Dan Liebman

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Have Courage

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> It was a routine early December night in Kentucky, when suddenly residents of South Frankfort were startled by late night fireworks. The pyrotechnics display from near the state capitol could mean only one thing -- Kentucky's first female governor had closed the deal to land the Toyota manufacturing plant.

  • Street Sense finalized his Breeders&#39; Cup Classic (gr. 1) preparations with Tuesday morning&#39;s five furlong work

    Street Sense Sizzles in Final BC Work

    With Calvin Borel up, Street Sense had his final work Oct. 23 for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) four days later, rolling around the Monmouth Park turn and finishing a five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Short of the Mark

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - The preliminary recommendations of the Sales Integrity Task Force were released Oct. 15, and though the diligent work of the group is admirable, it fell far short of providing a strong blueprint for needed changes in the public auction arena.

  • Dark Angel takes control in the Middle Park.

    Dark Angel Soars to Win Middle Park

    Trainer Barry Hills saddled the first and third-place finishers in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 5 at Newmarket, with his Dark Angel taking the prestigious event for juvenile colts.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Substandard

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - For baby boomers, 60 is the new 40; for airlines, 6 a.m. is the new 8 a.m.; and, according to a recent advertisement in <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, for the Thoroughbred industry, 6% stakes winners from foals is the new "gold standard."

  • Steve Beshear

    Pro-Casino Beshear Speaks at Horse Industry Fundraiser

    Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear, speaking before an enthusiastic group of horse owners and breeders Sept. 6, said he will not only work to get a casino measure passed by the state legislature but should that happen, will travel the state to promote passage of the measure.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Running Start

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Thankfully, someone at the time did have an interest in standing Danzig, Storm Cat, and Mr. Prospector, respectively. And, our breed has been changed forever because of their decisions.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Howdy, Partner

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - What was the most interesting thing about the $2.2 million sale topper of the annual Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale was not the breeder, consignor, or sire of the colt, but the buyer and underbidder.

  • Design Firm Works to Get Monmouth Ready for Cup

    To help ensure the proper design and execution of temporary facilities such as bleachers, tents, mutuels, and concessions, Monmouth Park hired the well-known firm HOK Sport, which in turn also brought onboard M Group Scenic Studios, to prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Subtle Aly (rear) wins a tight Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga.&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%3D1815539%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Subtle Aly Wins Tight One in Schuylerville

    In a dramatic finish with three horses on the wire, Saratoga's opening day feature Wednesday went to Subtle Aly, who just edged a game I Promise and Blitzing in the $111,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies.

  • Admire Moon, shown winning the Dubai Duty Free, has been sold to Godolphin.&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%3D950126%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Admire Moon Sold to Godolphin

    Admire Moon, winner of group I races this year in Japan and Dubai, has been sold by owner Riichi Kondo to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin for a reported $33 million.

  • Woodman&#39;s journey comes to end at age 24.

    Woodman Euthanized at Age 24

    Woodman, the sire and broodmare sire of more than 100 stakes winners, was euthanized July 19. He was 24.

  • Commentary: Chip In

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Pre-sale surgeries didn't keep horses such as Real Quiet and Curlin from becoming classic winners. Disclosure wouldn't have, either.

  • Commentary: Follow That Car

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - But just imagine if the owner of every racetrack in North America could agree to do what is best for the sport overall, realizing what is best for all is best for one. Think of one network carrying every race televised across the continent with a cohesive schedule understood by fans.

  • Apple Blossom winner Ermine is one of two Grade I winners in the Fleur de Lis.&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%3D979476%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Fleur de Lis Has Solid Field Set

    The Fleur de Lis (gr. II) is hard to call an undercard race with a solid field headed by Asi Siempre and Ermine.

  • Commentary: Sex Sells

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Sure, this is no Bobby Riggs versus Billy Jean King but that's what marketing is all about -- taking something people aren't sure they care about and making them realize they should care about it.

  • My Typhoon steals away in the Just a Game.

    Slow Pace Aids My Typhoon in Just a Game

    Eddie Castro put My Typhoon on the lead and slowed the pace down, leaving plenty left to defeat heavy favorite Wait a While in the Just a Game (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park

  • Belmont hopeful Hard Spun enjoys a snack at the track days before the big race.

    Carver in Hog Heaven With Hard Spun

    One of the first horses Bob Carver bought a small part of is Belmont (gr. I) hopeful Hard Spun. The auto dealer from Arkansas is enjoying the Triple Crown ride as much as he does his Razorback football.

  • Belmont morning line favorite Curlin arrives at Belmont.&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%3D1358911%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Seven Entered for Saturday's Belmont

    Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), drew next to each other at the post position draw Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. Curlin, the classic-winning morning line favorite in the seven-horse field, drew post three.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rags to Riches will contest the Belmont.&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%3D1126060%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont; Velazquez to Ride

    Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew's Tizzy.

  • Commentary: Huddle Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Never having been in such a position, Gallion had trouble putting a value on Curlin...

  • Curlin pushes past Street Sense at the wire to win the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes.&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%3D1230325%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Curlin Derails Street Sense in Preakness

    Curlin, who suffered his first defeat in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), kept gaining down the stretch and got past Street Sense in the final strides to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Pimlico.

  • Flashy Bull, on the inside, gets the nod in the Schaefer.&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%3D1230124%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Flashy Bull Outnods Hesanoldsalt in Schaefer

    Flashy Bull and heavy favorite Hesanoldsalt staged a furious stretch duel Saturday at Pimlico in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III), with Flashy Bull winning the head bob.

  • Edgar Prado rides Panty Raid to victory in the Black-Eyed Susan, Friday at Pimlico.&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%3D1224425%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Filly Yells Raid in Black-Eyed Susan

    The raid was on at cloudy Pimlico Friday. Panty Raid, under Edgar Prado, came from off the pace to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) with authority.

  • Relationships and Myths

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - More than anything else, this year's Run for the Roses is about relationships...and myths.

  • Street Sense breaks the juvenile jinx and wins the Derby!&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%3D1131280%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    It All Makes Sense in Kentucky Derby

    The jinx has been broken. Calvin Borel and Street Sense won the $2.2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday, the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner to return at 3 and win the Derby.

  • Muggy Oaks Day, Rain Has Arrived

    As the gates opened at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day, the key was not the field for the race but the weather forecast.

  • 2006 Del Mar Derby winner Get Funky heads field in Inglewood Handicap

    Get Funky Heads Inglewood Handicap Field

    Get Funky, winner last year of the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), heads a field of eight headed to the post Saturday in the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Numbers Down at Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

    A colt brought $180,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training April 3 as the gross, average, and median all dropped significantly.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Garden State

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - New Jersey's Monmouth Park was formally announced as the host site in the fall of 2004, and from the look of the plant in mid-March, the first-time site will be ready to take racing's center stage, though much still remains to be done.

  • Chicago, IL

    Chicago, IL Did you consider the Illinois Derby for King of the Roxy? Irwin:

  • Joe Got Even Heads Battaglia Field at Turfway

    Joe Got Even, local winner of the WEBN Stakes in his last start, could be the favorite again Saturday when a well-matched field of 11 goes to the post in Turfway Park's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.