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It just irks me to no end when the members of the TVG family use the word expert as in expert selections, expert pick 4 ticket, etc. There is no
one on that staff that is an expert, perhaps a self proclaimed expert. It is comprised of unsuccessful trainers, musicians, comedians, and drunks.
No one has any credentials or accolades of note. Not one of these so called experts qualified for the recent NTRA/Daily Racing Form tournament
at the Red Rock in Las Vegas. Who in their right mind would deem these idiots experts??????????
1st rule in sport selection marketing- sell the sizzle, not the steak. Sell the ALLURE, the mystique that " I " know something that " You " don't.
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride-
& If dirt were dollars we'd all be in the black
I guess your right Syncopate. I enjoy picking up the form the night before the races and handicapping on my own with my own strategies and
opinions. I feel that Claimboxx, who is a great contributor to this forum, is an excellent handicapper, but I have yet to purchase his
selections. I enjoy the challenge of picking winners and I don't rely on anyone's selections.
Idiots (not you Mike) who listen to them.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Avatar: My cuzin Isaac Murphy - a jock I'm tying to emulate in character and winning percentage - almost 47% lifetime.
Sell the sizzle? After loudmouth lime Ken Rudolph has been flapping his gums for 5 yrs about his win bet on Giacamo in the Derby, last week he asked Simon what is a turf chute, etc. I guess if you bet a few bombers in every Derby something is gonna hit. You would think after 10 yrs on the air this clown would know a little more about the basics of racing.
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Ken Rudulph drinking game... take a drink whenever he:
1. Mentions Giacomo.
2. Yells "MIKE EEEE!!!" at Nature Boy or "VICKEEEE!" at Victor Espinoza.
3. Mentions "Lone Speed" in the race, whether it exists or not.
WINNER - National Novel Writing Month -- Thirty Days of Literary Abandon
Damn - there goes the liver!
I don't know if Ken knows what a turf chute is or not, and didn't see this particular exchange, but it a staple of sports reporting for one panelist to ask another a question they clearly know the answer to. Do you ever watch one of those NBA analyst shows on ESPN? or NFL? Even in tennis one commentator is constanly aksing another to explain something they clearly understand themselves. It is just considered better television for an announcer to ask a co-host "what does the Denver defense have to do in the second half" rather than say "Joe, why don't you tell the audience what the Denver defense has to do in the second half." It is considered better TV to do it in the form of a question, and maybe the six people watching who don't know the answer feel less stupid when done this way.
My guess is that all these TVG/HRTV guys (including Olivares and the ones who do the trainer interviews) know the answers to most questions they ask (such as: he was sprinting and now trying a route -- do you expect him to be closer to the pace?). They are just following the standard TV formula for getting out the information. On HRTV they very often ask Stevens something they know the answer to, since coming from him the info might seem more authoritative, or maybe they are just giving him something to say.
No reason you have to pay attention to any of their handicapping selections if you don't want to, but you shouldn't assume they are totally clueless. They have a lot of air time to fill, and do some of it in standard TV broadcast formula.
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