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Is It Time to Call Him Arrogreat?

Is It Time to Call Him Arrogreat?

In three races, Arrogate has led all the way, came from third, and came behind from fifth. He’s won being on the inside and won being on the outside, and won his three stakes in three different states in the East, West, and South.

The Curse of Haskin

The Curse of Haskin

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming and all meaningful and timely topics to bring you the latest news on the ever-growing dreaded "Haskin Curse" that has quietly plagued the Sport of Kings for well more than a decade.

The Mighty Forego's Final Hurrah

The Mighty Forego's Final Hurrah

Forego defied all odds physically to become as great a weight carrier as the sport has ever seen, while demonstrating feats of raw speed, versatility, endurance, and longevity. which have never been equaled, and most likely never will.

Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

What better way to bring color to winter than to envision roses in bloom on the first Saturday in May, scented green leaves adorning glasses of mint juleps, and the famed Twin Spires piercing a bright cerulean sky.

Stakes and Chops

Stakes and Chops

There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.

Welcome Home, Charismatic

Welcome Home, Charismatic

It seems as if Charismatic has been gone for ages, but leave it to Michael Blowen to arrange for his return to the United States.

Holiday Season Brings Weird Thoughts

Holiday Season Brings Weird Thoughts

I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.

Memories of Sham Rekindled With New Book

Memories of Sham Rekindled With New Book

With Sham sort of back in the spotlight again, I went back to a 2009 column I wrote on the colt and felt enough years had passed to re-work and re-edit it by adding new material and tell his story once again even more comprehensively.

Remembering Those in Defeat

Remembering Those in Defeat

Whether or not you consider California Chrome, Songbird, Tepin, Lady Eli, and Found great horses, there is no arguing that greatness lives in all of them, whether they were defeated in the Breeders’ Cup or not.

A Mystery Horse No More

A Mystery Horse No More

All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.

The Brazen Mr. Burch

The Brazen Mr. Burch

What made Elliott Burch such a great trainer is the fact that his seemingly audacious moves usually worked, resulting in numerous championships and three Horse of the Year titles, as well as his own election into the Hall of Fame.

Is Arrogate For Real?

Is Arrogate For Real?

All you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses

September 30, 1967

September 30, 1967

The date September 30 is so ingrained in my mind I sometimes have to pause for a second so I don’t confuse it with the date of my wedding anniversary

What Makes Byk Tick?

What Makes Byk Tick?

Let’s cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn’t an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.

American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

American Dirt Records a Thing of the Past

Could it be the truly great horses of the past simply were faster and were bred to carry their speed longer distances, or could it be that today’s horses are not given the opportunity to set new American dirt records?

Destin Best in Travers?

Destin Best in Travers?

Todd Pletcher's once seemingly powerful army of 3-year-olds has pretty much disbanded, with some of the troops retreating from the battlefield, others spending time in sick bay, and two transferred to another outfit.

Zito Looking to Recapture Glory Days

Zito Looking to Recapture Glory Days

The once ubiquitous Nick Zito has not been as prominent in recent years, but he still has hopes of finding the types of young horses he used to pick out at the sales on a regular basis. To him it was all about finding classic-type horses.

McLaughlin Finally Unleashes the Real Frosted

McLaughlin Finally Unleashes the Real Frosted

This column is split into two parts. One is a look at the career of Frosted, with comments from those around him, and the other is a repost of a column I wrote early last year that focused on Kiaran McLaughlin's daughter Erin.

A Long Overdue Thank You

A Long Overdue Thank You

My intense feelings of gratitude to my wife and daughter, and all my friends and family who shared in the most special and memorable day of my career.

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