New York Stallions Have Their Day at Belmont

A decade ago, the New York breeding industry was in a steep downturn. The 2008 economic crisis had led to farms closing and mares being shipped to other states, and a program that had worked to establish itself with quality breeding seemed in danger of becoming almost irrelevant. Fast-forward to 2018, and the situation is…

Betting the 2018 Belmont: Who do you like?

In my preview of the Preakness, I noted that that race in general lacks the chaos of the Kentucky Derby. Ha—famous last words, before a race that took place after a week of downpours and on a track so encased in fog we couldn’t see the horses. And as he has every time he’s been on…

In Tenfold, Injured Veterans Have Their Belmont Horse

The announcement of sports sponsorships, in Thoroughbred racing and elsewhere, can often elicit an eye-roll. Monster Energy logos bedecking American Pharoah before the 2015 Belmont? UPS capitalizing on Big Brown’s name back in 2008? Big Brown’s jockey Kent Desormeaux accepting sponsorship from Hooters? You get the idea. When Audible the audiobook company sponsored Audible the racehorse before…