I asked for your thoughts on horse racing’s worst problems as we turn the calendar to 2019 and boy did you respond. I heard from ardent horseplayers, workers in the industry and even a few people who don’t give a damn about the sport.
Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor working with reporters covering land use and environment, health care and immigration. He also writes a weekly horse racing column. Before joining the Review-Journal in August 2016, Brunker worked in various reporting and editing capacities for NBCNews.com, msnbc.com and the San Francisco Examiner.
Readers are invited to submit their biggest complaints about racing as well as what they love about the sport for use in two year-end columns looking at the good and bad aspects of the Sport of Kings.
After battling through injury and grief, David Cohen, who grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Bonanza High School, returned this week to collect the Comeback Jockey of the Year Award at the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly.
The Stronach Group hires a new head of its entertainment division to “engage the next generation of horse racing fans,” but sports betting fans present a much bigger opportunity for the sport to begin rebuilding its fan base.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his sudden retirement after learning he had sustained a spinal injury, while Santa Anita race-caller Michael Wrona was unceremoniously sacked by track management.
Kentucky Racing Acquisition, a new company co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, did not reveal terms of the acquisition of the track in Franklin, Kentucky, which it hopes to complete by early 2019.
Backers say the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic accomplished more over the year than the 13th Triple Crown winner, but history says their arguments will fall on deaf ears.
Softish turf course should aid European runners, who are more accustomed to those conditions, but it also can provide big surprises when horses who have never run on an “off” track discover they really like it.
Handicappers looking for some help breaking down the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs can get some thoughts from the experts at free seminars at Station Casinos, South Point and Rampart Casino.
Oversubscription is a good problem if you’re Netflix or the Review-Journal, but for handicappers trying to get an early start on the races to be run Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs, it’s a logistical nightmare.
Data from the eight previous Breeders’ Cups run under the twin spires can help make for winning days when this year’s World Thoroughbred Championship races are run on Nov. 2-3 in Louisville.
Seven European runners have tried to sweep the prestigious marathons on the lawn without success, but the John Gosden trained 4-year-old will have freshness on her side after being sidelined by a leg injury for much of the year.
Florida-bred 5-year-old has been impressive in winning back-to-back Grade 1s. Competitors will look to put their best hooves forward this weekend to prepare to meet him in a month at Churchill Downs.
The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was an afterthought when the series was created in 1984, but it’s become one of my favorite races since then. Here’s a look at the top middle distance horses headed for this year’s showdown.
Sensational 3-year-old Monomoy Girl and top 4-year-old filly Abel Tasmen have established themselves as leaders of the division with just six weeks remaining until the two-day World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs.