07/28/2010 7:00PM

A letter from Steven Crist


Dear DRF.com visitor:

Technical RecommendationsGuide to the new DRF.comStarting today, you’ll see that DRF.com has a different look and some of the new features we’ll be rolling out between now and the end of the year. Many of these came from your suggestions as we strive to make DRF.com an even better destination for horseplayers and racing fans.

All of your favorite features are still there, and you can read a complete guide to the enhanced site. Some enhancements you’ll notice right away include:

• The new “Play the Races” section at the top of the homepage, was conceived as a time-saving dashboard to put you right in the middle of today’s top racing action, giving you a quick overview of what opportunities there are to play right now.  For example, if you’re following Del Mar, in “Play the Races” you’ll see the minutes to post for the next race with links taking you directly to today’s Del Mar PPs, complemented with the related Del Mar editorial content and handicapping analysis in one convenient place.  In the months ahead, you’ll be able to personalize your dashboard so your own favorite tracks automatically populate this area every time you visit DRF.com.

• You’ve visited our blogs with such enthusiasm that we’ve added to our existing lineup. Joining Jay Hovdey, Dan Illman, Randy Moss and yours truly are Brad Free, our California handicapper; Alan Shuback, our Foreign Editor, and Mike Watchmaker, DRF’s National Handicapper.

• Based on your feedback, we’ve also reorganized DRF’s news coverage, now presenting stories grouped by topical and regional categories.

We thank the many DRF.com members who have provided valuable feedback over the past months, and we continue to welcome your ideas and suggestions.   Please e-mail us your thoughts at newsite@drf.com.

We hope you enjoy today’s enhancements and those that are coming soon.

Steven Crist