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Stars In Our Eyes - By Dan Liebman

Writing in The Daily Telegraph following Sea The Stars victory in the Oct. 4 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Marcus Armytage noted: "With a fair wind behind him, it would be fantastic to see him cross the pond and annihilate the Americans in the Breeders' Cup.... Read More

Classic Ladies - By Dan Liebman

Rice was a natural for the profession, a third-generation horseperson. She is the daughter of highly respected horseman Clyde Rice, a former trainer who has operated a training center in Florida since leaving the racetrack.... Read More

Customer Service - By Dan Liebman

The blog software being used by Daily Racing Form on its Web site never experienced a problem with only allowing 100 comments on a post until Steve Crist asked readers how they perceived medication issues in Thoroughbred racing. ... Read More

Night Fever - By Dan Liebman

In the midst of a stinging defeat for expanded gaming in Kentucky, it was discovered that people will still attend a racetrack - without slots - and have fun doing so. But not for the same old stale product.... Read More

Ward of the World - By Dan Liebman

It's a shame Vincent O'Brien didn't hang on a couple more weeks. The legendary Irish trainer, who died June 1 at age 91, would have loved the just-concluded Royal Ascot meeting, in particular the success enjoyed by American conditioner Wesley Ward.... Read More

Forever Young - by Dan Liebman

Veterinarian Robert Copelan had this to say about W.T. Young: "I often wonder what would have happened had the phone been busy (the first time Young called). Meeting W.T. Young was that bolt of lightning; the most important thing to happen to me in my life." ... Read More

Nick of Time - by Dan Liebman

Nicking services have been available to Thoroughbred breeders for years, but, unfortunately, they did not take the entire pool of foals into consideration. Until, that is, Blood-Horse Publications, in conjunction with Pedigree Consultants owners Alan Porter and Byron Rogers, brought TrueNicks to the market.... Read More

Better Betting - by Dan Liebman

In light of two recent episodes of wagering integrity - or lack of same - it appears the industry has done little since being warned a decade ago that its infrastructure was woefully inadequate.... Read More

Shrinking Starters - by Dan Liebman

Speaking to shareholders May 7 via conference call, Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Bob Evans said, "The solution for tracks without slots is to cut purses, to cut races, and race days, or to cut all three."... Read More

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