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Past The WirePast the Wire is the Horse Racing column where Professional Handicapper Jonathan Stettin shares his knowledge, experience and passion for The Sport of Kings. This is where you will find Horse Racing’s most interesting and well informed columns and articles on every aspect of the game. Jonathan tackles everything in the sport unbiased, with a unique insight that stems from his vast experience in so many areas of Thoroughbred Racing. It is truly Horse Racing Uncensored.

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DiLo’s Aqueduct Carryover Attack

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

  The Triple Carryover PK6 at the BIG A 12/8/16 Yesterday was opening day on the Inner Track at Aqueduct and it yielded a very unformable day if you were handicapping. It rained a lot [...]

Back but not Beat: Silky Sullivan By Amy Nesse

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

  Back but not Beat: Silky Sullivan    By Amy Nesse               Jonathan Stettin and Past the Wire are proud supporters of The Jockeys' Guild Catch Jonathan Stettin The Pick [...]

Not Even A Mention

November 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Past the Wire  By Jonathan Stettin Not Even A Mention         Our all new website will be launching any day now. Here's a little preview:     https://youtu.be/465-UE1sPcg Jonathan Stettin and Past [...]

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A Dream Come True by Amy Nesse

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A Dream Come True: A Talk with Breeders’ Cup winning trainer, Ian Kruljac By Amy Nesse         Jonathan Stettin and Past the Wire are proud supporters of The Jockeys’ Guild Our all [...]

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Maria Schlemmer Ackerman

That was a phenomenal article Jonathan. Thank you for writing it and sharing it. Ruffian was my second love (after Man O' War) and I simply cannot stop the tears from falling every time I read about this magnificent black beauty.


LeeAnne Deardorff Goen

thanks for posting


Darren Rybka (@RybkaDarren)

@jonathanstettin major bias play, thanks j man!!!! Lol


Michael R. Snow (@theWynnDough)

Another one from the "black and white marble like notebook." Fish Trappe Road $8.70. UFC pay per view $. Thanks Jon!


Gary Stevens

Great writing my man, awesome, thank you so much. Well done.

Chris LaPort (@alloutdrive)

Props to the Pick 6 King @jonathanstettin Your pool was the only one I bought into, and with good reason. Thank you sir! Great ‘capping!

PokerFaceDutch (@DutchieFlair)

@jonathanstettin anytime chief, you always giving back so its only right!!

Gary A. Wernett (@SenorTrifecta)

@jonathanstettin Thank you for your effort on the pick 6 at Gulfstream. I played it w/you for the first time today and you hit it twice!!!!

Terri Martin (@GolfGirlTexas)

Congrats @jonathanstettin ! That’s why ur the king!

OTMB (@OnTheMarcBets)

Could not be more happy for @jonathanstettin . Like I said a few weeks ago: he is the best in the game!

Mary Rampellini (@DRFRampellini)

@jonathanstettin, Thank you so much! You are all class!

Beezer (@Angry_VBK)

@jonathanstettin congrats on a great hit. Very nice job!!!

John Ball (@P3Tacco)

@jonathanstettin What a surprise….thank you—- thank you….I can say I was part of history.

Vitali Banned

Marcus Vitali is banned from Florida tracks. This is especially disappointing considering the success he had with the Kieran McLaughlin horses he had a few years back. I don't like to see the negative images this sort of thing conjures up.   Read more....


@jonathanstettin Brilliant as always. Agree with everything you said. Thank you! ! 🙂

Michael R. Snow (@theWynnDough)

Nice score King! @jonathanstettin Well played with the 4 singled on one ticket. 2 times! Big congrats.

Bombsaway Bob Grant (@BombsawayBob)

@jonathanstettin @EliteRacingNet Way To Go, outstanding Handicapping!


@jonathanstettin Another great look back by Jonathan at the king of the claimers Oscar Barrera.


@jonathanstettin Your article re reading when a horse dead on board made me some $ just now. Untapable was, IMO, odds-on, but dead. TY!


Thnx to @jonathanstettin I made being right about Channel Maker count! Didn’t play him in under at all, cashed dbls, exs,tri, super and p4.


@PastTheWire take that story & others you have and write a book. I would buy it. Any good ones out there that are pure stories?


@jonathanstettin Well done per usual. A true horseplayer who can articulate nicely #keepitup.


Good stuff buddy! RT @jonathanstettin: Racing’s not Dead.


@jonathanstettin Wonderful article! You’re a great ambassador for the game! We’ve been spoiled with elite equine athletes in recent memory.


@jonathanstettin Great article!


@jonathanstettin great read as always!


@jonathanstettin Jon just wanted to say thx for the info you provide.


@jonathanstettin is there a any better at writing thoroghbred articles that are ” relevant” to the horseplayer and fan alike ? I think not.

Jon Parr (@JonParr21)

I admit I’m a history nerd, love learning stories of the past. Thank you for a great and insightful read twitter.com/PastTheWire/st…

Jon Bercher (@JBercher)

@jonathanstettin @bbopjz Fantastic writing, thoroughly enjoyable read.

