Show Wagering: A Horse Racing History

Somehow, in horse racing, the show still goes on

by John Cherwa for the LA Times

LOS ANGELES — Even the smartest people sometimes get their wisdom from strange places. Take Jon White, a horse racing encyclopedia who doubles as the morning-line oddsmaker at Santa Anita.

White cites a 1975 television episode of the “The Odd Couple,” a show based on a Neil Simon play about a sportswriter/gambler named Oscar and his… [Read more…]

The Fate of a Horse Named Preakness

The Derby is a race of aristocratic sleekness,
For horses of birth
To prove their worth
To run in the Preakness ~ Ogden Nash, noted poet, pundit and lover of Baltimore
BALTIMORE — And now comes that desperately needed pause on the Triple Crown highway when, for a single Saturday, a horse race is a horse… [read on for the history of the horse for which is named the 2nd jewel of the Triple Crown]