Opinion Columns


Emily Shields
Arrogate following his defeat in the San Diego Handicap on July 22, 2017.
On Saturday, Arrogate’s positional speed was totally absent. He lacked any interest in getting involved in the run to or around the first turn, and the little move he made on the far turn was actually an optical illusion.Full Story >>
July 21, 2017
On Sunday, separated by a continent, 16 fillies from the foal crop of 2014 will conform to the demands of either the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga or the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar. The Eastern race calls for nine ...
July 20, 2017
The recitation of historic anomalies is not meant to splash an ounce of cold water on the return of Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Saturday. This is a big deal, from all angles, because Arrogate has separated himself from his ...
July 17, 2017
After a year's absence from the summer scene, the Glen Hill Farm horses of the Leonard Lavin family have returned to Del Mar under the guidance of Tom Proctor. Caribou Club, a chestnut colt by City Zip, will carry the Glen Hill colors in the Oceanside, ...
July 14, 2017
Movies once were regularly laced with racing jargon, just as tech talk litters the dialogue of contemporary entertainment.
July 13, 2017
Just for a change of pace, Kaleem Shah got to see his name associated with a pair of sharp recent stakes winners rather than the usual headline fare, which had amounted to variations on “Shah Changes Trainers” or “Shah Changes Trainers, Again.”
July 08, 2017
If you can’t depend on Horse B to go up and keep Horse A honest on the front end like he’s supposed to, then how do you handicap?
July 07, 2017
Tyler Gaffalione is getting all the ink this week, and rightfully so since he did something no one had done for 22 years by winning seven races at Gulfstream Park on the Fourth of July. If you guessed that Jerry Bailey was the last jock to win seven at ...
July 06, 2017
California racing is an island – at least, that's what we are led to believe – but sometimes the natives screw up their courage and push out to sea, venturing forth past the protective reef to confront the terrors of the great beyond.
July 05, 2017
Early on the Queen's Plate card, Michael Dickinson had to watch helplessly from his Tapeta Farm command post in Maryland as Giovanna Blues, a daughter of Gio Ponti, went through the motions in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes to finish last of the ...
July 02, 2017
On Saturday, Belmont Park will have two Grade 1 turf races for 3-year-olds with seven-figure purses in the Belmont Oaks and the Belmont Derby, won last year by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Deauville. It’s no surprise those races are on O’Brien’s radar again.