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April 27th, 2016

Littlefield: Derby Day’s Coming

Is it too early to begin thinking about the first Saturday in May and the horse race traditionally run on that day? Bill Littlefield doesn’t think so.

In Depth
April 23rd, 2016

What’s In A Name: Horsey McHorseface Becomes A Star

Trainer Bjorn Baker was having trouble selling shares in his new horse … until he named him Horsey McHorseface.

April 6th, 2016

Littlefield: The Allure Of Sports

Some aspiring sportswriters crave the ticket to ride to the most celebrated games. Bill Littlefield finds himself thinking about more humble sources of inspiration.

November 14th, 2015

Take Your Pick: Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman Of The Year Candidates

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.

June 13th, 2015

Against The Odds: Trying To Become A Great American Jockey

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.

In Their Own Words
May 23rd, 2015

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

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.

In The News
May 23rd, 2015

American Pharoah Could Win Triple Crown … But Won’t Save Racing

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.

May 9th, 2015

Catching Up With A Lovable Loser: Zippy Chippy

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.

In Depth
September 27th, 2014

Will Sports Betting Save Atlantic City?

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.

September 24th, 2014

Sufferin’: The Demise of Suffolk Downs

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.

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