Bemoan racing’s lack of high-end, sticking-around stars? No, thanks. Be thankful, instead, for the blue-collar horses that are the spine of the industry.
Breeders’ Cup should find one permanent home, and Southern California, where better weather and other factors make better racing, is it.
In its first two decades, the Breeders’ Cup took the best of racing to people all over the country. It ought to return to traveling.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante proposes a new schedule for Mid-Atlantic racing designed to promote full fields and minimize disruption.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante catches up with Chris Sobocinski, linemaker and PR maven for Delaware Park.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante catches up with Eric Pignataro, former jai alai player-turned-jockeys’ agent plying his trade at Delaware Park.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante remembers four editions of the Preakness where the final quarter-mile proved absolutely thrilling.
Rich Strike’s defection from the Preakness is one more argument for changing the series’ configuration to acknowledge changes in horsemanship.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante shares snippets of more than 50 years of Kentucky Derby memories, from heartwarming stories to impossible upsets.
Bob Baffert and his legal team have decisively won the public relations war over Medina Spirit’s Derby DQ. But they’re not likely to win in the courts.
That four of Maryland’s linchpin stakes are less prominent than they were 10 or 15 years ago is a problem that requires fixing: it’s time to make a splash.
The race for Kentucky Derby points is well underway, with 14 races already complete and another up this weekend. So why are 40 points unawarded?
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante recaps a baker’s dozen of the top Midlantic racing stories of 2021.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante catches up with Midlantic-based rider John Hiraldo, one of the year’s leading apprentice riders.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante offers Delaware Park’s new owners the perspective of a horseplayer with nearly a half-century of experience.
This Breeders’ Cup was the sport of Thoroughbred racing writ small. The humans at the top screw it up, and the horses redeem it. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The return of live racing to Colonial Downs after a challenging 2020 meet went better than just about anyone could have hoped.
In a new “Off the Pace”: Mike Valiante remembers Delaware Park’s Rich Glazier as a “genuine everyman” who truly loved what he did.
Bob Baffert won’t have a horse in the Belmont, but all anyone can talk about is Bob Baffert. It’s exhausting, and another whiff.