Saratoga with a New Race Fan

[caption id="attachment_4168" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="During Breakfast at the Track, the Saratoga winner's circle is empty/Photo by Rhonda Lane"] Before we went to Saratoga, my friend Sheryl had never attended a horse race. She's from Connecticut and rode hunter-jumpers for a while. She'd been to Saratoga for concerts, but not for the racing. She has seen "Jockeys" ...

D. Wayne Lukas on Training Trainers

A video snippet from the Speaker's Forum with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas I think it's a great idea. (Watch the video, if you haven't yet. Go ahead. We'll wait.) I'll take it a step further. Howzabout an equine studies degree with a concentration on thoroughbred racing? What do you say, any creative representative of an ...

The things I do for horse racing …

[caption id="attachment_3531" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="webphotographeer/iStockphoto"] Let me count the ways. I blog about it. I sign petitions for "racinos" to beef up purses and breeders supplements. When I do get to go to the track, I eat all my meals there and shop in the gift shop, too. Plus, I recently spent 40 minutes answering questions for ...

The View from Between Zenyatta’s Ears

Video of Zenyatta working Last week, video of Britain's Susan Boyle singing and leaving Simon Cowell speechless made the rounds of digital devices around the planet. This week, my digital obsession is the performance of a lady from California whose talent hasn't been questioned for a good couple of years now. Recently, jockey Mike Smith gave us a ...

Why so much about competitions?

[caption id="attachment_1043" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Abby_Photos/iStockphoto"] Gosh, there's a lot on this blog about racing and horse shows. For a lot of horseless riders and horse-lovers, one way to keep horses in their lives is to watch competitions. As travel budgets tighten, watching events on TV or online seems to fill the bill. The Internet has turned into a ...