Category Archives: Horse Racing

Sunday’s Shooting Gallery

*** It’s the Lakers and the Celtics, just the way David Stern and the TV guys want it to be. I’ll be rooting for the Green. (Unlike those classic Bird vs. Magic smackdowns, where, for some reason I can’t figure out, I cheered for the LaLas.) But I think Phil Jackson is going to get […]

Horses, Hoops & Habs

Triple Crown Downer. Calvin Borel got the loser’s interview. He did it with class and candor, of course, but it was disappointing nonetheless. Nobody thought Super Saver a Triple Crown quality thoroughbred, but those decreasing numbers who love the Sport of Kings were still hoping. They know that it’s going to take something like that […]

Back In The Press Box

I’m home, full of oysters, soft shell crab, jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo. And crawfish strudel. Only in the Crescent City. Sound Familiar, River City? Cyril Crutchfield was, until last Monday, one of the best high school football coaches in Louisiana. His South Plaquemines teams won three state titles in the last decade. He […]

Wednesday’s Pot Shots

A few scattered musings while waiting to go to dinner on Wednesday: The Oregon athletic director said that, contrary to popular opinion, any number of national championship coaches showed interest in coaching the Ducks hoopsters. And that three would have taken the job. A little digging and I’ve come up with those three. Adolph Rupp. […]

Tuesday Questions (And Correct Answers)

1 – Did Kevin Stallings deserve the honor of SEC Coach of the Year? Yes. But not nearly as much as John Calipari. Setting aside for a moment any other issues anybody might have with Coach Cal, this must be understood. The guy can coach. The can motivate. The guy can galvanize a fan base […]

Random Sports Musings On A Sunday Night

The Film Babe and I are going to see the late show of “In The Loop.” But it doesn’t start for another hour and a half. So here I am killin’ time, thinking about the world of sports. Is Rachel Alexandra the sportsperson of the year? My Detroit Tigers are 7 games up in the […]

Churchill Downs’ Chairman Grumpy

By all accounts, despite continuing gaffes by some of those in charge at Churchill Downs, the night racing experiment is an enormous success. 33,000 stormed the gates on a Thursday night. Families. Stylin’ twentysomethings. One pal reported in that the there was “more talent” in the Turf Club than he’d ever seen. “From age 20 […]

Real Issues — Weighin’ In

Whodathunkit? There are a couple of legit ruminations these days where our values as a society must be balanced with actual action on the field of endeavor. Both of which are vexations. One is what to do with Michael Vick? Anybody who has ever had a dog or petted a dog has to think twice […]

Some Respect S’il Vous Plait

I’m actually talking about some props for that li’l ol’ horse from New Mexico, the one with the crusty cowboy trainer on crutches . . . that’s right, Mine That Bird. Yes, the filly won the Preakness. Yes, she’s a pretty amazing young gal, who proved herself better than the boyz. But, hey, we knew […]

The Monday After

Revised 5/04 3:10 p.m. For some sad reason I can’t seem to shake, my mind keeps hearkening back to the Monday after Derby in ’68. I was sitting in the Cardinal Inn, when a friend came in, breathless with the news that Dancer’s Image, the horse that crossed the finish line first, tested positive for […]