| May 17, 2013
BALTIMORE — It is difficult to be at the Preakness this year without feeling a tinge of jealousy. That is especially true if you are just a few days removed from a visit to the current dungeon of California racing, a.k.a. Hollywood Park.
| May 11, 2013
With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice.
They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the...
| May 1, 2013
| 5:15 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the Kentucky Derby approaches, consider Dennis O'Neill and Tom Knust as Twin Spires for racehorse Goldencents.
The backstretch barns at Churchill Downs were celebrity central Wednesday morning, led by the current biggest...
| May 2, 2013
| 5:25 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With nary a thought to Hamlet, trainer Bob Baffert is currently suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
In his current situation, and in a world where oft-misinformed social media stirs the rumor pot to a boil,...
| May 4, 2013
| 12:15 PM
First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved." I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds...
| May 4, 2013
| 6:50 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey is a man who looks like the embodiment of the nickname that is all anybody calls him by. Short and unassuming, he said this week he made an effort to enjoy the run-up to the Kentucky Derby,...
| May 4, 2013
| 8:45 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced.
Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection....
| Oct 30, 2012
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow.
"Boy, I'm mounted well," he said....
| Oct 28, 2012
The 28 years of horse racing's traveling carnival, also known as the Breeders' Cup, have been a tale of more than two cities; 10, actually, if you count Los Angeles and New York twice each for their separate participating tracks.
The history of this...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 10:40 PM
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith.
He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 11:07 PM
Game On Dude didn't quite have enough game. Mucho Macho Man had insufficient macho.
And so Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, a Hollywood show taking place before 55,123 well-dressed and well-entertained people at a horse track long established in star-...