Ann and Larry interview Gulfstream Park Handicapper and part of the Online broadcasting team Brian Nadeau, who discusses todays Curlin Florida Derby, one of the most important preps for the Kentucky Derby and why the race continues to have such an major impact on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Brian also looks at some of the other stakes races on the card today and explains why the Gulfstream Championship meet remains very popular with the race fans and in particular the betting public. Brian then talks about the Gulfstream Tapeta track and whether there are any biases handicappers should pay attention to and also talks about handicapping the Gulfstream Turf and Dirt Courses and a special angle that he sometimes will turn to to when handicapping. Equine Artist Michelle Hogan, who discusses why she chose to create her harness art in pen and ink and how harness racing became a life-long passion for her. Michelle also discusses some of her past and present commissions and the racetrack partnerships that she has with several harness tracks and talks about the story behind a special horse that attracted her to harness racing and some of her other roles in harness racing that has enabled her to fine-tune her Equine Art. Woodbine Mohawk Park Race Secretary, Tony O’Sullivan, who discusses why Woodbine Mohawk Park was dark for live racing this past week, where they will only return to racing tonight with a 15-race card and a special 6:00 PM post time for the first race. Tony also talks about the upcoming stakes schedule at the Woodbine Mohawk Park Spring/Summer race meet and from a fan’s perspective what race he is most looking forward to watching this year. He also discusses in detail what a typical day as a Racing Secretary consists of for himself. Larry provides his ‘Ponies Picks of the Day’ selections for several North American Racetracks.
- Brian talks about todays Gulfstream Park stakes filled card and in particular the headliner, the Curlin Florida Derby and whether race favorite Forte can get beat, especially with an outside starting position. He also discusses some of the other stakes races on the Gulfstream card today and a couple of potential wagering plays. Brian also mentions about the popularity of the Gulfstream Championship meet which ends on Sunday and why it has remained so popular throughout the Winter months, that has also included some tremendous betting handles. He also discusses the Gulfstream Tapeta surface and whether he has noticed any track biases and also talks about the Turf and Dirt surfaces and whether there have been any overlying bias throughout the meet. Finally, Brian talks about a go to handicapping angle that he uses with regularity at Gulfstream Park.
- Michelle, initially talks about how she became part of harness racing at an early age and how this experience helped lead her to a career as an Equine Artist. She also discusses what attracted her to work predominantly in pen and ink and what this style consists of and talks about some of her current and past art commissions. Michelle also talks about the racetrack partnerships she has in place and what a partnership consists of and reflects on a special horse that first attracted her to harness racing and why he was such a major influence on her artwork bck then and how he still is an influence today. She is also asked why the fraternity of Equine Artists is such a small group.
- Tony discusses why there hasn’t been any live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park this week as the track has been shut down for maintenance work and why he believes that much of the work will help to enhance the harness racing product going forward. He also mentions that tonight’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be a 15 race card with a special 6:00 PM post time for the first race. Tony also discusses the upcoming Spring/Summer stakes schedule at the track and what races he is looking forward to watching from a fans perspective. He also talks about who in his opinion was the greatest Standardbred that he ever saw race and why this horse was so impressive and talks about what a typical day is like in the life of a Racing Secretary and whether after almost two years on the job, he feels like he has settled in now. Finally, Tony is asked whether his experience as a horseman has helped help to adjust to his role of Racing Secretary.
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