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 03, 2014
Owners, trainers, breeders, and fans all dream of seeing a young racehorse start his career so brilliantly that his potential appears limitless. There haven’t been many such Thoroughbred stars in the United States in recent years, but an ...
April 02, 2014
If California Chrome performs the way Art Sherman thinks he can on Saturday in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, look out. Here comes Art Sherman.
March 27, 2014
There isn’t much marathon racing for horses in the United States any more, but there are more and more marathon days of racing, with two of the richest and longest on Saturday: A 14-race card at Gulfstream, beginning at noon Eastern and ending with the ...
March 21, 2014
Were it not for the Kentucky Derby victory of Mine That Bird in 2009, the 12th running of the Sunland Derby would not be worth $800,000. It would not carry 85 points toward inclusion in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. And it certainly would not ...
March 17, 2014
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Hot Springs, Ark., a veritable rodeo took place during the stretch run of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. After the wet dust settled, the lightly raced Hoppertunity gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his fourth ...
March 05, 2014
California Chrome, the impressive winner of two straight races for California-breds, will represent not only his state’s breeding industry but the track where he trains, Los Alamitos, when he runs in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes.
February 26, 2014
Every time I watch another of the prep races and watch another horse win that I doubt can win the Kentucky Derby, I miss Shared Belief even more.
February 25, 2014
Some of the nation’s promising 3-year-olds raced at Gulfstream Park Saturday and put on an exciting show. Wildcat Red won a dramatic head-and-head stretch duel to beat General a Rod in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Constitution, who may be trainer Todd ...
February 20, 2014
Horseplayers are focused on finding a Kentucky Derby horse, whether it’s to bet him in the fixed-odds futures in Las Vegas or in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager parimutuel pool.
February 14, 2014
Things are starting to get a little dizzy around the Lee and Susan Searing household, what with Candy Boy winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes last weekend and Kobe’s Back primed for the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday. Good 3-year-olds in ...