Bob Mann

Bob Mann

Horse Racing Columnist  |  LAS VEGAS

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Bob Mann (1950-2019) was a professional journalist for more than 35 years, working as a reporter and in news management for the Chicago Tribune, National Enquirer, and CNN. Upon settling in Las Vegas, he founded Nevada Parlay Cards, a betting supply company that gave him an insider's understanding of sportsbook operations. For OG News, he was our man at the track, covering his horse racing passion. Read more about Bob Mann's life here.

Gun Runner under Florent Geroux wins 2018 Pegasus World Cup

Fastest of the Fast Vie for $9 Million in Pegasus World Cup

The fastest of the fast square off Saturday in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park near Miami. This year, the one mile and three-sixteenths event for grass runners, the Pegasus World Cup Turf, highlights a loaded betting undercard that has bettors salivating over the full fields and […]

Wow. War of Will ran way ahead of the field to take an easy win -- and 10 Kentucky Derby points -- at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. (Image: Racing Dudes)

Wow Moment: War of Will Takes Big Easy Win at LeComte

War of Will, who carries the barn moniker “Wow,” produced that “wow moment” for Kentucky Derby followers Saturday, handily winning the $200,000, 1 mile-seventy-yard Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Now, the horse racing world’s Derby attention moves into the South on Friday. That’s where Oaklawn Park […]

Canadian horse Escape Clause is making Santa Anita Park his home away from home as he runs away with the win in the La Canada Stakes last weekend. (Image: Orange County Register)

Don Schnell and Escape Clause: New Do-It-All Duo Scores at Santa Anita

The do-it-all duo of owner/trainer Don Schnell and his swift mare Escape Clause are getting Southern California thoroughbred racing fans buzzing. That’s because Escape Clause –$4.20, $2.80, $2.40 — was the dominant winner of the $100,000 La Canada Stakes Jan 12 at Santa Anita. As Schnell, 66, remarked, “I said […]

Kentucky Derby hopefuls convene in New Orleans

Kentucky Derby Prep on the Menu in New Orleans

An early Kentucky Derby prep – and, perhaps, some gumbo and oysters – all are on the menu in New Orleans Saturday. That’s because an expected 14 hopefuls are going postward in the 1 mile-70 yard Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds at the Fair Grounds. The race marks the start of […]

Derby horses round the first turn at Churchill Downs (Churchill Downs Photo)

Historical Horse Racing Machines Boost Kentucky Derby Purse

When the 2019 Kentucky Derby starting gate springs open a lot more will be at stake – a million dollars more to be exact – thanks to new revenue from historical horse racing machines. That’s because the purse for the US’s most prestigious race has been boosted to $3 million from $2 […]

Win or lose, Accelerate is off to the breeding shed after Pegasus World Cup. (Image: AP)

Accelerate Set for Final Race in $9 Million Pegasus World Cup

Accelerate, the Breeders’ Cup Classic hero and possible 2018 Horse of the Year, is set to enter the starting gate for the final time Jan. 26 in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Then, it’s off to the breeding shed, win or lose. At stake is significant prestige in […]

Mihos (Image: Kenny Martin/Racing Dudes)

Favorites Fail in First Round of Derby Preps on Road to Triple Crown

Heavy favorites Coliseum (3/5) and Code of Honor (4/5) both failed on Saturday to live up to the betting hype in their first Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds in California and Florida. Their results, or lack thereof, left presumptive 2-year-old champion Game Winner as the standout in the ongoing […]

Arlington Park is one of three surviving racetracks in Illinois that could benefit from slot machines powered by historical horse racing algorithms. (Image: Four Footed Fotos/Paulick Report)

Could Horse Racing’s Past Save Its Future? Illinois, Virginia Look to Historical Gaming Machines for Slot-Like Revenues

It’s no secret the equine industry has been experiencing hard times. But in Illinois and Virginia, two major horse racing and breeding states, there’s new hope that “historical horse racing” machines will bring new gaming revenues to struggling tracks. Such HHR machines — essentially slots with random-number generators built on […]

Accelerate, seen here winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, may have had a better 2018 than Triple Crown winner Justify. (Image: Alex Evers/The Buffalo News)

Can Accelerate Eclipse Justify to Win 2018 Horse of the Year?

Eclipse Award voters tasked with deciding just who will be anointed America’s 2018 Horse of the Year confront an age-old dilemma:  Should they reward special and unprecedented excellence over a short period of time in the form of Triple Crown winner Justify … or does the coast-to-coast, longer-term brilliance of Accelerate merit […]

California horse racing authorities contend the technology at Santa Anita Park was good enough to determine the winner of this  TK (Image: Santa Anita)

Is It Time for Horse Racing to Upgrade Photo Finish Technology?

In horse racing, a picture is worth only four words win, lose, or dead heat not the thousand as the bromide goes. But now, at least one prominent trainer is calling for the racing community to reconsider the technology that determines the difference, saying that his horse got […]

Dustin Johnson is often a betting favorite in golf, but should the PGA get a piece of every bet placed on him? (Image: Mark Ehrmann/Getty)

PGA Tour Wants ‘Royalty’ as Gambling Apps Fuel Golf Betting Boom

PGA Tour Vice President and Assistant General Counsel David Miller last week said his organization has no objection to betting on pro golf events.He sees growth potential for the sport thanks to mobile and online wagering, but also advocates for a “royalty” — as opposed to an “integrity fee” — […]