Ed Cofiño (@ItsmeEddieC)

@PastTheWire Thank you for that article. I was 11yrs old watching race on TV & remember it like yesterday.Great article #GreatHorse #Ruffian

Al Bundy (@albundypolkhigh)

@jonathanstettin wish i had words to express after reading this. Thank you

Mark ALL 1’s (@TriCrownCapper)

@PastTheWire I was moved. Had to put the “all 1’s” in the profile name. It’s utterly brilliant.

Jimmy Williams (@matt918476)

@jonathanstettin wowwwwwww , the best … Felt like i was watching a movie!!!! , then realized it should be a film , super informative !!

OTMB (@OnTheMarcBets)

Very well done piece by The King, John Stettin twitter.com/jonathanstetti…

Amy Nesse (@horsegirlamy16)

An amazing article on an amazing horse who broke the heart of horse racing twitter.com/jonathanstetti…

James Giliberto (@97charmed19)

@PastTheWire you did do her justice, this is a great read on a tragic moment in the history of our great sport, thank you.

Gino Buccola (@ItsMeGinoB)

Congrats to @jonathanstettin who had the Rainbow pick 6 twice today!!!!!!!! twitter.com/jonathanstetti…


@jonathanstettin such a great read! In my car reading this on my lunch break with a huge smile.

Tim n (@CigarSire)

@PastTheWire Great read brought back some sad memories.The only race she lost killed her. Legacy. @jonathanstettin pic.twitter.com/Jx9WF7OjUe

Riley Grannan (@RileyGrannan)

Must read story by Jonathan Stettin on Ruffian @PastTheWire pastthewire.com/all-1s-ruffian…

Mark ALL 1’s (@TriCrownCapper)

@PastTheWire wow. I am thankful you took the time to provide such detail about an all time great horse and the tragedy of that final race.

Jimmy Williams (@matt918476)

@jonathanstettin @bbopjz the reason being is his combination of being a Fan , a Horseman, a Handicapper, and a Historian !!!! He best !

G1 Handicapping (@G1Handicapping)

Another great piece by Jonathan! twitter.com/jonathanstetti...

William G. Gotimer (@WilliamGotimer)

@jonathanstettin I for one can still actually feel the pall cast over the crowd and game that day. It was palpable. Kudos 2/2

Arlene Matlack (@MatlackArlene)

@horsegirlamy16 @jonathanstettin it was the most amazing article I’ve ever read

Elite Racing Network (@EliteRacingNet)

What a day for @jonathanstettin who had the Rainbow 6 twice! That’s why he’s the KING!


@jonathanstettin hearing about that huge 500k plus win, JON, makes me want to go to the track with my cash right NOW!!! Haha.

Elite Racing Network (@EliteRacingNet)

Louis & @ItsMeGinoB talk next w/@jonathanstettin about today’s races & the amazing Ruffian piece he wrote this week. twitter.com/PastTheWire/st…

Drew Mo (@thebloghorse)

An amazing article. Well done @jonathanstettin #ruffian twitter.com/jonathanstetti…

Michael Glew (@Harnessracer101)

@jonathanstettin I had goosebumps reading that. Excellent work, thank you for sharing!

Mark ALL 1’s (@TriCrownCapper)

If you have not read this piece, you’re an idiot. Awesome read for all horse racing fans. twitter.com/pastthewire/st…

Jimmy Williams (@matt918476)

@jonathanstettin @bbopjz agree , but in my opinion Mr. Stettin remains second to none …….

howard eder (@bbopjz)

@jonathanstettin Your writing skills compare to Red Smith and Joe Hirsch- Just a wonderful read

MargaretR (@RurakMarge)

@jonathanstettin Thank you. This is a truly beautiful tribute to a racing legend. Good to hear the true story of what happened that day.

Terri Martin (@GolfGirlTexas)

Well done Jon. TY. twitter.com/pastthewire/st…

Paul Culpo (@PaulCulpo)

@jonathanstettin @PastTheWire @BOBCOL Is there anyone and I mean ANYONE better than Mr. Stettin?? I don’t think so. Thank you sir!

Mark All 1’s (@TriCrownCapper)

@jonathanstettin u should really do a 2 minute Past The Wire recorded segment for @Steve_Byk Monday Morning. Very grounded, excellent stuff

Trey Reid (@ReidT8)

@jonathanstettin Nice piece and well articulated! Thanks for sharing your knowledge through your work!

Chris LaPort (@alloutdrive)

@jonathanstettin That was damn near evangelical. You’re one of the few experts a novice like me can depend on. Keep up the good work!

Scott Raymond (@onehorsestable)

Great read! Thanks @jonathanstettin Feels like you’re sitting across the table breaking down the day with the expert pastthewire.com/to-b-or-not-to…

Michael R. Snow (@theWynnDough)

This article is a must read. 1st ballot Hall of Fame horseplayer, generous teacher and heralded writer! Thanks John. twitter.com/jonathanstetti…

stephen smith (@123stephenwin)

@jonathanstettin as always, great read! you are the the best!!!

Nick DAgostino (@Chef_vegas)

Great article John. twitter.com/PastTheWire/st…

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Do The Right Thing

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Del Mar is doing the right thing in paying out the 5 of 6 consolation in the aftermath of the confusion following the mandatory clawing day pay out of their jackpot pick 6. I agree with what they are doing, with a minor exception. If you bet through an ADW [...]

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