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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.

Commentary
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.

Featured Book
August 2nd, 2014

‘Race Horse Men’ Examines Horse Racing In The Antebellum South

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.

July 12th, 2014

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. Last summer Bill Littlefield caught up with the lovable loser, who was enjoying a pleasant retirement.

Featured Book
May 31st, 2014

‘Duel For The Crown’ Captures Legendary Triple Crown Rivalry

‘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.

Commentary
May 3rd, 2014

Kentucky Derby Fashion Fever

The Kentucky Derby isn’t all about horse racing anymore. After all, the race is only two minutes. Bill Littlefield looks into the rising popularity and emphasis of Derby Fashion.

In the news
May 3rd, 2014

Kentucky Derby Marred By Controversy

The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is this weekend. This year’s event is swirling in controversy after PETA released a video accusing a trainer of horse cruelty. The New York Time’s Joe Drape joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the upcoming race and surrounding events.

Feature
August 31st, 2013

Saratoga Celebrates 150 Years

Race tracks across the country may be shutting down, but Saratoga Race Course in New York is still flourishing. On the track’s 150th anniversary, Bill takes in the scene at America’s oldest sporting facility.

OAG 20th Anniversary
August 24th, 2013

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. Now Bill Littlefield catches up with the lovable loser, who’s enjoying a pleasant retirement.

Featured Book
July 6th, 2013

‘The Ghost Horse’ Tells A Mysterious Tale

Journeyman horse trainer Tim Snyder’s wife told him on her deathbed that she would come back as a horse. Seven years later, Snyder began training a horse that would go on to win a race at Saratoga. Bill Littlefield speaks with Joe Layden, the author of “The Ghost Horse.”

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