Analyze It made an auspicious 2-year-old debut for owner William Lawrence and trainer Chad Brown on Saturday at Belmont Park, winning a one-mile race on turf by 6 1/4 lengths.Full Story >>
June 03, 2015
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, more people picked American Pharoah than any other horse. Prior to the Preakness, just about everybody picked American Pharoah. This week, hardly anyone I talk with is picking American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes.
June 02, 2015
Victor Espinoza, the man who rides American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, is already on a list that includes Bill Hartack, Milo Valenzuela, and Kent Desormeaux, all of them in the Hall of Fame. That’s pretty good company, but all the same ...
June 01, 2015
When American Pharoah seeks to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park Saturday, racing fans will hope to see a great race and perhaps a definitive confirmation that the winner has earned a lofty place in the sport’s history. Based on ...
May 21, 2015
Ahmed Zayat, the man behind American Pharoah, likes to say his homebred colt by a homebred stallion is a family production, “A to Z.” No argument here. But while we’re on the subject, the Triple Crown challenge faced by American Pharoah in the 147th ...
October 09, 2014
Horseplayers who prefer multirace wagers, the pari-mutuel wagering industry’s lone growth sector in recent years, have repeatedly made their preferences clear by voting with their wallets. They want many-legged bets with low takeouts, low minimums, and ...
September 25, 2014
There was a time when the main attraction of top-flight racing after Labor Day was seeing how the season’s 3-year-olds stacked up against the older horses. Is that still the case?
July 03, 2014
Whether or not you think that what American racing really needs is a pair of new seven-figure races for 3-year-olds on the grass, Saturday’s inaugural Stars and Stripes Day card at Belmont has already succeeded in its mission: to create a stakes-rich, ...
June 26, 2014
The banner on the front pages of Daily Racing Form and The Racing Times of June 9, 1991 were the same: “The Mother of All Gooses.” It was a sly, ripped-from-the-headlines reference to Saddam Hussein’s hollow, defiant cry, “mother of all battles,” from ...
June 16, 2014
Soon after California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, my sister fired off a private Facebook message likening the Triple Crown to the Hunger Games – a hyperbolic tantrum I chalked up to frustration and disappointment.
June 11, 2014
Last Saturday, it was the same as it ever was. As the Belmont Stakes drew nigh, the bulk of the 102,199 fans were either nose to noggin on the apron or pressed against the back of the grandstand seats, dozens deep on tiptoes, straining to catch even ...