| May 13, 2015
| 4:29 PM
It had to be one of those what-are-the-odds moments for trainer Bob Baffert, and we're not talking about the fact that Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah was set as a 4-5 morning line favorite for the 140th running of the Preakness on Saturday at...
| May 13, 2015
| 5:30 PM
Preakness week began with a yawn.
Tuesday, there were a few TV guys plugging in cords and a few more people in security uniforms, guarding the Stakes Barns, which were all but empty.
Yes, they will hold the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown...
| May 16, 2015
| 6:02 PM
Sometimes, it's not that complicated.
When Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah drew the supposedly unforgiving first post position for Saturday's 140th running of the Preakness Stakes, the conversation quickly turned to the reasons why he couldn't...
| May 11, 2015
| 2:02 PM
It might have been just another routine morning at Santa Anita last week. But it couldn't be. It is Triple Crown season.
That doesn't mean they sell more coffee at Clockers' Corner. Or that the steady rat-a-tat of training horses speeding past is...
| May 10, 2015
| 12:24 PM
When American Pharoah charged home at the head of a heart-stopping three-horse finish in this month's Kentucky Derby, the buzz went way beyond the usual can-he-do-it Triple Crown speculation.
Sure, the horse has a chance to make history. That comes...
| May 9, 2015
| 7:07 PM
Maybe you like the rush of traveling at high speeds with fresh air in your face. Perhaps you prefer the scent of real pine trees over that of a pine tree-shaped deodorizer. Or maybe, just maybe, you simply want to save space in your garage.
| May 8, 2015
| 3:37 PM
I'm heartbroken to report that Lauren Mandel has died at age 27.
I first wrote about her when she was 5, a determined, spirited little girl with a large facial deformity. Adults gasped and stared at her. Children teased and shunned her. She was...
| May 5, 2015
| 3:04 PM
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Check out the latest NASCAR standings. Chairman Brian France and everybody else in the sport just hit the lottery:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the Chase.
The NASCAR brand identifies strongly with the Earnhardts, right alongside...
| May 6, 2015
| 6:15 AM
It has occurred to some that the people who invented Twitter and are now billionaires might have gotten inspiration from our late, great Allan Malamud.
At the Herald Examiner and later The Times, he produced daily notes and squibs. His opinions were not...
| May 2, 2015
| 5:38 PM
There was no need to travel to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Everything you needed to mark the day and the race was right here in Connecticut from bourbon-laced mint juleps and fanciful hats that were works of art.
Folly Farm, a horse...
| May 2, 2015
| 4:49 PM
BOSTON — Blake Swihart took his position behind home plate for his major league debut at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, a day proclaimed in advance by pop culturists as the most incredible in sports history.
It was at that moment at Fenway Park, as Wade...