Dan Liebman

  • Folklore Takes Juvenile Fillies for Lukas, Prado

    Favored Folklore took the lead, gave it up, and then reclaimed it en route to a win in the $1.06 million Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Magna Graduate Earns Honors in Discovery

    Magna Graduate won his second straight stakes Saturday at Belmont, coming from off the pace to win the $287,250 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) over favored Scrappy T.

  • BC Day Starts, Gotaghostofachance Grabs Sport Page

    Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day got started just a few minutes past noon Saturday with one of two undercard races, the $281,500 Emirates Airline Sport Page (gr. III).

  • Cold Day in New York for Breeders' Cup

    It is a cold fall day in New York Saturday morning as the horses are heading to the retention barns for the first time for a Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Belmont Turf Yielding, Track Super Says

    If races were being run on the turf at Belmont Park today, track superintendent John Passero said the courses would be listed as yielding.

  • Stallion Managers, Breeders Watching BC Horses

    One of the groups paying particular attention at the rail the past few mornings at Belmont Park are those who will have some of the participants in their next careers – the farm owners and stallion managers.

  • Breeders' Cup Head-to-Head Match-Ups Announced

    The head-to-head match-ups for the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races were announced at the post-position draw Wednesday morning. The Breeders' Cup is Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

  • Keeneland Kat Scratched From Juvenile Fillies

    Keeneland Kat became the latest casualty of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, being declared out of the Alberto Culver VO5 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Wednesday morning.

  • Happy Ticket Has Workout for Distaff

    Happy Ticket, who gained a lot of believers after a strong second to Ashado in the Oct. 1 Beldame Stakes (gr. I), had her last workout Wednesday morning for Saturday's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • There is Another Unbeaten Horse in the Breeders' Cup

    Everyone knows Lost in the Fog is unbeaten in 10 starts and will be the favorite in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). And that Shakespeare has won all five of his races and will be one of the top choices in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Rain-soaked Belmont Park, Tuesday morning.

    Nor'Easter Hits Belmont; Track a Ghost Town

    On a morning not fit for man nor beast, it was hard to find any of either outside a shedrow Tuesday morning at Belmont Park. A huge storm hit the area with steady rain and blowing winds.

  • Record Rain in New York, Track Super Confident for BC Day

    There was quite a thunderstorm on Long Island Saturday night. The site of the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was hit with loud thunder and bolts of lightning accompanied by an inch of rain.

  • Europeans Have Large, Highly Competitive Group For BC

    Though two big European names, Powerscourt and Motivator, will not be running on Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day, the contingent of foreign-based horses is quite strong, Nick Clarke, retired head of the International Racing Bureau, said from Belmont Park Sunday morning.

  • Ashado will be attempting to repeat her win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    Four Try to Join List of Breeders' Cup Repeat Winners

    As far as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is concerned, repeat customers are more than welcome. But while many Breeders' Cup winners have tried to repeat their glory, only a select few have succeeded.

  • High Drama

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Keeneland sales director Geoffrey Russell said the action during the select sessions of the September yearling sale was "like theater, the best theater anybody's seen in a long time."

  • Eclipse Award winning breeder Frank Stronach has purchased more property in central Kentucky.

    Land For Adena Springs Purchased Near Paris

    A parcel of land in Bourbon County, Ky., bought by Frank Stronach's son, Andy, could be the first of many tracts purchased there and lead to the eventual relocation of the entire Adena Springs Kentucky operation.

  • Due Day

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Countless times that patented Pat Day ride has been witnessed and marveled at--that uncanny ability to give a horse a breather on the turn for home so there would be enough in the tank for the stretch drive.

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Buzzards Bay will be sold at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in July.

    Fog City Dissolving Partnership; Buzzards Bay to Sell in July

    Fog City Stable partners Bill Bianco and David Shimmon are in the process of dissolving their partnership. The horses have been divided between the two partners with the exception of two -- Roman Ruler and Buzzards Bay. Roman Ruler is scheduled to start Monday in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park while Buzzard's Bay will be sold at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in July.

