The Ron Flatter Racing Pod
The Ron Flatter Racing Pod
Horse Racing Nation
Featuring handicapping tips and insight from insiders, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is posted every Friday morning via HorseRacingNation.com. Check out the interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys, racing journalists, handicappers and celebrities. The pod is hosted by HRN managing editor Ron Flatter, who has been covering horse racing around the world for more than 35 years.
S7E25: Jack Frost nipping at your Kentucky Derby preps
The last three major preps of the season will fill the field for Kentucky Derby 2024. This week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from Keeneland, site of this weekend’s Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione will discuss Sierra Leone, who is one of the top contenders not only in the Blue Grass but also for the Derby. Stanley Cup champion and horseplayer Eddie Olczyk takes the long view of betting this Derby season as well as his strategy for playing handicapping contests like the National Horseplayers Championship, where we caught up with him last month in Las Vegas. Super Screener creator Mike Shutty offers tips for the Blue Grass, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the Santa Anita Derby, the races that will send top finishers to Churchill Downs in just four weeks. He also goes in depth on four stakes that offer the best betting opportunities on the Saturday card at Keeneland. Co-host John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times also weighs in with insight on the Amr Zedan lawsuit seeking to get Bob Baffert back into this year’s Derby and his first-hand impressions of the Florida Derby, where Fierceness won by 13 1/2 lengths to become the prohibitive favorite for the Kentucky Derby. As a bonus, former Horse Racing Nation turf writer Matt Stahl checks in from his current beat, the Alabama Crimson Tide, as he reports from the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Phoenix. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by Xpressbet. For information on Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby Challenge, go to https://www.xpressbet.com/sap-1500-4-6-2024?utm_source=hrn&utm_medium=digital&utm_campaign=saderbychallenge
Apr 4
1 hr 34 min
S7E24: Kentucky Derby preps, and is it flu or the flu?
Kentucky Derby 2024 win-and-you’re-in preps at Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn and the state of the game are the subjects of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Jockey Flavien Prat, who won last week’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on Catching Freedom, talks about that ride and his assignment this weekend in the $1.5 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on Timberlake. National Thoroughbred Racing Association CEO Tom Rooney answers questions about issues in the sport, including trainer Bob Baffert’s suspension from the Kentucky Derby, the progress and challenges of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority and an upcoming documentary that will shed a harsh light on the game. Paddock Prince handicapper David Levitch analyzes this weekend’s Florida Derby card and the Arkansas Derby. John Cherwa and Ron also go over listener and reader feedback. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by Xpressbet. For information on Saturday’s Florida Derby Challenge handicapping tournament, go to https://www.xpressbet.com/gsp-1500-3-30-24. Remember the commemorative bourbon for the 150th Kentucky Derby that was mentioned on the pod last month? We promised we would say when it was coming out. Here it is: https://store.darkartswhiskey.com/products/isaac-murphy-kentucky-derby      
Mar 28
1 hr 22 min
S7E23: Betting from the Bayou
On the road in New Orleans, the first major preps for Kentucky Derby 2024 are in the spotlight on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. At Fair Grounds, two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox discusses his Derby campaign, including his running of Catching Freedom in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby. He also discusses Timberlake’s upcoming move into the Arkansas Derby (G1) next weekend. Finally, Cox has morning-line favorite Tarifa going Saturday in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), a points prep for Kentucky Oaks (G1). Fair Grounds track announcer John G. Dooley offer his insights about the trends during the winter meet that will come to a close this weekend. He also has an early preview of the Horseshoe Indianapolis opening day April 8, when a total eclipse of the sun will pass over the track during the program. Handicapper Mark Midland has tips for Saturday’s Bayou-Bluegrass Pick 5, which takes in the Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks and New Orleans Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) and Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park. John Cherwa and Ron discuss the California Horse Racing Board meeting Thursday, when a 26-day north-state meet was approved to help fill the void with the closing of Golden Gate Fields in less than three months. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by Xpressbet. For information on Saturday’s $500 Santa Anita-Xpressbet handicapping tournament, go to xpressbet.com/tournaments.
