| Nov 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
In a Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday that was more pinball machine than horse race, at least six significant things happened.
•Bayern won, giving his owner, Kaleem Shah, 60% of the richest thoroughbred purse of the year, $5...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 2:58 PM
I was hesitant to write about recent developments at the Sun-Times — the biggest story in my little world last week — until seemingly hundreds of readers insisted I do so.
"Who's gonna tell me what to think about all that craziness?" they...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 6:59 PM
The scenarios for success in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, a $5-million race at Santa Anita that will create legacies and define history, are as complicated as a Rubik's Cube.
Fourteen horses will start. Thirteen will lose. Millions will be wagered....
| Oct 25, 2014
| 9:04 PM
Aaron Gordon doesn't consider himself a consolation prize, even if Magic fans and the rest of the basketball world might.
It's not fair to Aaron, of course, that he's considered as the fourth horse in a three-horse race.
The Magic wound up with Gordon...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:10 PM
It would be understandable were John Velazquez less than giddy about his trip from New York for this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
He is a Hall of Fame jockey. About a year ago, he passed Pat Day in career winnings, topping Day's $297-...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 9:25 PM
Gary Stevens isn't a jockey. He's a miracle man. If somebody names a horse Lourdes, Stevens has to be the rider.
One day, he will be racing behind a wall of horses and, instead of maneuvering around, he will just wave his hand and they will part like...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:18 PM
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Just ask Santa Anita barkeep Frank Panza, a link to the days when horse racing was about the only game in town, before the Dodgers came along, then the Lakers, then the edge-of-nowhere casinos the youngsters seem to...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 5:25 PM
For the third straight year, Santa Anita will be home base for horse racing's annual cash call, also known as the Breeders' Cup.
This year's event, Friday and Saturday, will distribute $24.5 million over 13 races, four on Friday and nine on Saturday. It...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Horse racing is the only sport where its customers are best served by putting on blinders.
It isn't always a mess. Just most of the time.
We have gone through a 2014 Triple Crown season where a potentially beautiful story of California Chrome, a...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:35 PM
It was either the night before the game against Miami or the morning of when rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley asked Ravens head coach John Harbaugh a seemingly innocent question.
"What week is this?" Harbaugh said Mosley asked.
"What week is this?...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 7:32 PM
Usually the 12th Man is a difference maker for Seattle.
Sunday, the man wearing 12 played a role in the Seahawks' demise.
Stedman Bailey, a second-year receiver for the St. Louis Rams, pulled off the best trick play of the NFL season, fooling everyone...