April 2019 Member of the Month::
Teresa and Marshall Gramm
arely do Thoroughbred racing and academia collide. But Dr. Marshall Gramm, economics professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., is changing all that. Also co-owner of Ten Strike Racing partnership, Gramm teaches students statistics by immersing them in the world of handicapping.
The son of two economists—father Phil Gramm is also a former Texan senator—Gramm was fascinated by sports from an early age. He recalled, “And so when I was a boy growing up in Washington, D.C., we also didn’t have cable television. So I was a sports nut, but we didn’t have cable.” He plunged into newspapers’ sports pages—but his analysis came in the form of going deep into horses’ past performances, rather than RBIs and games played. Gramm recalled, “I became very interested in horse racing. As a kid, I would get two dollars and make the mile walk to the drugstore to buy the [Daily] Racing Form.”