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Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Are touts or insider tips really worth paying attention to when you are wagering on a horse race or any sporting event? I will express my opinion and give you some ideas to think about.
Posted Sunday, February 28, 2016
Catch up on the horses, trainers, and upcoming events at Tampa Bay Downs.
Posted Thursday, January 07, 2016
Tampa Bay Downs will be well represented in this years 2016 NHC tournament in Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. There will be over 500 entrants, and there will be at least two regulars, and one previous patron from Tampa Bay Downs.
Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2015
On Sunday December 20, 2015 The Elsie Naylor Classic was held at Tampa Bay Downs. It was the first race on a ten race card. It was not any big stakes race, but a $6,250 claiming race at six furlongs over the main track. You are probably asking yourself, why is Big Daddy B doing a blog on this everyday race? Well, over the years my wife,and I go to Tampa Bay Downs almost every weekend, even when it is only simulcast racing. We always sit in the Sports Gallery at the Track. We have became good friends with a lot of the other patrons, who are there almost every weekend like us. My wife and I will say to each other, that these people are our extended family.
Posted Thursday, December 03, 2015
A look at Tampa Bay Downs for the 2015-2016 racing season through the eyes of a regular customer for the last twenty plus years.
Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015
Below is a nostalgic look, through my eyes, at Churchill Downs from twenty years ago until now. This past weekend I returned to Churchill Downs after a twenty year hiatus. I was shocked by the amount of changes that have taken place, and how much this iconic track had changed.
Posted Saturday, November 07, 2015
I know there are a million Breeders’ Cup stories, but I felt compelled to tell mine. Not that my story is more interesting than any other personal story, but it does raise an interesting topic for discussion. Handicapping is it really worth the time and effort.
Posted Monday, October 19, 2015
One of my most favorite times of the year is October 30 and 31 because these are the dates of this year's Breeders' Cup races. I know the Kentucky Derby is the grandfather of all horse races, but these two days of the Breeders' Cup are the holy grail to any horse racing fan. But, was Keeneland the best choice of location for the 2015 Breeders' Cup races?
Posted Saturday, October 10, 2015
I decided to take the opportunity, of my first official blog, to explain the pictures on the banner of my new blog page on Horse Racing Nation (HRN). The black and white picture on the left side of the banner was taken by mother when she attended the 1949 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. What makes it more special is the fact that she was a couple months pregnant with me. So my first racing experience, so to speak, was the 1949 Kentucky Derby. My fate was sealed on that first Saturday in May.

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Meet Bruce Workman

I graduated from Indiana State University with a BS degree in economics. I recently retired from my job as manager of the commissions department of a Third Party Administrator for multiple insurance companies after twenty years of service. My wife, Jean, and I have been married for thirty nine years. We have two wonderful children and one wonderful granddaughter. 

Like many others, my love of horse racing started at an early age. I was around thirteen when my parents started taking me to the track at Churchill Downs, and River Downs. My first and only Kentucky Derby was the year that Dust Commander won. Sorry to say I was in the infield with thousands of my closest friends. We had spent the night before sleeping in my car in line outside of the track. It was an experience I will never forget, and going to the Derby is something that every racing fan should experience. 


I must say that I am a lucky man because my wife also loves horse racing, and we are regulars at Tampa Bay Downs since we moved to Florida 27 years ago. Both of our kids spent a lot of time at the track with us at an early age. We used to take them to Churchill Downs at Thanksgiving time even when they still had to be in a baby carrier. So they both had early exposure to the sport we love.  My son really loves this sport as much as we do. My daughter does not share our level of love of horse racing, but she still has an interest.

Since I have many years of history to draw upon I hope to provide some useful information to the readers of my blogs. In addition I will try to take a look at some topics that may be controversial to some readers. My intention will be to make people think about the topics, and hopefully have additional conversations about those issues. 

I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to express my views in my blogs on Horse Racing Nation. 

May the finish line always be kind. 



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