Dan Liebman

  • Can Kona Gold become the first repeat winner of the Sprint?

    Sprint Preview: Question the Answer

    Any writer worth his laptop wouldn't have to think hard for a lead should Bet On Sunshine win the Sprint. And with two second-place finishes to his credit, there is no reason to think he can't.

  • Sprint Report--10/17/2001

    If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.

  • Breeders' Cup Turf Report--10/9/2001

    Plans may be changing for Sakhee, who wasn't coming to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), but after a scintillating run in the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) he may indeed head to New York.

  • Sprint Weekly Report--10/9/2001

    You've got to admit, it would be a great story.<p>At age nine, and with two Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) third-place finishes to his credit, Bet on Sunshine would make a great story. The grand old man of the sprint division is headed to the big dance once again, winning his final prep on Oct. 6, the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Unbelievably, it was the fifth time Bet on Sunshine had run in the Phoenix.

  • Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled.

    Unbridled Returns to Claiborne Farm

    Unbridled returned to the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., at noon today, having been given the go-ahead by veterinarians at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic. He has made steady progress from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole at the resection point.

  • Miss Linda became the fifth South American-bred winner of the Spinster.

    Keeneland Race Report: Air Linda

    For the fifth time in the last 13 renewals, a South American-bred won the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) when Miss Linda kicked clear in the stretch to win the $562,000 feature at Keeneland Sunday.

  • Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled.

    Unbridled Stronger, Recovery Progresses

    Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled has made steady progress this week from two surgeries, the first to remove a mass which proved to be benign, the second to repair a hole near the bowel resection point. Claiborne manager Gus Koch said Thursday morning Unbridled "has overcome a lot of problems, is bright, and much stronger."

  • Point Given, arriving at Three Chimneys Farm

    New Terms Offered in Point Given Shares

    Thoroughbred breeders are being offered a different deal on shares in Point Given than they were when it was announced two weeks earlier that he would enter stud in 2002 at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled.

    Unbridled Has 'Rocky' Weekend in Recovery

    Claiborne Farm manager Gus Koch said Unbridled, who underwent two surgeries within a week, had a "rocky" weekend but is a good patient who is battling hard to recover from his operations and subsequent complications.

  • Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled

    Unbridled Has Rocky Weekend in Recovery

    Claiborne Farm manager Gus Koch said Unbridled, who underwent two surgeries within a week, had a "rocky" weekend but is a good patient who is battling hard to recover from his operations and subsequent complications.

  • BC Yet to Iron Out Account-Wagering Wrinkle

    Last year, the day before the Breeders' Cup, officials from the organization and the TV Games Network traveled to Ohio to strike a deal allowing Winticket.com, Beulah Park's account-wagering subsidiary, to accept wagers on the eight races. Eleven months later, with the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships asoon approaching, no agreement is in place to cover the same situation.

  • El Corredor Pedigree Profile

    It's not hard to see where El Corredor gets his speed. The 4-year-old colt is by a sprinter and out of a mare by a sprinter. Of course it is not always that simple. The leader of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) division, Kona Gold, has nothing but stamina influences in his family.

  • Left Bank, shown here winning the Vosburgh.

    Breeders' Cup Sprint Preview

    Several races with Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) implications were run last weekend. But the race featuring the marquee name in sprinting is still out there on the horizon.

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  • El Corredor, shown winning the Cigar Mile, returned to the races with a win at Del Mar Sunday.

    EL CORREDOR

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  • Kona Gold, in Sunday&#39;s Palos Verdes.

    KONA GOLD

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  • Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled.

    Unbridled Has Mass Removed From Abdomen

    Unbridled, the 15th leading sire of 2001 by progeny earnings, had surgery Friday morning to remove a "tumor like mass" from his abdomen. A pathology report is due from the University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab on Sept. 24.

  • Storm Cat, will command $500,000 per nomination in 2002.

    Storm Cat Stud Fee Rises to $500,000

    Leading sire Storm Cat, who already had the highest stud fee in the world, will stand for even more in 2002. Ric Waldman of Overbrook Farm confirmed Friday that the 18-year-old stallion will stand the next breeding season for $500,000.

  • Seeking the Gold filly sold for $3.7 million.

    Seeking the Gold Filly Brings $3.7 Million

    He was shut out on several big lots early at the second session of the Keeneland July sale Tuesday, but Reynolds Bell, bidding for Jayeff B Stable, got the one he really wanted, a Seeking the Gold filly named Scene Seeker. Bell actually dropped out of the bidding, but then jumped back in and secured the filly for $3.7 million.

  • Which 25 Years?

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Let's face facts. Fact One: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame. Fact Two: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The only unanswered question is what year it will be when Baffert accepts his plaque in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Ears pricked, Point Given crosses the finish line alone to win the Preakness Stakes.

    Point Given Redeems Himself in Preakness

    Point Given, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), redeemed himself two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), taking racing's middle leg of the Triple Crown Saturday in authoritative fashion before a record Pimlico crowd.

  • Hap wins the Dixie under Jerry Bailey.

