Sheer Flattery (outside) and Mike Smith

Brian’s Derby Preps: the Robert B. Lewis

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he’ll analyze every official Derby points race and the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Santa Anita: The GIII, $150,000 Robert Lewis at…

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Classic Empire #5, ridden by Julien Leparoux, wins the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile during day two of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 5, 2016 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup)

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Holy Bull

Brian Nadeau is back this year to offer insight and analysis on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby. A handicapper at Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB, he’ll analyze every official Derby points race and the three Triple Crown races, back at Brooklyn Backstretch for the sixth year. Gulfstream Park: The Grade II, $350,000 Holy Bull…

holiday-events-photo

Home For The Holidays: On the Backstretch

They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but when you work at the racetrack, going home—wherever that may be—isn’t always an option.  The difficulty of taking time away and of making small paychecks stretch can make this season not quite like the jolly, lavish scenes that we see splashed across televisions…

Prado and Tale for Ruby cruise in the Safely Kept. Photo: Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue

Happy Homecoming for Tagg in the Safely Kept

He doesn’t come home very often, but the trip down I-95 was worth it for Barclay Tagg when his three-year-old filly Tale for Ruby won the Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel Park on November 19. A native of Philadelphia who graduated from Penn State with a degree in animal science, Tagg started his racing career…