Continuing a tradition started in 2015, I’ve gone back through the past 12 months and compiled a list of what I think were my better takes and historical features published at Brisnet.com during the course of 2018 that readers may (or may not) have missed. Enjoy!
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In chronological order:
Forty-five years on from his racing days, a look back at Secretariat’s noted Triple Crown rival and his time as the leading three-year-old in California.
In a widely misinterpreted piece, I note how longevity tends to color how we view the comparative talents of horses at present and those of yesteryear.
On the 85th anniversary of his birth, the story of a Kentucky Derby winner who later became a prolific sire of Derby winners.
Nearly a quarter-century after my last visit, thoughts on my visit and weekend experience at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track for the Rebel (G2).
On the eve of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, I noted how the storylines leading up to this year’s race paralleled those of a long-ago edition.
In the wake of Justify’s Triple Crown sweep, how I ranked it among the achievements on the track unlikely to be seen again.
The story of my visit to a founding father’s Virginia estate and the best flat runner ever born and raised there.
In the lead-up to a return trip to the Indiana Derby (G3), I looked back at the most accomplished Thoroughbred ever bred in the Hoosier State.
On opening weekend of the Saratoga meet, I looked back at highlights of the Spa’s opening week 50 years before.
A look back at the one and only time the Arlington Million (G1) was run outside Arlington Park…and the U.S.
I first waded into the potential Horse of the Year debate in August following Accelerate’s tour de force victory in the Pacific Classic (G1).
The story of racing fan Michael Podd’s worldwide quest to visit his first 100 racetracks.
In the wake of the Breeders’ Cup, my response to a columnist’s concerns about the Triple Crown reputation being potentially diminished unless Justify earned Horse of the Year honors.
The death of a prominent racetrack executive and owner brought back memories of one of his best runners.
The Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) continues to yield future champions. A look back at the trailblazing filly that started it all.
Perhaps saving the best for last, an in-depth history of Minnesota’s long-forgotten first dalliance with Thoroughbred racing in the late 19th century.