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This observer needed a score or more of stop-and-start viewings to cobble together a very unofficial set of comments on the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The task was rendered even more daunting when at least half the field had become unrecognizable by the ...Full Story >>
March 06, 2016
Songbird raced again on Saturday in the Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita and reminded everyone that, as much quality as there is near the top of this year’s 3-year-old filly division, this much remains the same as it ever was: There is Songbird, and then ...
February 28, 2016
After I read between the lines and interpreted in my own way what I saw Mohaymen do in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, I came away very, very impressed.
February 21, 2016
The outcome of the Risen Star Stakes, and the other main track stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds, was greatly affected by the strong inside bias.
January 28, 2016
There are potential stars running in Florida and New York on Saturday, including a possible rival for Songbird. For the last Saturday in January, this is some serious racing.
January 27, 2016
The lesson I have learned over the last decade about picking the Kentucky Derby winner is that opinions best be fluid.
December 31, 2015
There are four horses in Saturday's Grade 3 Jerome at Aqueduct that hit 90 on the Beyer scale late in their 2-year-old seasons, suggesting this is a race that deserves more than casual attention.
May 07, 2015
As Kentucky Derbies go, the 141st edition last Saturday was a satisfying one on several counts, whether or not you cashed a ticket.
April 30, 2015
Racing fans annually lament the low quality of the horses in the Kentucky Derby, and often their assessment proves to be correct. But few such opinions are being voiced before Saturday’s running of America’s greatest race. This is the strongest, ...
The images of Victor Espinoza’s 2014 Derby victory aboard California Chrome remain vivid, and the colt’s exploits since then have done little to erase the glow. Now the page has turned, though, and Espinoza is right back in Louisville firmly attached ...
April 29, 2015
When the United Arab Emirates Derby was run at Meydan Racecourse on March 28, racing fans on both sides of the Atlantic had the chance to watch it live because it was part of the telecast of the rich Dubai World Cup. Most viewers were impressed by the ...