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Featuring handicapping tips and insight from insiders, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is posted every Friday morning via VSiN.com. Check out the interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys, racing journalists, handicappers and celebrities. The pod is hosted by VSiN host/reporter Ron Flatter, who has been covering horse racing around the world for more than 30 years.
 
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This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features analysis of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager with Horse Racing Nation and Derby Wars CEO Mark Midland. Trainer Brian Lynch discusses his 2-year-old Derby prospect Classic Causeway racing in this weekend’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. Las Vegas handicapper Richard Eng offer…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features a preview of graded stakes in New York, Kentucky and California with Channel Cat’s trainer Jack Sisterson, Churchill Downs TV analyst James Scully and Race Day Las Vegas handicapper Ralph Siraco. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via free subscription from iHeart, Apple, Google, Spoti…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features a look back at the Breeders’ Cup with Horse Racing Nation’s Ed DeRosa. Kate Hunter recruited the horses from Japan who won two of last weekend’s championships, and she will talk about her role. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via free subscription from iHeart, Apple, Google, Spotify…
 
From San Diego, this week’s regular episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features jockey Mike Smith, trainers Chad Brown, Brad Cox and Bill Mott, workout analyst Bruno de Julio and XBTV’s Zoe Cadman and Jeff Siegel all previewing the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. The RFRP is available for free subscription at iHeart, Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitche…
 
The Breeders’ Cup means there are two episodes of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod from Del Mar. This pop-up special features Las Vegas bookmakers Chris Andrews, Johnny Avello and Duane Colucci handicapping all 14 championship races. Also available here, the regular Friday episode features jockey Mike Smith, trainers Chad Brown, Brad Cox and Bill Mott, w…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features a preview of next week’s Breeders’ Cup with trainers Mark Casse and Wayne Catalano and XBTV handicapper Jeremy Plonk. DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello handicaps weekend races. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via free subscription from iHeart, Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitcher…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod looks at next month's Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Wesley Ward talks about his six horses that will be at Del Mar. Broadcasters who work away from their love of racing get together in a roundtable, including former ESPN host Chris Lincoln, Baltimore newscaster Scott Wykoff and Texas Tech sportscaster Ryan…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Forrest Gump” and 10-time National Horseplayers Championship competitor Eric Roth. Jockey Arnaldo Bocachica talks about the rarity of his eight-win night last Saturday at Charles Town. Racing Post’s Lee Mottershead handicaps Saturday’s British Cham…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from opening weekend at Keeneland, where track executive and horseplayer Jim Goodman discusses Breeders’ Cup qualifiers. Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Malathaat, Life Is Good and his top 2-year-olds. DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello handicaps weekend races. The Ron Flatte…
 
On this week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, Belmont Park morning-line writer David Aragona of TimeformUS previews Saturday’s Woodward Stakes. Starlight Racing’s Jack Wolf talks about the horses he has racing during opening weekend at Santa Anita. Racing Post’s Scott Burton looks at Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. VSiN’s Vinny Magliulo…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from Arlington Park, where general manager Tony Petrillo discusses Saturday’s final race card in the track’s 94-year history. Trainer Robertino Diodoro talks about Keepmeinmind’s bid to pull off an upset in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Rampart Casino sportsbook director Duane Colu…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features former NFL quarterback Shaun King, the VSiN host who is also a longtime horseplayer. Thoroughbred owner and handicapper Marshall Gramm talks about the edges he has gained as a computer bettor. Las Vegas oddsmaker Paul Zilm handicaps weekend races. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from the turf meet at historic Kentucky Downs near the Tennessee border. Track announcer Larry Collmus talks about this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup qualifiers there. From the National Horseplayers Championship, Karl Broberg discusses his passions of horse training and betting. Johnny Avello of Dra…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod focuses on closing weekend in New York and California. Andy Serling and Tom Amoss of “Saratoga Live” review the summer season and look ahead to the big races during Labor Day weekend. Duane Colucci of the Rampart Sportsbook handicaps races at Saratoga and Del Mar. Keith Chamblin of the National Thor…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from the National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. A panel of competing handicappers including former NHC winners Thomas Goldsmith and Judy Wagner, Thoroughbred owner-horseplayer Jon Lindo and NHC hopeful George Bryant discuss the tournament postponed by COVID. “Saratoga Live’s” Maggie …
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod zeroes in on Del Mar and Saratoga. Millie Ball Yakteen of XBTV previews Saturday’s $1 million Pacific Classic. Luis Sáez talks about his rise to the top of the jockey standings at Saratoga. Chris Andrews from the South Point handicaps races at both tracks. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod comes from Arlington Park near Chicago, where the last edition of Million Day is Saturday. Eight-time training titlist Larry Rivelli and twice leading jockey Jareth Loveberry talk about the track’s final weeks. Nicolle Neulist of Equibase in Chicago discusses the future of Illinois racing and her ap…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is focused on Saturday’s Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Trainer Kenny McPeek talks about sending his champion filly Swiss Skydiver against the boys. Tim Wilkin of the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union previews the Saturday card. Rampart Casino sportsbook director Duane Colucci handicaps weekend races. The Ron …
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features “Saratoga Live” TV host Laffit Pincay III discussing this weekend’s Vanderbilt Handicap and Jim Dandy Stakes. John and Mike Baird remember the late Dale Baird, North America’s winningest trainer whose record is about to fall to Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Las Vegas horseplayer and bookmak…
 
