Kentucky Derby

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The Four Best Non-Derby De Mayo Events in NYC This Weekend

    Kentucky Derby De Mayo Weekend offers plenty of opportunity to start day drinking early. However, if you're not into crowds dressed in sombreros or seersucker, we've highlighted four events this weekend that are not celebrating this holiday combo.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Here Are the 20 Best Derby De Mayo Events in NYC

    Break out the festive hats, it's about time to bet on some horses and hit a fiesta. And a slew of venues all over the city are ready to accommodate your antics, whether you're planning on donning a sombrero or a floppy bonnet, whether you'll be drinking margaritas or mint juleps. Here are the 10 be ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 5, 2013


    Join the crowd at the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes

  • News

    August 22, 2012

    Fear and Loathing in Tampa

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas, your gonzo guide to the Republican National Convention

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    I'll Have Another Bails On Belmont; No Triple Crown This Year

    If you were hoping to see a Triple Crown winner this year, we have some bad news: I'll Have Another, the winner of both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, won't be running in the Belmont Stakes.Trainer Doug O'Neil announced on the Dan Patrick Radio Show this morning that the colt has a "little pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Assemblyman Micah Kellner: Let's Bet at NYC Bars Again

    The more, the merrier. Or, in this case, the more vices, the better. At least that's what New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner thinks and just in time for the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo.In an interview today on the radio station WCBS 880, he introduced his plan to bring back the betting kio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    The Cocktail We Drank 'All Fucking Day Long'

    The Mint Julep! It's a fantastic drink and one to sip all year, but these days it only gets love leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Troy Patterson at Slate gives us a history as well as hilariously elaborate directions for how to make it:

  • Voice Choices

    May 2, 2012


    My old Kentucky home 
in Brooklyn

  • News

    October 19, 2011

    Wide World of Sports

    The national pastime of the U.S.? The sports capital of the U.S.? If you don’t know the score, we’ll tell you.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Remembering Bill Gallo, 1922-2011

    ​In today's Daily News you can find pages of tributes to Bill Gallo, who died Tuesday at the age of 88. My personal favorite is from Yogi Berra, who said, "It's hard to imagine News without him." Because the N in that quote is capped, I assume Yogi meant the Daily News, but I'm sure he also me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2011

    Kentucky Derby Will Be Decadent, Depraved

    ​Hunter S. Thompson went so you don't have to: The rest of the day blurs into madness. The rest of that night too. And all the next day and night. Such horrible things occurred that I can't bring myself even to think about them now, much less put them down in print. I was lucky to get out at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Secretariat's Magic Makes Hardened Horse Players Weep

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 14, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 24 A horse for all seasons by Joe Flaherty A group of us, accompanied by the baggage of New York blase, gathered early at Penn Station Saturday for an odyssey to Belmont Park. The onus lay with the horse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    A Goy in Wonderland

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 25, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 21 A goy in wonderland By Joe Flaherty The lamentable thing about life is that it is devoid of fanfare. Man's odyssey more times than not is heralded by a kazoo rather than a trumpet. The spiritual milest ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2011


    Honoring man’s best friend

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Huffington Post Gets Blacker, Howard Kurtz Gets Paid as Press Clips Returns

    ​Press Clips has long, if intermittently, been the name of the media column at the Village Voice, years ago on paper in the hands of journalists like Sydney Schanberg and Keach Hagey, before being brought to this blog by some untamed rabble-rouser called Foster Kamer. But as a wise man once wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Vic Ziegel, One of the Best

    Ziegel​Vic Ziegel of the New York Daily News died Friday, July 23 of lung cancer, still young at 72. He was one of the good guys. When I started regularly for the Village Voice in the mid-1980s, Ziegel was one of the few writers from a New York daily to accept me as a colleague when I'd se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2010

    The Times Intrigued With New (and Flimsy) Cycling Cheat

    Cancellara on the Mur​The New York Times sure is intrigued by the notion that Fabian Cancellara, one of the world's strongest cyclists, may have concealed a tiny electric motor in his bicycle to help him win two of the sport's most legendary races this spring. Why is it we can't help thinking ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2010
  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2010


    Let your Southern side come out to play

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    The Race Is On... To the Perfect Non-Traditional Mint Julep

    In honor of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday (and considering our recent induction into the Secret Sherry Society), we thought we'd feature this non-traditional take on the tipple traditionally enjoyed at the event: the Mint Julep. Bitter Orange Julep 2 1/2 oz Clement VSOP Rum 1 oz Clement Creo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 22, 2009


    No, it's a ridiculous-sized hat

  • Voice Choices

    June 17, 2008

    Horsin’ Around

    A dead horse and an art dealer star in Sam Shepard’s latest

  • Film

    April 15, 2008
  • News

    April 8, 2008

    Belmont Park's Backstretch Plays Home To a Most Unusual Day-Care Center

    Is there a stranger location for a day-care in New York? Don't bet on it

  • NYC Life

    May 3, 2005

    The Mint Masquerade

    The not-so-girly julep makes Derby Day one smooooth ride

  • News

    February 22, 2005

    The End of Gonzo

    A savage journey in search of the legacy of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

  • News

    March 5, 2002
  • News

    June 5, 2001

    Beauty and the Big Shots

    The Sexcapades and Politics Behind New York’s Bogus Catholic Museum

  • News

    May 1, 2001

    Betting Man

    Meet the ‘Degenerate Horse Player’ Who Runs the Daily Racing Form

  • News

    February 9, 1999

    Black in the Saddle

    The great African American jockeys are riding back into history