The old time Jockey Seat

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

  Jan. 2016 . . . . . . . A rather remarkable event happened to me this month. I was contacted by Jason Neff, who brought to my attention, a recently published book by his father, Myles Neff, titled: Stylin’: Reviving the Lost Art of Race Riding. I consider this to be one of […]

The Belmont Stakes & my thoughts

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Ah, I love the Belmont Stakes! It is my favorite American race at one of my favorite distances, the classic mile & a half. There aren’t many of these around in this day and age of fast preps and even faster careers of both horse and man. I have never been much of a sprinting […]

My Preakness selections & Prep analysis

Friday, May 14th, 2010

John Servis, trainer of Smarty Jones says of that horse’s prep for the Preakness: “Really, I think the secret is you don’t do a whole lot. They ran a mile and a quarter two weeks ago, so they’re not going to get too much more fit than that. From a physical standpoint, I thought my horse […]

Calvin Borel and his Physics PhD

Monday, May 10th, 2010

From the Lexington Herald-Leader: “There’s on the fence, and there’s on the fence,” Borel said at Churchill Downs on Wednesday. “You know, to me, if you can get right on it, there is traction there. But if you get a half a horse off of it, (the traction) is good and bad, and then they’ll start bobbling, […]

Post Positons and Thoroughbred Racing

Friday, April 30th, 2010

It has always blown my mind how Thoroughbred trainers hate the one hole so at the starting gate. Bob Baffert is certainly not thrilled about his horse, Lookin At Lucky, having to start from that position!  He writes: “Once you get in there, if you are shuffled back one time, then you’ll get shuffled back a second, […]

Perhaps the best racehorse movie ever?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

I have either trained or been around racehorses for 30+ years and have to say how shocked I was in finally being able to view a horse racing movie that had the very minimum of goofs in it. Amazing! ESPN and ABC aired one of the most realistic racing movies of all time in the […]

Better Racing through Chemistry?

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

As a youngster, I was seduced into the mysticism of the “juiced” race horse. I mean, the stereotype that race horses can be drugged into winning races has permeated every aspect of our dear sport since long ago. It can almost be considered mandatory for every plot in horse racing fiction, be it a novel, […]