|To: 249443 who started this subject||5/10/2002 10:21:31 PM|
|Looking for a Preakness long shot?|
Magic Weisner has home turf edge in Preakness
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
May 10, 2002
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Looking for a Preakness long shot? Try Magic Weisner, a horse with the home turf advantage.
Although Magic Weisner hasn't won a graded stakes race and is coming off a second-place finish in the Federico Tesio Stakes, the bay gelding has run four times at Pimlico Race Course and is stabled just 18 miles away at Laurel Park.
``Definitely, it's a positive,'' said Nancy Alberts, owner and trainer of the Maryland-bred horse. ``He's won at Pimlico -- he broke his maiden there -- and knows the track. Plus, I think it helps when you don't have to ship him a great distance.''
Trainer Nick Zito's Preakness prospects, Crimson Hero and Straight Gin, arrived earlier this week after a 9 1/2 -hour ride from Kentucky to Baltimore. Most of the other Preakness runners, including Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, are set to ship from Churchill Downs to Pimlico on Wednesday.
Alberts plans to put her horse in a van the morning of the Preakness.
``No reason to get there any sooner,'' she said.
Magic Weisner has more going for him than familiarity with his surroundings. He has finished in the money in eight of 10 races and earned $233,110.
His lineage can be traced to 1976 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Forbes, and he was named the top Maryland-bred 2-year-old male in 2001. The son of Ameri Valay won three straight races this year, and six of seven races overall, before falling by two lengths to Smoked Em in the Tesio on April 20.
``He was supposed to be with the leaders in the Tesio, but the jockey got him out too late,'' said Alberts, still perturbed at jockey Phil Teator.
Alberts will probably stick with Teator, who has been aboard Magic Weisner for six straight races and appears to have learned his lesson.
``We'll know better in the Preakness to lay a little closer,'' he said.
Magic Weisner has turned out to be the best horse Alberts has ever owned, but he gave her a serious scare as a 3-month-old when he developed an infection in his left front ankle.
He was cured by Dr. Allen Wisner, and Alberts was so grateful she named the horse after the doctor. She misspelled his name on the application, a blunder Alberts sheepishly terms a ``clerical error.''
But she's convinced that entering the relatively untested Magic Weisner in the Preakness is no mistake.
``I like my chances, I like my horse,'' she said. ``It costs a lot of money to run in this race; we're not in it for fun. I think he'll run a competitive race.''
The key is the start.
``When you run at Pimlico, speed is very dominating,'' Alberts said. ``He has to stay on pace. If he does that, then I think he's going to be close at the finish.''
Harlan's Holiday, seventh in the Derby, is headed to the Preakness, owner Jack Wolfe said ... Trainer Bobby Frankel named Jerry Bailey as his rider on Medaglia d'Oro, who was fourth in the Derby ... Pat Day will ride Booklet, who skipped the Derby. Day has five Preakness wins, one short ofEddie Arcaro's record.
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|To: 249443 who started this subject||6/30/2002 10:04:11 AM|
|Scott Bergsrud (Spokane):|
Article 4 of 17, Article ID: 9504130095
Published on April 13, 1995
NELSON DENIES PLAYING ROLE IN PLAYFAIR RACE-FIXING SCHEME \ HEARING EXPECTED TO CONCLUDE TODAY AS JOCKEY AGENT FIGHTS FOR LICENSE
Jockey agent LeRoy Nelson was not part of a race-fixing scheme at Playfair Race Course, Nelson's attorney contended Wednesday.Spokane lawyer Pat Stiley spent Day 3 of an administrative hearing poking at the state's contention that Nelson was among six who participated in the manipulation of races in November, 1993.Attorneys for the Washington Horse Racing Commission attempted to demonstrate before administrative law judge David G. Hansen how Nelson observed a betting
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Article 5 of 17, Article ID: 9504120085
Published on April 12, 1995
BERGSRUD IMPLICATES HIS EX-AGENT BANISHED JOCKEY TESTIFIES AGENT NELSON INQUIRED ABOUT FIXING PLAYFAIR HORSE RACES
Suspended jockey Scott Bergsrud testified Tuesday that his former agent asked him if he was interested in ``making some extra money'' by withholding his mount in a 1993 race in Spokane.The agent, LeRoy Nelson, is appealing a Washington Horse Racing Commission suspension of his license in a hearing at the state attorney general's office in Spokane.Nelson, of Vancouver, Wash., was one of six who were suspended last June for alleged race fixing at Playfair Race Course
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Article 6 of 17, Article ID: 9504130425
Published on April 11, 1995
PLAYFAIR JOCKEYS BANNED \ THREE-TIME CHAMPION BERGSRUD, PARKER CAN NO LONGER RIDE IN STATE
The leading jockey at Playfair Race Course accepted a stipulation Monday that amounts to a lifetime ban in the state of Washington.Scott Bergsrud, three-time defending riding champion here, will no longer be licensed to ride at any race track in the state following opening day of a hearing at the state attorney general's office in Spokane.Implicated by the Washington Horse Racing Commission in a race-fixing scheme at Playfair in November 1993, Bergsrud appeared Monday but did
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|To: 249443 who started this subject||7/15/2002 6:34:14 PM|
|Majority interest in Pimlico Race Course sold |
By BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press Writer
July 15, 2002
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Canada's Magna Entertainment Corp. agreed to buy a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which runs Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.
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|To: 249443 who wrote (7)||7/15/2002 7:20:55 PM|
|Brothers charged with fixing race|
May 17, 2002
By Steven Wine, The Associated Press
MIAMI — "Two brothers entered a thoroughbred that had won previously in a maiden race by giving the horse an alias, a scam that got them a $300,000 payout when it won, federal prosecutors charged Friday.
