ARCI'S Ed Martin Joins The TDN Writers' Room

Confusion has reigned ever since an appellate court ruled last week that the Horse Racing and Integrity Act (HISA) is unconstitutional. So what does that mean for the state racing commissions and what should they do going forward? The TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland called upon Ed Martin, the chairman and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International to help clear up the situation. Martin was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week. Martin believes that considering the situation HISA should drop the Jan. 1 date and...

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XBTV Nears 2K Works From Saratoga, Del Mar

Edited Press Release With closing weekends on the horizon for this summer's Saratoga and Del Mar meets, XBTV.com has already successfully captured, cataloged and uploaded nearly 2,000 morning video workouts for racing's marquee meets. The XBTV workouts are available without cost to those with a 1/ST account. "An analysis of a published workout based only on final time can lead to a faulty conclusion," said Jeff Siegel, Xpressbet.com handicapper and one of the country's most respected analysts.  "How the breeze was accomplished, and which work mate it was accomplished with,...

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XBTV Bypasses Video Milestone for Saratoga and Del Mar Meets

Edited Press Release One month into this summer's Saratoga and Del Mar meets, XBTV.com has already uploaded more than 1,000 morning video workouts for racing's marquee meets. This milestone provides handicappers with 'behind the scenes' access to the nation's top horses and future stars and remains available without cost to 1/ST account holders. XBTV's workouts are also available on TDN's homepage. "You can refer to published workouts and form assumptions based only on final time, but the opportunity to view the video and gain an understanding of how the drill...

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Workouts Canceled at Santa Anita Tuesday Due to Air Quality

Santa Anita management sent a text to trainers Tuesday morning advising them that workouts would be canceled because of the air quality. "The AQI is at 159 this morning. We are going to cancel workouts and only allow gallopers and joggers," the text said. In conjunction with Dr. Rick Arthur, the Equine Medical Director at UC Davis, where he is assigned full time to the California Horse Racing Board, the Stronach Group has a policy that any air quality index about 150 could be unhealthy for horses, and that exercise...

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Published Workouts: Inaccuracies are Inexcusable

Like many issues in racing, the inaccuracy of published workout times is something we who are firmly planted in the industry have all just accepted as the way it is. Quote a breeze time to any trainer, owner or serious horseplayer and they'll tell you why it's pointless. "Official" times of works, and rankings, bullets, etc. are almost never correct, and somehow we've all just gone along with it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has analyzed workout video of a horse like it was the Zapruder film...

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XBTV Introduces Triple Crown Trail Portal

XBTV has launched the Triple Crown Trail, a portal on the XBTV.com website devoted to sophomores headed towards the 2020 Classics. The portal will contain exclusive, searchable workout videos, interviews and handicapping insights. The portal will also include handicapper Jeff Siegel's weekly Top 20 Rankings, the first installment of which is due Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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