11/16/2009 4:31PM

Bobby Frankel


The racing world mourns the loss of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.  If ever a horseman "did it all," it was Frankel, who began his career as a hot walker in New York in the mid-1960's.  Frankel, an astute horseplayer, took out his training license in 1966 and earned his first victory on November 29 with Double Dash at Aqueduct.  He showed consistent improvement in his New York years, winning five races in 1966, nine in 1967, 36 in 1968, 68 in 1969, 73 in 1970, and 84 in 1971 while gaining a reputation as "King of the Claimers." 
Frankel moved his operation to California in 1972, and he won the first of his 10 Hollywood Park Spring/Summer training titles that year after saddling a record 60 winners at the meet.  Overall, Frankel earned 30 training titles including the 1970 Saratoga meet, five championships at Del Mar, and six at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.  A five-time Eclipse Award winner, Frankel was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1995. 
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Frankel trained 10 national champions (Aldebaran, Bertrando, Ghostzapper, Ginger Punch, Intercontinental, Leroidesanimaux, Possibly Perfect, Ryafan, Squirtle Squirt, and Wandesta), won six Breeders' Cup races including the Classic (Ginger Punch, Squirtle Squirt, Ventura, Starine, Intercontinental, and Ghostzapper), guided Empire Maker to the third jewel of racing's Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, and won 28 million-dollar races. 
While battling lymphoma, horses racing in Frankel's name won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on September 20, and the Grade 1 Canadian International on October 17 while under the care of longtime assistant Humberto Ascanio.  Former Frankel assistants that went on to great success on their own include Tony Dutrow and Chad Brown.
Frankel represented a bridge between the hard-boot horsemen of yesteryear and the cell-phone pitchmen of today.  He will be greatly missed.


Dan, not to pick nits, but doesn't Azeri count? She did win HOY in 2002. I'm just sayin'....
Chris Garrity

Azeri's past performances were listed along with those of Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta on the "All Along" post.


Can anyone give me any information on a jockey named Omar Moreno?  He's riding at WO now, and although his win percent isn't huge, his payoffs are fantastic.  I bet him to show this afternoon and got $31.  WO does pay very well at this time of the year, BTW, for those that are interested.   Especially on Wed. nights.   But I'd be interested to hear where this fellow comes from.

Moreno, 24,  was raised in Edmonton, and has ridden for most of his career at Northlands Park before moving his tack to Woodbine.  He learned his trade from the Olds College Exercise Rider and Jockey Trainer Program in Alberta.  Moreno owns a lifetime record of 449 starts, 46 wins, 66 seconds, and 66 thirds with career earnings of $548,199, and a ROI of $1.13.  His first win came on August 10, 2008 at Grande Prairie, and he has also ridden at Lethbridge and Fort Erie.  At the current Woodbine meet, Moreno has 59 starts with 6 wins, 6 seconds, and 4 thirds with a win ROI of $1.99.


Was wondering if you could elaborate just a little on how Bet Fair works. Kind of like, Bet Fair for Dummies.
Am I to understand that if you
wagered a horse at 7-1, and he won at 3-1, you would lose the entire wager? In general how does one win and how does one lose? What is the advantage of wagering while the race is in progress? Would it be for dutching purposes?
chicago gerry

I'd go to the horse's mouth on this one:


In the Betfair world, a horseplayer can either make or take a bet.  Let's say my only opinion on the Mrs. Revere Stakes was that I hated Hot Cha Cha.  She's going off at 2-1 on the toteboard, but instead of betting on another horse, I'm willing to give someone 4-1, and hope that I'm right and they're wrong.  I'm assuming that somebody would have taken the bait, and I would have done well as the "bookie."   Punters looking for overlays may have found someone offering Zenyatta at 4-1 in the Classic, and bet with them instead of the tote.


How come the blog site sometimes doesn't update quickly?..I am seeing last entry at 4:50 and it is after 7:20?...it just makes it hard for us, on the site, to exchange thoughts quickly.
Also what are your thoughts of Summer Bird going to the Japan Cup?...If you owned him wouldn't you try the NYRA (Cigar)mile instead?
Also if you get the chance can you list these pp's for these NYRA warriors?
Laddy's Luck, Steelwood, Funny Cap, Boom Towner

The Blog is a 24/7/365 undertaking, and I don't have anyone else moderating comments at this time.  On occasion, I won't have internet access, and that explains the lag time. 
I don't think Summer Bird wants a one-turn mile.  While nine furlongs in Japan may be a bit short for him as well, it's worth a shot for $2.8 million dollars.  Since the Dubai World Cup will be run on synthetics in 2010, this will be the last chance for him to run in a multi-million dollar dirt race until next year's Breeders' Cup Classic. 
Here are the pp's for the horses you requested:

Download NY oldies


Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's takes races:

Here are the lifetime past performances for the past week's highest and lowest Beyer stakes earners:

Download HighLow


Regarding last week's exercise, there was some question regarding the superfecta rules in California.  Here's a link to the CHRB rule regarding the wager:


In this case, I believe that the sixth horse was scratched from the HandiGambling race after preliminary superfecta wagers were taken.

Congrats to SpartanTom for last week's HandiGambling victory. He selects the eighth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday for this week's exercise.  Here are the past performances:

Download HG160

Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."   Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.  In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. 

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place.  The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are.  I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.


Talk to you soon,