slow but steady deflation into depression. Originally, I thought it was a movie starring Daniel Craig as a ruthless, Curly Bill-style villain set against Harrison Ford as

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Preakness Preview

  I don’t know how Wile E. Coyote gets out of bed in the morning. You’d think after so many years chasing that damn Roadrunner, he’d just give up. He’s been burned and beaten and smashed and probably sautéed. You’d think by now, he’d tip his cap, say ‘kudos to you, ya speedy bastard,’ and