Joe Drape

New York: Injunction Briefly Halts Daily Fantasy Sports

In the latest update on the New York daily fantasy sports saga, DraftKings and FanDuel were barred from operation in the state early Friday morning. Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Menez granted the injunction filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, reasoning that “the balancing of the equities are in favor of the NYAG (New York […]

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Drape: Pharoah’s Classic Win ‘A Crowning Moment For An Ethereal Journey’

“Nothing much was at stake — except the legacy of a horse and the definition of greatness,” wrote Joe Drape in his piece for The New York Times following American Pharoah’s impressive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Breaking swiftly, American Pharoah set out for the early lead as he had in the Preakness and […]

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Remembering Hall Of Famer Antley: ‘We All Have Crosses That We Bear And Pains That We Suffer’

Chris Antley will be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Friday, nearly 15 years after he died from an overdose of a combination of drugs. Speaking on his behalf will be his widow Natalie Jowett Antley, and sitting in the audience at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will […]

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Drape: After Triple Crown Sweep, Is ‘Grand Slam’ Next For Pharoah?

After becoming the first colt to accomplish a sweep of the Triple Crown in 37 years, many racing fans are curious to know what races will compose the remainder of American Pharoah’s racing career. In his latest column for the New York Times, Joe Drape ponders the same “what’s next” for the champ, and floats […]

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Drape: Zayat’s Journey One Of ‘Bankruptcy, Big Bets, And Maybe A Triple Crown’

The media frenzy continues to grow with the 147th edition of the Belmont Stakes now less than two days away. Much has been written about American Pharoah and his chances of becoming the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner. In his latest column for the New York Times, Joe Drape profiles American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat. […]

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‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at hooking a bigger fish, one of the largest in all of horse racing. And so that’s how he found himself as […]

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Drape: Remembering Paul Moran

On July 20, about 50 people gathered at the graveside of Go For Wand in the Saratoga infield to scatter the ashes of turfwriter Paul Moran, who succumbed to lung cancer last November. We were there to say goodbye to the last true turf writer,” wrote Joe Drape for the New York Times, “whose written […]

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Drape on Saratoga: ‘Racing’s Version of Summer Camp’

Saratoga Race Course opens its doors today for its eagerly-anticipated summer meet. Racing fans from all across the country will travel to The Spa, the place many consider the ‘mecca’ of the sport. In his latest column for the New York Times, Joe Drape writes of his love of Saratoga, a place that he fondly […]

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Drape: Racing Fans Hope for a ‘Chrome’ Triple Crown

“Horse racing is a game for confirmed optimists, and the expectation is higher than ever that California Chrome will run off with the 146th Belmont Stakes and into the history books as only the 12th Triple Crown winner. The colt looks the part: he is a chiseled chestnut with a white blaze on a head […]

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NY Times: Meet the Super Bowl ‘Wizards of Odds’

The sharp horse racing bettor looks forward to big events like the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup because of the pools and the public money that pours into them. Elsewhere in the gambling world, there’s no bigger event than the Super Bowl, and in the same way, professional bettors look to take advantage of all […]

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