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Horse Racing Partnerships 101: Pegasus World Cup Analysis

Posted by Billy Koch on Jan 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM


The biggest discussion/question/argument in horse racing this week will not be centered around horse racing partnerships. No, all rhetoric this week will surround the world’s richest horse race, the first ever running of the $12M Pegasus World Cup. The mile and an eighth race will be run this Saturday, January 28 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida and features a rematch between 2016 Horse of the Year, CALIFORNIA CHROME, and the only horse to beat him in 2016, Eclipse Champion for three-year-olds, ARROGATE.
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Topics: Opinion Piece

Horse Racing Partnerships 101: An Interview with Mike Smith

Posted by Billy Koch on Jan 16, 2017 7:06:24 PM


Mike Smith is riding high. Inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003, Mike has won more Breeders’ Cup races than any other jockey. He was the regular rider for such super stars as Zenyatta, Shared Belief, and Azeri and currently is the rider of Songbird, Unique Bella, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Arrogate. Last November, Mike guided Little Red Feather Racing’s Midnight Storm to his first graded stakes victory at Del Mar in the GIII Native Diver Stakes. We caught up with Mike after a morning of breezing horses at Santa Anita.

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Topics: Horse Ownership Tips

Horse Racing Partnerships 101: Happy New Year

Posted by Billy Koch on Jan 5, 2017 11:30:53 PM


As we start another year, everyone struggles to come up with a worthwhile New Year’s Resolution. Typically, if you are anything like me, we take a look in the mirror and our first resolution is to make sure you get back in the gym! In fact, gym memberships go up substantially in the month of January and, by April – once again if you’re like me – the gym days start to dwindle as the weather starts to heat up. Waste of time and energy. HA!

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Topics: Horse Ownership Tips

Horse Racing Partnerships 101: Seriously, How Much does it Cost to Own a Racehorse?

Posted by Billy Koch on Jun 9, 2016 12:49:20 AM

Early this morning at the gym, a professional athlete asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I was in the horse racing business, he responded - as most people do - with “REALLY? WOW! VERY COOL! DO YOU KNOW BOB BAFFERT?” After this exchange, the very next thing out of his mouth was, “I heard it’s like $20,000 a month to keep one of those. Expensive right? Seriously, whether you own singularly or invest in horse racing partnerships, how much does it cost to own a racehorse?”

The truth is, it does not cost $20,000 a month to own a racehorse. However, it does cost around $45,000 a year to maintain a racehorse in training (in Southern California) and we will gladly break down the numbers for you.

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Topics: Horse Ownership Tips

Seattle Slew, Songbird, Horse Racing, and Family

Posted by Billy Koch on Apr 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

On Sunday, July 3, 1977 my grandfather picked us up from my mom’s house and we started our regular drive to Hollywood Park. I was 8. My sister Emily was 5. We were in our Sunday best. All dressed up because we were fortunate enough to sit up in the Director’s Room with all the Hollywood big wigs. Plus, we had to look good for self proclaimed style-master, Grandma Rudee. I was most looking forward to the delicious roast beef (of which I often had seconds and thirds from the buffet) and I had spent most of the night before going over the Racing Form to get my picks ready. Gramps gave us each $10 to bet with. My $10 was generally spent on the daily double while Em's lasted all day. She even offered to pay Gramps back the original $10 bucks if she still had it at the end of the day. I usually went back for $10 more after I had lost the first race. 

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Topics: Opinion Piece

A Flattering Tale About a Man and his Racehorse

Posted by Billy Koch on Aug 12, 2015 11:21:29 PM

 

Horse racing partnerships bring people togather from all walks. In the summer of 2011, Little Red Feather Racing syndicated two very nice fillies. The first was an all-white daughter of Alphabet Soup perfectly named… Egg Drop. Egg Drop broke her maiden in her very first start of her career for Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer, the late Mike Mitchell, while defeating Bob Baffert’s future GI winning filly, Contested. Egg Drop would win a Grade I race of her own – the last Matriarch Stakes ever run at Hollywood Park – before being sold in-foal to Tapit for a whopping $1.9M at the Keeneland 2014 November sale.

The other filly was originally named Eye Phone but the Jockey Club frowns on that kind of creativity when it comes to copyright infringement and, therefore, we changed the name of the 2yo Flatter filly to Flattery Works. Unlike Egg Drop, who was nicknamed “the White Witch” for her abusive personality, Flattery Works was sweet and kind and loving. According to Mitchell, “she trained like a gorilla!” Who would have thought this non-descript looking bay 2yo filly might be as good as the flashy Egg Drop.

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Topics: Opinion Piece

It's Opening Day at Del Mar... A Day to Remember

Posted by Billy Koch on Jul 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Bing Crosby opened the seaside track named Del Mar back in 1937. Now, 73 years later, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meet has become one of the premiere horse racing meetings in the country.

When my sister, Emily (far right) showed me the above photo, it brought back so many memories of the place where “the turf meets the surf”.  Grandpa Howard (left) loved Del Mar. He loved the long drives so he could tell us stories about the races and the people and his father, who I was named after, who was a big-time New York bookmaker. Grandma Rudee (between me and Em) loved getting dressed up and wearing her hats and fancy dresses and betting on ONLY grey horses (I forgot to mention this in last weeks "gambling" blog).

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Topics: Opinion Piece

Ten Important Ideas to Consider When Wagering on Horse Racing

Posted by Billy Koch on Jul 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM


WELCOME TO WAGERING 101

With Del Mar exactly six days away and Saratoga starting soon thereafter, the horse racing world comes to life this summer. These two incredibly popular summer meets will feature some of the best horse racing (and the best atmospheres) the country has to offer from some of the best horse racing partnerships and owners alike. I highly advise you to make sure you make one of these historic race tracks a summer destination spot and, while you are there, you might as well have a little fun at the windows!

Listed below are ten ideas to consider when wagering on horse racing.
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Topics: Insider

Seriously, How Much Does It Cost to Buy a Racehorse?

Posted by Billy Koch on Jul 2, 2015 12:48:09 PM

In last week's blog, we discussed the cost it takes to keep and train a thoroughbred racehorse. However, as you might have guessed, there is another - sometimes substantial - cost when entering the Sport of Kings and that is the actual purchase price of the equine athlete.

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Topics: Horse Ownership Tips

Seriously. How Much does it Cost to Own a Racehorse?

Posted by Billy Koch on Jun 23, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Early this morning at the gym, a professional athlete asked me what I did for a living. When I told him I was in the horse racing business, he responded - as most people do - with “REALLY? WOW! VERY COOL! DO YOU KNOW BOB BAFFERT?” After this exchange, the very next thing out of his mouth was, “I heard it’s like $20,000 a month to keep one of those. Expensive right? Seriously, whether you own singularly or invest in horse racing partnerships, how much does it cost to own a racehorse?”

The truth is, it does not cost $20,000 a month to own a racehorse. However, it does cost around $45,000 a year to maintain a racehorse in training (in Southern California) and we will gladly break down the numbers for you.

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Topics: Horse Ownership Tips