“Where is the conversation about race?”

George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer on Kevin Chauvin on May 25. Floyd’s death was the latest in a long series of police killings of African-Americans, a roster that’s included names like Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, and many others. Within days, protestors took to the streets across the country. Within a week, the…

Brian Nadeau’s Road to the Triple Crown: The Ohio Derby

Thistledown: The GIII, $500,000 Ohio Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 20-8-4-2) Brian handicaps at Capital OTB and Horseplayer Now, and he’ll offer analysis and selections of Derby points races, hoping to make us all a little money as we head to the Belmont Stakes. Follow him on Twitter here. It’s not often we see the…

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…

Brian Nadeau’s (Longer) Road to the Triple Crown

Churchill Downs: The GIII, $150,000 Matt Winn at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 50-20-10-5) by Brian Nadeau. Brian handicaps at Capital OTB and Horseplayer Now, and he’ll offer analysis and selections of Derby points races, hoping to make us all a little money as we head to the Belmont Stakes. Follow him on Twitter here. We promised…