Keyword: opinions

  • Commentary: Healing the Wounds

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public.

  • Commentary: It Just Is

    <i>by Joel B. Turner</i> - It is what we owners and breeders fear the most. A call from a farm employee, trainer, or vet with that oddly familiar, awkward tone foretelling the bad news we have lost one of our horses.

  • Commentary: The Sound of Silence

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - After winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2, Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones talked of the relationship his family has developed with trainer Larry Jones and his wife, Cindy.

  • Commentary: Feeling the Chill

    <i> by Evan Hammonds</i> - Cold lies the heart of Thoroughbred racing following Eight Belles' untimely end after Kentucky Derby 134. The dark side of the toughest game in town showed itself once again on the national stage, this time in the nation's biggest race.

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    Commentary: Dear John

    <i> by Dan Liebman </i> - One night during the 2007 Keeneland November sale, Eoin Harty was enjoying a leisurely dinner when the topic turned to horses, in particular those in his Southern California stable.

  • Commentary: Farewell to the Meadows

    <i> by Morton Cathro </i> - Bay Meadows, California's pioneering racetrack, has been this aging fan's delight for nearly my entire lifetime. Now, barring an unlikely last-minute reprieve, it is marching inexorably toward May 11, the final day of its final meeting.

  • Commentary: Sales Sold

    <i> by Dan Liebman </i> - Few have the resources to do anything they want in the Thoroughbred industry. Sheikh Mohammed would be one of the exceptions.

  • Commentary: He Touched Many

    <i> by Headley Bell </i> - My mother, Alice Chandler, and I were scheduled to meet with the Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse April 4 to reflect on her life and the transition of our family's Mill Ridge Farm. But it was hard that morning to also not reflect on the life of our dear friend Buddy Bishop, who had passed away the previous night after struggling with cancer for more than two years.

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    Commentary: The Next Steps

    <i>by Dan Liebman</i> - Alice Chandler has no intention of shooting craps in a fancy, glitzy casino. Wouldn't be the same. Now 82, she harkens back to her youth when she would try to make her point in a tack room with the men on her dad's Beaumont Farm.

  • Commentary: Piece of Cake

    <i>by Joe Hickey</i> - Stepping down from his Windfields jet, E.P. Taylor bounded across the tarmac into the terminal building, where he pulled up short in front of a vending machine. "Help me, Joe. I don't have any U.S. change."

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    Commentary: Losing Gamble

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Wallace Wilkinson did what the voters asked him to do. Steve Beshear did not.

  • Commentary: More Anna Houses

    <i> By Donna Chenkin</i> - Transformation of a dream often begins with acts of imagination that elevate a starting vision of change above the intimidating presence of things as they are.

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    Commentary: Detox

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Imagine using something in your profession for 25 years because you believe it to be beneficial, and then having regulators take it away from you.

  • Commentary: Let's Get Fiscal

    <i> By Richard Zwirn</i> - While not an economist, it was clear that these are difficult fiscal times. Costs for just about all goods and services have risen dramatically.

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    Commentary: Right to Know

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - It leaves a bad taste in the collective mouths of the betting public when it believes it has been misled.

  • Commentary: A Matter of Integrity

    <i>By Rep. Ed Whitfield</i> - Three years ago, Congress examined the explosion of steroid use plaguing Major League Baseball. The integrity of the game was called into question and a dark cloud was cast over America's favorite pastime.

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    Commentary: More Horsemanship

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - The drumbeat to regulate steroids in sale horses is loud and growing. But if the industry only implements a ban on steroids and moves on, then it's missed an opportunity to address other important issues.

  • Commentary: Group Therapy

    <i>By Bruce Greene</i> - I have been to the racetrack thousands of times. From Churchill Downs on Derby day, to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Marathon day. I have memories of tracks and champions that no longer exist.

  • Commentary: A Reasonable Approach

    <i> By Alex Waldrop</i> - On Feb. 27, I appeared before a Congressional Subcommittee for a hearing entitled, "Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition."

  • Commentary: Spring Colors

    <i>By Terese Karmel</i> - Several years ago, I heard one of the finest speeches at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductions when trainer D. Wayne Lukas reminisced about that year's horse nominee, Winning Colors.

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    Commentary: Fresh Start

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The franchise extension is only the beginning. NYRA has many hurdles to return to profitability.

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    Commentary: Half Empty

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The Breeders' Cup should be a win-win for the organization and the host track.

  • Commentary: The Right Move

    <i>By Bill Casner</i> - "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" -- No one understands this better than Mr. Richard Shapiro and his fellow California Horse Racing Board members in the wake of the problems with Cushion Track at Santa Anita.

