Articles

This is a collection of most, though not all, of my articles since I set out as an independent journalist in the summer of 2008. Previous articles from my days as a reporter for the Daily Racing Form (2001-05) and Asbury Park Press (1999-2001) are buried in those papers’ tombs, and my basement.    

The Village Voice: Meet Peter Dorosh, the Bird Man of Prospect Park [4 April 2017]

Deadspin: How America’s Favorite Sports Betting Expert Turned A Sucker’s Game Into An Industry [23 June 2016] (Also featured as a Longform staff pick.)

International New York Times: Predicting Racing Success Genetically [14 June 2016]

International New York Times: A Father and Son Cultivate Training Excellence [14 June 2016]

Tablet Magazine: American Pharoah Strikes Gold as a Stud [6 January 2016]

International New York Times: Father and Son, Riding High [12 December 2015]

International New York Times: Mongolian Horsemen Conquer the West, One Race at a Time [12 December 2015]

International New York Times: Secrets of a Japanese Horse-Breeding Empire [27 November 2015]

International New York Times: An Irishman’s Blazing Trail Into Japan’s Racing Circles [27 November 2015]

International New York Times: A Filly’s Date With History [3 October 2015]

International New York Times: Longchamp Revamp Splits French Racing [3 October 2015]

New York Times: A Jockey Rises After Hard Fall From Grace [3 October 2015]

International New York Times: ‘Mad Genius From America’ Sets His Sights on England’s Racecourses [16 June 2015]

International New York Times: A Challenge Too Great for California Chrome? [16 June 2015]

International New York Times: In Dubai, an American’s Racing Dreams Come True [28 March 2015]

International New York Times: Modern Track in Dubai Enters an Old-School New Era [28 March 2015]

International New York Times: John Moore, an Accidental Kind of Horse Trainer [13 December 2014]

International New York Times: What’s Age Got to Do With It? At 8, Cirrus des Aigles Is a Model for Other Racehorses [13 December 2014]

Deadspin: How Japan Built The World’s Best Horse Racing [11 December 2014]

Deadspin: A Day At The Track For The World’s Biggest And Strangest Horse Race [5 December 2014]

International New York Times: Renewing a Winning Pedigree: Sea the Stars Is Making His Mark as a Stallion [4 October 2014]

International New York Times: Longchamp’s Fountain of Youth: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Has Favored 3-Year-Olds Lately [4 October 2014]

International New York Times: Qatar, the New Force in European Thoroughbred Racing [17 June 2014]

International New York Times: High Hopes for an American Racehorse in Europe [17 June 2014]

International New York Times: Winning Horse Races Is All in the Family: Criquette Head-Maarek, Trainer of Treve, Is at the Top of French Racing [14 June 2014]

International New York Times: Prix de Diane: A Race Made for Local Heroines [14 June 2014]

International New York Times: Riding High on a Last Chance [3 May 2014]

ProPublica: Secret to Success: a Derby win and Racing’s Doping Addiction [2 May 2014]

International New York Times: Horses and Handlers Groomed For Success [28 March 2014]

International New York Times: South African Horse Gets His Star Turn [28 March 2014]

Thoroughbred Daily News magazine: The Contemporary Rise of German Bloodlines: How the forgotten cousins of European racing became the toast of international stud books, and the family that helped pull it off [January 2014]

International New York Times: The World Is This Horse’s Track [7 December 2013]

International New York Times: How a Spindly Yearling Became a Legend [7 December 2013]

International New York Times: A Cosmopolitan Horse Comes to Australia [5 November 2013]

International New York Times: Australia’s Melbourne Cup Is Now a Foreign Affair [5 November 2013]

International Herald Tribune: In Germany, a New Day at the Races [4 October 2013]

International Herald Tribune: Orfevre Gets a Last Shot at Redemption [4 October 2013]

Thoroughbred Daily News magazine: Riding the Pine: Why the best American horses stay on the bench while their European counterparts log extra minutes [4 October 2013]

Daily Racing Form: Affirmed and Alydar’s Travers showdown still rouses emotions [24 August 2013]

Daily Racing Form: Chart callers: The inexact science behind a basic betting tool [10 August 2013]

SC Magazine: It’s personal: A battle rages between advertisers and privacy advocates over access to online behavior [1 July 2013]

Thoroughbred Daily News magazine series “A Painful Truth”: ‘Race Horse is Not a Diagnosis’: The Path Forward [22 June 2013]

International Herald Tribune: Hard Times for Sport of Kings in Ancestral Home [18 June 2013]

International Herald Tribune: One Victory Away From Racing History [18 June 2013]

Deadspin: How Big Brown’s People Nearly Pulled Off Horse Racing’s Biggest Scam [7 June 2013]

Thoroughbred Daily News magazine series “A Painful Truth”: War on Drugs? Vet Records and State Rules Say No [10 May 2013]

Thoroughbred Daily News magazine series “A Painful Truth”: A History of Drugs in Racing [2 May 2013]

International Herald Tribune: The Road to Louisville Is Now Paved With Points [4 May 2013]

International Herald Tribune: 2 Storied Lineages Share a Kentucky Derby Favorite [4 May 2013]

Men’s Journal: Kevin Krigger is Racing for History [May 2013]

Daily Racing Form: Brothers’ Keeper: Savvy racetracker stands behind success of riding phenoms Irad and Jose Ortiz [6 April 2013]

International Herald Tribune: For South African Horses, a Long Road to Dubai [30 March 2013]

