Keyword: what's going on here

  • 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.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman,
Editor-in-chief

    Commentary: Just Like Yesterday

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There are moments along the Triple Crown trail that remain forever etched in our minds. For this writer, one of those was April 27, 1978.

  • 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.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Losing Gamble

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

  • Dan Liebman Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor in Chief

    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.

  • Eric Mitchell: Executive Editor Digital Media

    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.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Fresh Start

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

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Half Empty

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

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: 'Roid Rage

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

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Hall Worthy

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

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • 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.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Another World

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - On Dec. 9, the Cathay Pacific International Races were held in Hong Kong. The following day, the Breeders' Cup announced it was adding three new races to its World Championships program. The terms "international" and "world" may imply the same thing, but there is little that is similar about the two events.

  • Dan LiebmanEditor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: One Small Step

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - It was an item that didn't draw many headlines. But, as Neil Armstrong so eloquently said about one small step, it can lead to a giant leap.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    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.

  • Stacy Bearse
President and CEO

    Commentary: New Chief

    <i>By Stacy Bearse</i> - It is my privilege to introduce Dan Liebman as the editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse. Dan is the sixth chief editor in the long history of this publication.

  • Evan Hammonds&lt;br&gt;Managing Editor

    Commentary: The Hearty Boys

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - The Triple Crown races of the spring are in the books, and the summer races at Saratoga and Monmouth have been run. The true test of sophomore runners comes in the fall, when they take on older horses for the first time.

  • Eric Mitchell&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor of Digital Media

    Commentary: Spending Time With The Old Man

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen the Old Man, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a visit was essential.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Substandard

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - For baby boomers, 60 is the new 40; for airlines, 6 a.m. is the new 8 a.m.; and, according to a recent advertisement in <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, for the Thoroughbred industry, 6% stakes winners from foals is the new "gold standard."

  • Evan I. Hammonds&lt;BR&gt;Managing Editor

    Commentary: Surfers and Sellers

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - One thing we should already know about next year's round of yearling sales is that there will be changes to the conditions of sale. The Sales Integrity Task Force has until the end of the year to come up with recommendations to the Kentucky legislature to address several issues involving the sale of horses in the Bluegrass State.

  • Eric Mitchell&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor of Digital Media

    Commentary: Three Weeks of September

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - In many ways, Keeneland September has already established itself as an event. Why else would consignors continue to offer more horses there? They have to believe they are selling at the epicenter, and that there is no better place to be.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Commentary: Running Start

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Thankfully, someone at the time did have an interest in standing Danzig, Storm Cat, and Mr. Prospector, respectively. And, our breed has been changed forever because of their decisions.

  • Evan I. Hammonds&lt;BR&gt;Managing Editor

    Commentary: Battle Lines

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - Advance deposit wagering, which most sources agree accounts for about 10% of handle on Thoroughbred racing, is the sport's latest battleground.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Scandalous

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Racing has no commissioner, so when a substance, possibly cobra venom, was found in a trainer's barn a month ago, there is no swift and decisive action, only inaction.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Now's The Time

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Unlike existing news products delivered once a day, BloodhorseNOW.com will be a vibrant, constantly updated online resource pulling in the latest information from racetracks, auction rings, and breeding sheds.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Last Laugh

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Funny Cide was in more living rooms than any other person or animal leading up to the 2003 Belmont Stakes.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Forked Tongue

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Included in that "it's not illegal if you can't test for it" category is cobra venom, the use of which has been rumored for years. The substance, believed to be 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, can help a horse run through pain by blocking impulses through the nervous system. Use of the substance in horse racing is illegal. Worse yet, it's cruel to the animal.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Stables and Stability

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The revolving door at Magna didn't start with Neuman. Since Stronach formed Magna Entertainment in February 2000, there have been six CEOs.

  • Commentary: Chip In

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Pre-sale surgeries didn't keep horses such as Real Quiet and Curlin from becoming classic winners. Disclosure wouldn't have, either.

  • Commentary: Follow That Car

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - But just imagine if the owner of every racetrack in North America could agree to do what is best for the sport overall, realizing what is best for all is best for one. Think of one network carrying every race televised across the continent with a cohesive schedule understood by fans.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Jewels Of The Triple Crown

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - What fans got this year were three incredible horse races that ended with three very accomplished and deserving winners, punctuated by the history-making performance of Rags to Riches, the first filly winner of the Belmont since Tanya in 1905.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Mother's Day

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - There is a touch of irony that Mom's Command will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year as the trainer of Forward Pass, Henry Forrest, who was elected by the Historic Review Committee.