Opinion Columns


The New York Racing Association announced Wednesday that the purse of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup has been reduced to $750,000 from $1 million, with that $250,000 cut essentially reassigned as a purse boost to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, run later in ...Full Story >>
June 23, 2017
The death of Ivan Puhich earlier this week hit the California horse racing community right in the heart. Big Ivan was more than an institution. He was the living personification of the game as chronicled by writers like Red Smith, Joe Palmer, and Jim ...
June 22, 2017
Accelerate has not won a race since last September. This is hard to believe, but it has not been for lack of trying.
June 21, 2017
Bill Mott, of the Mobridge, S.D., Motts, has descended upon Royal Ascot in an attempt to win Saturday's Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes with the well-traveled Long On Value, owned by the Wachtel Stable and George Kerr.
June 18, 2017
Gun Runner probably could have run through a wall of monster trucks down the Churchill Downs stretch Saturday night and still have won the Stephen Foster Handicap by about five lengths, instead of the seven by which he did dominate this Grade 1 event.
June 12, 2017
Classic Empire is the Joe Btfsblk of his generation, habitually wandering the landscape with a dark cloud over his handsome head, braced for the next siege of rotten luck. If the stars that crossed at the beginning of Classic Empire's 2017 campaign ...
June 10, 2017
If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.”
June 07, 2017
The challenge of caring for retired geldings and breeding stock increases faster than funds can be raised in the current manner. It is not enough because individual donations can dry up on a whim, or a death in the family. It is not enough because no ...
June 05, 2017
The slyly named Rags to Riches was born to privilege, raised in luxury, and sold at a $1.9 million premium to the House of Coolmore, as represented by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Rooting for such a filly to succeed seemed on a par with hoping the ...
June 04, 2017
Saturday’s Belmont Stakes field will not have the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness winner. In the old days, that would have made Belmont Day a dud. But with eight other stakes races, five of them Grade 1s, two with seven-figure purses, and with a total ...
June 02, 2017
The announcement this week by Breeders' Cup Ltd. that the 2017 running of the Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar will be run at nine furlongs effectively cuts the legs out from under a tradition that seemed safe from meddling.