Dan Liebman

  • Sunland Derby a Success Story

    Being graded for the first time in 2010, the Sunland Derby, the second richest Derby prep in North America, takes on added importance.

  • Todd's Time?

    Todd Pletcher has been one of racing's leading trainers the past decade, though the sport's biggest prize, the Derby, has eluded him. This could be his year.

  • Papa Clem

    Come to Papa

    Though he was bred in Kentucky, Papa Clem is a Californian.

  • It's Zenyatta in the Classic!<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609665%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    It's All Zenyatta in the BC Classic

    Zenyatta made it look all too easy, becoming the first female to win the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Gio Ponti was second and Twice Over third.

  • Negligee comes into the Breeders' Cup off of a victory in the Alcibiades.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8604267%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sovereign Stable in Big Show With Negligee

    If only it always worked this way: buy a horse privately; win a grade I; and head to the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Forget always; for Matt Gatsas, just once is OK. Of course he wouldn't mind also winning the Breeders' Cup race.

  • Blind Luck won the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita Park in her most recent start. 
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    BC Juvenile Fillies a Wide-Open Affair

    The favorite from the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, where the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be run, is in the field for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Nov. 6. So, too, is the favorite from the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) at Keeneland, which is also run on a synthetic surface. It should be noted they were favored, but both lost.

  • Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.

    Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

    Though there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

  • TRA Adopts Wagering Protocol Measures

    Past-posting and late odds changes are major issues in racing, but more of perception than reality, Thoroughbred Racing Associations' executive vice president Chris Scherf said the morning of Aug. 22 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Heavy rains on Aug. 4 forced the facility to close until further notice.

    Derby Museum Closed Due to Heavy Rains

    Items at the Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, suffered damage due to heavy rains Aug. 4 and the facility will be closed until further notice, museum officials said.

  • Sailor's Cap<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8235558%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sailor's Cap Necropsy Identifies Colitis-X

    The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT), showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

  • Friesan Fire working out prior to the Kentucky Derby <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8045146%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Friesan Fire, Old Fashioned Recuperating

    Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is recuperating from surgery at Vinery near Lexington.

  • Gio Ponti comes on late to take the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8204825%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Last to First for Gio Ponti in Manhattan

    Belmont track announcer Tom Durkin made note of Gio Ponti being at the back of the pack as the field turned down the backside in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT), but the colt came from last to first to win the race in dramatic fashion.

  • Gabby's Golden Gal powers home in the Acorn.

    Gabby's Golden Gal Wires Acorn Field

    The way Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks -- by a whopping 20 1/4 lengths -- anything that ran behind her had to be given another chance in her next start. Gabby's Golden Gal proved that theory true when she won the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Mine That Bird is ready for the Belmont.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8202151%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sunny Day, Horses Ready for Belmont

    We tend to always knock weathermen, but they have been spot on with their predictions for Belmont week. The day before the final leg of the Triple Crown, as predicted, was as miserable as it gets, but race day itself, again as prognosticators said it would, dawned bright and beautiful.

  • Hirsch Memorial Held at Belmont Park

    There were so many good stories being told, and re-told, in memory of Joe Hirsch June 5 at Belmont Park, it is hard to know which one Joe would have liked most. Well, Hirsch always saw the positive in everything, so he would have liked all the stories, equally.

  • Raining at Belmont; Saturday Forecast Good

    The history of the track at Belmont Park is that is dries out quickly. According to the latest forecast, it will have about 17 hours to do so prior to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Dan Silver

    Inside Track: NYRA's Silver Lining

    As the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) approaches, discussions often turn to the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978, or to Secretariat's 31-length spectacle in 1973. Dan Silver, the new director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association, appreciates those historic races, even though he wasn't born when they occurred. Silver is only 29 years old.

  • Mine That Bird arriving at Belmont Park.

    Confidence High in Mine That Bird Camp

    After working Mine That Bird June 1 at Churchill Downs, jockey Calvin Borel "guaranteed" that the gelded son of Birdstone would win the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Believe it or not, Borel is now even more confident.

  • Chocolate Candy

    Hollendorfer Travels East for Classic Shot

    Jerry Hollendorfer has 135 horses in training at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, but he has been making regular trips east the past month to keep tabs on the "big" horse in the stable, Chocolate Candy.

  • Rachel Alexandra the 2-1 Preakness Favorite

    With slightly more than two hours until post for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the filly Rachel Alexandra is the 2-1 favorite. Four other horses are single-digit odds.

  • No Advantage pulls away in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8117284%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Advantage to No Advantage in Schaefer

    No Advantage and jockey J.D. Acosta bided their time, and then made their winning move coming out of the turn to take the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III) by 2 3/4 lengths at Pimlico May 16.

