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For The Ladies

Posted by on 2/10/2014 8:12:46 PM

When I got into this game in the last 1960s there were very few women involved in the sport of horseracing. Veteran online sports betting site players may remember one the pioneer women riders in Diane Crump, but Kim Hammond became the first female trainer in North American to win 2,000 races.

A runner named Big Smooth put her over the top and to get this horse to win is truly a feat. This $5,000 claimer had only won 3 of his 71 starts and was only 1 for 16 in 2013 but fittingly, this runner drew off to win by 7 lengths at nearly 7-1. It was just like most of Hammond???s winners, a hard-knocking cheap horse that just grinds out a living.

This is not a story about someone who grew with the proverbial silver spoon background, but about a true salt of the earth worker. There are thousands of this breed on the backstretches of tracks throughout the country.

Big Smooth won at Turfway Park, not exactly the bright lights of New York or California but this is where the less fortunate of equine runners ply their trade.

Hammond also runs often at Indiana Downs, where the purses are enhanced because of slots and where the smaller barns can operate and make money with less talented performers.

Kim has been training for nearly 35 years and sure, there have been other women to win big race. Jenine Sahadi, who learned a lot from Julio Canani, once won with back-to-back runners in the Breeders??? Cup Sprint.

Back in the day Shelly Riley saddled Northern California based Casual Lies to a second in the Kentucky Derby and more recently Kathy Ritvo won this year Breeders??? Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man.

Hammond has only trained 4 stakes winners in her career, all at Evangeline Downs. She has won a couple of training titles including training the most winners at Ellis Park in the summer of 2003.

What can online sports betting site player zero in on when evaluating runners trained by Kim?

First off, know she has won with 31 of her 160 starters this year, good for a cool 19%.

If Kim brings a horse back quickly, within 7 days, go to the ATM machine and load up. She has won with 7 of 16 of these kinds of runners in the last 5 years with a median payoff of 5-2.

She often lets her horse???s race themselves into shape but when she sends out a runner that recently ran in the money, she has won with 167 of 492 in the last 5 years for a clever 34%.

Hammond has a good eye for a claim too. She was won first start after a claim 8 of 36 times in the last 5 years for a median payoff of 3-1 and 6 ran second. She is very good when she cuts back in distance. And when she drops a horse to 50% of its claiming price, she has won with 6 of 31 or 19% the last 5 years and 5 ran second.

The bottom line is when betting on runners from this barn; bettors will get a fair shake day in and day out.

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