Opinion Columns


Barbara D. Livingston
West Coast scores a dominant win in the Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday.
There was little, if any, doubt following his romp in last month’s Travers that West Coast had emerged as the best 3-year-old male in the country. But in our game, there can often be a big difference between “best,” and “most accomplished,” a ...Full Story >>
September 22, 2017
The idea that a Horse of the Year or a Breeders' Cup winner could come from someplace other than Kentucky, Florida, Virginia, or maybe California or Maryland is a little ridiculous. Based on the size of foal crops, the odds are stacked against it. ...
September 21, 2017
An alpha horse to begin with, Game On Dude can also lord over his fellow residents at Old Friends Equine when it comes to crossover name recognition. Dan Kelliher, whose fine mare Klassy Briefcase was an Old Friends resident until her death in 2013, ...
September 18, 2017
In 35 years worth of Eclipse Awards, Penny Chenery was the first woman to stand alone on stage honored with the Award of Merit. Before that, she was the first woman to campaign a Triple Crown winner without the need to defer to a spouse. In 1983, she ...
September 17, 2017
There is simply no justification for not showing a video replay illustrating as clearly as possible why a horse was disqualified, On Saturday, in the Open Mind, Churchill Downs never bothered to show the all-critical head-on shot of the stretch run.
September 15, 2017
No one should need any reminders that the training and racing of Thoroughbreds is a dangerous endeavor. We get them anyway.
September 13, 2017
Group 1 or Grade 1, the bar is set at 25. That's the number posted by Bobby Frankel in 2003, and it has stood through 13 years of assault by not only Aidan O'Brien, who is approaching the record this year with 17 thus far, but also Todd Pletcher, Bob ...
September 11, 2017
Most of us, finding ourselves awake at 3 a.m., wallow in Fitzgerald's brooding idea that “in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.” Then we turn over and struggle back to sleep. Except for Bill Spawr. ...
September 08, 2017
Major stables and leading riders who once found it easy to skip the Fairplex dates find they are drawn to the Los Alamitos purses. The eight races on opening day were won by eight different trainers, with the names of Molly Pearson, Rafael DeLeon, and ...
September 06, 2017
It's a roll of the dice naming a Thoroughbred after someone near and dear. If the horse is hopelessly slow, or runs in bottom-level claimers, that's one thing. But bad things can happen, and sometimes do. Then again, when the ending is happy, like it ...
September 04, 2017
Saturday at Saratoga in the Saranac Stakes, Jose Lezcano once again let Voodoo Song do that which he does so well, which has been to run the opposition ragged in frustrating pursuit.