Dan Liebman

  • Baltimore weather improved for Preakness Day.

    Beautiful Weather For Preakness Day

    What a difference a day makes. On Friday in Baltimore, the morning began with rain, wind, and chilliness. Patrons heading to Pimlico Saturday for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) awoke to bright, sunny skies and temperatures so pleasant jackets and sweaters were not necessary.

  • Eddington Gets Pace He Needs In Pimlico Special

    There was plenty of speed for Eddington to run at this time. The son of Unbridled bided his time behind the pace and blew by down the stretch to win the $500,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) Friday by 5 1/4 lengths.

  • Spun Sugar Sweet Enough to Win Black-Eyed Susan

    Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out favorites that were defeated in consecutive stakes at Pimlico Friday, but he did not make it three in a row as Spun Sugar easily won the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II).

  • Ashado Upset at Pimlico by Silmaril

    Ashado, sent off at 2-5 and with only three competitors to beat, went down to defeat at the hands of hometown hope Silmaril in the $107,400 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III) Friday afternoon.

  • Burnish Relishes Slop in Miss Preakness

    Burnish, who liked the sloppy surface at Keeneland in her last start, also enjoyed the off going Friday at Pimlico, splashing home to win the $100,000 Miss Preakness (gr. III) under Rafael Bejarano.

  • Zito Looks Forward to a New Day

    Nick Zito ran five horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- including the favorite -- and no one has to remind him they finished seventh, eighth, 10th, 14th, and 15th. But the Preakness (gr. I) is a new day, Zito said Friday morning at Pimlico.

  • America Alive Conquers Woodford Reserve

    Having just missed last time out when they moved too soon, Robby Albarado and 17-1 shot America Alive timed their move perfectly Saturday, taking the $470,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • My Trusty Cat Springs Humana Distaff Upset

    At odds of 2-5, Madcap Escapade made an easy lead and cut fast fractions, but she had nothing left in the final eighth and was passed by a group of fillies in the $281,750 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Nothing Terrible About Turf Mile Result

    Alex Solis slowed down the pace and had plenty left down the lane as he guided Miss Terrible to a front-running upset win Saturday in the $112,200 Comp USA Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Half Ours All Business in Three Chimneys Juvenile

    In the race on Kentucky Derby day anticipated nearly as much as the Derby itself, Half Ours showed what everyone already knew. Of juveniles that have started so far this year, he is the clear leader of the class.

  • Battle Won Rumbles in Churchill Downs 'Cap

    Battle Won, in his second start since running in Hong Kong, drew off to win the $231,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday at Churchill Downs, the first stakes race on the card that will feature the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Bellamy Road is favorite.

    Bellamy Road 5-2 in Advance Wagering

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has settled on Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bellamy Road as the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Summerly gives Jerry Bailey his third Kentucky Oaks win.

    Summerly Wires Oaks Field; Sis City Fourth

    Summerly, who disappointed her connections in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, more than made up for it with a wire-to-wire win in the $554,400 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Rey de Cafe Wins Thriller in Crown Royal

    There hadn't been a thrilling stretch duel all day, but the ninth race on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard featured one. Rush Bay, under Robby Albarado, and Rey de Cafe, with Javier Castellano up, hit the wire together in the $114,700 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT).

  • Shadow Cast Wins From Last in Louisville BC

    Shadow Cast, who had a three-race win streak broken in her last start, rebounded to win the $336,300 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Afleet Alex (left) and Bellamy Road, pictured in final Derby works, are early favorites in advance wagering.

    Afleet Alex Favored in Advance Derby Wagering

    Granted, the pool is still small, but the bettors on Kentucky Oaks day pushed more than $380,000 into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win pool on Friday. And they made Afleet Alex the favorite over program pick Bellamy Road.

  • Mighty Beau Shows Muscle in Turf Sprint

    Mighty Beau, who just missed last time out in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, easily took the $113,500 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Sweet Talker Talks the Talk in Edgewood

    Sweet Talker burst to the lead as the field straightened for home and held off the late charge of Rich in Spirit to win the $112,400 Edgwood Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Oaks Day Starts; Weather Gorgeous

    Everyone likes to talk about the Derby gods. Their impact on racing this weekend at Churchill Downs is unknown, but they certainly have blessed the Louisville, Ky. area with nice weather.

