Opinion Columns


If Winx wins the George Ryder Stakes Saturday at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse near Sydney Winx will have set a world's record for Group or Grade 1 race victories. With 16 going in, she was tied with America's John Henry, whose 16 Grade 1 wins spanned ...Full Story >>
YESTERDAY March 21, 2018
Professional football players are physically impaired by the time they reach their early 30's. Basketball, baseball, and tennis players might last a bit longer, but usually it isn't pretty, while pro golfers can be competitive, if not consistent, at ...
March 18, 2018
The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby without having raced at 2 was Apollo in 1882. But that 136-year streak is under a serious threat this year.
March 16, 2018
In the face of a Puritan ethic that sanctified the seventh day of the week and kept politicians at bay, racetracks once fought long and hard to legalize Sunday racing. Florida waited until 1986 to add Sunday racing to its calendar. New York, apparently ...
March 15, 2018
Greyvitos is not part of some racehorse witness protection program. It only seems that way.
March 12, 2018
After a rain-soaked afternoon that sent drought-ridden Southern Californians scurrying for cover, the 5-year-old Accelerate carried the Hronis Racing colors to a 5 1/2-length victory over the ever-present Mubtaahij.
March 09, 2018
Wise Dan lets you lead him around and snap a photo. Declan's Moon will stop goofing off with his mates long enough to take a carrot. Main Sequence lords over the paddock already made famous by a previous occupant. And among the peaceful herd at his ...
March 08, 2018
Because the Santa Anita Handicap is a handicap – remember those? – Santa Anita racing chief Hammerle and his aides had to dust off their green eyeshades and summon skills long dormant. These days, the subjective assignment of handicap weights has gone ...
March 07, 2018
The Water Hay Oats Alliance has been working toward passage of federal legislation called the Horse Racing Integrity Act which would, among other things, ban all race-day medications and place racehorse drug testing under the jurisdiction of the United ...
March 04, 2018
Good Magic must do better in his next start if he is to be considered a prime Kentucky Derby contender.
March 02, 2018
Kevin Habell, the general manager, is the point man for the Stronach Group at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, where work is feverishly underway to erase the physical evidence of the wildfire of Dec. 7, 2017, that took the lives of 46 horses. ...