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Charismatic Saga - By Evan Hammonds

Twenty years have passed since that warm June afternoon at Belmont Park when Bob and Beverly Lewis' Charismatic made his bid for the Triple Crown. The story of his run, along with that of his rider, Chris Antley, bears revisiting.... Read More

Up at the Downs - By Evan Hammonds

The Memorial Day weekend could have been a downer. Before the holiday weekend even began came the news of the loss of respected horseman J.J. Crupi, who died May 23 in Maryland at the age of 79. We remember him first from his training days, winning races "down the Shore" at Monmouth Park in the late 1980s. He later found his true calling as a developer of young horses at his New Castle Farm in Central... Read More

Burying the Lead - By Evan Hammonds

Recently, while Churchill Downs was right to "lead" with the fact the purse for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) was being raised from $2 million to $3 million, for horsepeople and industry insiders they buried the lead of the track's overall purse structure for the 2019 spring meet waaay down in the press release. ... Read More

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