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    New Dawn at the Downs

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - On May 7 in Louisville, Ky., when the most famous race in the land is run at the most famous track in the land, the race will look the same as it did a year ago. The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is still for 3-year-olds, still at a mile and a quarter, still the first Saturday in May, and the winner still gets a garland of roses.

  • NTRA commissioner D. G. Van Clief Jr.

    Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which went outside the industry for its first commissioner, has decided to stay within the industry in keeping its second. D.G. Van Clief Jr., who was named commissioner following the resignation of Tim Smith last July, will remain in the position.

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    A Breed Apart

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - What does is take to operate a Thoroughbred breeding farm in the height of the breeding season? In this issue of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, we attempt to show you.

  • Pat Day to Have Hip Surgery March 30

    Pat Day, the all-time leading jockey in North America by earnings and fourth by wins, will undergo surgery on his right hip March 30 and may miss the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a race he has ridden in the past 21 years.

  • John Gaines: In His Own Words

    The following is the transcript of a question and answer session by John Gaines with Dan Liebman, executive editor of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, which appeared in the pages of the magazine in October, 1999.

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    Ghostly Vote

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- In Smarty Jones and Ghostzapper, Eclipse Awards voters were faced with two clear and deserving choices for 2004 Horse of the Year. Now they have spoken.

  • Sweet Catomine

    2004 Eclipse 2YO Female: Sweet Catomine

    At the five-sixteenths pole in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Sweet Catomine was blocked and in need of racing room. But having to check was no big deal for the daughter of Storm Cat. Corey Nakatani steered her out of harm's way and she rolled by the other 11 members of the field as the crowd at Lone Star Park cheered her on.

  • Adena Springs&#39; Frank Stronach

    2004 Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

    Frank Stronach could not have asked for anything more Oct. 30. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was being held at Lone Star Park, owned by Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • Storm Cat, leading juvenile sire of 2004.

    Leading Juvenile Sire 2004: Storm Cat

    In September 2004, Storm Cat set a record when he passed Northern Dancer as the all-time leading sire of seven-figure yearlings. As the year came to a close, the Overbrook Farm stallion added another impressive statistic to his résumé.

  • Numbers Don't Lie

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Numbers. This business is about numbers. Big numbers... dramatic numbers...incredible numbers. The wildest number of 2004, and in fact perhaps the wildest number ever in the history of this game, is the number of stakes winners sired by Danehill. With only 19 stallions having sired 100 or more stakes winners in their entire careers, Danehill, by Danzig, was represented by 51 in 2004.

  • Carson City, died Friday.

    Overbrook Stallion Carson City Dead at 17

    Carson City, the 14th ranked sire by progeny earnings in 2004, died Friday morning at Overbrook Farm. The cause of death is not known, pending the results of an autopsy.

  • Sweet Catomine can be as big as she wants to be.

    Juvenile Fillies Recap: Super Sweet

    If you need to satisfy your curiosity, you can check the lip tattoo and foal papers. But the fact is Sweet Catomine is a 2-year-old. Really.

  • Breeders' Cup Day Kicks Off; Weather Gorgeous

    At 10:35 a.m. (local Central time), D.G. Van Clief Jr. walked to the microphone in the Lone Star Park winner's circle and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships officially began.

  • Ouija Board among this year&#39;s European Cup contingent.

    Europeans Not as Strong This Year?

    On the heels of a Breeders' Cup when they had a huge day, the Europeans do not seem to hold as strong a hand this year.

  • Proctor Looks for Another Distaff Upset

    When Tom Proctor won the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in 1994, his One Dreamer paid $96.20. If Indy Groove wins the Distaff – Presented by Nextel Saturday at Lone Star Park, Proctor said she might pay twice that.

  • Biancone Says Azeri Will Win Classic

    There are at least two trainers who think the correct move with Azeri is to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) rather than the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I). One is D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Azeri. The other is Patrick Biancone.

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    AARP News

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- In Florida for a few days this past winter, Gulfstream Park was an obvious place to spend a couple of hours. Keeping in mind Florida is a leading retirement center, it was no surprise that the average age of the patrons at the track that day was similar to that necessary to receive a "Here's Your Medicaid Card" welcome.