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Remembering Manny Ycaza: ‘Here Comes Yackasack!’

“Get out of the way boys, here comes Yackasack!” That may not be the exact phrase a young jockey uttered to me early one Saratoga Saturday morning more than a half century ago. But there was real awe in his voice when asked to describe the riding style of Manny Ycaza, a hard-riding Panamanian who […]

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Lamoreaux: When Sales Were Showtime – Remembering Tom Gentry

Right about this time of year, around these parts, when the first snow flurry flies past the ears, thoughts turn to “the list.”  It came into this reporter’s life many moons ago when my CBS colleague Charles Kuralt suggested we think about making a list and naming names on our yearend broadcast of those who […]

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Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, who was the target not far from the race track in Laurel, Md. As Americans who had endured the tragic year […]

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‘Holy Cow!’ The Improbable Tale of 1994 Travers Winner Holy Bull

  It was Aug. 20, 1994, a Saratoga day to remember. There was a small field for the 125th running of the Travers Stakes that included Holy Bull, the fan favorite and eventual Horse of the Year, and Concern, who would go on to win that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Bull set a blistering […]

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The Sages of Saratoga

It was nearly 50 years ago this month that this reporter found himself on a front porch in the most bucolic of all summer places in America – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – only to become a fly on the wall to one of the most engaging conversations of his well-travelled life in Thoroughbred racing. The […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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Northern Dancer, The Super Stud For All Times

All hail American Pharoah after his latest conquest, unanimous “Horse of the Year” honors! And in so doing it might be time to pay homage once again to one of his ancestors, even one five generations back. Any racing fan worth his salt remembers the name Northern Dancer. It always jumps off the page at […]

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Mott And Goehring: The Two Men From Mobridge

It’s been 20 years now since Cigar won the Breeders’ Cup Classic under the stewardship of trainer Bill Mott ­– 1995 at Belmont Park –– on his way to a winning streak that caught the nation’s attention. The two of them, Mott and Cigar, had unlikely paths to fortune and fame, stunning reminders of the finicky […]

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Triple Crown Fever – From Afar

I was not there to appreciate the full­throated roar that spread like wildfire among the 90,000 Belmont faithful who watched American Pharoah make history last Saturday. I wasn’t there, but I began to feel the emotion, the butterflies, even though I was armed only with my iPad and iPhone in a remote mountainous spot about […]

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California Chrome: A Message From Bud

A Message to California Chrome: “You think you’re the ‘people’s horse’? Well, don’t get too cocky. You’re no shoo-in.  You’re just the latest to get to the big dance at Belmont.” “I was a CBS News producer who covered a lot of Triple Crowns, starting with Majestic Prince in 1969 and Canonero II shortly thereafter. […]

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