Opinion Columns


In a review of this year’s key Breeders’ Cup prep races, I was struck how some were noticeably stronger in terms of Beyer Speed Figures than those last year for the same Breeders’ Cup events, and how others were markedly weaker.Full Story >>
October 13, 2017
Once a harbinger of champions, the prestige of the Canadian International has ridden a roller coaster with the times.
October 12, 2017
The ranks of horse handlers who have been nailed by a Thoroughbred wearing aluminum racing plates are legion. That doesn't make it hurt any less. Spend enough time around racehorses and there will be some kind of physical damage inflicted by the ...
October 09, 2017
The day started out so fine. That morning, Daddys Lil Darling worked a smart half-mile on the Keeneland turf for Ken McPeek in preparation for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup one week hence, in which she will be one of the favorites. A few ...
October 08, 2017
One of the main hooks to the story of Diversify’s victory in Saturday’s Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont is that he is a New York-bred who won a highly prestigious Grade 1 event. But I’m here to ask, should it be?
October 06, 2017
If Unique Bella comes back with a flourish on Sunday in the L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita, she will be poised to join an elite group of racing greats who blew off most of the season only to emerge at the top of the heap in a Breeders' Cup race at ...
October 05, 2017
On the same day jockey Jose Ferrer underwent surgery to remove a build-up of fluid surrounding the lung that was punctured by one or more of his eight fractured ribs, some 1,500 miles to the south in his native Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria descended ...
October 02, 2017
If nothing else, there is comfort in these Thoroughbreds, and great privilege of association. Watch how Frankie Dettori embraced Enable as they return from their spectacular victory in the Arc de Triomphe. See how Tyler Baze reached up to stroke the ...
October 01, 2017
There was a little something for everyone in Saturday’s eight Grade 1 events (and Breeders’ Cup preps) at Santa Anita and Belmont.
September 29, 2017
“I'd feel better if the race was run at Longchamp,” trainer John Gosden said this week as he put the finishing touches on Enable for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. “Chantilly can be a bit tricky.”
September 28, 2017
That blur whirling around Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon will be Keith Desormeaux, who is running nine horses on the splashy opening Saturday of the meet, including starters in four of the five Grade 1 races on the program.