Derick Giwner

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Format: 2014-10-22
Sat Oct 18
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
On Saturday I saw the future of racing. Quite frankly, it is the best thing to happen to off-track wagering since the ability to watch races from the comfort of your home.  Live HD-quality video! NYRA offered up a free sneak preview on Saturday (and will do so again on Sunday) of their new HD video and I was captivated. The video quality from NYRA rivaled that of Major League Baseball games on the web. As a harness guy, if I watch one or two races from Belmont a week it is a lot, but I didn’t miss a race once I found the HD video on Saturday.
Sat Oct 4
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
With just one day left in the Grand Circuit meet and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in the books, I began to ponder what we have learned over the previous two weeks. The market for standardbreds remains strong as new markets (Ohio) add alternative gaming to aid racing. The five-day yearling sale finished up 10.6% year over year.
Wed Sep 24
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
With the announcement of Captaintreacherous retiring, I began to wonder about his legacy. How will he be remembered by racing fans and industry types? Early reaction on social media has been mixed. Some have touted his accomplishments and used the word “great” while others have gone as far to say he was overrated. The truth, as usual, probably lies somewhere in between.
Tue Sep 16
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
The best 3-year-old pacers descend on small town America this Wednesday and Thursday for the 44th edition of the Jugette and 69th Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio. The action—on the track and at the windows—makes the pair of mid-week cards must watch and wager events.
Thu Sep 11
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
One of my favorite cards of the year is New York Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway. While it is typically littered with heavy favorites, there can often be more value than initially meets the eye. In 2013 there were seven odds-on horses in the eight $225,000 finals and only one of them came through for the chalk bettors. So although many of the favorites seem like locks, let’s not crown them as champions of the Empire State prematurely.