Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse as well as a past President of Blood-Horse Publications.

Articles by: Dan Liebman

Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the training of Thoroughbreds was the overriding theme at the annual Jockey Club Round Table, held Aug. 23 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs,

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Preakness: Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass.

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Weather the Big Question for Kentucky Oaks, Derby

The song says the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, but there is no sun shining Kentucky Oaks morning, and the weather is the big topic of conversation.

Owners, trainers, and racing fans have been watching the skies over Louisville, Ky., all week. It was not raining as the abbreviated training hours ended May 1, necessitated by an early first post of 10:30 a.m. (EDT) both Oaks

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Horse Sales Market Commentary: Tough Times

Disaster. Brutal. Blood bath. Just a few of the many descriptive words being used by breeders to describe the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which at this writing still had a week to run.

In light of the recessive global economy,

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Racing Hall of Fame: It’s All About the Horse

From the keynote speaker to the final inductee, the message was the same Aug. 4 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame ceremony. That plain and simple mantra was, “It is all about the horse.”

Though certainly not a coordinated

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Eight Belles’ Trainer Clinging to Support, Faith

Trainer Larry Jones doesn’t have a horse in the May 17 Preakness, but he is at the track to run horses in stakes Friday and Saturday. Not surprisingly, he is still being asked questions about the injuries sustained by Eight Belles.


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Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of

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John Henry Remembered at Memorial Service

Perhaps the loudest ovation at the memorial service for John Henry Oct. 19 at The Kentucky Horse Park came when John Nicholson thanked John’s “special friends.”

The man who runs the Horse Park was speaking of the dedicated group of employees

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Seven Entered for Saturday’s Belmont

Slew’s Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes, drew next to each other at the post position draw this morning. A field of seven was entered in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Curlin, who won the

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Filly Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont

Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew’s Tizzy.


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Curlin Edges Street Sense in Preakness

Curlin kept gaining down the stretch and got past Street Sense in the final strides to win the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

In just his fourth lifetime start, Curlin ran third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. In his fifth start, the

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Street Sense Trainer Relaxed; All Up to the Horse Now

Trainer Carl Nafzger was relaxed at the Preakness barn Thursday morning. And, why shouldn’t he be?

His Street Sense is bedded down in the first stall of the barn, reserved for the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

“If he can really run, I can

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