Hangin' With Haskin

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

What Makes Byk Tick?

Let's cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn't an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.... Read More

Destin Best in Travers?

Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.... Read More

The Doc and the Rock

It was races like the New Hampshire Sweepstakes that came to mind as I looked out over the beautiful Rockingham Park infield for the first and only time. Soon that infield and the grandstand will be gone, taking with it some of the great moments in racing history and some of the sport's greatest innovations.... Read More

Zito Looking to Recapture Glory Days

The once ubiquitous Nick Zito has not been as prominent in recent years, but he still has hopes of finding the types of young horses he used to pick out at the sales year after year on a regular basis. To him it was all about finding classic-type horses and then developing them to peak in the spring of their 3-year-old campaign.... Read More

Pacific Overtures

Although it is only in its infantile stages that hopefully will escalate by the time the Breeders' Cup Classic rolls around, one would like to think we have a three-way mixed-gender rivalry in the making similar to the one among Stymie, Assault, and Gallorette in the mid-to-late 1940s.... Read More

Recent Posts



Social Media

More Blogs