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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Travers Weekend

  When California Chrome ran in the Belmont looking to win the Triple Crown, I bought 10, $2 win tickets betting on him – an odds-on favorite.  They weren’t worth the $2 I spent on them.  They weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.  But I wanted them just incase he won. And then he

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Running Low on Hope

  Shut up, Hope Solo. The USA Women’s National Soccer Team suffered a stunning loss to Sweden Friday afternoon in the Olympic quarterfinals, losing in penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in regulation. The U.S. Women’s team is the reigning World Cup Champion and were the heavy favorites to march through the Olympics and take home

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EPL Season Preview

Dust off your scarfs, get your steins washed and frosted, because the Premier League season is back. Let’s address the story ONE FINAL TIME that had Jane from accounting wondering what this story about a team with 5000-1 odds winnings some soccer league was all about. Yes, Leicester City pulled off arguably the greatest upset

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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Whitney Weekend

  For as long as I’ve covered Saratoga, my favorite race has been the Whitney.  The Travers is the show-stopper, it’s the unquestioned climax of the racing season, but there’s always been something about the Whitney. Maybe it’s because I hit it for a big winner my first year there, or maybe it just comes

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Saratoga Weekend Preview - Dandy Weekend

  Horse racing is a fickle game. I’ve started columns with that quote before, but I say it again because it hasn’t stopped being true.  Because maybe you’ve taken a month and a half off, and you jump back in on opening day at Saratoga and lose six straight. But then you close the day

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Saratoga Preview - Opening Weekend

  If you’ve ever wondered how the tobacco industry stays in business, blame broadcasting. Before I started working in radio, I knew there were people in the world who pay $10 for a pack of cigarettes, but I didn’t know any personally.  Now I know plenty.  Because after discovering that a cigarette-a-commercial-break is what helps

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Belmont Preview

  The first time I saw a trailer for Cowboys vs. Aliens, I was in a movie theater watching the previews, and I remember a rush of excitement followed immediately by a slow but steady deflation into depression. Originally, I thought it was a movie starring Daniel Craig as a ruthless, Curly Bill-style villain set against Harrison Ford as

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Preakness Preview

  I don’t know how Wile E. Coyote gets out of bed in the morning. You’d think after so many years chasing that damn Roadrunner, he’d just give up. He’s been burned and beaten and smashed and probably sautéed. You’d think by now, he’d tip his cap, say ‘kudos to you, ya speedy bastard,’ and

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Kentucky Derby Preview

  In a few months, a friend of mine is getting married to the woman of his dreams. They’re great together. It’s a real, honest-to-God love story. Which never would have worked if they’d met earlier in their lives. He mellowed throughout college.  He was a much harsher in high school (read: he was an

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Oscars Prop Bets

  A friend of mine’s favorite joke is to say that whatever was just mentioned is why the terrorists hate us. The Real Housewives of Orange County? It’s why the terrorists hate us. A bacon and cheese sandwich with fried chicken as the bun? It’s why the terrorists hate us. Five and a half hours