Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.
The horse racing industry industry is shrinking, but there are still an estimated 2,000 jockeys trying to make it in the U.S. Reporter Anne Marshall spent some time with one young jockey who’s sacrificing his health to break into the sport.
With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.
Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill Littlefield to predict whether American Pharaoh will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
After 100 races — and zero victories — Zippy Chippy called it quits. But his futility has made him a celebrity in horse racing circles. We first profiled Zippy in 1999. More recently, Bill Littlefield caught up with the lovable loser, who was enjoying a pleasant retirement.
With Atlantic City’s median income falling, unemployment rising and casinos shuttering, some New Jersey officials believe the legalization of sports betting could help the city’s economy. But for casinos and racetracks, legal hurdles remain — and financial analysts say the economic benefits are minimal. Bill Littlefield has the story.
As the sport of horse racing continues to struggle, Suffolk Downs in Boston may soon be the latest racetrack to close. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield channels writer Damon Runyon in his reaction to the news.
Katherine Mooney’s “Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack” discusses the meteoric rise of early horse racing and illuminates how slavery became an inseparable aspect of antebellum America’s favorite sport.
After 100 races — and zero victories — Zippy Chippy called it quits. But his futility has made him a celebrity in horse racing circles. We first profiled Zippy in 1999. Last summer Bill Littlefield caught up with the lovable loser, who was enjoying a pleasant retirement.
‘Duel for the Crown’ by Linda Carroll and David Rosner delves into the legendary rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar for the 1978 Triple Crown. Carroll joins Bill Littlefield.