Muhammad Ali

Master Storyteller: Like Eclipse, It Was Nack First, The Rest Nowhere

Shortly after I became Blood-Horse magazine’s editor in 1992, I was introduced to Bill Nack at a press party on the Triple Crown trail. He sized me up, nodding a few times, didn’t seem all that impressed or interested. Nack was the preeminent horse racing writer – of that or any era. His work for Sports Illustrated set […]

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Apprentice Zajac Makes History By Tying For Riding Title At Hazel Park

Michigan racing had never seen an apprentice jockey take down the leading rider title, but in 2017, bug girl Melissa Zajac did just that at Hazel Park. Zajac tied for the title with Hazel stalwart Ricardo Barrios, each rider finishing the meet with 58 victories. According to the Detriot Metro-Times, Zajac was a long-time groom who […]

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Churchill’s Asher Hoping To Display Photo Of Muhammad Ali Training On Racetrack

John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs, is hoping that he will be able to display on-track a reproduction of a 1963 photograph which was recently uncovered, according to The photo shows Louisville icon Muhammad Ali running over the Churchill Downs stretch, with the twin spires standing tall in the background. […]

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Much-loved sportswriter and editor Vic Ziegel, who covered everything from Muhammad Ali to the New York Mets, died of lung cancer this morning. He twice won Red Smith awards for Kentucky Derby coverage and was an avid horse racing fan. Below are two tribute columns from the New York Times and New York Daily News. […]

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