Opinion Columns


Since this holiday weekend’s two best and richest races are Monday at Oaklawn Park – the Razorback Handicap and the Southwest Stakes, both Grade 3, $500,000 events – it seems like a timely idea to use this Sunday platform for a Weekend Warrior-like ...Full Story >>
February 12, 2017
While there is every reason to believe McCraken’s career trajectory will head nowhere but up – for reasons, it should be noted, that are based in no small part on Ian Wilkes being his trainer – it is far from a certainty that this is the way things ...
February 10, 2017
Arrogate will not be running in the U.S. for a while, unless some American racetrack is willing to go into hock to compete with the $6 million he ran for in the Breeders' Cup Classic, or the $12 million he ran for in the Pegasus World Cup, or the $10 ...
February 09, 2017
Ask Drayden Van Dyke about the last quarter-mile of the fourth race at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, and he would probably answer with something like:“Drayden who?” It's just as well he can't remember.
February 08, 2017
The recent decree that female jockeys should have a two-kilogram break in the weights – or about 4 1/2 pounds – when riding against their male counterparts was at first greeted with an appreciative nod at the lengths to which they would go for a good ...
February 05, 2017
The road to the Kentucky Derby veered sharply off the path and straight into some very tall weeds Saturday. And that is because of Classic Empire’s shockingly empty performance in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream.
February 03, 2017
Champagne Room is a Breeders' Cup winner and Eclipse Award champion, and yet the pre-race chatter around Sunday's Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita would lead anyone to believe that she is Daniel heading for the lion's den, David going up ...
February 02, 2017
Some of racing's great rivalries are lost to history, so it's time to go back to those old reliables – Hoppertunity and Hard Aces.
January 30, 2017
They knew what happened. They had ideas as to when it happened. And they knew why it happened, because Thoroughbreds risk injury from the moment they stir each morning. As to why what happened had to happen on this day of days, when California Chrome ...
January 28, 2017
Arrogate’s tour de force in the Pegasus was not at all a surprise, because Arrogate showed when he caught California Chrome to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November that he was the better horse.
January 26, 2017
This is a story without an ending, so don't expect a big finish, or a mind-blowing dramatic twist in the final paragraph. That might come on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, or it might not. Horse racing is ...