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A Stroll Down the Funny Cide of the Street

July 23rd, 2023

The recent death of Funny Cide has inspired numerous tributes and rekindled many memories. I covered his Triple Crown and his Jockey Club Gold Cup victory for The Blood-Horse and here is my behind the scenes story of the horse they called “The Gutsy Gelding.”

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Kentucky Derby: Where are the Superstars

July 17th, 2023

The Kentucky Derby has had its share of controversies and huge longshot winners since 2009, especially in recent years. It also has had a scarcity of major stars win the race. So, has the Derby become more of a show than a meaningful race? It’s still too early to answer that, but it is worth discussing…

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John Henry, The Bart Move to Saratoga

July 10th, 2023

Starting on July 12, the famed statue depicting the thrilling finish of the 1981 Arlington Million will be residing permanently at the National Museum of Racing. Here is the inside story of that historic race and the unforgettable battle to the wire between John Henry and The Bart…

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Has Flightline Been Forgotten Already

July 3rd, 2023

t took a victory in the Met Mile in his fourth career start for the entire racing world to know who Flightline was and what amazing feats he was capable of. Two races later he was retired from racing. The question now is how will he be remembered and what kind of impact did he leave on the sport? He will always have his idolaters for what he did on track and his detractors for what he didn’t do on the track; which was mainly run. Which side are you on?

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My Introduction to Royal Ascot

June 26th, 2023

And so another magnificent Royal Ascot meet is in the books and boy did it have something for everyone. But one result, the historic Gold Cup, triggered a look back in time when yours truly attended his first two, and only two, Royal Ascot meets and got lots more than he expected…

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Belmont Day Was One For the Record Books

June 12th, 2023

Before we get to this year’s Belmont Stakes and the inspiring story of Jena Antonucci we first have to acknowledge the greatest side show in New York racing history, and that is the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s Belmont and Triple Crown. This is geared more toward its longevity than the three races themselves, as we have already had numerous recollections of the 1973 Test of the Champion, a title that was never more fitting than that year…

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The Most Dominant Horse in the 2023 Belmont

June 3rd, 2023

There is an unsung hero in this year’s Belmont Stakes and the race hasn’t even been run. But one horse will have a profound effect on the race regardless of who wins. If you are totally confused by this cryptic intro then just read on and be prepared for a barrage of bloodlines…

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Secretariat’s Triple Crown Cover to Cover

May 29th, 2023

There is one aspect of the 1973 Triple Crown that is often overlooked in its importance to the legacy of Secretariat and that is something that happened away from the racetrack. But it created an awareness of this magnificent racehorse that had a profound effect on his exposure to the American public…

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Baffert’s Bounce Back on Preakness Day

May 22nd, 2023

Racing ran the gamut of emotions at Pimlico on Saturday, from tragedy to triumph to the scratch of one of the favorites, and finally to the end, at least for now, of the feel-good story of Mage and his quest for the Triple Crown. But most of all it was about the latest chapter in the polarizing career of Bob Baffert…

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A New Set of Foes for Mage

May 18th, 2023

A great deal of the talk surrounding the Preakness Stakes has been the reluctance of every trainer with a horse in the Kentucky Derby to come back in two weeks to face the victorious Mage. This is not about the Preakness as much as it is the mentality of trainers today. Todd Pletcher and Brad Cox are not going to run back in two weeks, especially with the latter having a shiny new weapon in his arsenal to run against Mage, and the two Japanese horses as expected have headed back home. That is half the Derby field right there…


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