Stories by Bill Marshall

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hint of gray makes its way into the winner's circle

The old gray mare might not be what she used to be, but Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes proved that this old adage does not apply to the younger generation of thoroughbreds currently racing.
By Bill Marshall

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Belmont distance a rarity in racing these days

The Belmont Stakes remains the only Grade I race in this country run on a dirt surface at the classic distance of a mile and a half.
By Bill Marshall

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Rail proves to be right move for Desormeaux, Exaggerator

Saturday's Preakness Stakes provided a good example that the most direct route is often the best.
By Bill Marshall

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Desormeauxs, Exaggerator won't give up against Nyquist

The brothers Desormeaux are hoping to end their run of futility against Preakness favorite Nyquist.
By Bill Marshall

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Time will tell how Nyquist stacks up against the best

While he may taste defeat down the road, it is difficult to imagine any of Nyquist's beaten rivals turning the tables in Baltimore in two weeks.
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Betting favorite prevails at Derby again

It appears the bettors are getting smarter. When the unbeaten and untied Nyquist swept under the wire to easily win the 142nd Kentucky Derby, he became the fourth successful betting favorite in a ...
By Bill Marshall

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Count Turf's trainer failed to show for the Kentucky Derby

A trainer, lacking confidence in his horse's ability, sought to avoid embarrassment at the Kentucky Derby.
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Maiden victory at Kentucky Derby is extremely rare

Unless a horse racing fan is in their 90s, they haven't seen a maiden win the Kentucky Derby.
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gun Runner takes Louisiana Derby

Seizing control of the race as the field left the far turn, Winchell Thoroughbreds' Gun Runner raced to a 4 1/2-length victory in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, proving his triumph five weeks ago ...
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

American Pharoah delivers epic performance in finale

Given the opportunity, American Pharoah delivered a grand finale worthy of as many superlatives as anyone might want to string together and attach in winning the Breeders' Cup Classic by six and a ...
By Bill Marshall

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Can American Pharoah complete racing's first Grand Slam?

American Pharoah, certain to be favored by the betting public, will be shooting for the first "Grand Slam" in the history of the Breeders' Cup.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Can Texas Red pull upset against American Pharoah?

Texas Red leads the challengers going up against American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes.
By Bill Marshall

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Vanderbilt, Whitney enter racing hall together

Two superlative and well-deserving sportsmen - Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney - will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on Friday as Pillars of the Turf.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, July 31, 2015

American Pharoah won't be the only speed horse in Haskell

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah makes his return to the racing wars Sunday afternoon in the nine-furlong Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, a race that has been dominated in recent ...
By Bill Marshall

Sunday, June 7, 2015

American Pharoah earns comparison to Man o' War

What American Pharoah accomplished at the Belmont Stakes was unprecedented.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, June 5, 2015

Can American Pharoah pass the Test of Champions?

One reason for the lack of success for Triple Crown hopefuls is that the mile and a half distance over which the Belmont is contested is more a test of stamina than speed.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, May 15, 2015

Time will tell if this is a special crop of 3-year-olds

On the back side of Churchill Downs - both before and after the running of the 141st Kentucky Derby two weeks ago - the opinion was voiced repeatedly that this is one of the best and deepest crops ...
By Bill Marshall

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Baffert has different outlook after latest Derby win

After posing for pictures, there was American Pharoah, munching on carrots from the hands of onlookers as his trainer nonchalantly chatted with the crowd.
By Bill Marshall

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Owner realizes his Kentucky Derby dream

LOUISVILLE Ky - After the frustration of finishing second in three of its past six renewals, owner Ahmed Zayat finally realized the dream Saturday in the Kentucky Derby.
By Bill Marshall

Friday, May 1, 2015

Trainers won't catch Jones

Regardless of today's results, no trainer will catch "Plain Ben" Jones in the category of number of Kentucky Derby's won.
By Bill Marshall
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