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…

System Restore and Hermosillo

War Horses Finding Homes

“Can I call you back in a little while?” asked Barbara Luna on a recent wet, cold afternoon. “It’s miserable here, and I want to get the horses fed.” An hour later, the horses taken care of, Luna can talk. Which she does, willingly, at length, telling the story of how she made a dream…

Keeneland Tapit weanling $3 million

Thoroughbred Sales, 2014: Broken Records, Tax Incentives, & Aftercare Donations

Buyers of Thoroughbred racehorses in 2014 got an early Christmas present when H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, became law earlier this month.  Retroactive through this past year, a provision of the law renews the three-year tax depreciation for racehorses, which allows taxpayers to depreciate racehorses 24 months of age and younger…