Ask The Guru

Talented horsemen that flew under the radar, why Lexington is my favorite city and why I never trained thoroughbreds

By Ron Gurfein - July 23, 2020

Does blasting a 2-year-old off the gate and going a hellacious first quarter compromise the horse’s long-term ability to race?

By Ron Gurfein - July 17, 2020

My Hambletonian favorites, why Williams should follow Gural’s lead and thoughts on final quarters, “bending,” aluminum shoes and bandages

By Ron Gurfein - July 10, 2020

Why races are going so fast, scheduling challenges in the age of COVID-19 and the difference between American and Swedish trainers

By Ron Gurfein - July 3, 2020

Takter’s secret, questioning a drive in the Roll With Joe and breeding gimmicks

By Ron Gurfein - June 26, 2020

Thoughts on Pelling and Glazer, the importance of the same driver on a 2-year-old trotter and why breaks among young trotters are becoming increasingly rare

By Ron Gurfein - June 19, 2020

Does a mare’s number of foals impact yearling buying and do a horse’s eyes work separately?

By Ron Gurfein - June 12, 2020

Thoughts on Propulsion, whether a mile in 1:45 is possible and how to compete against dishonest trainers

By Ron Gurfein - June 5, 2020

Why horses from indicted trainers race on; my judgement of Hambletonian DQ and a wild tale about Wild Bill

By Ron Gurfein - May 29, 2020

Thoughts on Burke, a revised Triple Crown, time trials and the best crop of standardbreds ever foaled

By Ron Gurfein - May 22, 2020

Responding to Leavitt, why racing 2-year-olds is important and, in the age of COVID-19, will yearling videos be more important than ever?

By Ron Gurfein - May 15, 2020

Thoughts on integrity, Gural, Schnittker and Leavitt

By Ron Gurfein - May 8, 2020

Should horses formerly trained by indicted trainers now carry an asterisk?

By Ron Gurfein - May 1, 2020

Remembering the days when PEDs were allowed, thoughts on whether some horsemen lack flair, a guess as to why thoroughbreds are still racing and explaining the success of GooGooGaga

By Ron Gurfein - April 24, 2020

The book on race secretaries

By Ron Gurfein - April 17, 2020

Thoughts on racing 2-year-olds, what to do with babies in training when there is no racing and the trainer handed a 34-year suspension

By Ron Gurfein - April 10, 2020

The sport’s most insidious injury, thoughts on whether trainers owning horses is bad for the game and the fastest horse I ever trained

By Ron Gurfein - April 3, 2020

The greatest trainer of all time, the secret to keeping a winning horse and thoughts on Workman’s Compensation

By Ron Gurfein - March 27, 2020

Indictments, COVID-19, Surick, Dutrow and fair starts

By Ron Gurfein - March 20, 2020

Stop EPO and the playing field will be level again

By Ron Gurfein - March 13, 2020

Equine Welfare and Safety Act could lead to death of racing in California

By Ron Gurfein - March 6, 2020

Licensing owners needs to be eliminated

By Ron Gurfein - February 28, 2020

Thoughts on claimers, suing Santa Anita and which tracks have the best food

By Ron Gurfein - February 21, 2020

Enough with the negativity over Pennsylvania

By Ron Gurfein - February 14, 2020

New contract at Pompano; take a deep breath in PA; thoughts on why owners are licensed and should one follow the Ray Schnittker training method?

By Ron Gurfein - February 7, 2020
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