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Outside commentary from the people who care about and participate in Thoroughbred racing

Whoa Nellie, Maybe Coburn's Right

In their rush to heap ridicule on upstart horse owner Steve Coburn for complaining about the Triple Crown series, the racing press and, apparently, most of the sport's fans, are missing an important point.... Read More

Ned Bonnie: Why I'm Joining WHOA

Kentucky attorney Ned Bonnie, member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, lays out his argument for joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance and for supporting federal oversight of medication use in horse racing.... Read More

Marlboro Cup of Champions

The first Marlboro Cup in 1973 was conceived as a match race between Secretariat and Riva Ridge. What it evolved into was an extraordinary race with five champions in the seven-horse field.... Read More

Horse Racing Needs a New Box

To remain successful in a competitive marketplace, products undergo changes and re-packaging. Soaps add magic formulas. Foods reduce fat. Cars think for themselves. New and Improved are two of the most used words in advertising.... Read More

Filly Runs for a Little Girl Who Can't

Story provided by Dr. Stephen and Jan Sinatra Everyone thinks they have it tough. But racehorse owner Dr. Stephen Sinatra's granddaughter, nearly 10-year-old Cecelia, is one of those who has it much tougher than most. Cecelia suffers from a rare neurological condition that makes it difficult for her to use her legs. She never gives up, though, and neither did anyone associated with a filly named after... Read More

Successfully Promoting American Horse Racing

Editor's Note: Be sure to also read "Not in the Same Ballpark," in the Feb. 23 issue of Blood-Horse . Frank Angst explores how far racetracks have fallen behind other professional sports stadiums and arenas in terms of offering clean, attractive and modern amenities. By Earl Abraham Ola Before going overseas I learned that while less than 2% of our American population had any interest in horse racing... Read More

Remembering the Cougar

Long-time racing fan and California resident Mike Sekulic remembers Cougar II on the 40th anniversary of the Hall of champion's controversial disqualification from his five-length victory in the Woodward Stakes, Oct. 2, 1971. ... Read More

The Chart Caller's Art

Dara Miles talks to Danny Kulchisky about the skills required to call the chart in a Thoroughbred race. Kulchisky called his first Belmont Stakes June 11, a duty previously owned by the late Jack Kelly, his mentor on the New York circuit.... Read More

Let's Talk About Stayers

Because the Triple Crown puts the focus on stamina in the Thoroughbred, it provides an opportunity to talk about what's missing from our end-of-the-year championship honors... Read More

Breeders' Cup Aftermath

Here's your sounding board for the 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Racing fans certainly have plenty to say about Blame and Zenyatta, but what about Goldikova three-peat in the Mile (gr. I) and Uncle Mo's big kick in the Juvenile (gr. I). Share your thoughts here.... Read More

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