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February 2017 - Posts

Elliott's Award Reopens the Smarty Story

With Stewart Elliott being named the winner of this year's prestigious George Woolf Award and with Smarty Jones' birthday this coming Tuesday, it rekindled memories of those glorious five weeks in racing and Triple Crown history that will endure for as long as the sport's great Cinderella stories are recalled.... Read More

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

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