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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 >>
April 30, 2014
The book on Gary Stevens is that he tends to like every horse he’s ever ridden, describing some of them as champions in the making while others brush perilously close to being nothing less than the second coming of Man o’ War.
April 29, 2014
Art Sherman has assembled around California Chrome a troupe of low-profile talent that has taken the colt from modest little state-bred stakes to the brink of everlasting fame, led by his son and assistant, Alan Sherman, exercise rider Willie Delgado, ...
April 28, 2014
In a sport amply populated by rogues and cheaters, trainer Steve Asmussen has become Public Enemy No. 1. But is he a poster boy or just a convenient target?
April 24, 2014
If it is late April, it is the time of year when rank longshots and abject no-hopers come out of the woodwork to clutter the Kentucky Derby field with their unreasonable dreams.
April 16, 2014
There is no disputing that there have been 51 Kentucky Derby winners since 1962, and not one of them had his or her roots in California.
April 09, 2014
When the Blue Grass Stakes is run at Keeneland on Saturday, it is unlikely to produce the next Kentucky Derby winner. Though it was once the most important 3-year-old prep race, it became irrelevant after Keeneland replaced its dirt track with a ...
If Greg Gilchrist, acting on behalf of Scott Sherwood’s Blinkers On Racing Stable partnership, had not gone to $30,000 to buy a filly by Not for Love at the second session of the Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in May of 2008 . . .
California Chrome just made my Kentucky Derby superfecta play much less complicated.
April 03, 2014
If you think the horses who need to run big this weekend will, now is probably the last chance to grab a price in excess of what they will be on Kentucky Derby Day.
Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct is the unofficial start of spring and quality racing in New York, with the Wood and the Carter Handicap the first Grade 1 races in the Empire State since the Cigar Mile last Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s unusual ...