  • Giant&#39;s Causeway colt topped last year&#39;s Saratoga sale at $1,850,000.

    Saratoga Sale Catalogue Considerably Smaller

    Having previously announced its Saratoga sale would be held over two nights rather than three for the first time, Fasig-Tipton officials said the catalogue for the sale has declined considerably.

  • Measure of Greatness

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Perspective may be needed to realize something is indeed great. That is why it is commonly written that men are best judged after death. The time to reflect by future generations helps identify and define those who were great.

  • Afleet Alex makes it look easy with runaway Belmont win.

    Wow! Afleet Alex Crushes Belmont Field

    Afleet Alex, very, very confidently ridden by Jeremy Rose, made the same move he made in the Preakness (gr. I)...only this time he wasn't bumped. He blew by the field and romped home to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in impressive fashion.

  • Good Reward in Manhattan win.

    Manhattan Yields Good Reward for Backers

    Good Reward got a great trip and made the most of it, coming through on the rail to take the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Limehouse wins Brooklyn &#39;Cap.

    Limehouse Rock Solid in Brooklyn Handicap

    New millionaire Limehouse hadn't won a race in nearly 14 months, but he has now won two in a row after taking the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Lost in the Fog takes Riva Ridge.

    Could Fans Have Seen Best 3-Year-Old?

    Fans came to Belmont Park Saturday to see who is the best 3-year-old in the land. They might have seen him, and his name is Lost in the Fog.

  • Sand Springs surprises in Just a Game.

    Gritty Sand Springs in Just a Game Upset

    Sand Springs took the lead early and held off the late run by heavy favorite Intercontinental to spring the upset in the $300,000 Emirates Airline Just a Game Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Woke Up Dreamin wakes up a winner in the True North.

    Mike Smith, Holy Bull Connection Scores Again

    Mike Smith won a stakes race at Belmont Park Saturday aboard a son of Holy Bull. No, not the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Giacomo, though he certainly hopes that happens later on the card.

  • Early arrivals on a sunny morning at Belmont Park.

    All Quiet on Belmont Morning

    Compared to the last few years, things are much calmer at Belmont Park the morning of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Rey de Cafe has the nose in front this time.

    Rey de Cafe Makes It Interesting Again

    Favored Rey de Cafe, who always likes to make it interesting, did so again. He was between horses in a tight finish and just got his nose in front to take the $114,700 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday at Belmont Park.

  • Riders Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - A politician wins the primary but is defeated in the general election. A pro football player on a winning Super Bowl team is traded to the worst team in the league. A rider wins the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and then two weeks later loses the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Cool Conductor Engineers Dixie Upset

    Cool Conductor finished first in an optional claiming race but was disqualified to third on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. But on Preakness day,he stepped up and took the $200,000 CompUSA Dixie (gr. IIT), upsetting heavily favored Artie Schiller by a nose in a thrilling stretch duel.

  • Bailey Controls Schaefer Pace With Zakocity

    Jerry Bailey took Zakocity wire-to-wire Saturday to win the $100,000 William D. Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico, the race prior to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Bejarano Pinpoints Pace in Sir Barton

    Pinpoint wanted the lead and Rafael Bejarano made sure he got it, controlling the pace and having plenty left for the stretch run in the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

  • Expensive Claim Takes Maryland BC Handicap

    Edgar Prado got a great trip and Willy o'the Valley responded, winning her third straight race Saturday in the Emirates Airline Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico.

  • Film Maker stars in &#39;05 premiere.

    Film Maker Wins Gallorette in 2005 Debut

    Favored Film Maker, making her first start since finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Fillies & Mares Turf (gr. IT), won the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a neck Saturday on the Preakness day undercard.

  • Testy Guy Wins for Ritchey, Rose

    Tim Ritchey and Jeremy Rose, who hope to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with Afleet Alex, won a stakes on the undercard Saturday, taking the $50,000 Murmur Farm Starter Handicap with Testy Guy.