Dan Liebman

  • Sweet Catomine cruises into Juvenile Fillies off several fine performances.

    Juvenile Fillies Preview: One for the Books?

    The past two years, a homebred filly has come into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with three straight wins and exited the World Thoroughbred Championships with four victories, a win that made history, and being an easy choice for an Eclipse Award.

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    The Shipping News

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - For whatever reasons--there are surely many--this could be the first time in the history of the Breeders' Cup that no starter that last raced in England makes the trip for one of the event's turf races. If that is the case, it will be a shame.

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    Maryland Oh Maryland

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> -- In a feature story in last week's issue of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, Airdrie Stud owner and former Kentucky governor Brereton C. Jones said he is personally against slot machines. If truth be told, there probably isn't a single horse breeder who actually hoped the day would come when slots would be necessary for the survival of racing.

  • What a Girl

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - David Greathouse can't remember who it was that first told him Battle Creek Girl was for sale. It was the winter of 1980 and Greathouse and his brother, John Jr., were looking to purchase some fillies off the racetrack to breed to stallions at their family's Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky.

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    Staying Motivated

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - An article about Dubai published in the Chicago <i>Tribune</i> travel section July 4, 2004, states that the ruling Maktoum family's oil riches bring in about $250 million a day, or roughly $1 billion every four days.

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    From Texas Tea

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - William S. Kilroy was racing a small, modest stable in Louisiana 30 years ago when he decided he wanted to enter the breeding side of the business. He approached a family friend with whom he had much in common, and the two hatched a plan to execute Kilroy's wishes.

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    Fallon's World

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Journalists live for good stories. More so, good quotes. So, when British jockey Kieren Fallon said the following, it was like music to a columnist's tone-deaf ears: "We all know you can't fix races. It doesn't happen. It does in a fairy-tale world but not in the real world."

  • John T. L. Jones Jr. in a paddock at Walmac Farm.

    Jones Sells Walmac to Son, Trussell

    John T.L. Jones Jr. has sold Walmac International to entities controlled by his son, John III, and his son's former partner in several horse ventures, Bobby Trussell. The deal, signed Sept. 10, involves the farm's property but no stallion interests.

  • Striking Out

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - If only the Aug. 21 ESPN telecast of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) had followed the baseball game between Colorado and Montreal rather than Richmond and Redmond.

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    Air It Out

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - In early September, the first meeting is scheduled to be held of the new task force examining the Thoroughbred sales arena. The group is being organized by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and is in response to the questions raised by the Alliance for Industry Reform (AIR) and its founder, Satish Sanan.

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    Horse Racing 2025

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- There are so many interest groups involved that this is probably not even a realistic vision. Sure, at such events as the Jockey Club Round Table and Arizona Symposium, many of racing's leaders do assemble. But after a few meetings, they return to their own little worlds.

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    Step Up to the Plate

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson recently died; his plaque doesn't mention he won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Volponi. Johnson not only trained the colt, but he and his family owned and more importantly to many of us, bred him as well.

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    Cowboy Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- About 10 years ago, Robert A. "Cowboy" Jones quit keeping track. But it's safe to say the number is more than 50,000. While others spend billions each year on diet books, diet pills, diet fads, and diet programs, Cowboy Jones lost 50,000 pounds in a sweatbox. Didn't cost him a penny.

  • Glowing Tribute, Dam of Sea Hero, Dies at Age 31

    Glowing Tribute, the dam of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero and six other major stakes winners, died Aug. 5 of colic. One of the top broodmares of recent times, the 31-year-old daughter of Graustark was owned by John R. Gaines at the time of her death.

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    Tired of Weighting

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- These days, the country's best older horses rarely line up and race against each other in handicaps. Trainers often decline to run if their charges are asked to carry weight, and racing secretaries know that. Since racing secretaries today aren't going to really weight horses, let's just do away with handicaps and move on.

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    Between the Lines

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> -- Among the comments heard at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale were two that were neither profound nor lengthy, but nonetheless quite significant. From Patrick Lawley-Wakelin: "People were more prepared this year." From Walt Robertson: "It is a good time to own a horse."

  • Birdstone passes Smarty Jones in the stretch to win the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes.

    Birdstone Upsets Smarty Jones in Belmont

    A record crowd of more than 120,000 went from a roar to silence today at Belmont Park as Birdstone upset Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and denied racing its 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Servis Not Worried About Belmont Distance

    Trainer John Servis is not worried about Smarty Jones getting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance of 1 1/2 miles. But just a few months ago he was worried about the colt going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Ominous Clouds

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Fletcher was very polished in congratulating Smarty Jones' owners, trainer, and jockey. But his ears had to be ringing from Churchill CEO Tom Meeker's comment that, "The sun wasn't shining too bright in Kentucky today but I have a slight feeling it was shining in Pennsylvania."

  • Bonuses and Purses

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- If Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby it will be a great story...but it should not be allowed to distort Smarty Jones' earnings as a racehorse or his sire's place on the list of 2004 leading sires.

  • Derby Hopeful Tapit Has Classic Pedigree

    Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Tapit is by a horse that ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and out of a mare by a horse that won the Kentucky Derby.

