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
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.
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.
Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun
From Mt. Pleasant to the World: Quick and Rich runs - June 2019
Born in Sidney, Michigan, an unincorporated community of about 200, Arabian racehorse Quick and Rich rose from a $7,000 maiden race at small-time Mount Pleasant Meadows to winning North America’s richest race for Arabians, the $100,000 President of the U.A.E. Cup at Churchill Downs. From there, Quick and Rich took owner/breeders Tom and Joyce Fritz to the world’s richest race for Arabians in Abu Dhabi, worth $1.3 million.
Thoroughbred Daily News
I Do One Two Three: World Champion Paint Still Going Fast In New Career - 2019 Barrel Stallion Register
Michigan-bred Paint Horse I Do One Two Three became a world champion on the racetrack. Today, he’s a high-level barrel horse on the Midwest rodeo circuit, competing with the rider that was married on his birthday to give him his “I Do” name.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.