International Herald Tribune: Great Expectations for a Convention-Bucking American Colt [30 March 2013]

Daily Racing Form: New York OTB: Remembering a city icon [9 February 2013]

SC Magazine: Battle lines drawn: Nation-state threats [February 2013]

New York Times: Recovery Begins Slowly for Award-Winning Jockey [23 January 2013]

New York Times: Pacer Finishes 2nd in His 461st and Final Start [28 December 2012]

New York Times: After 460 Starts, a War Horse’s Last Stand [27 December 2012]

New York Times: Cool, Calm and Collecting Millions [20 November 2012]

Daily Racing Form: Jerkens in long line of trainers thriving after 70 [6 October 2012]

New York Times: Ability to Pace is Written in DNA of Some Horses [11 September 2012]

Daily Racing Form: Keiber Coa presses on a year after father’s fateful spill [7 July 2012]

New York Times: Reunion at Belmont Park For 4 Buddies and Bettors [10 June 2012]

New York Times: ‘Unbelievable’ End of a Dream [9 June 2012]

New York Times: A Chiropractor for the Four-Legged Set [2 June 2012]

SC Magazine: On fertile ground: Social networking [1 June 2012]

Daily Racing Form: Monmouth puts its fate in Drazin’s hands [12 May 2012]

International Herald Tribune: Winning Horse Racing Partners Do It Their Own Way [4 May 2012]

International Herald Tribune: A Fallen Horse Trainer Seeks to Revive His Once-Stellar Career [4 May 2012]

New York Times: A Vision in White [11 April 2012]

New York Times: Gemologist Earns Spot in Kentucky Derby With Win in Wood Memorial [8 April 2012]

Daily Racing Form: Hatton provides window into racing’s golden age [10 March 2012]

New York Times: Runner Leaves College, and Everyone Else, Far Behind in Wanamaker Mile [12 February 2012]

New York Times: Bratwurst, N.Y.C. [13 January 2012]

SC Magazine: Top 5 influential IT security thinkers [December 2011]

Daily Racing Form: Lasix: Demystifying the drug, methods of training without it [19 November 2011]

Daily Racing Form: Next two weeks could put Ward on the rise [27 August 2011]

Daily Racing Form: The Godfather of handicappers: Pittsburg Phil changed the game forever [25 June 2011]

Brown Alumni Magazine: The Patients No One Wants [May/June 2011]

Daily Racing Form: Louisiana HBPA case of fraud, conspiracy divides horsemen [26 March 2011]

Minyanville.com: What will food cost in 4 years? [11 March 2011]

Daily Racing Form: Motion finds success as trainer and family man [1 January 2011]

SC Magazine: IT Security Reboot 2010 [December 2010]

Daily Racing Form: The golden era of Brooklyn racing [13 November 2010]

Daily Racing Form: Suspended jockeys mocking the system [25 September 2010]

Inside Jersey: Jersey’s Pinball Wizard [October 2010]

Daily Racing Form: Frank H. Brunell: The father of form [14 August 2010]

New York Times: Meadowlands Racetrack, Its Future Uncertain, Hosts Hambletonian on Saturday [7 August 2010]

New York Times: Adidas Grand Prix Rolls On Without Bolt and Gay [13 June 2010]

Inside Jersey: Still Stylin’: The legend of Asbury Park’s Mr. Fashion [June 2010]

Daily Racing Form: The $50 Million Question [22 May 2010]

New York Times: Bolts Anchors Jamaican 4×100 to Record Win at Penn Relays [25 April 2010]

New York Times: After Some Detours, the Sprinter Bailey Finds His Stride [24 April 2010]

Daily Racing Form: Southern California is clocker country [6 March 2010]

Daily Racing Form: Panama: Cradle of Jockeys [19 December 2009]

Minyanville.com: Viral Threats: What Epidemics Like Swine Flu Mean to the Markets [30 October 2009]

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred: Little Joe Verrone: one of a kind jock’s agent [November 2009]

Daily Racing Form: Big weights a thing of the past [22 October 2009]

Minyanville.com: Apocalypse Now: Where to Escape [16 September 2009]

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred: Colonial Farms: Three Generations and Counting [September 2009]

New York Times: Dr. Foot’s Specialty? Philadelphia Basketball [7 August 2009]

Brown Alumni Magazine: The Blue Room Game [July/August 2009]

Minyanville.com: Railroaded: One Man’s Ride Involves More Than Just Delays [17 July 2009]

Minyanville.com: Whatever Happened to the American Suburb? [7 July 2009]

Minyanville.com: New York Cabbies Get Taken for a Ride [23 June 2009]

Minyanville.com: Confessions of a Swapaholic [12 June 2009]

New York Times: Giving Horse Racing More Exposure and Permanence [7 June 2009]

New York Times: Ghost of Woody Stephens Looms Large at Belmont [6 June 2009]

Minyanville.com: The Forgotten Faces of Wall Street [3 June 2009]

New York Times: Horse Racing’s Digital Historian [2 June 2009]

Minyanville.com: Top Traders: Where Are They Now? [6 April 2009]

New York Times: Economy Takes the Controls From Some Video-Game Pros [1 April 2009]

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred: A Family Tree Has Roots At Monmouth [April 2009]

Minyanville.com: Let’s Make a Deal [16 March 2009]

New York Times: In Army-Navy Game, Friends, Competitors, and a Band of Brothers [3 December 2008]

New York Times: Winning Against Hopelessness [16 September 2008]