Photo: Antoine DeBrill

Celebrating racing history at the Harlem Derby

  The mint juleps were flowing, and the music, supplied by a jazz trio tucked into the dining room, was southern and sweet. Women in elaborately designed hats and men in snappy fedoras selected from a menu in which bourbon played a featured role, their Derby-best attire not deterring them from digging into the ribs…

Busanda in the 1951 Saratoga Cup. Bob Coglianese photo.

Remembering Busanda

Neither a champion nor a Hall of Fame inductee, Busanda nonetheless lives on in two ways:  through her bloodlines and one of those Aqueduct winter races that, when I first started following races, sent me to the archives to figure out who those eponymous horses were. I don’t know whose idea it was to name a…

Jerkens sign at Saratoga

The “forgotten story” of Onion

On Sunday at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, will race for the first time since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 8. If Pharoah wins, he’l be the seventh Triple Crown winner to win his first race after capturing thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize. Among the horses that won that…