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View From The Eighth Pole: A Sport In The Crosshairs

Oct. 27, 1990, was the most somber day I’ve spent at a racetrack. That was when the New York Racing Association hosted the Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park for the first time on a sunny but cold afternoon. Two horses perished in the day’s first championship race when Mr. Nickerson suffered an apparent heart attack […]

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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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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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William Nack, Award-Winning Author Of ‘Secretariat,’ Dies At 77

Seven-time Eclispe Award-winning writer William Nack passed away on Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. He was 77 years old. Nack mainly covered horse racing, and wrote several books including the classic ‘Secretariat’ of 1975. He later served as an adviser for the 2010 Secretariat movie. The author also delved into subjects like Bobby Fischer, A.J. Foyt, […]

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Durkin To Emcee Equestricon; Lineup To Include Over 45 Special Events

Equestricon, LLC., announced Monday an unprecedented lineup consisting of more than 45 panels, discussions, events, celebrity appearances, book signings and additional programming for the inaugural Equestricon™, scheduled for August 13-15, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The preliminary menu, crafted to the interests of fans at all levels of the sport, represents only an […]

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‘Secretariat’s Kentucky’ To Be In The Spotlight During Upcoming Secretariat Festival

The Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of the 1973 Triple Crown champion, Sept. 16-18 in Paris, Ky., is shaping up to be center stage for an assembly of esteemed racing celebrities as well as the premier source for notable racing memorabilia. The Secretariat Festival, in its ninth renewal this year, […]

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Turcotte, Nack To Reunite For Secretariat’s Birthday Celebration

Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who piloted Secretariat to his historic Triple Crown victory in 1973, will headline the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow March 27-29. Joining Turcotte at Secretariat’s birthplace will be Charlie Davis, who galloped “Big Red” as his exercise rider; acclaimed author Bill Nack, whose book Secretariat – The […]

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Sports Illustrated Republishes Nack’s ‘Pure Heart’ for Magazine’s 60th Anniversary

In honor of Sports Illustrated’s 60th anniversary, the magazine’s website is republishing 60 of its best stories. On Friday, “Pure Heart,” a story by Bill Nack chronicling the life and death of champion Secretariat, was the featured story. “It was about as honest as anything I’ve ever written,” said Nack in a Q&A session accompanying […]

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‘Pure Heart’: Revisiting Nack’s Personal Portrait of Secretariat

On the eve of California Chrome’s attempt at making history in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, Sports Illustrated showcases Bill Nack’s moving portrait of the sport’s greatest runner, Secretariat. The article originally ran in SI’s June 4, 1990 issue. Read more at Sports

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