Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse as well as a past President of Blood-Horse Publications.

Articles by Dan Liebman

Racehorse Medication Issues Top Jockey Club Round Table

Although there are differences of opinion on what should be done next in the area of medication reform, everyone seems to agree there is a continuing problem and something should be done.

The perceptions and realities of drugs used in the Read More

Necropsy Shows Racehorse Died of Colitis Complications

The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes, showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

The Merck Veterinary Manual Read More

Derby Contender Friesan Fire Recuperating from Surgery

Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby, is recuperating nicely from surgeries to repair a hairline fracture and remove a bone chip, his co-owner said.

The 3-year-old colt is owned by Tom Simon's Vinery Stables in Read More

Preakness: Borel Confident in Decision to Ride Filly

With all the rain recently in Kentucky, and with a minor business matter requiring him to be out of town over the weekend, Calvin Borel had an important project to finish before leaving town. The morning of May 15 he was mowing his grass. Read More

Weather the Big Question for Kentucky Oaks, Derby

The song says the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, but there is no sun shining Kentucky Oaks morning, and the weather is the big topic of conversation.

Owners, trainers, and racing fans have been watching the skies over Louisville Read More

Horse Sales Market Commentary: Tough Times

Disaster. Brutal. Blood bath. Just a few of the many descriptive words being used by breeders to describe the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which at this writing still had a week to run.

In light of the recessive global economy, Read More

Racing Hall of Fame: It's All About the Horse

From the keynote speaker to the final inductee, the message was the same Aug. 4 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame ceremony. That plain and simple mantra was, "It is all about the horse."

Though certainly not a coordinated Read More

Da' Tara Springs Upset; Big Brown Eased

The world awaited a delivery from Big Brown, but in a shocker it was 38-1 longshot Da’ Tara who won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) (watch the replay on BloodHorse.com), taking the "Test of the Champion" in Read More

Eight Belles' Trainer Clinging to Support, Faith

Trainer Larry Jones doesn't have a horse in the May 17 Preakness, but he is at the track to run horses in stakes Friday and Saturday. Not surprisingly, he is still being asked questions about the injuries sustained by Eight Belles.

The Read More

Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of Read More

John Henry Remembered at Memorial Service

Perhaps the loudest ovation at the memorial service for John Henry Oct. 19 at The Kentucky Horse Park came when John Nicholson thanked John's "special friends."

The man who runs the Horse Park was speaking of the dedicated group of employees Read More

Seven Entered for Saturday's Belmont

Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes, drew next to each other at the post position draw this morning. A field of seven was entered in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Curlin, who won the Read More

Filly Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont

Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew's Tizzy.

Pletcher Read More

Curlin Edges Street Sense in Preakness

Curlin kept gaining down the stretch and got past Street Sense in the final strides to win the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

In just his fourth lifetime start, Curlin ran third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. In his fifth start, the Read More

Mending Fences Euthanatized After Injury in Dixie Stakes

Mending Fences was euthanatized after suffering a compound fracture of his right front ankle while running on the lead in the Dixie Stakes on the turf at Pimlico Saturday.

Jockey Robby Albarado was thrown off his mount, Einstein, who Read More

Street Sense Trainer Relaxed; All Up to the Horse Now

Trainer Carl Nafzger was relaxed at the Preakness barn Thursday morning. And, why shouldn't he be?

His Street Sense is bedded down in the first stall of the barn, reserved for the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

"If he can really run, I can Read More

It All Makes Sense in Kentucky Derby


The jinx is over.

Calvin Borel did what he does best, skim the rail, and Jim Tafel's Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Saturday, becoming the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Read More

Smarty Jones Treated for Minor Seminal Blockage

Smarty Jones, starting his third season at stud, has been successfully treated for a minor temporary blockage in his reproductive tract and has returned to normal breeding activity.

Dan Rosenberg, president of Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm Read More

Hall of Famer Precisionist Euthanatized

Precisionist, a champion, Breeders' Cup winner, and member of racing's Hall of Fame, was euthanatized Sept. 27 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky., less than four months after arriving at the facility. The 25-year-old horse was suffering from an Read More

Brass Hat Disqualified From Second in Dubai World Cup

Brass Hat, who ran second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has been disqualified because a post-race test revealed trace amounts of the drug methyl prednisolone acetate.

After a two-day hearing via Read More

Surface Switch

It is often said the key to real estate is "location, location, location." Well, listening to the speakers at the Aug. 8-9 conference of racetrack superintendents, it became clear the key to a good surface is "consistency, consistency, Read More

Greater Good Listed a Colt, But Unable to Breed

Should Greater Good win the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it would make the second time in the past three years the winner cannot stand at stud.

Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Derby, is a gelding. Greater Good is listed as a colt but Read More

Foal Reduction Slows, But Percentage Still High

The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago. In an earlier Read More