Dan Liebman

  • My Princess Jess Holds Off Much Obliged

    There are moves and then there are huge moves. On June 28 in the Boiling Springs Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, My Princess Jess made a "huge" move. But she then had to hold off the late-charging Much Obliged to get the victory.

  • Music Note pulls away to take the Mother Goose.<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%3D4967530%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Music Note Wins 'Goose; Proud Spell DQ'd

    In her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Proud Spell had a horrible trip that ended with being disqualified from second to third as Music Note won the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 28.

  • Da' Tara and Alan Garcia spring the upset in the Belmont Stakes.

    Da' Tara Springs Upset; Big Brown Eased

    The world awaited a delivery from Big Brown, but in a shocker it was 38-1 longshot Da' Tara who won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), taking the "Test of the Champion" in wire-to-wire fashion June 7 as the horse seeking to win the Triple Crown was eased past the wire.

  • Bill Warren hopes to spring the upset in the Belmont with Denis of Cork.<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%3D4738524%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Saint Liam's Former Owner Seeks Upset

    William K. (Bill) Warren Jr., has a unique perspective of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He knows what it's like to have a top horse trained by Rick Dutrow. Not only that, but to have a top horse trained by Dutrow that has foot problems.

  • Forecast Iffy For Belmont Stakes

    There is a chance Big Brown may have to do something he has never done before if he is to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Post One the One to Have in Belmont

    Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) from the outside post position. If he is to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, he will have to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) from the inside post position.

  • Starforaday takes the Maryland Sprint to start the stakes fun on Preakness Day at Pimlico.<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%3D4539742%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Contessa Resumes Pimlico Roll in Sprint

    Trainer Gary Contessa, fresh off a win in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) on Friday, started the stakes program at Pimlico Saturday with a victory in the Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III). But, under very different circumstances.

  • Kent Desormeaux

    Anything Can Happen, Desormeaux Says

    If you think because of the dominating performance in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that jockey Kent Desormeaux is taking anything for granted, think again.

  • Larry Jones and Eight Belles

    Larry Jones Clings to Support, Faith

    Trainer Larry Jones doesn't have a horse in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I), but he is at the track to run horses in stakes Friday and Saturday. Not surprisingly, he is still being asked questions about the tragic breakdown of Eight Belles.

  • Commentary: Healing the Wounds

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public.

  • Commentary: The Sound of Silence

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - After winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2, Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones talked of the relationship his family has developed with trainer Larry Jones and his wife, Cindy.

  • Big Brown cruises to victory in Kentucky Derby 134.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4388818%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Big Brown Delivers; Filly Breaks Down

    United Parcel Service has never made a delivery like Big Brown delivered May 3 at Churchill Downs, romping home by nearly five lengths to remain unbeaten in four starts with a scintillating win in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Proud Spell draws off in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4378418%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Proud Spell Splashes to Oaks Victory

    Trainer Larry Jones scratched the filly Eight Belles from the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and then proceeded to win the race with Proud Spell.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-chief

    Commentary: Dear John

    <i> by Dan Liebman </i> - One night during the 2007 Keeneland November sale, Eoin Harty was enjoying a leisurely dinner when the topic turned to horses, in particular those in his Southern California stable.

  • Eight Belles winning the April 6 Fantasy Stakes.

    Saez to Ride Eight Belles if in Derby

    Should Eight Belles run in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands instead of the previous day's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), jockey Gabe Saez will have the mount, trainer Larry Jones said April 24.

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Editor-in-chief

    Commentary: Just Like Yesterday

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There are moments along the Triple Crown trail that remain forever etched in our minds. For this writer, one of those was April 27, 1978.

  • Commentary: Sales Sold

    <i> by Dan Liebman </i> - Few have the resources to do anything they want in the Thoroughbred industry. Sheikh Mohammed would be one of the exceptions.

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    Commentary: The Next Steps

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - Alice Chandler has no intention of shooting craps in a fancy, glitzy casino. Wouldn't be the same. Now 82, she harkens back to her youth when she would try to make her point in a tack room with the men on her dad's Beaumont Farm.

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    Commentary: Losing Gamble

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Wallace Wilkinson did what the voters asked him to do. Steve Beshear did not.

