Dortmund’s tooth-and-nail victory in the race formerly known as the Hollywood Futurity over the weekend proved that last-minute shoppers weren’t the only ones cutting it close with Christmas barreling down this week.
The racing world seemed to lose more than its share of colorful characters than usual in 2014 and few can argue that the game got a little blander after the sudden death of Dominic Galluscio in March.
It should come as no surprise that the days leading up to, including and immediately after the Kentucky Derby are some of the best at generating reader interest.
This time of year, racing is about opinions. They’re like ears, everybody has them, and some stick out more than others. Who’s your Horse of the Year? I tell ya who I’d vote for… Who’s your 3-year-old of the year? You know, it really ought to be… Champion jockey? It’s gotta be… Champion trainer? No doubt about it, it’ll be…
Crestwood Farm’s promising first-crop stallion Tizdejavu got on the board with his first stakes winner and Medaglia d’Oro was represented by a pair of stakes winners last weekend.
Willie McCarthy earned his first jockey championship this year. The 31-year-old Irishman won 23 races from 91 rides, stamping a nine-win margin on former champions Paddy Young and Ross Geraghty.
The year is winding down, so what better time than to start reflecting on another season in the world of racing?
Late December is on its way and the New Year right around the corner after that, so what better time than to look ahead at what’s possibly in store for the top tiers of the racing scene in 2015.