"But it a staple of sports reporting for one panelist to ask another a question they clearly know the answer to."
Good point but this was not the case, trust me.
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For one, I think Ron Ellis is an expert. He does a lot of commentary for TVG.. Right? As a trainer, he ranks consistently amongst the best on one of the toughest circuits in the world. He also takes da*n good care of his horses. I'm a player that puts a lot of stock in good care, sufficient rest, and honest business practices.. IMO, Ron ranks as one of the very few that consistently looks out for the horses best interests... and as far as I'm able to ascertain, he does it honestly. As a handicapper, he is one of the best.. rarely fooled about who fits and who doesn't and always cognizant of pace circumstances.. I pay attention to what he says. Frank Miramahdi is also a top handicapper.. an expert... and so is Matt. I don't personally like Matt's style on the air, but as a handicapper, he is one of the best. Like anybody who plays long prices, he uses some goofy reasoning occasionally, but when he is on his game, he is a top player. He can pick a 15-1 shot with confidence, and often, they run very well.
Like any group of people, in business or otherwise, there will be some you like and some you don't. I'm surprised you can't enjoy some of the expert commentary and tune out the rest. I'm not going to pay attention to Ken's picks or reasoning, but Todd, who is not himself an expert handicapper, will occasionally ask some very astute questions, trying to either lock the analyst into his pick or otherwise challenge his conclusions. Christine is lovely, well liked, and gets a lot of cooperation from the men and women we want to hear from...
With that being said, I usually watch the feed from Cal Racing or Youbet, and ignore all the chatter. Jon White, who usually hosts that feed is sufficiently bland while going over pedigrees and defending his morning line... Thus, he rarely distracts me from the business at hand..
I read on this forum that Ron Ellis gets his picks from Claimboxx. I do agree that he is a top horseman and places his horses in races where they will run
well. I just cannot stand the comedy acts on the panel. They should try their act at the various comedy clubs throughout the southland.
I don't think that's really the case.. My guess is that Ron wants to be well-prepared for his racing commentary and respects Aaron's point of view... If you know Aaron, he is going to give you his opinion whether you ask for it or not.. He does his homework. He is prepared. I thought it was very generous of Ron, on at least one occasion, to give Aaron credit for a $40 winner on-air and call him a friend. I think that's what you are referring to in the quote...
I don't know Ron well.. but I think I can say this without contradiction; If Aaron were to give him a horse that he thought had little chance, Ron would tell him he's full of sh*t and laugh at him... Ron's a sharp guy and if time allows, he can handicap with the best of us...
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