    Disco Rico, Hap Win on Preakness Undercard

    Disco Rico cut all the fractions and still had plenty in the tank to easily win the $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Saturday at Pimlico, the race preceeding the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Buying Culled Mare Pays Off For Breeder Squires

    No one likes to use the word "cull" when talking about broodmares. But everyone does it. In fact, if you don't, you never improve your stock. When he "retired" to Kentucky and decided to become a horse breeder 10 years ago, Jim Squires went out looking for "culled mares." They weren't hard to find. But who would have thought they included the dam of a future Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner?

  • Monarchos, Jorge Chavez in the irons, wins the Kentucky Derby in the second-fastest time ever.

    Monarchos Wins Kentucky Derby!

    Monarchos exploded to the lead as the field straightened for home and won the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday. The track had been playing fast all day and it did again in the Derby, Monarchos recording the second fastest winning time in Derby history. He covered the 1 1/4-miles in 1:59.97. Secretariat ran 1:59 2/5 (before timing in hundredths) in 1973.

  • Support grows for Point Given as Kentucky Derby favorite.

    Point Given's Role as Derby Favorite Strengthened

    Point Given didn't even run over the weekend, but English bookmaking firm William Hill dropped its Kentucky Derby (gr. I) price anyway, from 7-4 to 3-2. There certainly is no disputing Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Point Given is a deserved favorite for the May 5 Derby. Mike Battaglia, who has made Churchill Downs' Derby morning line since 1975, said if he had to make the line today, he would make Point Given 2-1.

  • Griffinite Pulls Upset in Lafayette

    If you had watched Griffinite before the Layfayette Stakes (gr. III) Wednesday at Keeneland, you would have thought he had no shot. You would have been wrong.

  • Godolphin Racing&#39;s Street Cry, won his prep for the Dubai World Cup.

    Street Cry: Pedigree Lacking in Stamina

    Though the signals are mixed, on the face of pedigree alone it is hard to see many reasons why Street Cry should be able to handle 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May. His sire was a sprinter on grass, albeit a good one; his dam, though a group I winner in Ireland going 12 furlongs, has yet to pass that distance ability on to her offspring; he has a Dosage Index and profile slanted toward speed; and he has yet to win around two turns.

  • High Buy-Back Rate at Fasig-Tipton Texas

    A high buy-back rate and only one break-out horse were the key points Monday during the first session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.

  • Foot-And-Mouth Effects Continue

    With the first case of foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in Ireland, and the British government now saying the situation will last for months, the scope of the highly contagious disease continues to widen.

  • Eoin Harty, trainer who will have two U.S. divisions for Godolphin Racing.

    Harty To Split Godolphin 2-Year-Olds This Year

    When he left California in early January to spend the winter in Dubai, trainer Eoin Harty hinted he might split his stable when he returned in April. He confirmed that on Thursday.

  • Jockeys&#39; Guild president Pat Day.

    Jockeys' Guild Can't Pay For Health Insurance

    Members of the Jockeys' Guild will not be having a very funny April Fool's Day. On April 1, the family health insurance policy covering 800 Guild members will expire. Because of skyrocketing premiums, Jockeys' Guild national manager John Giovanni said there is not enough money in the association's budget to continue making the premium payment

  • Trainer John Tammaro has been missing since Sunday.

    Trainer John Tammaro Missing

    Police in South Florida are investigating the disappearance of well-known trainer John Tammaro Jr., who was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Feb. 25. Tammaro was last seen leaving Gulfstream Park about 10 a.m. that day by track security officers who later told police detectives Tammaro "didn't look well."

  • Triple Crown Post Times to Be 6:04 p.m. (EDT)

    Since the official Kentucky Derby (gr. I) chart began listing an "off" time in 1963, the race has never started past 5:42.30, the estimated post time of the 1971 running won by Canonero II. That will change this year.

  • Special Eclipse Award winner John Hettinger.

    Eclipse Awards: Special Award: John Hettinger

    Owning horses is easy. Caring about them is a different story. And caring enough to want to make a difference in their post-racing lives is why John Hettinger is being honored with a Special Eclipse Award.

  • Frank Stronach, winner of both the owner and breeder Eclipse Awards.

    Eclipse Awards: Breeder: Adena Springs

    The goal of any breeder is to breed a horse that wins a major race. Frank Stronach's vast Adena Springs operation did just that and then some in 2000.

  • Zabeel Dominates First Session of New Zealand

    Sensational New Zealand sire Zabeel dominated the first sessionof the National Yearling Sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock Tuesday at Karaka, near Auckland. Of the $14,822,500 gross (US$6,434,151), 16 filles and colts by Zabeel accounted for $4,985,000, roughly a third of the total receipts.

  • Changing History

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- When Macho Uno made his first three starts last year, he was a 2-year-old colt by Holy Bull bred in Kentucky by Stronach Stables. When Perfect Sting made her first 18 starts, she was a filly by Red Ransom bred in Kentucky by Frank H. Stronach. But when each won a Breeders' Cup race at Churchill Downs last Nov. 4, something had changed.