Hangin' With Haskin

Welcome Home, Charismatic

It seems as if Charismatic has been gone for ages, but leave it to Michael Blowen to arrange for his return to the United States. It is only appropriate that horse a named Charismatic go home to one of the most charismatic dynamos the racing world has ever known.... Read More

Holiday Season Brings Weird Thoughts

I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.... Read More

Memories of Sham Rekindled With New Book

With Sham sort of back in the spotlight again, I went back to a 2009 column I wrote on the colt and felt enough years had passed to re-work and re-edit it by adding new material and tell his story once again even more comprehensively.... Read More

Remembering Those in Defeat

Whether or not you consider California Chrome, Songbird, Tepin, Lady Eli, and Found great horses, there is no arguing that greatness lives in all of them, whether they were defeated in the Breeders’ Cup or not.... Read More

A Mystery Horse No More

All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.... Read More

Saturday Analysis: California Dreamin'

The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.... Read More

Friday Analysis: Can They Catch Songbird?

Friday's card provides a little bit of everything, with a pair of tough, extremely wide-open 2-year-old turf events, Dortmund finally getting away from California Chrome, Songbird's attempt to remain unbeaten against the toughest field she's ever faced by far, and the continuing rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind.... Read More

Monarchos' Greatness Was Cut Way Too Short

The racing world lost more than a talented, classy racehorse on October 22. It lost a pioneer: Monarchos was not your average Kentucky Derby winner. He and his training team of John Ward, who was listed trainer, and his wife Donna paved new ground in how to prepare a horse to win the Derby.... Read More

The Brazen Mr. Burch

What made Elliott Burch such a great trainer is the fact that his seemingly audacious moves usually worked, resulting in numerous championships and three Horse of the Year titles, as well as his own election into the Hall of Fame and thwarting two Triple Crown attempts.... Read More

Saluting Those Who Always Show Up

We tend to forget or simply overlook those hard-knocking, consistent horses, who do not possess the talent of the major stars, but still show up every time, competing at the highest level. These horses always give their all, bringing home checks race after race, while quietly amassing millions of dollars.... Read More

Is Arrogate For Real?

Seeing those familiar Juddmonte Stable silks flying way ahead of the others down the stretch in the Travers Stakes, and witnessing the sheer brilliance and dominance of the horse carrying those silks, all you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses and you might as well have been watching the great Frankel demolishing his opponents in unprecedented fashion.... Read More

September 30, 1967

The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don't confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary.... Read More

The DRF vs. Racing Times War of '91

If you look up Racing Times on Google, you will find only a single one-paragraph item on the racing newspaper being closed down after 10 months in existence. But what a 10 months it was following a full blown battle in which the new publication waged war on the powerful monopoly, Daily Racing Form , which had ruled the Sport of Kings since 1894 and was known throughout racing simply as “The Bible.... Read More

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