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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.

Scrapbooks From the Past

Scrapbooks From the Past

Even after all these years, I still treasure those early scrapbooks that helped to preserve my memories of a time when you could actually feel those stories in your hand and protect them from time and the elements.

A New Brand of Hero

A New Brand of Hero

If you go back through the 20th century, the typical equine hero was a 3-year-old or 4-year-old male who excelled at our classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

Mid-Year Look at the BC Classic

Mid-Year Look at the BC Classic

No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.

A Song Unfinished

A Song Unfinished

Eva Cassidy had the voice of an angel. Her jazz/blues rendition of "Over the Rainbow" brought people to tears.

WinStar Creates a Wild Ending

WinStar Creates a Wild Ending

No one knows how long the 2016 Triple Crown will remain in the public's memory banks, but for now at least it should be remembered for its eccentricities, following one of the most memorable and emotional Triple Crowns in history.

Epsom Follies

Epsom Follies

Steve Haskin recalls his adventures while attending his first Epsom Derby on June 7, 1976, and the 1978 edition of the race, won by Shirley Heights.

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