Steve Montemarano

Remembering Danny Perlsweig: Old-School Trainer Touched Lives On The Backstretch

(Editor’s Note:¬†Gulfstream Park will remember Danny Perlsweig during a winner’s circle ceremony after the first race Saturday.¬†Perlsweig was active creating Backstretch Appreciation Days at Gulfstream and Monmouth Park, spoke at the Universities of Louisville and Arizona, and earned the Dogwood Dominion Award in 1999 for unsung heroes in racing.) Danny Perlsweig may not have been […]

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The Lord Reigned: Lord Avie (1978-2012)

Lord Avie, the oldest living Eclipse Award champion, laid down in his field and died peacefully at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va., on Friday, Dec. 28, at the age of 34. His longtime caretaker, Patricia Ramey, knew the time had come.¬† Lord Avie’s stakes-winning son Boyce stood by an adjacent fence, and with reverence […]

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Would medication ban be form of class warfare?

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary is from Steve Montemarano, a board member of the Ohio Thoroughbred Fund and an equine sales executive for Merck.) Eliminating race day medication has little to do with protecting horse health, improving the breed, or making Thoroughbred racing a better sport. In reality it is a veiled attempt by elitists […]

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Life At Ten – Patience Tested

The questions abound. How long does it take for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to investigate the Life At Ten incident? The Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic was run three months ago. Was the mare’s performance a fluke? Is there a conspiracy angle? Will the procedures for scratching and drug testing horses be updated? The […]

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Z: Better to Have Loved and Lost

By Steve Montemarano There’s a fine fine line between a lover and a friend, And there’s a fine fine line between reality and pretend. And you never know when you reach the top if it was worth the uphill climb, There’s a fine fine line between love and a waste of your time. –Lyrics from […]

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