This week’s episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features a reunion of the 2014 TV series “Horseplayers” with Matt Bernier, Michael Beychok, Lee Davis, Christian Hellmers, Peter Rotondo Jr., Peter Rotondo Sr. and producer Andrew Yex. Also, Jockeys’ Guild CEO Terry Meyocks discusses the crop controversy in last Saturday’s Haskell Stakes, and DraftK…
 
This week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod touches all the bases at Del Mar, Saratoga and Monmouth Park. Longtime southern California handicapper Bob Ike previews the summer at Del Mar. Trainer Fausto Gutiérrez talks about his rising star Letruska and their plans for Saratoga. Monmouth handicapper Brad Thomas looks at Saturday’s $1 million Haskell Stakes. …
 
This week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod looks ahead to next Thursday’s opening of the summer season at Saratoga. Tom Law of the Saratoga Special offers an on-the-spot preview. Horseplayers Association of North America president Jeff Platt discusses the evolving rules for Pick 6 wagers at Saratoga and Del Mar. Rampart sportsbook director Duane Colucci ha…
 
This week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod covers racing – and race. Jonathon Kinchen of Fox Sports discusses the first half of the racing year as well as progress that racing may or may not have made in the past year to answer diversity questions. Trainer Mike Stidham talks about Dubai World Cup winner Mystic Guide and his comeback Saturday in the Suburba…
 
With the current meet ending this weekend at Churchill Downs, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod covers closing day. Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen discusses his plans for the summer as well as his horses racing on closing day. Churchill Downs TV analyst Scott Shapiro looks at the Stephen Foster Stakes card. DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello handi…
 
COVID forced Canadian racing in a long delay. But they are competing again at Woodbine. Champion jockey Rafael Hernández talks about it and his recent injury on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Also, Penelope Miller of America’s Best Racing talks about her job traveling the country to photograph Thoroughbreds, and Rampart sportsbook director Duane Coluc…
 
With the Triple Crown series at an end for 2021, the Ron Flatter Racing Pod looks back and looks ahead. At times irreverent, Tim Wilkin of the Albany Times-Union reflects on the five weeks in Louisville, Baltimore and New York. Trainer Wesley Ward looks ahead to next week, when he sends a string of horses to England for Royal Ascot. The RFRP is ava…
 
From Long Island, N.Y., the Ron Flatter Racing Pod covers this weekend’s Belmont Stakes. Maggie Wolfendale Morley of Fox Sports and NYRA TV previews the main event plus three graded stakes on the undercard. Trainers Doug O’Neill, John Sadler and Hideyuki Mori discuss their Belmont contenders. Twitter feedback is focused on the latest developments i…
 
On this pop-up episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, Las Vegas bookmakers who happen to be seasoned horseplayers preview the Belmont Stakes. Chris Andrews, Johnny Avello, Duane Colucci and Vinny Magliulo analyze all eight horses in Saturday's field for the last race of this Triple Crown season. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via free subs…
 
On this episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, Sally Goodall, Jim Goodman and David Gutfreund are finalists for the National Horseplayers Championship Hall of Fame who discuss the challenges that horseplayers face these days. Jockey agent Steve Worsley and racetrack executive John F. Heims talk about the controversial riding-crop rule that led ride…
 
With a break in the Triple Crown, this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod features a look back on the Preakness with winning owners Diane and John Fradkin talking about Rombauer. The Bob Baffert controversy and next month’s Belmont Stakes are discussed by Louie Rabaut, Megan Devine and Mike Gandolfo of “The Horse Racing Happy Hour.” VSiN’s Vinny Magliul…
 
Controversies over drug tests will not be ignored, but there is a horse race this weekend in Baltimore. That is the setting for a Preakness preview episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Maryland Jockey Club TV host Naomi Tukker analyzes and handicaps the Black-Eyed Susan and the Preakness stakes. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas discusses his l…
 
With a drug controversy hanging over him, Medina Spirit tries to maintain his tenuous hold on a Triple Crown bid by winning this weekend in Baltimore. On a special, pop-up episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, horse-playing bookmakers Duane Colucci, Chris Andrews, Johnny Avello and Vinny Magliulo handicap this weekend’s Preakness Stakes with in-de…
 
On a special pop-up episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, hear trainer Bob Baffert offer his side of the drug test that flagged Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit for an excess trace of an anti-inflammatory drug. Workout expert Bruno De Julio and trainer John Shirreffs also talk about the controversy. The Ron Flatter Racing Pod is available via f…
 
This week between the classics, the Triple Crown is still the main topic of conversation on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Steve Kornacki of NBC News talks about his successful pick of Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby, and he looks forward to next week’s Preakness. So does trainer Mike McCarthy, who sends his colt Rombauer to race at Pimlico. South…
 
