joe hirsch

Destination Louisville brought to you by Vinery LTD: A Horse Named Zenyatta

Once upon a time there was a horse named Zenyatta…but only once. The late Joe Hirsch penned that phrase years ago to describe the amazing Kelso, U.S. Horse of the Year in five consecutive years in the early 1960s. Daily Racing Form’s beloved and respected executive columnist retired before Zenyatta raced and died in January […]

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING ANNOUNCES JOE HIRSCH MEDIA ROLL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

PRESS RELEASE Turf writers Steven Crist, Charles Hatton, William Nack, and Walter “Red” Smith have been named the inaugural selections to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. The honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 1 at Belmont Park, the day before the Joe Hirsch Turf […]

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WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JOE HIRSCH?

As an indication of how far the profession of turf writing has fallen, an article in Southern Utah’s the Desert Valley Times by Duke Hunt talks about the future of Rachel and Zenyatta. It’s a rather innocuous article talking about their dominance this weekend and how they are the real stars of the sport this […]

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A BETTER HALL OF FAME

By Ray Paulick UPDATE: Please see my clarification in the comments section at the end of this article, concerning the Hall of Fame’s acknowledgement of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.. Friday’s induction ceremonies for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame figures to be a proud and emotional day for jockey Eddie Maple, trainers […]

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COLLUSION, AN ONLINE FIRESTORM, AND SURRENDER

By Ray Paulick For those of you who decided to disconnect from the racing world on Sunday, let me just say that we had a little situation here. Actually, it wasn’t so little. Collusion between the co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and the owner of runner-up Pioneerof the Nile to keep […]

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INDUSTRY GIANT JOE HIRSCH DEAD

By Ray Paulick Joe Hirsch, the longtime executive columnist for Daily Racing Form, died in New York City at the age of 80 on Friday morning. According to a release from his longtime employer, he was at St. Luke’s Hospital at the time of his death. He had been in a long-term […]

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JOE HIRSCH REMEMBERED …

The death of Daily Racing Form’s longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch has brought an outpouring of tributes from people throughout the Thoroughbred industry who remembered him for his dedication to the sport and to his profession, and for his friendship. “Joe Hirsch was much more than just the dean of American racing writers for […]

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HALL OF ZERO

By Ray Paulick Last Monday was the National Museum of Racing’s big day, when induction ceremonies were held for the newest members of the racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees included trainer Carl Nafzger, jockey Edgar Prado, and a full complement of horses. A number of previous Hall of Fame inductees […]

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