On Race, Racing Has “To Do More”

“We believe in equality and stand together with our community to end systemic racism.” These words were tweeted by the accounts of The Stronach Group’s racing properties on June 3, TSG being one of the few U.S. Thoroughbred racing entities to acknowledge the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna…

Carmouche: “It Just Broke Me Down”

Over the weekend of May 30, amid coast-to-coast protests against racism and police brutality, jockey Kendrick Carmouche couldn’t hold back his feelings any longer. He propped up his phone and spoke from his heart on Instagram Live for nine minutes—roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck, leading…

Triple Crown “Tradition”: More Fancy Than Fact

At the risk of stating the obvious, this year’s Triple Crown became something different from what we were used to the minute that Churchill Downs announced that it would host the Kentucky Derby on September 5. We’d suspected before that, of course. A month before the traditional Derby date, virtually the entire country was limiting…