E. S. "Bud" Lamoreaux

Jack Whitaker – A Man For All Seasons

It ranks as one of the greatest sporting events in history – Secretariat’s Belmont that broke a long Triple Crown drought and gave Americans something to root for in a time of Watergate and Vietnam.  What is lost in all of those feel good moments is the performance of the CBS broadcast team headed by […]

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Lamoreaux: The ‘Wonder Horse’ Who Launched 1989 Saratoga Season

The year was 1989.  That would be 30 years ago.  The date was August 2 to be precise.  It was opening day at Saratoga where a then record 30-thousand plus patrons showed up, brought by talk of a new “wonder horse.” It would be a Saratoga year that would see the last of  Angel Cordero […]

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Lamoreaux: In Baseball And Horse Racing, It’s Time To Reexamine The Need For Early Speed

As a boy, radio hooked me on Thoroughbred racing and baseball.  Mel Allen and Red Barber with their melodic southern baseball idioms and Clem McCarthy and Ted Huesing  with their dramatic Kentucky Derby stretch calls turned both sports for me into poetic adventures. I could literally smell the hotdogs in the ballpark and revel in […]

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Lamoreaux: Mott A Class Act Who Shouldn’t Have To Defend Himself

Roger Maris lost a lot of his hair from the pressure of his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961. He was forever known in baseball as Roger Maris, you know, the guy with the asterisk after his name. Bill Mott already had a thinning hairline, even before he took on the pressure […]

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Horse Of The Year? Everybody’s Got A Beef

I remember an old Runyonesque sports writer in New York named Jimmy Cannon who used to start some of his columns with this memorable line, ”Nobody asked me, but…”  That’s exactly the way I feel about the ongoing debate about who should be “Horse of the Year” come January when all the votes are counted. […]

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Remembering Manny Ycaza: ‘Here Comes Yackasack!’

“Get out of the way boys, here comes Yackasack!” That may not be the exact phrase a young jockey uttered to me early one Saratoga Saturday morning more than a half century ago. But there was real awe in his voice when asked to describe the riding style of Manny Ycaza, a hard-riding Panamanian who […]

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Remembering Bill Nack…And ‘The Quarter Horse Guys’ Who Have Dominated The Triple Crown

It was only fitting that in the aftermath of Bob Baffert’s Preakness victory with Justify, it was left to his longtime rival D. Wayne Lukas, to put things in perspective. After Lukas’ longshot colt Bravazo nearly caught Justify with a late rush out of the Pimlico fog, the senior statesman of California’s backside said this: […]

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Lamoreaux: When Sales Were Showtime – Remembering Tom Gentry

Right about this time of year, around these parts, when the first snow flurry flies past the ears, thoughts turn to “the list.”  It came into this reporter’s life many moons ago when my CBS colleague Charles Kuralt suggested we think about making a list and naming names on our yearend broadcast of those who […]

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Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, who was the target not far from the race track in Laurel, Md. As Americans who had endured the tragic year […]

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