All this talk about releasing data could use an example, no? I’ve got one! In our many “what-if” discussions about racing, Jessica Chapel and I refer to the “imaginary racing API” (as seen here!). The discussion usually goes something like this: “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could make something to do XYZ?” “That sounds great! Now if we…

You may or may not have seen the Release the Data post by Dan at @thorotrends, an open letter to Equibase imploring them to essentially offer historical data for free. Paulick jumped aboard the #releasethedata train by usurping Thorotrend’s traffic posting something about it at Paulick Report. The original post, while welcome, well-reasoned and appropriately addressed to Equibase, if not…

What does a $7.7-million buy-back son of two Horses of the Year have to do get a little attention around here? Like me, you may have been surprised to notice Take Control, the son of A.P. Indy and Azeri, entered in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita as he hasn’t raced since last July. What kind of injury did…

This time to say “you’re welcome!” Just when you’re not thinking about something that you’d wish would happen, BAM, the Breeders’ Cup announces that it’s reverting back to the name Distaff! For those of you who don’t remember 2008, hop in the TIME MASHEEN with me and let’s explore: Breeders’ Cup Announces name change, two day format THE INTERNET GOES…

In an email conversation earlier today (email is the new Twitter), I evoked the blogging scene of 2008, citing the current lack of independent voices who feel free to call out industry players and entities. The bloggers of yore who, for better or worse, would routinely call BS have either moved on or are in partnerships and projects where making…

While perusing the Preakness PPs last week something jumped out at me. It was the amount of lines per each entrant… they were kind of long! Govenor Charlie was the only Preakness entrant with the lightly raced profile of three races and Departing was next with five. Here, see for yourself. In a conversation with the Railbird (where I mentioned…

2013 Kentucky Derby Race Sequence Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Here’s something I don’t get a chance to say too often, especially about anything web-related for horse racing… this interactive by Blood-Horse is very well done! If you haven’t already spend some time with it (i.e., obsessed over your picks trips), I highly recommend it.

To me this seems like trying to recruit burger-eaters at Shake Shack (or In-N-Out!). The ABRV arrived at Keeneland! http://t.co/AazxbS6bgT #Americasbestracing #ABRlive — Keeneland Assn (@keenelandracing) April 10, 2013

I love the @fuggirls. If you like fashion and making fun of things (or even just making fun things) then the @fuggirls are for you. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan have turned their sharp, and often acerbic wit into a media empire by skewering the bounty of stupid celebrity fashion. Their tagline “Fugly is the new Pretty” sums up their…

Jessica Chapel brought this to my attention earlier today: Great British Racing to female jockey: “Please pose with very few clothes on so the sport can gain attention via your body.” Classy. April 4, 2013 Sound familiar? At least our friends from across the pond are wearing something! And in other news, Jessica is blogging again! Please tell her to…