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Featuring handicapping tips and insight from insiders, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is posted every Friday morning via HorseRacingNation.com. Check out the interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys, racing journalists, handicappers and celebrities. The pod is hosted by HRN managing editor Ron Flatter, who has been covering horse racing around the world for more than 35 years.

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Featuring handicapping tips and insight from insiders, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is posted every Friday morning via HorseRacingNation.com. Check out the interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys, racing journalists, handicappers and celebrities. The pod is hosted by HRN managing editor Ron Flatter, who has been covering horse racing around the world for more than 35 years.

    They’re off at Saratoga

    They’re off at Saratoga

    The opening at Saratoga 2024 and Saturday’s Grade 1 Diana Stakes are front and center on this week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod.
    TV analyst Maggie Wolfendale Morley of Fox Sports and the New York Racing Association discusses some of the most-anticipated races this summer, including next month’s Travers (G1) as well as the early highlights of the meet.
    Trainer Ignacio Correas IV talks about his mare Didia, a recent Grade 1 winner who faces nine rivals including five from the Chad Brown barn this weekend in the Diana.
    Paddock Prince handicapper David Levitch returns to offer tips for Saratoga as well as his look ahead to the rest of the Saratoga summer.
    Co-host John Cherwa joins Ron to go through the past week’s listener and reader feedback.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    All about computer betting

    All about computer betting

    Computer-assisted wagering. Is it the wave for all future betting on horse races, or is it the scourge that will drive gamblers away from the game? That is the theme of this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod.
    Elite Turf Club president Scott Daruty and professor and horseplayer Marshall Gramm are together to talk about the ins and outs of what has come to be known by the acronym CAW, both for good and for bad. They will talk about how batch betting has changed the game and criticism that it has prevented a level playing field for horseplayers.
    Racing attorney Drew Couto was there in the early days of computer betting and has stories about how it has evolved, complete with his own experiences that were filled with international intrigue.
    Horse Racing Nation handicapper Ed DeRosa also weighs in on the subject in addition to offering tips for three stakes races Saturday on the Indiana Derby card at Horseshoe Indianapolis.
    Co-host John Cherwa also offers critical commentary about computer wagering in addition to his thoughts about the host’s recent vacation.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Tales from a half-century in racing

    Tales from a half-century in racing

    More than a half-century in the racing industry has taken Jon White into myriad roles from writer to steward to TV analyst to handicapper. He just retired after 15 years as the track handicapper at Santa Anita. White talks about his career and has stories to go with it on this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod.
    The writer of the morning line for eight renewals of the Breeders’ Cup, White has witnessed racing history first hand. He recalls his first day of work for Daily Racing Form 50 years ago when he was put in his place while also being vindicated.
    After seeing so many of the sport’s greats race right before his very eyes, White has a surprising declaration about who he believes is the greatest Thoroughbred of all time. One hint: He could not have seen this horse race in his lifetime.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Calling all charts

    Calling all charts

    Past performances are written largely from the charts generated from every horse race run in the U.S. and Canada. Just how are they written? What does it sound like when a chart caller chronicles a race? How has the process advanced over the years? How are differences of opinion about track conditions resolved?
    Steve Peery and Rowan Ward of Equibase are the guests who answer those questions on this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod. They take us through the steps they take in every race to determine where horses are at each call. They also describe how video has enhanced the accuracy of charts and talk about the deadlines they face in generating the information twice every hour on race days.
    They also discuss the debates over the track conditions last month on Preakness day and the first time the term wet-fast was used for the Kentucky Derby.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Farewell, Golden Gate Fields

    Farewell, Golden Gate Fields

    The closing last weekend of Golden Gate Fields and the future of California racing are the subjects of this special edition of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod.
    A reunion by phone of Hall of Famers Jerry Hollendorfer and Russell Baze highlights this episode. Arguably the most successful trainer-jockey combination in racing history and unquestionably the best ever to be paired at Golden Gate Fields comes together again to reminisce about the good old days in Northern California and ponder what the future might hold with the closing of the track in which they were inextricably linked.
    Track general manager David Duggan and trainer Steve Sherman also discuss their memories and their thoughts about the closing of the 83-year-old racecourse.
    John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times has covered the story of the end of Golden Gate Fields more closely than anyone, and he provides his perspective on what is next not only in the north state but whether this was a sign of things to come for all of California racing.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This episode is sponsored by Xpressbet.
    For information on Sunday’s Santa Anita Closing-Day Challenge, go to https://www.xpressbet.com/sap-1500-6-16-24.
     

    • 1 hr 44 min
    What’s right with this Belmont Stakes picture?

    What’s right with this Belmont Stakes picture?

    One final preview of the Belmont Stakes features an expert from the race’s new backyard, an owner whose horse might be a wise-guy pick for the race and a handicapper who has become a familiar voice on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod.
    New York Racing Association TV analyst Andy Serling is at Saratoga, where the Belmont will be run this year and next. He discusses racing’s early arrival this season, the $2 million classic itself and other races and horses on one of the best cards this side of the Breeders’ Cup.
    President and co-owner Don Little of Centennial Farms talks about Antiquarian, the Grade 3 Peter Pan winner who has attracted attention from seasoned bettors who think he may crash the party in which Sierra Leone is favored. He also discusses his background in polo and how it has helped him in business.
    Paddock Prince handicapper David Levitch has tips for the Belmont as well as the Manhattan (G1) and Woody Stephens (G1) on the Saturday undercard at Saratoga.
    Ron is at Golden Gate Fields for this weekend’s closing of the 83-year-old racetrack. He and John Cherwa go over some of the feedback from listeners and readers during the past week.
    The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This pop-up and the regular Friday episode are sponsored by Xpressbet.
    For information on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes Challenge, go to https://www.xpressbet.com/bel-1500-challenge-6-8-24.

    • 1 hr 32 min

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