“Andro” and “Bute” – Our National Pastime and The Sport of Kings

What factor, common to professional baseball and thoroughbred horse racing, has shaped so much – dare i say too much – of each sport’s history? As someone who’s spent several years observing our national pastime and the sport of kings from within, I’m here to say its the following formula: m² ¬ t² = d³.Continue reading ““Andro” and “Bute” – Our National Pastime and The Sport of Kings”

Media Treatment of Thoroughbreds … History vs. Fiction, Print vs. the Big Screen

Not since the 1970s – when I worked at the Jersey shore’s Monmouth Park Racetrack; authored a master’s thesis on New York City’s Off-Track Betting Corporation, and developed a  hypothetical business plan for introducing theatre-based off-track wagering for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the New School – had I been anything more than a casualContinue reading “Media Treatment of Thoroughbreds … History vs. Fiction, Print vs. the Big Screen”

Breeders’ Cup’s “Pale Green Apple” Needs to Ripen – Deep Dive into Juvenile Turf Sprint

Casual observers of the “sport of kings” need only look to the 14-race Breeders’ Cup championship program Nov. 6-7 to understand why connoisseurs are licking their chops. The two-day card rivals the biggest post-season events in the sports world – whether it’s the Super Bowl, FIFA Champions’ League group stages, the Stanley Cup or “bracketologyContinue reading “Breeders’ Cup’s “Pale Green Apple” Needs to Ripen – Deep Dive into Juvenile Turf Sprint”

From DQ to COVID-19

To borrow the immortal words of Joe Jacobs, iconic manager of Max Schmeling who, in the aftermath of his boxer’s controversial 1934 loss to Jack Sharkey at Madison Square Garden, simply told the sports world: “We wuz robbed!” That’s how millions of horse-racing enthusiasts felt in the aftermath of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, when MaximumContinue reading “From DQ to COVID-19”

America’s Triple Crown for Three-year-olds vs NYRA’s Hdcp Triple Crown for older Horses

A long-time family friend who I interviewed for my master’s thesis on New York City’s Off-Track Betting Corporation was lamenting NYRA’s decision back in 2008 to run both the Brooklyn Handicap and Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont Stakes day, making it impossible for a horse to win all three races that had comprised the New YorkContinue reading “America’s Triple Crown for Three-year-olds vs NYRA’s Hdcp Triple Crown for older Horses”

Could Preakness Have Ended Any Other Way?

The 145th running of the “middle jewel” of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown could only have ended the way it did. A year in which the male species in this country has failed miserably in so many ways, leave it to the distaff side, represented by Swiss Skydiver, to place an exclamation point on the PreaknessContinue reading “Could Preakness Have Ended Any Other Way?”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right. You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click theContinue reading “Introduce Yourself (Example Post)”