Fox Sport 1′s First Broadcast Is A Winner

The days before the first broadcast of Fox Sports 1’s new Thoroughbred racing series were not promising. The network’s Twitter timeline didn’t mention Sunday’s 5 pm show from Gulfstream Park in Florida until about an hour before broadcast, and a promo video offered the sort of sexist, inaccurate images of a day at the races…

A Hope For NBC’s Preakness Coverage

Let’s get this out of the way: Michelle Beadle blocked me on Kentucky Oaks day, after this exchange (you can click to enlarge):   It seems a little mild to warrant being blocked, but Beadle can hardly be blamed for having an itchy block finger, given some of the abuse that she has to put…

Women and sports: swimsuit models and racing queens

This week, the Stronach Group, which owns Gulfstream Park in Florida, Santa Anita Park in California, and Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, announced the Ms. Racing Queen pageant, the lucky winner of which will “promote thoroughbred racing by representing the Stronach Group” at events like the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, and Preakness—all of which take place at Stronach properties. Ms. Racing…

What should we know, and when should we know it?

Earlier this week, the internet lit up with the news of the birth of Rachel Alexandra’s first foal, a colt by Curlin.  Stonestreet Farm released a statement, photos, and video; good wishes, congratulations, and coverage exploded on news sites, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On Friday afternoon, delight turned to unease as rumors began to surface…

Changing racing’s Luck?

There are a lot of movies out there about high school. Dead Poets’ Society. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Election. Clueless. Some I like, some I don’t. In some, I see situations and students that look familiar; in most, what’s on the screen looks nothing like what I see in the classrooms and hallways in…

Churchill Does It Again–And Again!

Last summer at Saratoga, a turf writing veteran – male – called me over to a TV in the press box. “Have you seen this?” he asked. Seen what? He gestured to the television, rendered practically speechless by what he was seeing. This very bad video, taken in the Saratoga Racino on Thanksgiving weekend, offers…

Waiting for ESPN (on Twitter)

On this fine, blustery, snowy, gusty Saturday morning, when I should be at Belmont but I am instead at home, I was engaging in a leisurely breakfast coupled with some serious procrastinating when I noticed that Twitter suggested that I follow @espnhorseracing. @espnhorseracing? Who knew? Cool! Except…@espnhorseracing last tweeted on August 20, 2010.  That tweet…