One-Line Bio

Former mainstream media reporter writes about his favorite subject.


I’m a veteran newspaper reporter and columnist who has written about horse racing (and much else) for USA Today, the Louisville Courier Journal and other publications. Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., I was adept at sneaking over the Churchill Downs fence to get in free after high school classes. Kentucky Derby-goer since 1963 (Chateaugay over Never Bend and Candy Spots). Now live in Delaware; Preakness-goer in nearby Baltimore since 1985 (Tank’s Prospect). This blog will muse on horse racing in general, with frequent looks at Delaware Park in particular. DelPark has again become a major center of racing since the introduction of slots (and substantial purses). Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones had connections there; Ramon Dominguez and Jeremy Rose have been regular riders there the past few years. The Lemon Drop Kid is actually no kid. I read the Damon Runyan story by that name in the 1960s and saw the Bob Hope movie based on it when Hope had yet to reach his 127th birthday. And I’m not forgetting the hard-knocking Belmont Stakes winner named Lemon Drop Kid. We love the horses or we wouldn’t be here.