Stories 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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Regret victory was important to Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby reached a milestone 100 years ago with Regret's victory.
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
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$80,000 severance for director who quit

Columbia County commissioners voted unanimously to approve more than $80,000 in severance pay to former Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith.
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