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PULSE OF THE GAME

Posted by on 11/26/2013 7:43:45 PM

With the complexion of the racing schedules changing from coast-to-coast, we’ll try to give online sports betting site players a heads up on when and where racing where is held in the coming months.

In New Jersey there will be 77 days of thoroughbred racing for the year. Monmouth Park will get he majority of the dates with 57 days of action starting on May 10 and going to September 28.

Atlantic City Race Course and Meadowlands will split the rest of the dates. Meadowlands will run September 18 to October 18 and Atlantic City will have an abbreviated meet. Both Meadowlands and Atlantic City will offer turf racing only.

The Meadowlands figures to be an interesting stand. A total of $88 million was pumped into the Meadowlands facility. The managing partner of Meadowlands is Jeff Gural, who also owns Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. He has been going to the track his entire life and he should add a positive feel to the action in the Garden State.

Atlantic City Race Course hold a special place in my heart. As a young man my boss and his wife would take me to that track from Central Jersey and it was there that I met Sam ‘The Genius’ Lewin, who made the selections for the program.

Sam kind of took me under his wing and showed me things one could never get from a book. 

With the closing of Hollywood Park, Santa Anita has divided it 6-month season into 2 different meetings and the Santa Anita Derby will be run with a $1 million purse.

The traditional day after Christmas start will continue at Santa Anita and that meet to roll into April 20.

There will be quick break in the action and then n April 25, another 8-week meet will commence in Arcadia.

The interesting thing about this shift in dates is how the weather will affect the racing. As it warms up in the San Gabriel Valley, smog can set in and that can not only be ugly looking but it can have an impact on the horses.

Two former Southern Californian jockeys have already had experiences at Fair Grounds this meeting.

Kent Desormeaux, a native of Louisiana, was in the area for the holiday and he kept this trade sharp by riding a few last Sunday.

The main rider for online sports betting enthusiasts to watch is David Flores.

Flores starting his riding career in 1984 and before the 1980s was over, he was a live rider in SoCal. In 1990, he won with 172 races and his mounts earned nearly $4 million.

The next year, his mounts earned nearly $7 million. For his career, Flores has won over 3,500 races and his mounts have earned over $150 million.

He ends up at Fair Grounds with a little luck. On a trip to France this summer, Flores rode some horses for trainer Wesley Ward. The conditioner told Flores if he decided to move East, he would use him on his horses.

Flores agent, Jay Fedor and Ward are good friends and New Orleans became the play.

Flores: “Jay is one of the best in the business. We decided to go here and we’ve gotten off to a good start. I love my job.”

Flores has been around the block and back. He has won 3 Breeders’ Cup races, 3 Hollywood Gold Cups, and Arlington Million, a Kentucky Oaks and the Pacific Classic. He also was aloft the great Zenyatta early in her career.

Don’t ignore this hungry rider.


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