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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Privman, McNamara Recognized For 2016 Belmont Stakes Coverage

Jay Privman of The Daily Racing Form and Ed McNamara of Newsday earned top honors in the New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) eighth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest, recognizing the best in print and internet coverage of the 2016 Belmont Stakes, won by Creator. Privman won for his race recap entitled “Creator beats […]

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Commentary: Facing Older Horses Is Pharoah’s Next Big Test

He’s already won the Triple Crown, but an article by Newsday says American Pharoah will further enhance his legacy if he successfully takes on older horses later this year. The colt’s owners have an abundance of options for starts down the road, including races at Monmouth, Saratoga, and Del Mar. If all goes well, we’ll […]

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Newsday: Triple Crown Spoilers Have Jobs To Do

Trainer Nick Zito has played the role of Triple Crown spoiler before. On one such occasion, his colt Birdstone surged past popular Smarty Jones to win the Belmont. “I’m so sorry,” Zito told Servis after the race. Servis replied, “Hey, you did your job.” A story by Newsday outlines the importance of outside chances in […]

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From Swaps to ‘Chrome’: Sherman Returns to Churchill Downs

59 years ago, Art Sherman rode in a railroad car from California to Kentucky, curled up next to the eventual Kentucky Derby winner, Swaps. Sherman was Swaps’ exercise rider, and now, more than half a century later, he is coming to Churchill Downs once again with a Kentucky Derby contender, this time as a trainer. […]

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‘Here’s to You, Paulie’: Pricci Pays Tribute to Longtime Friend, Colleague

Eclipse Award-winning turf writer Paul Moran died on Nov. 9 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 67. Fellow turf writer John Pricci pays tribute to his longtime friend and colleague in his latest column for Read more at

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