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    Commentary: 'Roid Rage

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The industry has one chance to get it right or the federal government may intervene.

  • Commentary: Because of a Horse

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - With Thoroughbred racing in the United States going through perhaps the roughest time in its history, it is reassuring to know that the passion people around the world have for the sport and for the horse still is as strong as ever.

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    Commentary: Hall Worthy

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Years after Kent Hollingsworth's death, many issues he wrote about are still at the forefront.

  • Commentary: Surfaces and Shut-downs

    <i>By Morton Cathro</i> - Santa Anita's wet-weather woes flooding its synthetic track remind a dwindling number of oldtimers of the rain-soaked, not-so-grand opening a half-century ago of Golden Gate Fields and its clay-like racing surface that doomed the track to temporary oblivion.

  • Commentary: Full Court Press

    <i>By R. Alex Rankin</i> - As always, Robert Courtney Sr. has perfect timing. His retirement from owning and running a Thoroughbred breeding farm has been the right thing for him and the right thing for an industry in need of reflection.

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    Commentary: Holding Court

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - A contemporary of Bob Courtney's was asked how he would best describe the 86-year-old owner of Crestfield Farm, who retired from selling horses following the Keeneland January sale. "If you asked 100 people who the most honest guy in the sale pavilion is, all 100 would say Bob Courtney," he said.

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    Commentary: Broad Cast

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - During dinner with colleagues the night of Dec. 29, a member of the party returned to the table and mentioned how the New York Giants were leading the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter. A television in an adjacent room was showing the game on CBS.

  • Commentary: Past Posting

    <i>By Ed Martin</i> - Sometimes it's good that racing does not command the front page of USA Today's sports section as often as it should.

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    Commentary: Hall of a Career

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - I never met Dale Baird. In fact, I never even saw one of his horses win in person. But in 2005 I voted for him to gain inclusion in racing's Hall of Fame.

  • Commentary: More than All Right

    <i>By - David Mullins</i> - The word "legend" is used frequently these days to describe people. Some might say the term is overused. But when one calls Dale Baird a legend, the term is apt and fitting.

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    Commentary: By the Numbers

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - Usually, if sales of young horses are up, so too are sales of broodmares and broodmare prospects. As this issue devoted to the auction market shows, 2007 was a bit different.

  • Commentary: Woe(Whoa?) is Fairmount

    <i>By - Kathy Kranz</i> - Last year I was privileged -- yes, privileged -- to witness Lawyer Ron winning the inaugural St. Louis Derby. But the 2006 running was the one and only, the first and last, the alpha and the omega St. Louis Derby.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Pitching In

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - Compile a list of important issues facing the Thoroughbred industry in 2008 and integrity would surely be included. Well, racing is not alone.

  • Commentary: Big MC

    <i>By - Joe Clancy</i> - I never saw anything in racing like McDynamo winning a fifth consecutive Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Far Hills, N.J., Oct. 20.

  • Commentary: Oh Me, Oh Myectomy

    <i>By - Cot Campbell</i> - Clearly, God was in a whimsical mood when He designed the bodily structure of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

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    Commentary: Step Lively

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In 2007, at least one Thoroughbred flat race was run at 129 different racetracks in North America (another 24 ran steeplechase races only). Of those racetracks, nine now have a synthetic track surface.

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    Commentary: Rough Ride

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In some ways, jockeys are no different than coal miners, oil-rig workers, and police and firemen. There is inherent risk in their everyday job. But you can't think about the risk. To dwell on it would make the job impossible to perform.

  • Commentary: More is Less

    <i>By - Morton Cathro</i> - With the dust -- pardon, mud -- hardly settled from the first-ever two-day Breeders' Cup, the powers that be already are talking of further expanding racing's annual championship event.

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    Commentary: Performance-based

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In a perfect world, professional athletes would all have one-year contracts. The results of their previous season would determine whether or not they would receive a raise for the following year.

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    Commentary: To Market

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - There were many longtime industry participants at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27 for the first Breeders' Cup World Championships spread over two days. But perhaps more importantly, there was a newcomer to the sport intently watching the goings on.

  • Commentary: Bye George

    <i>By - Esther Marr</i> - I've only worked in the Thoroughbred industry for two years, so I don't pretend to know the history of horse racing to the extent of most people I encounter each day in my profession.

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    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.

  • Commentary: Big Red

    <i> By John L. Califano</i> - At the horse's burial service, master of ceremonies Ira Drymon, a Kentucky horse breeder and farmer, said, "I would like, however, to think of this, not as a funeral in the usual sense, but as a celebration..."