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Old 01-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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My company is gonna develop and pitch several cheap horse racing shows to TVG (cheap fucks) ans HRTV (less interested). Maybe even sports networks, and HULU. I'm thinking some type of "Handicappping House" or a reality show that follows a Baffert type around the track and around his life. Or a backstretch type "Jockey Wives." I'm not planning to get rich, believe me, these networks have no advertising cash, but I would like to develop a show I'm a least interested in and take a shot this year.

Any ideas are welcome - and become my property. Just kidding, we can talk consulting later, but I"m curious what type of reality (if any) you, or your family would watch.
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My company is gonna develop and pitch several cheap horse racing shows to TVG (cheap fucks) ans HRTV (less interested). Maybe even sports networks, and HULU. I'm thinking some type of "Handicappping House" or a reality show that follows a Baffert type around the track and around his life. Or a backstretch type "Jockey Wives." I'm not planning to get rich, believe me, these networks have no advertising cash, but I would like to develop a show I'm a least interested in and take a shot this year.

Any ideas are welcome - and become my property. Just kidding, we can talk consulting later, but I"m curious what type of reality (if any) you, or your family would watch.
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Should do some type of reality show that involves either the Saratoga or Del Mar meet.
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I very much enjoyed the documentary from a few years ago called "First Saturday in May", which followed around a handful of Kentucky Derby prospects throughout the spring (including Barbaro, as it turned out). Highly interesting and enjoyable.

Recommend you guys check it out, if you haven't seen it already.
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I very much enjoyed the documentary from a few years ago called "First Saturday in May", which followed around a handful of Kentucky Derby prospects throughout the spring (including Barbaro, as it turned out). Highly interesting and enjoyable.

Recommend you guys check it out, if you haven't seen it already.
What if it was shot like Hard Knocks? That would be amazing. This really is a great idea as a weekly one hour reality show on TVG or NBC Sports, or even the 101, culminating with the live finale (Derby). Too late this year, but could be worth pursuit in the future.

Too big of a budget for me, likely, without a pilot episode. And it's always trouble getting trade-outs and sponsors/ads for VICE type shows. Maybe some big-ego owner types (cough, Zayat), might bankroll something for staring rolls, and an EP credit. Shit, maybe, we'll toss in some McDonald's commercials from Pegram, and Porter Motors, too.
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I like the idea of the First Saturday in May show.

Something else I would tune it to watch would be a training-based show. I'd love to watch the horses working and listen to the guys at the track talking about how each horse is doing. If the show were to travel from track to track showing glimpses of the best horses at each track, that would be even better. I'm learning that condition is huge in handicapping (much more than speed ratings) and a show like that would really help me.
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I like the idea of the First Saturday in May show.

Something else I would tune it to watch would be a training-based show. I'd love to watch the horses working and listen to the guys at the track talking about how each horse is doing. If the show were to travel from track to track showing glimpses of the best horses at each track, that would be even better. I'm learning that condition is huge in handicapping (much more than speed ratings) and a show like that would really help me.

You are correct in the condition part of handicapping. Speed ratings are a far gone conclusion a the top of handicapping races these days. Condition, trainer patterns and connection info is far more superior than speed ratings these days. When you see a horse string together more than 3 races first time in his career you know that the horse is probably the soundest he has ever been throughout his racing career.
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