Ageless Wonder - Winter 2018
Boo Dutton began his racing career at an age when many horses are already retired, and at the lowest level possible, but he kept getting stronger year-by-year into age 10, when he won his second straight edition of the Michigan Sire Stakes and solidified himself as one of Michigan's top runners.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
How Wild Rose won the Queen’s Plate in 1867 - and again 19 years later - June 2018
Thirty-six fillies have won the Queen’s Plate in the race’s 158-year history. Two of them were chestnut mares named Wild Rose. A historical deep-dive into a family’s dominance to the point of redundancy in the rough-and-tumble early days of the Canadian classic.
Brad Cox - August-October 2018
A profile on trainer Brad Cox in the midst of what became a career season, led by the exploits of star filly Monomoy Girl. Interviews with notable from Cox’s past and present outline how the trainer’s work ethic led him from a hotwalker who grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs to leading a horse into the Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle.
Thoroughbred Daily News
Justify Parades Beneath Twin Spires - June 2018
Recapping the fan celebration for Triple Crown winner Justify at Churchill Downs, featuring interviews with fans and the horse’s connections.
The Do It All Consignors - June 2018
Examining the handful of consignors who sell in every phase of the Thoroughbred auction market - yearlings, 2-year-olds, and mixed offerings.
Stewards veto Hansen's color request - February 2012
Kendall Hansen's wish to color his near-white horse's tail in a race was met with resistance from multiple tracks. This story looks looks at where some racetrack officials on the Kentucky Derby trail stood on the issue.
All in the family - July 2012
The Seitz family's Brookdale Farm became the first operation in history to consign top two finishers of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the same year with I'll Have Another and Bodemeister in 2012. The multi-generation business has had much success over the years.
Catching up with Cigar - September 2012
I had the dubious honor of writing the last page of editorial copy and having the last photo in the Thoroughbred Times print magazine. At least it was a fun story.
Buyers prepare for marathon Keeneland September sale - September 2012
A look at how buyers prepared themselves for the two-week Keeneland September yearling sale, which featured an expanded select Book 1 in 2012.
The Michigan-Bred Claimer
Breeders' Cup Mercenary Song Part 3: The Aftermath - December 2010
A look back at the eventful day after my first Breeders' Cup as a reporter, highlighted by a face-to-face encounter with eventual Horse of the Year Zenyatta.
Yellowstone Downs: Kind of a big deal - October 2010
What looked like a small-time Montana track by its entries turned out to be a bigger event than expected. Anecdotes and photos abound for the unique venue.
All in a day: Keeneland and The Red Mile - October 2012
A first-person account of attending two marquee race cards held in the same city at the same time - Thoroughbred racing's Keeneland Race Course and harness racing's Red Mile in Lexington, Ky.
Henry Mast: Making an impact in Indiana - May/June 2011
Henry Mast found success selling flowers and racing horses in Michigan. Then, the eventual TOBA Small Breeder of the Year turned his attention to Indiana and kept on winning.