  • Benny the Bull coasts home in the Sunshine Millions Sprint.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3398661%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Dubai Sprint Sees American Favorites

    A solid group from America heads a 15-horse field of sprinters entered today for the March 29 Dubai Golden Shaheen - Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I).

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    Commentary: Detox

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Imagine using something in your profession for 25 years because you believe it to be beneficial, and then having regulators take it away from you.

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    Commentary: Right to Know

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - It leaves a bad taste in the collective mouths of the betting public when it believes it has been misled.

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    Commentary: Fresh Start

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The franchise extension is only the beginning. NYRA has many hurdles to return to profitability.

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    Commentary: Half Empty

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The Breeders' Cup should be a win-win for the organization and the host track.

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    Commentary: 'Roid Rage

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The industry has one chance to get it right or the federal government may intervene.

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    Commentary: Hall Worthy

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Years after Kent Hollingsworth's death, many issues he wrote about are still at the forefront.

  • Carl Nafzger

    Nafzger Honored, Credits His Horses

    Carl Nafzger and his wife, Wanda, have been a lot of places, the trainer said Saturday night during his address at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual awards banquet. But they have been all those places because of one thing -- the horse.

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    Commentary: Holding Court

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - A contemporary of Bob Courtney's was asked how he would best describe the 86-year-old owner of Crestfield Farm, who retired from selling horses following the Keeneland January sale. "If you asked 100 people who the most honest guy in the sale pavilion is, all 100 would say Bob Courtney," he said.

  • Robert Courtney in his office at Crestfield Farm

    Courtney Retiring in January

    Robert Courtney Sr., who bought his first mare in 1941 and the property that became his Crestfield Farm near Lexington in 1956, will retire from the Thoroughbred industry following the Keeneland January sale.

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    Commentary: Pitching In

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - Compile a list of important issues facing the Thoroughbred industry in 2008 and integrity would surely be included. Well, racing is not alone.

  • HK Sale Electric; Flying Spur Tops

    With a small catalog and eager buyers, the Hong Kong International Sale saw a healthy gross and average Saturday, the day before the Cathay Pacific International Races. Both events are at Sha Tin Racecourse.

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    Commentary: Another World

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - On Dec. 9, the Cathay Pacific International Races were held in Hong Kong. The following day, the Breeders' Cup announced it was adding three new races to its World Championships program. The terms "international" and "world" may imply the same thing, but there is little that is similar about the two events.

  • Ramonti scores in the Hong Kong Cup.

    Ramonti Leads Way in Hong Kong

    Godolphin has big day in Hong Kong, with a win and second in the International Races. Ramonti wins the Cup to highlight the event.

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    Commentary: Step Lively

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In 2007, at least one Thoroughbred flat race was run at 129 different racetracks in North America (another 24 ran steeplechase races only). Of those racetracks, nine now have a synthetic track surface.

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Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Rough Ride

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In some ways, jockeys are no different than coal miners, oil-rig workers, and police and firemen. There is inherent risk in their everyday job. But you can't think about the risk. To dwell on it would make the job impossible to perform.

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    Commentary: Performance-based

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In a perfect world, professional athletes would all have one-year contracts. The results of their previous season would determine whether or not they would receive a raise for the following year.

  • 2007 Breeders&#39; Cup Classic Winner Curlin

    Judge Rules Interest In Curlin Turned Over to Plaintiffs

    The ongoing saga of Curlin continued in a courtroom in Kentucky Nov. 1 when a judge ruled the 20% interest in the colt owned by the two original owners would be turned over to the more than 400 persons involved in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen.

  • Breeders' Cup Will Showcase Solid 3-year-old Crop

    There are five top 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but there are strong 3-year-old contenders in at least three other World Championship races.

  • Excellent Art leads the European contingent in the Breeders&#39; Cup Mile (gr. 1).

    Excellent Art Draws Outside, Favored in Mile

    Excellent Art, who is less than a length shy of being a winner of his last three races in England, all group I events, was made the 3-1 favorite for the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.

  • La Traviata&#39;s connections ultimately chose the Filly &amp; Mare Sprint rather than facing the colts.

    La Traviata Opts for Filly & Mare Sprint; Meets Dream Rush

    La Traviata opted for the new Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 rather than the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) the following day, making that race much more intriguing than it would have been had she opted to run against males.