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale discusses his $2 million bet on the Kentucky Derby on this week’s regular Friday episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. From Louisville, guests also include Derby trainers Brad Cox, Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher, jockey Luis Sáez and Kentucky turf writer and publicist Jennie Rees. The RFRP is available via free subscrip…
 
Las Vegas bookmakers turned handicappers Chris Andrews, Johnny Avello and Duane Colucci analyze all 20 horses to deliver their opinions and their picks for the 147th Kentucky Derby in this special pop-up episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. It is available via free subscription from iHeart, Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitcher as well as from VSiN…
 
Now based in Louisville, Ky., the Ron Flatter Racing Pod this week features trainer Steve Asmussen, who discusses his Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses, and Los Angeles Times special correspondent John Cherwa, who talks about how racing coverage has changed for him in recent years. There is also Twitter feedback in reaction to the ongoing dispute that…
 
On the road to Louisville, this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod originates from Tulsa, Okla., with conversations ranging from racing’s momentum during COVID to a big race this weekend. It features Nate Newby, the general manager of Santa Anita; Monomoy Girl’s trainer Brad Cox ahead of this weekend’s Apple Blossom showdown with Swiss Skydiver, and Hor…
 
This final Las Vegas-based episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod features Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert previewing Concert Tour and Hozier in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby. Las Vegas Review-Journal turf writer Mike Brunker takes the long view of the road to the Kentucky Derby. DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello handicaps weekend races, including …
 
From Santa Anita this week’s Ron Flatter Racing Pod provides a preview of Saturday’s three major Kentucky Derby preps. XBTV’s Zoe Cadman analyzes the Santa Anita Derby. Trainer John Sadler discusses undefeated Rock Your World's move from turf to dirt. VSiN’s Vinny Magliulo handicaps the Santa Anita Derby, the Blue Grass Stakes and the Wood Memorial…
 
This weekend’s Kentucky Derby preps are in the spotlight on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott talks about Nova Rags in the Florida Derby – plus Channel Maker’s bid to win the Dubai Sheema Classic. Gulfstream Park and Fox Sports TV analyst Acacia Courtney offers analysis from south Florida. Ralph Siraco of Race Day Las Vegas…
 
The first major prep for the Kentucky Derby highlights the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Fair Grounds TV analyst Joe Kristufek previews the Louisiana Derby. Juddmonte USA general manager Garrett O’Rourke talks about Mandaloun’s chances in the race as well as other standout horses from his farms. DraftKings Sportsbook’s Johnny Avello handicaps weekend rac…
 
Jockey Florent Géroux will talk about his ride Saturday on Caddo River in the Rebel Stakes. Southern California handicapper/horseman Jon Lindo will discuss COVID-era challenges for racehorse owners. Rampart Casino sportsbook director Duane Colucci will handicap weekend races. The RFRP is available for download Friday and free subscription now at iH…
 
For the first time in a year the Ron Flatter Racing Pod is back at the track. This time it comes from Santa Anita, where one of three Kentucky Derby preps will be run this weekend. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens talks about Life Is Good in the San Felipe Stakes. Trainer Brendan Walsh discusses his undefeated colt Maxfield in the Santa Anita Handi…
 
The Kentucky Derby trail reaches the Fountain of Youth Stakes this weekend at Gulfstream Park, and it is the focus of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Trainer Steve Asmussen talks about his top Derby prospect Jackie's Warrior. John Pricci of Horse Race Insider offers a preview from south Florida. VSiN’s Vinny Magliulo handicaps Saturday’s preps. There i…
 
There is a growing awareness of the desire to bring more racial diversity to racing. How is the sport doing? In a special Black History Month panel on the Ron Flatter Racing Pod, the topic is discussed by Tonya Abeln of Churchill Downs Inc., Leon Nichols and Calvin Davis of the Project to Preserve African-American Turf History, trainer Graham Motio…
 
The first win-and-you’re-in prep for the Kentucky Derby and the return of a 2020 champion highlight the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Fair Grounds track announcer John G. Dooley previews Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans. Darley America president Jimmy Bell discusses the upcoming return of 2020 juvenile champion Essential Quality. DraftKings Sp…
 
Kentucky Derby qualifying points are there for the taking in New York and Florida, and the Ron Flatter Racing Pod previews both of this weekend’s races. Trainer Harry Wyner talks about Withers Stakes favorite Capo Kane. Mike Henry of Tampa Bay Downs looks ahead to the Sam F. Davis Stakes. Paul Zilm of Circa Sports handicaps both preps. The RFRP is …
 
This weekend’s Kentucky Derby preps at Santa Anita and at Gulfstream Park get the attention of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Two-time Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill discusses his bid to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and outgoing Gulfstream TV analyst Jason Blewitt previews the Holy Bull Stakes. Rampart Casino’s Duane Colucci offers weekend hand…
 
Gulfstream Park TV analyst Acacia Courtney offers insight into this weekend’s Pegasus World Cup on the regular weekly episode of the Ron Flatter Racing Pod. Also, Ed Musselman talks about why he decided to stop publishing Indian Charlie. The RFRP is available for download and free subscription at Apple, Google, iHeart, Spotify, Stitcher and at VSiN…
 
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