Opinion Columns


Gary Stevens is on the move again. He's taking his two-year-old knee, his three-month old hip, his truck, and his record of nearly 6,000 winners to Arkansas next week and then on to Kentucky, where the Hall of Famer will set up shop at Keeneland for ...Full Story >>
YESTERDAY March 23, 2017
In addition to his headline horses, Tepin and Classic Empire, trainer Mark Casse is deep with young runners who have earned their turn to shine. One of them is King and His Court, owned by Gary Barber and Adam Wachtel, who runs in the $500,000 Spiral ...
March 22, 2017
Even with its five-year diversion to a Tapeta surface, the Dubai World Cup has been considered a legitimate satellite event of the U.S. season, with a heavy gravitational pull. Should Arrogate win this 22nd running of the Dubai World Cup for Bob ...
March 19, 2017
As we turn into the final round of Derby preps, one could express surprise at how, at this relatively late stage, this Derby picture remains completely unsettled. Actually, one could say a lot worse.
March 17, 2017
Retired from the racetrack since 1995, David Whiteley has one of those records locked in amber, to be unearthed and examined as a preserved specimen of exceptional peculiarity.
March 16, 2017
Beginning with consecutive wins by the Chilean mare Tizna in 1974-75, South Americans have played the Santa Margarita like a fiddle: Lucy Manet (1977), Marimbula (1983), Bayakoa (1989-90), Paseana (1992 and 1994), Toda Una Dama (1998), Riboletta ...
March 15, 2017
The name of Jerkens is attached to just about every major race for older horses you can name, either through Jimmy or his Hall of Fame father, Allen. But it wasn't until Saturday that the family name was etched into some major West Coast hardware.
March 12, 2017
What Mastery did Saturday suggested in the strongest possible terms that the search for the Derby colt we’ve been looking for this year was over. But in seconds – literally – that search resumed.
March 10, 2017
With the announcement this week of 11 nominees, it is time once again for the Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame to elect new members. Unlike last year, when the induction of Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Ramon Dominguez, and Steve Asmussen seemed a ...
March 09, 2017
Fans and handicappers will dine long and happy on the undercard for the Santa Anita Handicap, with two Grade 1 races and a major prep for the Kentucky Derby.
March 08, 2017
It is useless to rail against the dwindling of the Santa Anita Handicap in stature. I've tried, and nothing's changed. Not only has its importance been overshadowed by the $10 million Dubai World Cup on one side of the calendar, it now has been ...