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Old 09-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
The Judge
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Barry Meadow Retiring!!!

e-mial just received I took out a small part about refunds etc.

TR Publishing, 3457 Via Zara Ct., Fallbrook, CA 92028 (805) 712-5060

After 23 years of publishing the daily Master Win Ratings, I am retiring effective immediately.

I appreciate the opportunity to have provided this service to you over these years. Your correspondence and comments have helped me to sharpen my own handicapping, and have helped contribute to the accuracy and value of the ratings.

I have always done the ratings myself. No assistants, no farming out the work. Which has made for some interesting times during some rare mid-meet trips to faraway places. Thanks to the Internet (which didnít exist when we started with the mailed, weekly ratings), Iíve watched Golden Gate replays from a hotel room in Monaco, deciphered a German-language keyboard at an Internet cafť in Austria so I could e-mail the ratings, and downloaded past performances on a cruise ship in Honduras.

Using the ratings as my key handicapping element, Iíve also bet many millions of dollars during this timeóthrough the windows, legal rebate shops, betting exchanges, offshore racebooks, and bookmakers. And from this I am retiring as well.

Partly I am retiring for health reasons, to withdraw from the daily stresses of long hours, deadline pressures, and millimeter $8,000 photos. These pressures, I reluctantly admit, have taken some toll on my body. My doctors tell me that Iíll be better off not to be spending late nights reviewing the final turn of a Hollywood Park turf race several times to see exactly who was wide (and how wide), or agonizing over whether a horse should be a 14 or a 15, or pounding my desk when Iíve just lost a photo at Santa Anita.

Iíll still be involved in horse racing, though not on a daily basis any more. Iím working on a new book, The Skeptical Handicapper, which will include much computer research about what really works in this game. Iíll continue my regular column for American Turf Monthly. And I remain an advisor to HANA, the horseplayersí advocacy group.

So I wonít exactly be fading into the sunset, but I will have more time to enjoy the sunsets. Iíll be living full-time in Fallbrook, and those of you whoíve visited me here know how beautiful and peaceful it is.

I thank you for your support over the years, and wish you well. And as I signed off each dayís ratings on the telephone, ďGood luck at the races.Ē

Barry Meadow
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