  • Texas Juvenile Sale Up in Gross and Average

    A colt by Dixieland Band, an early foal and obviously early maturing individual, brought $160,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday at Lone Star Park.

  • Richard L. &quot;Dick&quot; Duchossois, to receive Eclipse Award of Merit.

    Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

    Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.

  • Zito's Not Jumping Over The Cliff's Edge

    The Cliff's Edge won the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Saturday, after which trainer Nick Zito said he would still rank the colt behind two of his other juveniles, Eurosilver and Birdstone.

  • Good Break Makes Difference for Be Gentle

    Be Gentle lost all chance right out of the gate in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). She won the $230,000 Golden Rod (gr. II) Saturday at Churchill Downs by getting out of the gate first and leading all the way. It just goes to show what racing luck can mean.

  • It's About Slots

    <i>By Dan Liebman </i>-- The future of Maryland racing may not depend on the number of starts per stall, but perhaps the number of slot machines per grandstand.

  • Weisbord to Launch New Equine Exchange

    Barry Weisbord, the publisher of Thoroughbred Daily News and an innovator in the Thoroughbred industry, will announce the rules and structure of his newest venture at a press briefing in Lexington Nov. 7.

  • Mixed Emotions

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is a day for celebration. But this year it also left pedigree lovers feeling a twinge of sadness. Of the nine winners on the day, four are by sires now deceased.

  • Pleasantly Perfect&#39;s win in Classic sets record for trainer Richard Mandella.

    Mandella Sets Record As Pleasantly Perfect Takes Classic

    Richard Mandella won his fourth race on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship card, and Alex Solis continued a celebration that began Friday when notching his 4,000th win, as Pleasantly Perfect won the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • Johar, 9, and High Chaparral, finish in a dead heat in the Breeders&#39; Cup Turf at the  World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park.

    Turf Has First Breeders' Cup Dead-Heat

    For the first time in Breeders' Cup history, a race ended in a dead-heat. In a thrilling three-horse stretch drive, High Chaparral and Johar finished on even terms, with Falbrav just a nod behind those two in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I).

  • Longshot Adoration, with Pat Valenzuela aboard, wires 20th Breeders&#39; Cup Distaff.

    Adoration Pulls Shocker in Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Adoration, the longest shot on the board, went wire-to-wire to take the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, a shocking beginning to the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

  • The day dawns clear and bright for the 20th anniversary celebration.

    Sun Shining Bright at Santa Anita for Breeders' Cup

    The sun is shining brightly on Santa Anita as the early post time for the first race on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approaches. With the races in California, the television viewing time necessitates the first Breeders' Cup post time be 10:20 P.D.T.

  • Manning Will Take Luck Every Time

    All the time, trainers map out a schedule for a horse. Sometimes it works out. Other times it doesn't. And when it does work out, there is always one very important thing at work.

  • Heiligbrodt Hopes for Better Memories

    The first horse Bill Heiligbrodt owned ran in the 1989 Breeders' Cup. It was a memorable experience, but not a good memory. On Saturday, Heiligbrodt and his wife, Corrine, hope for better memories.

  • Dickinson Readying Course for BC Turf Races

    Mowing. Spiking. Watering. Tamping. And don't forget worrying. Leif Dickinson, turf course superintendent at Santa Anita, has been doing all of those things to ready the grass for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Euros Adjust Odds After Post Draws

    The English bookmaking operations were busy updating their odds Wednesday morning after the post-position draw was held for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

  • Easy Morning For European Contingent

    Only a few of the European runners in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships left the quarantine area Tuesday morning, but among them were some big names.

  • Shake You Down, Scott Lake&#39;s Sprint hopeful.

    Lake Enjoying Vacation With Shake You Down

    Scott Lake was staring up at the San Gabriel Mountains that rise majestically behind Santa Anita. His Breeders' Cup starter was cooling out in the barn behind him.

  • Beautiful Weather Forecast for Breeders' Cup Day

    It is hot at Santa Anita. But the local Chamber of Commerce must have put in a good word with someone because the forecast for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is for a high of 78 degrees.

  • John Gosden-trained Oasis Dream.

    Gosden Walks Course; Oasis Dream Walks Paddock

    "It's a lovely day for a walk," trainer John Gosden said. He and his jockey, Richard Hughes, were walking the Santa Anita turf course Monday morning following training hours.

  • Islington First European On Santa Anita Track

    The first European horses scheduled to race in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were released from quarantine Monday morning at Santa Anita.

  • Horse of the Year Azeri and Laura De Seroux.

    Azeri Out of Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, will not run in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel, Michael Paulson announced Sunday night.

  • Last Planes Carrying European BC Starters Arrive Sunday

    By late Sunday afternoon, all of the European horses scheduled to compete in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships had arrived in Southern California. As they arrive, they are finding the weather much warmer than where their flights originated.

  • Newly-retired Dollar Bill.

    Dollar Bill Retired; Stud Plans Unknown

    Dollar Bill, who ran third in the July 5 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) in his only start this year, has been retired. The 5-year-old horse, owned by Gary and Mary West, is by Peaks and Valleys out of the Saratoga Six mare Saratoga Dame.