Out of the Darkness

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Out of the Darkness Twenty years ago, Jeff Lukas was the top assistant to his legendary father, thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Then, one morning at Santa Anita, site of this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, he stood in the path of …

The Unforgettable Races of 2012: #20-11

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The sport of kings played spectator to even more thrills and surprises in 2012, with favorites and unexpected surprises all playing their roles and making the crowd roar from California to Dubai. Of course, there’s no one right answer in …

Running and Horse Racing

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While I realize it’s probably an off-kilter way of looking at the equine form, I often times will relate to racehorses as a runner myself. I started following horse racing around the same time I started track and field in …

Derby Dozen #11/12: Went the Day Well

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Went the Day Well (Proud Citizen x Tiz’s Maie Day, by Tiznow) Trainer: Graham Motion (Animal Kingdom, Toby’s Corner, Bullsbay) Jockey: John Velazquez (The go-to jockey for many top trainers, and for good reason: Hall-of-Famer Johnny V has been a …

Sharing My “Zenyatta Moment”

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I would just like to take this moment to say I CALLED IT. It’s amazing how one horse has had such a profound effect on modern-day horse racing, and keeps having it despite having been retired more than a year …

Should Track Admission Be Free?

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I live in Massachusetts, home of some of the best sports teams in the country. For a Red Sox ticket (seemingly impossible to get nowadays, particularly seating in the Green Monster), expect to pay over $100 for a spot in …