Joe Drape

N.Y. Times: Records show I’ll Have Another had history of ailments

According to an article in today’s New York Times, I’ll Have Another had various physical ailments that his connections were dealing with well before he was withdrawn from the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on the eve of the race. He was being treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs even as excitement built for his bid […]

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Drape: Specific Belmont security measures directed at O’Neill

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced Wednesday a set of strict protocols to be followed by all contenders for Belmont 144. According to a confidential email obtained by the New York Times, a second set of instructions was included for Doug O’Neill. According to the NYSRWB, all horses must be housed in […]

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New York Times probes horse racing fatalities

The rough ride horse racing has experienced in recent weeks due to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for an investigation into the rash of catastrophic injuries at Aqueduct this winter and HBO’s cancellation of the horse racing series LUCK due to a third equine fatality is far from over. In fact, it’s probably safe […]

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Trainer Bill Mott has November to remember

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape looks at trainer Bill Mott’s sizzling November performance.  Mott won six graded stakes this month – including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic – to vault him into fourth place in the national trainer standings with $10.3 million in purse earnings.  Drape says Mott’s patient approach is […]

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Drape: Big Brown carries the burden of his owners

Can the press associated with a horse’s human connections ultimately make a difference in his salability as a stallion? The New York Times’ Joe Drape believes so, and proposes that Big Brown may indeed be overlooked as a stallion through no fault of his own, based on the stories that swirled around the colt during […]

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The Rail: Back for BC with plenty of storylines

The New York Times’ “The Rail” blog is back for coverage of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup.  Turf writer Joe Drape says this BC has plenty of storylines to cover, starting with Havre de Grace in the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “Think of it as a battle of the sexes rubber match. In 2009, Zenyatta beat the […]

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Dutrow: Indian Tale in ‘very good shape’

Trainer Rick Dutrow says the filly put on the stewards’ list after failing to finish a race last week – her fourth race in 12 days – “was in very good shape before and still is.”  Dutrow tells New York Times turf writer Joe Drape that Indian Tale got bumped at the start of the […]

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Drape: Pletcher’s mega-stable operation is a labor of love

New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape chronicles a day spent with leading trainer Todd Pletcher, a day that starts before sunup as Pletcher manages the conditioning of nearly 200 horses at multiple racetracks and is only beginning to wind down 13 hours later. Pletcher, a family man who started working at the age of 8 […]

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Drape: Doctor finds new life in horse racing

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape profiles Dr. Gerald Bortolazzo, a former emergency room physician who got a new lease on life after being misdiagnosed with a fatal tumor.  Bortolazzo chose to embrace his new gift of time by following his passion for horse racing.  He purchased two-year-old Stat, who finished second Monday to […]

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