Photo Keri Brion

Happy retirement, Sportswriter!

In early August of 2011, my parents and I, not unusually, spent a lovely afternoon at Saratoga Race Course.  With other family in town, they had to leave before the last race, but not before placing their wagers, and later that evening, my mother, from whom I inherited the hunch-betting gene, called to inquire about the…

Conquest Typhoon and Patrick Husbands take the GII Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Photo credit Mike Burns

Brian’s Derby Preps: The El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate Fields: The Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 10-4-2-1) by Brian Nadeau #1 Donji (30-1): Gigantic longshot gets the coveted inside post and will save all the ground, but that’s quickly where any positives end, as he’s still a maiden after seven starts and…

Spires from press box

Kentucky Derby Charity League, 2015

It’s back! Or…it’s almost back. We started this way back in 2008, and in six years, we’ve raised nearly $4,000, donating it to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the Belmont Child Care Association, Days’ End Horse Rescue, Our Mims, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, All About Spay Neuter, ReRun, Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue, the Thoroughbred…

Shared Belief and Mike Smith cruise to victory in the Robert B. Lewis. Benoit photo.

Shared Belief: What If?

The connections of Shared Belief could be forgiven for looking back at 2014 and wondering, “What if?” What if Shared Belief hadn’t gotten injured in the spring and had been able to run in the Triple Crown races? What if Shared Belief hadn’t been compromised at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Classic? Those are…

David Dunham Withers

“No man in the country was more widely esteemed by racing men.” David Dunham Withers was born in 1822 in New York City; he and his family lived downtown on Greene Street, now in fashionable Soho. When his parents married, the couple was given a cottage by the bride’s father as a wedding present. According…