Stories by Bill Marshall

Saturday, March 28, 2015

International Star claims Louisiana Derby

International Star outgamed the Todd Pletcher-trained Stanford on Saturday afternoon in a battle down the stretch before prevailing by a neck at the Louisiana Derby.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Marshall: One man's ballot for Eclipse Awards

Tonight at Gulfstream Park in south Florida, the Eclipse Awards honoring the best horses and people involved in thoroughbred racing in 2014 will be dispensed at the annual banquet.
By Bill Marshall

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Voting for Eclipse Awards no easy task this year

The conclusion of a year of thoroughbred racing usually leaves little doubt as to the identity of the recipient of the ultimate prize - Horse of the Year. That's not the case in 2014.
By Bill Marshall

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Campbell to receive prestigious award

Cot Campbell will receive quite a consolation when the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters present him with the Joe Palmer Award.
By Bill Marshall

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Keeneland begins fall meet with new dirt surface

After eight years of silence, hoof beats will once again be discernible this afternoon when Keeneland Race Course inaugurates its fall meeting.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Palace Malice's streak is on the line

Halfway through his projected campaign of eight races this year with an unblemished record so far, Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice is poised to turn a corner in Saturday's Whitney Handicap that ...
By Bill Marshall

Palace Malice on path to joining elite company

Halfway through his projected campaign of eight races this year with an unblemished record so far, Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice is poised to turn a corner.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jockey error can cost a Triple Crown bid

In the 35 renewals of the Triple Crown series since Affirmed came home first in all three, 26 Kentucky Derby winners have competed in the Belmont Stakes. Only two have won - an astonishing statistic.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, May 16, 2014

Filly has a chance in Preakness

Five years ago, a filly named Rachel Alexandra captivated the thoroughbred racing audience by becoming the first of her sex to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years. As rare as this achievement may ...
By Bill Marshall

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Marshall: California Chrome, Untapable showdown on hold

The winners of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will not square off in the Preakness Stakes 12 days hence. However, the dream could become reality in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Marshall: Ease of win will ignite Triple Crown talk

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the immediate aftermath of California Chrome's demolition of his 18 rivals in Saturday's 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, a pervasive sense of awe enveloped the scene. 
By Bill Marshall

Friday, May 2, 2014

2013 Derby winner now in stud career

Looking at him, one would think with 60 days of training, he could be ready to race and possibly compete for Horse of the Year honors. But Orb, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby, has left ...
By Bill Marshall

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Troubled trip in crowded 1974 Derby led to 'The Little Current Rule'

The Ken­tucky Derby was limited to 20 starters in 1975, a year after Little Current broke stride because of traffic problems in a record 23-horse field before going on to win the final two legs of ...
By Bill Marshall

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

'Barn rat" pins his hopes on Wicked Strong

This is the Jimmy Jerkens first time to actually saddle a horse in the Derby, but he experienced the thrill when his dad brought Devil His Due to Churchill Downs in 1992. The younger Jerkens, a ...
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Aiken-trained horse among Derby winners to buck odds

With a full field of 20 expected for next Saturday's 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, handicappers and casual observers alike have begun the process of trying to predict the winner. 
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Palace Malice wins New Orleans Handicap

NEW ORLEANS - Turning back a stout challenge from old rival Normandy Invasion at the top of the stretch, Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice won the Grade II New Orleans Handicap by 4¾ widening lengths ...
By Bill Marshall

Friday, March 28, 2014

Marshall: Palace Malice, rival in similar situations

Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice visits the Crescent City to make his second start on the comeback trail this afternoon in the mile and one-eighth Grade II New Orleans Handicap. 
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Palace Malice showed heart of a champion

For the final 220 yards of Saturday's Gulfstream Park Handicap, Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice got the job done on courage, heart and class.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, March 7, 2014

Palace Malice begins 4-year-old campaign

Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice makes his return to the racing wars Saturday in the Grade II $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap amid much hope that it will be the start of something big.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Eclipse Awards to be presented Saturday night

The 2014 Eclipse Awards, designed to honor the best horses and the people connected with thoroughbred racing in 2013, will be presented at a six-hour long banquet Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.
By Bill Marshall
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