Opinion Columns


If nothing else, this year's collection of Eclipse Award winners will provide an injection of new blood into the awards universe.Full Story >>
January 21, 2018
This is an important week in horse racing. Thursday night is the Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park, where the 2017 champions of our sport will be revealed. And on Saturday, the world’s richest horse race – the $16 million Pegasus World Cup – ...
January 19, 2018
This is a quiet weekend in the sport, with only one graded stakes event troubling the North American schedule, and most of the country praying for a thaw. What better time to spin the globe to find out what's cooking in the rest of the horse racing ...
January 18, 2018
Arrogate set high standards as a racehorse and he figures to be an ace in the breeding shed as well.
January 17, 2018
Kyle Frey shook up the laid-back holiday crowd at Santa Anita last Monday with his work aboard the $25,000 claimer Trickonomics, a 4-year-old gelding of modest accomplishments who lit the board with a $79 mutuel in his first collaboration with Frey.
January 14, 2018
Instilled Regard wound up with a preliminary winning Beyer Figure of 92 from the Lecomte Stakes - solid enough for a 3-year-old who is already a proven two-turn horse going two turns at this point of the year.
January 11, 2018
The movement toward passage of the ambitiously named Horse Racing Integrity Act picked up a gust of steam this week with the announcement by trainer Graham Motion, trainer of Derby winner Animal Kingdom and champion Main Sequence, that he was signing ...
January 08, 2018
John Shear will celebrate his 97th birthday on Jan. 17. I know this because Shear mentioned the fact last weekend as he was performing his duties at the west end of the Santa Anita Park paddock, where he mans the ropes and rails as the official ...
January 07, 2018
In a point in time when there seems to be a contest to see how infrequently good horses can race, it is a welcomed development that legitimate Kentucky Derby candidates are competing in these initial days of January, some four months out from the first ...
January 05, 2018
A total of 250 Eclipse Award ballots were submitted, and on Friday the finalists were announced. If there was a surprise among the names, it was well hidden. Even though the trend is leaning toward fewer starts for the best horses, there is at least ...
January 03, 2018
It is alarming, but perhaps inevitable, that the overriding conversation in California's Thoroughbred racing culture has turned from strategies for prosperity to dire warnings of naked survival.