I Need a Set of Binoculars & Norm F Alert!

The chalk for the Champion Hurdles in the UK, Binocular, was scratched and that has forced a refund; and some upset punters. The BHA, it appears, knew about the chances of this scratch but some feel they were late to report it.

What appears to have happened is pretty simple - horse gets treated for an allergy, horse gets drugs for allergy, drug given were too close to post time, so instead of risking a positive test the horse is scratched.

It has not stopped some speculation though, and if you read the chat boards today at Betfair, the conspiracy folks are in full force.

Speaking of Betfair, Binocular traded all the way up to 7.4 yesterday. Betfair closed the market early and I am sure will be looking at the trades. This is another reason why this sport, world wide, should be embracing exchange wagering.

This is the second year in a row something funky has happened with this horse. Last year there was some question if he would run, or not run.

"Binocular drifted to the maximum price on Betfair when Nicky Henderson ruled him out of the Champion three weeks ago.... a colossal £881 has been matched at 100.0 or bigger on the one-time favourite. In addition, he has also been matched at 980.0, 880.0 and at all rates down from 720.0 on the exchange. There are six lucky Betfair backers at 1000.0, with £10 being the biggest individual bet struck. Binocular is currently trading at 28.0 on Betfair."

Of course, Binocular won.

Norm F, Charlie Sheen? Not quite yet

The big news last week was that Charlie Sheen joined twitter and he gained 1 million followers within 24 hours. I, and two other harness peeps on twitter, took it upon ourselves to get Norm more followers than the zero he had twenty four hours ago and set our target to a lofty "10". I am sad to report Norm now has seven. If we were Hollywood publicists, we'd be fired.

Norm is arguably harness racings number one fan. While most husbands and wives take trips to the beach, or Europe or a weekend in NYC for vacations, Norm and his wife hop in the car and drive to racetracks. I saw him at Industry Day a couple of years ago at Grand River and he was just getting back from some obscure fair track in Indiana that I had never heard of. He told me there was no betting there, which made my head spin. But that's Norm.

If you want to follow Harness Racings Number One Fan, please do here.

For a look at Norm's extensive Flickr page, with shots from both thoroughbred and harness tracks around North America, check it out here.


Anonymous said...

When we got to Goshen...I was as surprised as anyone there was not betting.LOL..I have to say though, the Town of Grand Haven Mi not far from there is a great place to spend a few day and the beach in one of the best around and that would include Sauble.

Pull the Pocket said...

What's the best harness fair track out there, other than DEL?


Norm said...

The Holland fairgrounds in Michigan, Home of the Wolverine Futurity.
The grandstand is packed on a Tuesday evening.Its funny to a degree...The Governeor insists there is no interest in racing in Michigan...The crowds say otherwise.
But no question....Delawarethe best fair track...In fact, it is one of the best places in existence.
I still have no clue why it took me so long to make my first trip in 2008.


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