Emmett Winter of Williston, Fla., and his brother Kelly Winter of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a gelding named Forty Two, which had won previously, under the name Almost Impossible in a July 17, 1998, race at Calder Race Course for horses that had yet to win, prosecutors said.
Their horse beat nine others at odds of 12-1, netting them a $300,000 payout.
The brothers fooled Calder officials by submitting a counterfeit foal certificate for the ringer horse, with its name and identification number altered, said Guy Lewis, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
The Winters were charged with conspiring to fix races in Miami and in Pennsylvania. They were arrested near their homes Friday and face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
They tried to run the horse under the name Swing-A-Tune at Philadelphia Park two months later, but it was scratched when a racing official noticed a discrepancy in the documentation.
Tony Otero, a Calder security director who has been with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau for 21 years, said the case was the first he has encountered involving an altered foal certificate.
A spokeswoman for Calder declined to comment beyond saying the track is cooperating with authorities as the investigation continues. A four-count indictment charges the brothers with conspiracy, wire-television fraud, mail fraud and interstate transportation of a false security.
Emmett Winter was released on bond Friday. His listed phone number was disconnected and he could not be reached for comment.
Kelly Winter does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday."
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|To: 249443 who started this subject||2/19/2003 2:32:14 PM|
British Web Site Lets Gamblers Have It Their Way
By Andrew Beyer
Friday, January 3, 2003; Page D06
A revolution has rocked gambling in Britain. So-called "sports betting exchanges," exemplified by a company called Betfair, have enthralled gamblers, giving them unprecedented opportunities, while generating fear and intense opposition from established bookmaking firms.
While Betfair is principally oriented toward British events, it also handles action on American horse racing and other sports. U.S. horseplayers who establish an account with the company will be amazed by the value it offers. And U.S. racetrack operators -- most of whom are now oblivious to what is happening at www.betfair.com -- are going to be stunned by the nature of this new competition.
Betfair has done for wagering what eBay has done for commerce: Through the Internet, it brings together two parties to make a transaction without having to pay the traditional middleman. Just as the owner of a painting can offer it online to eBay's customers and avoid an auction house's steep commissions, subscribers to Betfair can make wagers with each other, bypassing bookmakers and racetracks with their high takeout rates.
The business has been stunningly successful, and it now "matches" -- i.e. serves as the middleman for -- more than $10 million per day in bets.
Betfair's founder, Andrew Black, told an interviewer: "Centuries ago, betting started between individuals and then needed market-makers -- bookmakers -- when it got bigger. Now, in a sense, it has come full circle."
Betfair handles wagers on a wide variety of activities -- soccer, American football, cricket, darts, the Golden Globe Awards, the 2004 U.S. presidential election, the Dow Jones industrial average (you can bet whether the index will be up or down on any day). In any category, a customer may offer a wager for which he will act as a bookmaker, e.g.: He wants to lay odds of 15 to 1 against Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the next Democratic presidential candidate, and will take up to $100 in wagers. Or a customer can propose a bet that he wants to make with someone: He wants to bet $50 at 3 to 1 or greater that "Gangs of New York" will win the Golden Globe Award for best picture.
Betfair's computer systems streamline this process, handling as many as 12,000 transactions per minute. Customers first establish an account and make a deposit -- though U.S.-issued credit cards are not accepted. (Americans need to make a wire transfer from their bank.) Their transactions are anonymous; bettors simply type the amount of a proposed or accepted wager into a grid on the screen. Betfair calculates the wins and losses, making the additions or deductions to the customers' accounts after each wager is decided. For its services, Betfair takes from the winner's profit a commission ranging from 2 to 5 percent -- depending on the customer's overall level of betting.
It is this low commission rate that makes horse betting especially attractive on Betfair. Because American racetracks take from 15 to 20 percent of any win bet -- and British bookmakers aren't noted for their generosity, either -- there is an enormous edge in betting man-to-man and paying only a small percentage to Betfair.
Two horse-racing channels televise American races in England, and Betfair handles wagers on these races -- from tracks including Laurel Park, Calder, Hawthorne and Santa Anita.
The action on Betfair is fast and mesmerizing -- and it offers opportunities that horseplayers never see in parimutuel wagering. Every handicapper has encountered innumerable races where he doesn't like the favorite but doesn't have a good way to capitalize on that opinion. On Betfair he can, in essence, become a bookmaker and accept a bet. Recently I was looking at a maiden race from Suffolk Downs where a horse with an 0 for 28 career record was the 6-to-5 favorite. I had no opinions on the race, but this looked like an ideal situation for Betfair. I offered 8 to 5 on the bum favorite and quickly got a taker.
As gamblers around the world make similar offers, the market on a horse race at Betfair is similar to a stock exchange where "bid" and "asked" prices for stocks are constantly fluctuating. The Betfair data on the computer screen shows a "back" and "lay" price for each horse. A horse might be available to bet at 3.2 to 1, while wagers on him could be booked at 3.4 to 1. In most cases, the betting odds are higher than at the track. A player who can anticipate the movement of the odds can lock in a price significantly higher than the post-time odds. I got 8-to-1 odds at Betfair on a horse who would up going off at 5 to 2 at Laurel.
The amount of action on run-of-the-mill American races is astonishing. Typically a U.S. race will produce $30,000 to $50,000 in matched bets. Gamblers are continually looking for any edge they can find, and the Betfair market offers myriad opportunities to secure an edge. As a result Betfair's business is growing every week, and the racing establishment has found it difficult to counter or eliminate the competition from a service that the public loves.
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