Mar 21
1 hr 10 min
S7E22: The tote crash then and the NHC now
The annual visit to Las Vegas for the National Horseplayers Championship is on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Two-time NHC Tour winner Kevin Costello, former NHC champions Scott Harrison and Paul Matties and economics professor and horse owner Marshall Gramm take part in the annual horseplayers roundtable. They discuss last weekend’s tote breakdown that impacted the Tampa Bay Derby, the latest trends and concerns with computer-assisted wagering and why it is that Chicago players have done so well in the NHC. Horse Racing Nation handicapper Ed DeRosa is taking part in his first NHC as a competitor. He not only discusses that, he also has tips for the Grade 3 Whitmore at Oaklawn and two other Saturday stakes at Laurel Park and Turfway Park. Listener and reader feedback is focused on last week’s column about the rebuilding of Belmont Park. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by 1/ST Bet and Xpressbet. For information on Saturday’s Exacta-Thon at Tampa Bay Downs and to get a free entry, go to the Promos page at either 1st.com/bet or xpressbet.com. Accommodations for Horse Racing Nation coverage of the National Horseplayers Championship were provided and paid for by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Mar 14
1 hr 29 min
S7E21: Kornacki is back; so are D’Amato and Shutty
From Super Tuesday to top 10 sports events to Tampa Bay Downs. Less than two months until Kentucky Derby 2024, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod covers a lot of ground this week. MSNBC political analyst and NBC Sports racing handicapper Steve Kornacki talks about similarities between covering this week’s primary elections and the Derby trail. He also has some thoughts about Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Can Adare Manor be toppled in the Beholder Mile (G1) at Santa Anita? Trainer Phil D’Amato talks about his two challengers Desert Dawn and Turnerloose. He also offers updates on a few more horses in his stable, including Kentucky Derby candidate Stronghold. Super Screener creator Mike Shutty handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby as well as two other Saturday stakes races at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. Co-host John Cherwa joins Ron to talk about the top 10 sports events each has covered or attended, and they have tributes to the late Larry Lederman and Chris Mortensen. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by 1/ST Bet and Xpressbet. For information on and to register for Saturday’s ExactaThon, use one of these links and click Promos: www.1st.com/bet www.xpressbet.com
Mar 7
1 hr 40 min
S7E20: 4x Kentucky Derby preps + 1 camel race
This weekend brings four Kentucky Derby 2024 points preps, including the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park, all Saturday, and the San Felipe (G2) on Sunday at Santa Anita. They are the focus of this week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Fox Sports and New York Racing Association TV analyst Andy Serling discusses the Derby trail in general and the Gotham in particular. Trainer Danny Gargan talks about his colt Dornoch, the highly regarded winner of the Remsen Stakes (G2), who will race in the Fountain of Youth. Paddock Prince handicapper David Levitch has tips for all four Derby preps plus a bonus race on Saturday’s Gulfstream Park undercard. John Cherwa and Ron go over some of the feedback in the past week from listeners and readers reacting ton Ron’s column calling for stewards’ hearings to be streamed live. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by the Ultimate Betting Challenge via Xpressbet. For information on and to register for Saturday’s Ultimate Betting Challenge: www.xpressbet.com/tournaments
Feb 29
1 hr 31 min
S7E19: Derby prep at Oaklawn + Black History Month
The next Kentucky Derby 2024 points prep and Black History Month are the focus of this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Jennifer Hoyt, who spent more than 13 years working at Oaklawn, offers her thoughts about this weekend’s Grade 2, $1.25 million Rebel Stakes, which will ticket the winner for the Kentucky Derby. She also talks about her move from the racetrack to becoming a school-district spokesperson. The advancement of diversity in racing meets Kentucky bourbon. Leon Nichols of the Project to Preserve African-American Turf History and Allen Carter of Silver Springs Farm Eqwine and Vineyard join Macaulay Minton of Dark Arts Whiskey House to discuss their partnership to promote inclusion ahead of the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby. Horse Racing Nation’s Mark Midland handicaps the Rebel, the Razorback Handicap (G3), the Honeybee (G3) and three maiden races on the Saturday card at Oaklawn. John Cherwa and Ron pay tribute to the late Jerry Antonucci and Art Wilson, two longtime turf writers from Southern California. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com. This week’s episode is sponsored by the Ultimate Betting Challenge via Xpressbet. To enter the Ultimate Betting Challenge: www.xpressbet.com/tournaments For Horse Racing Nation handicapping tools: www.darkartswhiskey.com/spirits To learn more about Dark Arts Whiskey House: www.darkartswhiskey.com/spirits
Feb 22
1 hr 44 min
S7E18: From Mardi Gras to Risen Star
This weekend’s Risen Star Stakes is the first win-and-you’re-in prep for Kentucky Derby 2024, and it is the main subject of this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod. FanDuel TV racing analyst Caton Bredar offers a preview of the race and some highlights from the rest of the stakes-laden card at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hall of Fame and Sierra Leone are among the Risen Star favorites not to mention top contenders for the Derby. They will be discussed by Robyn Murray, who handles sales, racehorses and marketing for their lead owner Coolmore America. Horse Racing Nation handicapper Ed DeRosa has tips for the Risen Star and the other races this weekend as well as some thoughts about futures wagering on the Derby. John Cherwa and Ron sample listener and reader feedback about how racing and the Super Bowl have gone opposite directions in the past half-century when it comes to betting handle. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.
Feb 15
1 hr 34 min
S7E17: We know Shug, but who is this Randy Moss?
The next Kentucky Derby 2024 points prep and Super Bowl LVIII are the focus of this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey talks about Change of Command, the morning-line favorite for this weekend’s Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. He also discusses some other Derby and Kentucky Oaks prospects in his stable. From Las Vegas, NBC Sports racing analyst and longtime NFL reporter Randy Moss provides insight into the Derby trail as well as Sunday’s championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Super Screener creator Mike Shutty handicaps the Sam F. Davis and two other weekend stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. Ron also samples the feedback about his column that declared the absence of Bob Baffert’s horses would make America’s biggest race nothing more than Kentucky Derby 149 1/2. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.
Feb 8
1 hr 35 min
S7E16: ‘I didn’t recognize Camila Cabello’
This week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod has three main subjects, five races to handicap and one embarrassing admission. Eclipse Award winner Fierceness headlines Saturday’s four Kentucky Derby points preps. Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher talks about the champion colt’s 2024 debut in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Todd also discusses two of his other prominent 3-year-olds who are Derby contenders. Bob Baffert’s announcement that he will not have any of his horses in the Derby gets the once-over. Co-host John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times had an exclusive interview with Baffert that was the focal point of his report this week. He and Ron discuss what the absence of the Baffert horses will mean to his year’s Derby. The tenuous future of Turf Paradise in Phoenix is discussed by Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Leroy Gessmann. How California’s uncertain racing picture affects his state is also grist for the conversation. Paddock Prince David Levitch has tips for the Holy Bull, the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct, the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn and the Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita plus an allowance race that caught his attention. Ron confesses that he completely missed Camila Cabello in the paddock last weekend on Pegasus day, even though he walked right past her three times. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod via Horse Racing Nation is available via free subscription from Apple, Firefox, Google, iHeart and Spotify as well as HorseRacingNation.com.
Feb 1
1 hr 22 min
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