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How do you make horse racing safer and more relevant, and how do you save it as a sport? There’s a nationwide movement afoot to do just that, much of it centered in Southern California. Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify learned their craft here, but then there’s also been a tragic uptick of horse deaths.

In our Racing! newsletter we provide previews of the featured races at our local tracks and keep on top of the national scene, including the listing of all races worth $100,000 or more. We’ve got handicapping tips that more than pay for the cost of the subscription. (Just kidding; the newsletter is free.)

We’ll come to your inbox each racing day, and the day after. Plus, it’s the only place you can find full charts with trip notes. And, we’ve got entries, too. If you’re into horse racing, this will be a quick and thorough way to start your day.

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I’m John Cherwa, and I’ve been a fan of pari-mutuel gaming since I was a kid in Florida and my parents would take me to the dog track or jai-alai fronton.

The first time I saw a horse race live was at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. I’ve been to most all the major tracks and a lot of the minor ones. I even once hit a superfecta at Bandera Downs, a track so small the clubhouse was a trailer. But it was the first time I captured the majesty of Santa Anita that my love of horse racing exceeded my love of gaming.

Now I’m hooked on the sport, which has its lows as well as its highs. The newsletter covers both. It gives you the news and charts of the day.