Dan Liebman

  • Holding Court

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- A veteran turf writer joins in celebration of legendary horseman Bob Courtney.

  • Make the Conversion

    <i>By Dan Liebman </i> -- The time has come for The Jockey Club to follow the USTA's lead and convert Canadian earnings to U.S. dollars.

  • Business Decisions

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- The slaughter of American horses after they have outlived their usefulness in other countries could be remedied by contracts stipulating the original owner has the right to buy the horse back if the foreign owner no longer wanted the animal.

  • Safety First

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- While there is a question of whether a track bias is real or perceived, one thing for sure is that track safety is the main goal of all racetrack superintendents.

  • Former Trainer Smiley Adams Dies at 67

    William E. "Smiley" Adams, who trained Robert and Verna Lehmann's Master Derby to win the 100th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in 1975, died June 19 at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Lexington. He was 67.

  • Empire Maker leads Ten Most Wanted to the wire in the Belmont Stakes.

    Empire Maker Spoils Funny Cide's Triple Crown Run

    History was set at Belmont Park Saturday but it was not Funny Cide becoming a Triple Crown winner. Instead, it was trainer Bobby Frankel winning his first Triple Crown race when his Empire Maker won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Ten Most Wanted was second and Funny Cide third.

  • Denon&#39;s win in the Manhattan added to trainer Bobby Frankel&#39;s big day at Belmont.

    Frankel Pair Run One-Two in Manhattan

    Bobby Frankel ran one-two in the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park, with Denon holding off Requete in the 10-furlong turf race. Frankel sends out Empire Maker in the following race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Posse, foreground, closes to upset Midas Eyes in the Riva Ridge.

    Posse Closes to Nose Out Midas Eyes in Riva Ridge

    Posse, closing ground with every stride, got by odds-on favorite Midas Eyes at the wire to take the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday. The 3-year-old Silver Deputy colt covered the seven furlongs over a sloppy track in a good 1:22.03.

  • Mariensky Loves Soft Belmont Turf...Again

    One thing we know for sure, Mariensky likes the turf about as soft as it can get. Twice in a week, she has won graded stakes over a very soft Belmont Park turf course.

  • Shake You Down, foreground, wins the True North Handicap.

    Shake You Down Splashes to True North Win

    Shake You Down continued to show an affinity for an off track, running fast fractions over a sloppy surface at Belmont Park to win the $190,000 True North Breeders' Cup (gr. II). It was the fourth straight win for Shake You Down since being claimed by trainer Scott Lake, the last two graded stakes victories.

  • Is Mother Nature Smiling at Funny Cide?

    Funny Cide, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) impressively on an off track, will get his chance to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner on a similar surface. The precipitation moved from a drizzle to a steady light rain at about 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Then it picked up intensity. The track is now rated sloppy. The sealed surface has considerable water standing on it.

  • Fan with sign indicative of Funny Cide&#39;s supporters who have driven down the gelding&#39;s odds.

    Funny Cide 4-5 to Take Triple Crown

    With less than an hour until post time for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Funny Cide is the 4-5 favorite of the wagering public. It goes without saying New Yorkers want to see the New York-bred gelding become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Santos Rides First Winner on Belmont Stakes Day

    What more could you ask for. The first race on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Day was a runaway winner ridden by none other than Jose Santos. The New York-based jockey is the regular rider of Funny Cide, who later today will try to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Early arrivals at Belmont Park used umbrellas to protect themselves from rain.

    Looks Like Rain For Funny Cide's Run at History

    The first order of business in New York on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Day -- complain about the weather. The first raindrops began falling at 9 a.m., only about nine hours before forecasters predicted. Well, nothing new.

  • Henderson on the Outside Looking In

    From his vantage point, he has probably seen as many horses as anyone the past 15 years. But until recently, he never owned one. So while Sackatoga Stable may be new in Thoroughbred ownership, so too is John Henderson.

  • Linda Rice Still Developing Reputation

    Linda Rice has a reputation as a trainer of 2-year-olds. She's proud of that. But she is also working hard to expand her reputation. Some attention will come her way on Saturday, when she becomes only the eighth woman to saddle a horse in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Distorted Humor&#39;s stud value soaring with success of first crop runners.

    Distorted Humor Share Sold For $450,000

    Since Funny Cide is a gelding, the obvious winner on the breeding side of things is his sire, Distorted Humor. At least one person has already cashed in. WinStar Farm, where Distorted Humor stands, bought a share from Joseph Federico for $450,000.

  • WinStar Farm: Breeder of Derby-Preakness Winner Funny Cide

    When Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner purchased Prestonwood Farm between Lexington and Versailles, Ky., and renamed it WinStar in January 2000, among the horses they acquired in the deal was Belle's Good Cide, who was then carrying a foal who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

  • Jose Santos, with his hand open to show there is nothing there, celebrates atop Funny Cide after winning the Preakness.