  • Skylighter and Julien Leparoux score an easy win in the Allaire duPont Distaff.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8117165%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Skylighter Easily Wins Allaire duPont

    Julien Leparoux sent Skylighter to the front, and the Sky Mesa filly just coasted around the track to an easy victory in the first stakes on the Preakness day undercard May 16, the Allaire duPont Distaff (gr. II).

  • Take the Points arrives at Pimlico Preakness morning.

    Setting the Scene on Preakness Day

    As of about 6:45 a.m. EDT, every horse was on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Payton d'Oro cruises to victory in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114993%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Payton d'Oro Wires Black-Eyed Susan Field

    Jockey Terry Thompson had one mount at Pimlico May 16 and he made the most of it, controlling the pace aboard Payton d'Oro to win the biggest race of the day, the grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

  • Heart Ashley (inside) holds off a determined Cinderella's Wish to win the Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Heart Ashley Holds On For Miss Preakness Win

    Heart Ashley opened up on the turn for home, looked like she would coast to an easy win, and then had to hold off the late charge of Cinderella's Wish to win the $100,000 Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) by a head May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Friesan Fire training at Pimlico Preakness Week.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8113168%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ludt on Top of the World with Friesan Fire

    Tom Ludt was sitting on top of the world. It was the morning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and after I Want Revenge was scratched, Friesan Fire became the new favorite in the classic. Ludt is the general manager of Tom Simon's Vinery, which owns Friesan Fire in partnership with Rick Porter's Fox Hill Stable.

  • Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra made a good team in the Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8062164%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

    With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass.

  • Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel make Derby history.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel, Mine That Bird Soar in Derby Shocker

    Jockey Calvin Borel scored a huge upset May 2 in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Mine That Bird. On May 1 he won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 20 lengths on Rachel Alexandra.

  • Rachel Alexandra dominates the 2009 Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8061529%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra a Breathtaking Oaks Winner

    Those who believe Rachel Alexandra could have won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) have evidence to back up their belief after she won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs in spectacular fashion.

  • Weather the Big Question for Oaks, Derby

    The song says the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, but there is no sun shining Kentucky Oaks morning, and the weather is the big topic of conversation.

  • Mr. Hot Stuff

    Harty: Full Brothers are Quite Different

    Just as human brothers and sisters can be totally different, the same is true with horses. Eoin Harty has trained full brothers Colonel John and Mr. Hot Stuff, and the two colts are nothing alike.

  • Advice is still under consideration for the Ky. Derby.

    Pletcher: Two In Derby; Two Undecided

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said the morning of April 28 that two of the horses in his care, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance, are definite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Decisions have not been made on two others he trains, Advice and Take the Points.

  • Munoz to Handle Velazquez at Keeneland

    Ruben Munoz, agent for jockey Gabriel Saez, will also handle the book for leading rider John Velazquez at the Keeneland meet that begins April 3.

  • Rolling Sea takes the Truly Bound, one of 6 wins for Steve Asmussen at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17.

    Asmussen Wins Six at Fair Grounds

    If you spent your Saturday wagering on horses trained by Steve Asmussen at Fair Grounds, you had reason to smile at the end of the day. Last year's leading trainer nationally by wins saddled starters in seven races on the 10-race card and won six, twice ran one-two, and captured the day's stakes race.

  • Alpha Kitten wins the Santa Ynez with Tyler Baze aboard. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7466402%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alpha Kitten is Quick Cat in Santa Ynez

    She may be named Alpha Kitten, but she ran like Alpha Cougar or Alpha Cheetah, taking charge down the lane and winning the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for her first stakes win Jan. 17 at Santa Anita.

  • Stardom Bound powers to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6471289%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bold Move Makes Stardom Bound a Winner

    Favorite Stardom Bound, with a bold move, quickly took command of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Dream Empress was second and Sky Diva third. The final time in the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:40.99.

  • Well Armed used Oak Tree's Goodwood as a prep for the BC Dirt Mile.

    Dirt Mile: Pool Party

    This year the Breeders' Cup World Championships has expanded to 14 races. Trainer Eoin Harty was hoping for a 15th event, for swimming, not running.

  • Ricardo Benedicto

    Argentine Aspirations

    From just 14 starters, Argentina has been represented as the breeding ground of the winners of four Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

  • The 2008 Hall of Fame inductees pose with their plaques.

    Hall of Fame: It's All About the Horse

    The message at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 was plain and simple: "It's all about the horse."

  • Steve Asmussen

    Vinery Moves Horses From Asmussen

    After July 10, Vinery will no longer have horses with trainer Steve Asmussen. But Tom Ludt, general manager of the farm, said it is likely the stable will have horses with Asmussen again at some point in the future.