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Delp's Daughter Stirs up Memories of The Bid

And then there was Grover "Buddy" Delp, who trained what he called "the greatest horse ever to look through a bridle." Delp, although a successful trainer and one of Maryland's best, was a relative unknown on a national scale when he unleashed Spectacular Bid on the racing world.... Read More

The Inspiration of American Pharoah

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” No one can really put into words the centuries-long bond between horses and humans, especially the emotional and sometimes mystical attachment we have had with these magnificent creatures throughout history. But there are times when Churchill’s quote is taken to a far deeper level, and... Read More

Tiznow and the Patriots: One More Time

As long as the New England Patriots keep winning Super Bowls, and doing it in such dramatic fashion, I will keep telling this story, which first appeared in a much shorter version in 2001 and has been expanded since. What better time to re-tell it yet again,16 years after it all began. This time the story shifts to a wild and crazy night in Houston, Texas where the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick... Read More

The Amazing Non-Growth of Arrogate

Since last year's Travers Stakes, the racing world has been trying to place Arrogate's astounding feats in historical perspective. With the Juddmonte colt having started in only three stakes races, it's been nearly impossible to explain his mind-boggling performances and meteoric rise to stardom, because no one has seen anything like it before.... Read More

Is It Time to Call Him Arrogreat?

Remember all the fun dissecting the chart of the Travers Stakes and finding all those unique statistical gems that when strung together resulted in one of the most remarkable performances we had ever seen, with stats that boggled the mind? Remember how the fun continued analyzing the chart of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, as we attempted to find out just how Arrogate managed to run down the older California... Read More

The Curse of Haskin

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming and all meaningful and timely topics to bring you the latest news on the ever-growing dreaded "Haskin Curse" that has quietly plagued the Sport of Kings for well more than a decade.... Read More

The Mighty Forego's Final Hurrah

Six years after Damascus' retirement came a massive 17 hands gelding who defied all odds physically to become as great a weight carrier as the sport has ever seen, while demonstrating feats of raw speed, versatility, endurance, and longevity. which have never been equaled, and most likely never will.... Read More

Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

What better way to bring color to winter than to envision roses in bloom on the first Saturday in May, scented green leaves adorning glasses of mint juleps, and the famed Twin Spires piercing a bright cerulean sky. Each year those images beckon all those who dare to dream. ... Read More

Happy 50th Anniversary...To Me

It is 2017. That means it's been 50 years since Thoroughbred racing entered, encompassed, and changed my life, altering its course forever. It pulled me out of the frenzied, often cutthroat world of Wall Street and brought to my life a passion and a spirit I had never experienced before.... Read More

Stakes and Chops

There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.... Read More

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

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