Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane became famous for pioneering predictive data usage in baseball. Back in 2002, faced with a limited budget and the departure of three heavy-hitting free agents, Beane and his statisticians built a cost-effective roster by betting that a player’s on-base percentage mattered more than batting average, home runs, RBIs, and other traditional stats.
American Pharoah hushed any doubters as to his legacy with an impressive follow-up to his Triple Crown championship, winning the 1st of his major horse races at the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park as a -900 favorite this past weekend. American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza seemed to toy with the field in New Jersey, sitting in second for the majority of the race before exploding into the lead in the final turn and easing up down the stretch.
The first day of Royal Ascot 2015 got under way on Tuesday with some of the biggest familiar sporting stars around to enjoy themselves at one of the most prestigious race meetings in the calendar year.
It is expected £100 million will be spent on racing bets over the course of this anticipating event, which attracts some of the best jockeys and trainers in the world.
With just four weeks to go now until one of the most prestigious events of the racing season, the Cheltenham Festival, horses and their riders are training hard to make sure they’re victorious this year.
The run up to the Cheltenham Festival 2015 has had no end of controversies and scandals, with some celebrations and some let downs. For example, it was recently announced that Paul Nicholls’ Al Ferof would be missing out on not only the Cheltenham Festival this year, but also Aintree and Punchestown in April.
Three days after Christmas comes one of Ireland’s premier race outings, the Lexus Chase. And it is former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth who is looking to get back to his winning ways by hoping to secure a victorious win at the event. But heading across the line ahead of the stiff competition won’t be as easy as usually expected for this experienced runner who has taken a slight dip in form in recent times. There is a lot of work involved in getting this star horse back to his best for when he faces his next challenge in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown.