Australian Horse Race Interrupted By Sprinklers

As the horses came around for the final stretch of Race 8 at Bathurst Racecourse, a gauntlet of sprinklers screwed everything up. Path To Freedom ended up passing Run Bullet Run and Roman Victory to win the race, and those tickets were honored, but there was good news for losing bettors. All non-winning tickets were… » 11/03/13 11:35am 11/03/13 11:35am

Can Dirtbags, Pretty Ladies, And Twitter Save Horse Racing?

If you're like the average American, your experience of major horse races centers on one: the Kentucky Derby. Perhaps you know a bit more about the sport and follow the Preakness and the Belmont as well, putting a bit of money down in the same spirit in which you'd pick a bracket and talking up Triple Crown winners… » 11/01/13 3:25pm 11/01/13 3:25pm

Here's The Race Result From "Death Of A Racehorse"

W.C. Heinz's "Death of a Racehorse" owes none of its fame to nostalgia. Written in one hour, in one draft, on a manual typewriter, on deadline, the 1949 classic is hailed by many in the industry as quite possibly the perfect story. Jeff MacGregor called it "the Gettysburg Address sportswriting. A run of words so slender… » 8/12/13 4:45pm 8/12/13 4:45pm

How Big Brown's People Nearly Pulled Off Horse Racing's Biggest Scam

As 95-degree temperatures baked a crowd of nearly 100,000 at the 2008 Belmont Stakes—the hottest June 7 on record—the only person who seemed unfazed was Richard Dutrow Jr., the trainer of Big Brown, an undefeated colt just 12 furlongs from the first Triple Crown in three decades. With history against him, Dutrow… » 6/07/13 10:30am 6/07/13 10:30am

A Little Greedy, And Exactly Right: Red Smith On Secretariat

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/06/13 5:30pm 6/06/13 5:30pm

"Here Comes Rudolph On The Outside": Three Deer Wander Onto Racetrack,…

The action had to be halted at Meadows Racetrack in western Pennsylvania last Wednesday, as three lost deer somehow found their way onto the track. They poked around the final turn before bolting the wrong way around the track. Then, on the backstretch, they stopped and turned around. It went like this for a while. » 12/04/12 1:20pm 12/04/12 1:20pm

Jockey Chantal Sutherland Failed A Breathalyzer Test Before Her Race

Chantal Sutherland is not unattractive. But the Canadian rider, with more than 10 years of experience, has headed off any Danica-style criticism by actually being quite good at her job. Thankfully for her, that body of work will also prevent her from being known chiefly as the jockey who nearly rode drunk. » 10/10/12 9:50am 10/10/12 9:50am