Opinion Columns


As the great eclipse of 2017 passes through the continental United States, it will cast its shadow over several people with connections to its namesake trophy.Full Story >>
August 17, 2017
John Sadler, who just turned 61, has held a license to train since he was 22. This qualifies him as a lifer in the Thoroughbred game. He currently ranks 20th in all-time earnings with more than $107 million banked by his runners, and yet he and Scott ...
August 16, 2017
Nick Luck, a man with a name Damon Runyon would love, is barnstorming America on NBC's nickel this month, spreading his very British charm and horse racing insights across the continent in a three-cornered shot that should be the envy of anyone who ...
August 11, 2017
As Rocco Bowen finishes his stay at Emerald Downs, where he has been the dominant rider during the 2017 season, he would like to wrap things up with a victory in the meet's signature event, the Longacres Mile, with Chief of Staff.
August 10, 2017
Trainer Eddie Truman has never been shy about trying something new. His grass colt Armour Plate will have a chance to expand his education on Saturday when he faces Run Away and seven others in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar.
August 06, 2017
When Arrogate declined to perform in the San Diego Handicap two weeks ago, I suspect the connections of more than just a few second-tier handicap horses suddenly entertained hopes of having a much bigger fall than they might have originally been ...
August 04, 2017
The impact of Leonard Lavin, who passed away Wednesday night at 97, on Thoroughbred racing was pervasive. There was no corner he did not touch. Need a race sponsor for the nascent Breeders' Cup experiment? Alberto-Culver was there. Funding required for ...
August 03, 2017
His van was always fueled and the motor running, next stop who knows where, the consummate Road Warrior before Mad Max borrowed the name. Never mind that he was rated no better than the fifth best 3-year-old of his generation. Smarten, a horse for all ...
August 02, 2017
On Friday morning in Saratoga Springs, for the first time in nearly 60 years, three riders of contemporary vintage will be welcomed at the same ceremony into the Hall of Fame of the National Museum of Racing.
July 29, 2017
I’m not sure anyone thought this crop of 3-year-olds was a particularly strong one at any point this year, but Good Samaritan is certainly a most intriguing new face on the dirt side of things.
July 28, 2017
There is every chance the racing game could have survived without the influence of Amory Lawrence Haskell or Clement Lang Hirsch. Good thing, though, the game didn't have to try.Born a generation apart, their spheres of immediate influence never really ...