Opinion Columns


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April 26, 2017
While he was still alive, Garrett Gomez had been nominated and bypassed for the Hall of Fame each year from 2011 to 2016. The fact that he was elected in the first opportunity after his death speaks volumes about both the disconnect between the ...
April 23, 2017
The Kentucky Derby overshadows everything in its orbit including, unfortunately, the Kentucky Oaks. Every year, people, sometimes with justification but always with misplaced hope, lament how the Kentucky Oaks gets short shrift. Well, here's a personal ...
April 21, 2017
In a stretch of 13 races, beginning in March 2015 and ending in September 2016, the Thoroughbred racehorse known as Tepin finished first 11 times and second twice. Such cold, hard numbers would make for a handsome benediction now that Tepin has ...
April 20, 2017
Even without a calendar, the signs of April are obvious. The Cubbies are losing games again. The cala lilies have been in glorious bloom. And Imperative is heading to West Virginia for the Charles Town Classic. It is hard to imagine a world without ...
April 19, 2017
Next Monday, trainer Mark Casse will find out if he has been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, but he is forgiven if he has other things on his mind. With the victory last Saturday of Eclipse champ Classic Empire in the Arkansas ...
April 15, 2017
In a Kentucky Derby prep-race season that has taken some weird and uninspiring turns even by Kentucky Derby prep-season standards – which says a lot – Saturday’s Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn was an entirely fitting coda.
April 13, 2017
Richard Baltas, who used to roam the sales grounds and backstretch at Keeneland, returns to Kentucky with Goodyearforroses, but facing Lady Eli, Catch a Glimpse, and company in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley will be anything but a warm homecoming.
April 09, 2017
It says a lot about Saturday's three major Kentucky Derby preps that the strongest turned out to be the one won by a horse coming off a dismal 21 3/4-length loss as the even-money favorite. It's been that kind of year.
April 07, 2017
The through line of high-quality turf mares from Drumtop, who knocked top male grass horses in the early '70s, to the likes of Tepin, Lady Eli, Miss Temple City – the three Eclipse finalists of 2016 – is clean and clear. The intervening decades have ...
April 05, 2017
At some point in the mid-1990s, long before social media became a thing, the California Horse Racing Board established a hotline for racing fans and licensees to call in their complaints and suspicions. They called it … “Hotline.”