Category Archives: Horse Racing


BY RACHEL SHULHAFER As Tonalist crossed the finish line first in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, over 100,000 people fell silent in disappointment. Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome failed to make history by finishing fourth. After the race, Chrome was bleeding from his right front foot, which may be a contributing factor to his loss. […]

Maybe This Time

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Fans of horse racing get their hopes up every year that the winner of the Kentucky Derby will go on to also capture the Preakness and the Belmont, thus joining the elite group of Triple Crown horses. Only eleven have achieved this feat, but it’s been since 1978 that a horse has […]

California Chrome Wins 140th Run For the Roses

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER As I wandered around the backside of Churchill Downs at dawn last Wednesday, sleep deprived and under-caffeinated, I stumbled upon a humungous crowd gathered in between two barns. What was going on here? A celebrity sighting? Jockey fight? No, it was just eventual Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome enjoying a bath, with […]

The Super Filly Still Reigns

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER With the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks set for Friday, a tribute to the queen of the Oaks (or just the queen of horse racing in general) is in order. In 2009, Rachel Alexandra demolished the Oaks field, winning by a record 20 1/2 lengths with Hall of Fame jockey Calvin […]

Old Friends: Easy Living for Retired Thoroughbreds

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER On June 8, 2002, a record crowd of 103,000 gathered in Belmont Park in hopes that Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem would become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.  Everyone’s dreams were pretty much crushed when War Emblem stumbled at the gate. Instead 70-1 shot Sarava won the […]

Back in Biz: Sporting Scene with a Gangsta Lean

I have no idea what my title means. Hope it got your attention, and you now realize after almost two weeks away that I’m baaaaaaaaaaack. Open for business. One more caveat. I’m not totally on my game yet. And, apparently, Golden State didn’t have quite enough last night in San Antonio. I figured it was […]

Derby Week Sports Update From Afar

At this moment, I’m not in Louisville, but in New Orleans. I think you knew that. I’m drinking a Tuesday morning cup o’ joe, in a city that took its coffee seriously way before Seattle told us we must. Along with it, I’m enjoying a cinnamon scone, which contains significantly less than an ounce of […]

Seedy K Sounds Off On Sports Tuesday

I’m not sure we learned much about the current state of college football from the most boring bowl season in memory. Other than Clemson’s single digit W in the battle of the Death Valleys, the Hook Em Horns late comeback against the Beavers, The Potato Eaters Vegas W over UDub and Arizona’s nailbiter over Nevada, […]

Monday Morning QB: A Lot of This, A Little of That

So, yesterday I couldn’t help but think of the somewhat famous Tennessee Williams’ quip: “There are but three cities in the United States. New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. All the rest is Cleveland.” Thinking of New York because of the justified hullabaloo about Hurricane Sandy and all the mess going on in the […]

The Fourth: Wieners, Wimbledon, Woods & Wheeling through Gaul

(Seedy Slog Note, pre-posting: I planned on having this up before noon, this Independence Day. Well, you can tell I didn’t make it. Sooooo, from the get go, I can report that Joey Chestnut repeated at Coney Island and is now six time champ. But I’ll post this as if it didn’t happen . . […]