Opinion Columns


After finishing 1-2 in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and winning two races on the Breeders' Cup program, trainer Pete Miller is setting himself an even greater challenge, trying to become the first American trainer to win the Group 1, 1,200-meter Hong ...Full Story >>
November 16, 2017
Half a century ago, Damascus took the 1967 season by the throat and would not let go until he had won 12 of 16 starts, racing from March into November, while setting an all-time earnings mark of $817,941 for a season.
November 15, 2017
There's no use fighting it. Not even the traditional calendar has a chance. The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season, as far as championships go, lasted 10 months and a few days, effectively ending the moment Win the Space trundled home last in the ...
November 12, 2017
Allow me to echo the widespread praise for the job Del Mar did hosting the Breeders’ Cup. The only bone I have to pick with the whole deal concerned the Del Mar main track, which had a bias all four racing days I was there.
November 05, 2017
Gun Runner’s conclusive, thoroughly professional victory in the $6 million Classic was a tribute to all the Thoroughbreds out there who go about their business in a manner that is consistently reliable, rather than occasionally spectacular.
November 04, 2017
Now that the 2017 Breeders’ Cup is in the books (with a couple of asterisks in my personal ledger), let’s take a look at where each equine Eclipse Award division now stands.
October 30, 2017
Joe Harper had no chance. On his mother's side, he was awash with the cinematic pomp and circumstance of his grandfather, Cecil B. DeMille. On his father's side, there lurked the legacy of Harper's great-grandfather John Chamberlain, a 19th century ...
October 26, 2017
There is a reason there are stakes races in Southern California named for both Robert B. Lewis and Beverly Lewis. You would never want to consider one without the other. There is also a reason that in 1997, when the Eclipse Award of Merit was ...
October 25, 2017
Without question, the Breeders' Cup Sprint will be the most important six furlongs ever run at Del Mar in a history that dates back to 1937. There have been some beauties, though, along the way, led by the track's signature Bing Crosby. Chad Summers, ...
October 22, 2017
There is much on the line in the Breeders’ Cup, not the least of which are year-end championships. Here’s a look at one man’s opinion of the Eclipse Award scenarios going into this Breeders’ Cup.
October 20, 2017
Trainers hate the unknown, venturing forth only when the risk is significantly greater than the reward. Any discomfort in the adventure of the first Breeders' Cup to be held at Del Mar, however, could stem from the inordinate amount of publicity that ...