    Derby Winner Funny Cide Romps in Preakness

    Funny Cide, a New York-bred gelding, came to Kentucky under the radar screen, but he will return to the Empire State a star, winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) impressively Saturday and putting himself in a position to win the Triple Crown.

  • Derby Winner in First Crop Big for Sire

    Obviously, siring a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner is a positive for any stud horse. But for a first crop sire, it can be huge. After all, by the time a stallion's first crop are 3-year-olds, he is covering his fifth book of mares.

  • Allamerican Bertie roars past favored Take Charge Lady to capture Falls City Handicap.

    Allamerican Bertie Upsets in Falls City

    Pat Day owns Churchill Downs, and the track's all-time leading rider nursed Allamerican Bertie home to upset Take Charge Lady in the Falls City Handicap (gr. III) on Thanksgiving Day.

  • $500,000 Mare Tops Keeneland Wednesday Session

    Buyers were anxious to see the members of the first crops by Giant's Causeway and Fusaichi Pegasus. At the Keeneland November sale on Wednesday, it was a mare carrying a member of the second crop by Giant's Causeway that topped the auction's third day.

  • Arlington Track Upgraded to Fast

    Twenty-nine minutes before the first Breeders' Cup race today at Arlington, the track condition was upgraded to fast. It began the day as muddy, quickly was switched to good, and then announced as fast.

  • Werner Hopes to Knock Chip Off Shoulder

    Sometimes, even horses that want to run long mature early. Such is the case with Tom Durant's Most Feared, who trainer Ronny Werner will send out Saturday in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift: The Forgotten Derby Horse

    There are five horses from this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) set to run Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). That is the most ever, the previous high being three, most recently in 1999.

  • Aidan O&#39;Brien cold have big day Saturday.

    O'Brien to Saddle Seven

    Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien gave the media more time than usual Thursday morning at Arlington, talking for nearly 20 minutes outside the quarantine barn. O'Brien will saddle seven horses Saturday in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • European Punters Rooting for Rock of Gibraltar

    The fans and punters in England are all rooting for Rock of Gibralter in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), but the betting shops sure aren't. Their biggest extension, by far, is on "the Rock."

  • de Seroux a hit with BC media.

    De Seroux A Popular Figure on Backside

    Laura de Seroux barely had time Wedneday morning to train her horses. She was busy doing interviews. De Seroux has three horses running Saturday at Arlington in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Trainer Jimmy Toner, whose Blazing Fury sidelined by injury.

    Blazing Fury Out of BC Turf with Tendon Injury

    Caeser Kimmel and Ronald Nicholson's Blazing Fury has been declared out of Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). He suffered a tendon injury after galloping at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.

  • Azeri, shown winning the 2002 running of the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, carries on the legacy of breeder Allen Paulson.

    Paulson Legacy Lives On at Breeders' Cup

    Allen Paulson died in July of 2000, but the legacy of his breeding successes continues. Paulson, the leading breeder of Breeders' Cup horses by earnings, will be represented by two runners Saturday at Arlington Park in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Door Opened for New Leading Sire of Breeders' Cup Winners

    The leading Breeders' Cup sire by earnings, Deputy Minister, does not have an entrant this year. That could open the door for another sire to take over that title, the likely candidates being Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, and Sadler's Wells.

  • Three States Looking for First Breeders' Cup Winners

    Following the 129 grade I races run during the first 18 years of the Breeders' Cup, 75 times the horse led into the winner's circle was bred in Kentucky. That 58% strike rate leads all states or countries in that category.

  • Juvenile Fillies Preview: High-Flying Flag

    Quick, name the five best races in the history of the Breeders' Cup. Sure it's subjective, but every list would include the 1988 Distaff (gr. I), which was contested over a muddy Churchill Downs strip.

  • Midlantic Sale Has Mixed Numbers

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale finished down just slightly in gross and average, but showed an increase in median price and had fewer buy backs. All in all, pleasing results in a down market.

  • Juvenile Update (10/1): Sky Mesa Heads Action This Weekend

    The sky will not be the limit should the 'Sky' exacta hit Saturday at Keeneland in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II). The heavy favorite in the race will be Sky Mesa and the second choice will probably be Lone Star Sky.

  • Silver Charm filly, sold for $150,000 at Midlantic sale.

    Midlantic Sale Posts Solid Numbers

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale has shown strong numbers through the first two days of the three-day auction. On Monday and Tuesday, gross and average are up slightly, while the median is up significantly and the number of horses bought back is down. The sale ends today.

  • Juvenile Filly Preview (9/12): Awesome at the Top

    Separating top juveniles is always tough early in the year because so many are unbeaten or have won a majority of their starts. Still, when it comes to the early favorites for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), all lists must start with Awesome Humor.