Author Archives: Richard R. Gross

Swiss Skydiver a Belmont Day Scratch

As important and intriguing as is Saturday’s Belmont 153, the undercard also features the Ogden Phipps (G1). That race comes with a “Win and You’re In” automatic berth in the...

Laoban Passes Unexpectedly at Age 8

WinStar Farm announced this morning that Laoban, a leading second-crop sire, passed away unexpectedly at age eight. No cause of death was given. Bred in Kentucky by Respite Farm, the...

Okay, So I “Bought” A Racehorse!

“I bought the best in the world,Her name is Monomoy Girl,I’m sure Swiss Sky-div-er’s gonn-a fail,Can do,Can do,I’m sure that the mare can do,…”…with apologies to songwriter Frank Loesser, lyricist...

Jesus’ Team Has Its Apostles

The near-mile-long Meydan Grandstand will be near-vacant, filled only with horses’ connections and few invited guests. Even media will be relatively sparse for one of Thoroughbred racing’s most significant annual...