‘Tis the season to be with family and friends, and/or if you’re so inclined, with reading material while sitting by a warm fire with a mug of hot chocolate.
Continuing a tradition started in 2015, I’ve gone back through the past 12 months and compiled a list of my best historically-oriented features published during the course of 2019 that readers may (or may not) have missed. In addition to the items at Brisnet.com, I’ve decided this year to also include several that were published at KentuckyDerby.com and the TwinSpires.com blog.
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A look back 75 years to the colt who went from near-immortal to one of the sporting flops of the season.
Following the birth of an Arrogate filly to Songbird, a review of blue-blooded offspring produced by three-year-old champions from the same crop.
On the 40th anniversary, recalling Spectacular Bid’s amazing run to the Kentucky Derby.
A look back at the sport’s first Triple Crown winner on the centennial of his three-race sweep.
Updated from its original publication in 2009, a Longform on the “Greatest Generation” of American Thoroughbreds on the 50th anniversary of their 3-year-old season.
The Hall of Fame jockey’s illustrious career is recounted by the man himself nearly 70 years after he won the Kentucky Derby.
In the wake of this year’s Kentucky Derby, a look back at five other historically controversial disqualifications on the track.
The composition of this year’s Preakness field was unlike any other in nearly seven decades.
The story of the colt who conquered two famed courses: the 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs and the 1 1/2 miles at Epsom Downs.
Recalling the major racing and non-racing highlights at the historic Boston oval that permanently closed this summer.
The story of when Chicago introduced major-league night Thoroughbred racing to the American public, and then stopped.
When you have multiple Breeders’ Cup race options for your star runner, the story of In Excess shows how important it is to choose the right one.
The title says it all.
Once upon a time, the richest races run every year were held in New Jersey every November. Both proved stepping stones to stardom.
The best of the best from the decade now ending.