E. S. "Bud" Lamoreaux

Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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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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‘Holy Cow!’ The Improbable Tale of 1994 Travers Winner Holy Bull

  It was Aug. 20, 1994, a Saratoga day to remember. There was a small field for the 125th running of the Travers Stakes that included Holy Bull, the fan favorite and eventual Horse of the Year, and Concern, who would go on to win that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Bull set a blistering […]

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First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other personified racing’s unique claim to being a cradle to grave sport. I first met Mr Hooper in the early spring of 1996 on […]

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The Sages of Saratoga

It was nearly 50 years ago this month that this reporter found himself on a front porch in the most bucolic of all summer places in America – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – only to become a fly on the wall to one of the most engaging conversations of his well-travelled life in Thoroughbred racing. The […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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