May cultural and societal forces be with you, Pegasus World Cup

A pony wins hearts and minds -- as well as a prime spot in the memory banks of young fans AND their parents. On the NYRA tour of the Saratoga backstretch. Move over, Dubai World Cup, with your paltry $10 million purse. Here comes the first $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Florida's Gulfstream Park. For ...

Important heads-up, not just the 2015 Breeders Cup

Thank you, NBC Sports, for the image. I hope NBC Sports doesn't come after me for using a screenshot I took during its previous racing coverage. It depicts where and when to watch coverage of the 2015 Breeders Cup on NBC properties. (Oops. I missed the handicapping show.) There are, no doubt, other online venues in ...

Make racing cool again – get Lady Gaga to the track

I have mixed emotions about "Luck" HBO's new series featuring horse racing. The drama will be great. The action scenes will rock. But do y'all really think it'll get families and young people to the track? Some folks in racing are hoping it will. If you can't see the embedded video, click here for the Luck ...

Zenyatta: the view from Heartbreak Hill

[caption id="attachment_7152" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Photo by webphotographeer/iStockphoto"] Every couple of years or so, America falls in love with a horse. Usually, it's a racing thoroughbred whose name and image spread throughout the land. A few detractors, usually handicappers, disagree - but most of the general public tunes them out. We know that the real money in handicapping ...

Dosage profiles and tea leaves in the 2010 Belmont Stakes

[caption id="attachment_6202" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Photo by rterry126/iStockphoto"] I am not a handicapper, nor do I play one on TV. But I can't resist nosing around with some of the dosage profiles of this year's Belmont contenders. Dosage has fallen out of favor, so much so that the pedigrees on the Belmont Stakes website don't include dosage profiles. But ...

The color no one in racing likes to see

[caption id="attachment_5801" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Horses head for the track at Keeneland/Photo by Rhonda Lane"] No doubt - horse racing is a colorful sport. Except there's one color  no one likes to see at the track. Even if you're a Kentuckian who  "bleeds blue" or your favorite horse is ridden under blue silks, the blue item we don't ...

My guest post at Sports Chat Place

[caption id="attachment_5541" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="I still like to check out the horses in the paddock andthe saddling area. Keeneland, yes, but not the horse mentioned in the article/Photo by Rhonda Lane"] Check out my guest post at Miami Mitch's comprehensive sports tip site Sports Chat Place. Because I have a  crazy good tip for maximum fun ...