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Friday, April 23, 2010

Triple Crown countdown program April 25 at Racing Hall of Fame

Capital Region handicappers and racing analysts Nick Kling, Seth Merrow and Jeanne Wood will be featured in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s annual Countdown to the Triple Crown program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.

The popular program in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery includes video
highlights from important prep races and audience-driven discussions with the panel.

Admission is free and each person attending will receive a complimentary issue of the Triple Crown past performances issue published by Daily Racing Form, a complimentary copy of the Thoroughbred Times’ Triple Crown Preview issue and a complimentary copy of the most recent edition of the Blood-Horse.

The 136th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 1. The 135th Preakness is scheduled for Saturday, May 15. The final leg of the Triple Crown series, the 142nd Belmont Stakes, will be run on Saturday, June 5.

Kling has been the Thoroughbred columnist and handicapper for The Record newspaper in Troy since 1998. Prior to that he held the same position with the Amsterdam Recorder. He has been the co-host of Capital OTB’s Trackfacts since 1992. In addition, he has written for The Saratogian, Post Time USA, Horseplayer Magazine and Wizard Productions.

Merrow is the founder and publisher of, recently called “the single best source of horse racing news on the Internet” in an article listing Web sites of interest to racing fans. Merrow is a regular contributor to Capital OTB-TV as an analyst and handicapper. He also appears weekly on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “At the Races with Steve Byk.”

Wood began working with and riding horses as a child. An employee of Capital OTB since 1998, Wood has more than 25 years of experience with horses. She has hosted numerous handicapping seminars and has previously served on the National Museum of Racing’s Countdown to the Triple Crown panel.

Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer, will be the host of the program.
Video of the key prep races is being provided by Capital OTB.

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