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Give Us Our Due

By Billy Reed -- Ownership syndicates, a partial answer to racing industry's problems, are viewed as a nuisance by the racing establishment.

Give Us Our Due

By Billy Reed -- Ownership syndicates, a partial answer to racing industry's problems, are viewed as a nuisance by the racing establishment.

Name Protection

By Alastair Bull -- You may not realize it, but Citation is alive and in training. So, for that matter, is Allez France. We've also seen Habibti racing again, and doing very well. None of these horses are clones. All are instead examples of one of world racing's great anomalies: the ability to re-use the names of champion racehorses.

Rethinking July

By Dan Liebman -- The Keeneland summer sale needs to be adjusted. It needs to be tweaked. Revamped. Changed. It absolutely does not need to be abandoned, as some have suggested.

Deep Into the Wells

By Christy Grassick -- It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have been involved with Sadler's Wells. He is without doubt the best sire Europe has ever seen. The fact he has sired 200 stakes winners is proof enough of that.

Appreciating Depreciation

By Robert R. Hill -- On March 9, President Bush signed the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002, which was a real income tax benefit for U.S. businesses. Fortunately, this tax act is also a significant boon to the horse industry, benefiting both racing and breeding operations.

Out on Top

by Jenine Sahadi -- A top trainer pays tribute to a retiring riding legend.

Out on Top

by Jenine Sahadi -- A top trainer pays tribute to a retiring riding legend.

Out on Top

by Jenine Sahadi -- A top trainer pays tribute to a retiring riding legend.

Third Try a Charm

By Victor E. Zast -- A Thoroughbred breeder hopes the third time is the charm for his broodmare Dash of Salt.

City of Hope

By Lenny Shulman -- Belmont Stakes Day was about War Emblem, Bob Baffert, and Sarava. It was also about a place called New York.

Life Changer

By John Williams -- In the late fall of 1978, the Bee Gees were topping the pop charts with "Stayin' Alive." Sideburns, long hair, and bell bottoms were still cool. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Baltimore Colts were still playing football on 33rd St. where they belonged, and the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown arrived to stand at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

Misplaced Bonus

By Dan Liebman -- There is a controversy over the $1-million bonus Sportsman's Park offered to a horse sweeping the track's Illinois Derby (gr. II) and one of the Triple Crown races. But no matter into whose account that million bucks goes, there is one place it should not have already gone--into the purse of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

It's Common Sense

By Brereton C. Jones -- It was with great sadness that I watched the industry I love unintentionally embarrass itself and many of us involved by the way it approached the Kentucky General Assembly in an effort to get slot machines at the horse tracks.

Fast Track to Nowhere

By Lenny Shulman -- A hard, fast track surface on Kentucky Derby Day takes its toll on horses that race at Churchill Downs that day.

In the Beginning

By Billy Reed -- Recalling the unveiling of the Breeders' Cup concept, it was sort of like being there when Elvis Presley slouched into Sun Records in Memphis and mumbled, "I'm here to make a record for my mama." Or being on the front row the day a young geek named Bill Gates first told an audience that someday computers would run the world.

The Mud Bug

By Victor E. Zast -- The "Mud Bug" -- aka Trackside Chicago, the off-track betting facility owned by Arlington Park -- rekindles youthful days spent at Fort Erie.

Seabiscuit and Scintigraphy

By W. Cothran Campbell -- The pursuit of Thoroughbred horse racing as a hobby or business has always been a formidable, uphill struggle, and much of the world is aghast at the idiocy of we who pursue it. They have a point.

On the Other Hand

Bob Kieckhefer -- Illinois racing. It's hard to figure out where to start thinking about the current state of affairs. Harder yet to figure out where things are going.

Try to Imagine

By Steve Haskin -- The Gotham Stakes rekindles memories of the Dr. Fager-Damascus showdown 35 years ago.

Keeper of the Flame

By David Schmitz -- The "Glass way" was how business was conducted at Calumet Farm while Margaret Glass was there from April 29, 1940, to Sept. 30, 1982.

Who's Bad?

By Lenny Shulman -- When compared with the transgressions in other professional and amateur sports, maybe racing isn't so bad.

Why Not Take the Jump?

By Evan I. Hammonds -- The history of legalized gambling in the United States is a study of cyclical boom and bust. Where is America's mood today on the high seas of betting? It's riding the crest of the wave.

Twin Dream

By Gary McMillen -- Talking to twins Dennis and Jimmy Richard is like listening to a Cheech and Chong record. They finish each other's sentences. Each seems to know what the other is thinking about. Lately, they have a one-track mind, and that's getting their sprinter Bonapaw to Dubai.

Dust Off the Crown

By Kristin J. Ingwell -- I haven't done a survey, official or otherwise, and I am biased. But it appears everyone in America vaguely aware of horse racing agrees on one thing -- we want a new Triple Crown winner.

Not Bad

By Robert D. Fierro -- Jerry Brody told you what he thought and didn't mind being quoted that way. Tall, stately, with a perennially skeptical smile, he'd wander and work the sales like he worked his restaurants, mixing and mingling at tracks across the world, catering and pandering to no one except his beloved Marlene, who adored him in return.

Let's Not Disappoint Them

By Karl Schmitt -- The last weekend in April, 30 young sports journalists from across the country descended on Churchill Downs to attend the Kentucky Derby Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar. They came hoping to network, boost their résumés and revel with peers. They were not disappointed. But more important, they left with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Thoroughbred racing.

The Customer is Always Wrong

By Larry Levin -- Horseplayers are the plankton of Thoroughbred racing, and get about as much respect. Plankton are the tiny organisms at the bottom of the oceanic food chain. If they were suddenly to disappear, life in the sea would plummet, probably to the point of extinction.

Price No Upset

By Suzi Shoemaker -- When six leading sale companies announced a policy last year of a $1,000 opening bid ("upset") for breeding and paddock sales, it sounded great to most breeders and consignors. But in the first two months of 2001, a lot of Thoroughbreds are suddenly worth nothing.

Press Box Reveries

By Morton Cathro -- After an absence of 50-plus years, I recently paid a visit to my old haunt, the press box at Golden Gate Fields. But the fresh paint and fresh faces of the new generation of writers couldn't prevent a wave of nostalgia from sweeping over me as I remembered the many oldtimers, and gazed down from the privileged perch at the track where, in my salad days, I had witnessed Turf history in the making.

Plaids and Stripes

By John Angelo -- My greatest fear as a public handicapper is that I'll become my worst version of myself. I'll give up fashion altogether and spend my days alternately swearing at and giving benediction to racetrack monitors.

Dream Well

By Dancy Fu -- This sport, this cycle of dreams won or lost, offers an infinite hope and depth that is unattainable, unparalleled, and underestimated everywhere else.

The Charismatic Chris Antley

By Lenny Shulman -- As tortured as he was inside, Chris Antley was warm and engaging to friends and strangers alike. His openness in revealing his inner thoughts was disarming. He told stories about trainers that would have cost him his business had they been printed. Chris Antley may well have trusted everyone else, including the person who ended his life, too much, and himself not enough.

Wire Act

By Lenny Shulman -- The racing industry is a lot like Europe in the Dark Ages -- come up with a new idea and be prepared to burn at the stake.

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