Opinion Columns


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Curlin (left) catches Street Sense in the shadow of the wire in the 2007 Preakness.
At the Red Board Cafe, the customer is always right. After being on the winner the day after both legs of the Triple Crown, the Belmont seems all too easyFull Story >>
May 21, 2017
It will take no time for folks to belabor the point that Cloud Computing got an absolutely perfect trip in his upset victory in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes here at Pimlico. This has already happened on social media and will continue into the night.
May 18, 2017
One year ago, Keith Desormeaux had a brief conversation with himself over what to do with Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator during the two weeks between the Derby and the Preakness. He was pretty much convinced he ran the best horse at Churchill ...
May 17, 2017
Mike Smith, the man they call “Big Money,” is a regular in the winner's circle at Thoroughbred racing major events, but the Preakness has eluded him since winning his first and only Baltimore classic in 1993. On Saturday, he gives it another shot with ...
May 15, 2017
The modern Triple Crown tilts heavily toward the Derby, with its demand for 20 horses and its overstuffed hype aided and abetted by a compliant media. The idea that an owner would skip the first race with a top horse in favor of the second has become ...
May 14, 2017
The National Weather Service and AccuWeather say no rain for Baltimore on Preakness Saturday, with high temperatures cooling to the upper 70s. So, it appears the Preakness will be run on a fast track, a far cry from the wet conditions that prevailed in ...
May 12, 2017
There's always a cake. A cake and a sign, upon which is recorded a four-digit number to be celebrated when a jockey reaches a particular milestone.
May 11, 2017
Man o' War's influence on Throughbreds continues to ripple through the game. Always Dreaming, the freshly minted Kentucky Derby winner, can thank Man o' War many times over for the speed and stamina that lifted him above his opposition at Churchill ...
May 08, 2017
This observer needed a score or more of stop-and-start viewings to cobble together a very unofficial set of comments on the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The task was rendered even more daunting when at least half the field had become unrecognizable by the ...
May 07, 2017
Always Dreaming was tons the best winning the Kentucky Derby. He was as deserving a winner as you will see in the Kentucky Derby, and all it takes to understand that is a simple consideration of pace.
May 04, 2017
There is no avoiding the idea that Jerry Hollendorfer has the organization and the clients to win a Kentucky Derby at some point. After all, he is a Hall of Famer with more than 7,000 wins, three champions, and major stakes victories all over the map. ...