Opinion Columns

TODAY September 28, 2016
In a career of 23 races, dating back to his maiden special weight debut at Hollywood Park on April 26, 2013, California Chrome has never missed a start while under the training and management of Art Sherman and his crew.
September 25, 2016
It says much about Songbird that the words “brilliant” and “dominant” haven’t been able to do her real justice for quite some time if you want to accurately describe her qualities as a race horse, and her position vis a vis her contemporaries. For ...
September 23, 2016
While wishing Tommy Trotter a happy 90th birthday the other day, the conversation naturally got around to the cavalcade of great horses who came under his thumb as racing secretary at outposts like Belmont, Arlington, Gulfstream, and Hollywood Park.
September 22, 2016
It's getting a little riduclous, these fillies and mares ridden by Mike Smith who are so reluctant to lose.
September 21, 2016
Nyquist has been out of sight and nearly everyone's mind since finishing fourth in the Haskell. He had been training at Del Mar, but Doug O'Neill thought a change of scenery would help the cause – there was something about a growth spurt – so he ...
September 18, 2016
The 106 Beyer Speed Figure she was assigned falls pretty much into line with her best numbers, so some people might insist otherwise, but no matter what fig she got, Tepin did not run her best race in winning Saturday’s Woodbine Mile.
September 16, 2016
Living The Life on Monday will make her annual pilgrimage to the banks of Lake Erie for the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters, a Grade 2 event for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs on Tapeta.
September 15, 2016
After a summer full of Songbird and California Chrome, Arrogate and Flintshire, Beholder and Stellar Wind, it's finally Tepin's turn.
September 11, 2016
Can a horse who has made a sufficient number of starts on the year, but who has not competed in a Grade 1 race all year, be considered one of the top members in a division where Grade 1 stakes opportunities abound?
September 09, 2016
Here's what you get for $75,000 on a Sunday in September at Los Alamitos: five 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs from the stables of Richard Mandella, Bob Baffert, Doug O'Neill, John Sadler, and Phil D'Amato, who is fresh from his first Del Mar ...