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Kentucky Derby Sweet 16

Although the Belmont Stakes (G1) is not the Belmont as we know it, far from it, by being run around one turn at a mile and an eighth with a testing pace likely down that long straightaway, this version of the Belmont may actually be more attractive to breeders than the traditional Belmont Stakes, as it should resemble the Met Mile (G1) more than it resembles your typical two-turn classic race going longer.... Read More

True Knight: Racing's Little Giant

There are times when a horse deserves to have his accomplishments recognized even if no one has heard of him or even cares to read about him. So, although most people will pass right over this, I still feel compelled to write about True Knight and at least have his name in the archives. ... Read More

Behind the Scenes With American Pharoah

With NBC continuing its trip down memory lane by showing American Pharoah's 2015 Preakness Stakes (G1) May 16, I thought we'd also take a trip down memory lane by going behind the scenes of all three Triple Crown races and showcasing some of the more memorable moments.... Read More

Chrome: A Horse to Soothe the Soul

In continuing with my Triple Crown memories, I am reprinting one of my favorite columns written after California Chrome's Kentucky Derby, as I feel it sums up the Cinderella story behind the horse as well as the dreams of all those who own horses.... Read More

Travels With Charm

Looking back at my Triple Crown memories, one of the special ones was in 1997 when
I flew to Louisville from New York about a week before the Belmont Stakes (G1) after making arrangements to fly back to New York with Silver Charm on his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner in 19 years.... Read More

Blame: Time to Forgive But Not Forget

I would like to prepare all Zenyatta fans for the possibility that a son of Blame could win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) this year. Not only that, he (Nadal) could defeat a horse trained by John Shirreffs (Honor A.P.).... Read More

A Big Day for Big Red

The scroll on ESPN's Sportscenter May 3 morning had its priorities straight. The No. 1 horse racing story read: "Secretariat wins Virtual Kentucky Derby." Oh, yes, that was followed by story No. 2, which read: "Charlatan, Nadal Win Split Arkansas Derby."... Read More

The Year the Derby Got Personal

If there was one thing I learned about covering the Kentucky Derby it was to stay objective and don't let personal relationships obscure your vision. It was all about the story and backstories and telling them with a clear thought process. But I have to admit there was one year when I let my personal feelings trickle to the surface. Although I had numerous stories and backstories on most of the Derby... Read More

The Wackiest Turf Trivia Quiz Ever (with Answers)

1. What horse won a six-furlong stakes in 1:08 1/5 then three weeks later won a mile and a quarter stakes in 1:58 3/5? Turkoman in the Tallahassee Handicap and Widener Handicap 2. In Dr. Fager's world record mile, name the horse in the field who once held the world record for the mile and name the horse in the field who set the fastest fractions in the history of the Kentucky Derby? Hedevar and Kentucky... Read More

The Wackiest Turf Trivia Quiz Ever

These are not your typical trivia questions, as they are meant to be informative and fun even more than testing your knowledge of racing, They are just put in question form. Some are fairly easy, but there are others that are more offbeat. So have fun with them. I will provide the answers to the questions no one gets in the comments section on Thursday. Remember, there is no fun Googling it. If you don't know the answer, guess or just wait until Thursday. It will be more fun that way.... Read More

The Battle of the Sexes

The Women's Lib movement hit the Sport of Kings in '71 when the best 2-year-old male in the country, Riva Ridge, took on the best 2-year-old female, Numbered Account, in the rich Garden State Stakes at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, N.J.... Read More

The Untouchables: Travers vs. Derby

I have just written a script. It's not your everyday script. It is futuristic...well, not too far in the future. Some of the names are made up and some are real. Yes, the script is fiction, but that's not to say it can't happen. You never know.... Read More

Because of a Horse

Thoroughbred racing is facing a crisis unlike anything it has faced before, and it is something those in high positions cannot see or fathom. The country is in a desperate, bordering on panicky, state right now and it has every right to be, because we are dealing with a faceless enemy whose life span is unknown, as is its power of destruction. ... Read More

The Most Surreal Day in Racing History

What can be more surreal to racing fans than the Kentucky Derby (G1) postponed until Labor Day weekend, racetracks throughout America being shut down, and major stakes like the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) run in front of empty grandstands? That is just a minuscule example of how the Coronavirus has affected the entire world, or should I say ravaged the entire world. ... Read More

Make the Belmont Stakes the Derby

There are a lot of decisions to be made in the next few weeks or months regarding the rescheduling of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and the ramifications it will have on the other two Triple Crown races and several major race meets, especially Saratoga. ... Read More

Remembering War Emblem

War Emblem will always be remembered as one of the fastest, most brilliant, and fascinating horses in many years, with an aggressive personality that spilled out onto the racetrack.... Read More

Max a (20) Million

Sometimes, we just don't appreciate the gifts we are given. It took a $20 million race halfway across the world in a place Americans know little about to finally make many people appreciate the gift that is Maximum Security, who is to the new Saudi Cup what Cigar was to the Dubai World Cup. He has made the race.... Read More

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