Author: Bill Heller

The Mig

He was a longshot to be a jockey from Day One. He was 5-feet-4. During his first summer at Saratoga at the age of 15, his first time away from his Long Island home, Migliore was one of eight young…

May the Horse Be With You

Pack at the Track Harvey Pack’s autobiography, written with freelancer Peter Thomas Fornatale, is exactly what it should be: an honest, entertaining reflection of a unique New York racing institution. The book is just like Harvey: funny as hell, outrageous,…

Bobby Flay

  The afternoon of an early August Monday at Saratoga Race Course, celebrated chef Bobby Flay spoke of his passion about Thoroughbred racing. Several hours later, he backed it up, spending half a million dollars to purchase an unnamed bay…

Prado On and Off the Track

Edgar Prado’s final ascension to the top of his profession began with a deeply difficult career decision he made in the summer of 1999. That’s when he abandoned his comfortable life in Maryland for the possibilities only New York can…

Book Review of ‘Ruffian’

RUFFIAN: A RACETRACK ROMANCE  By William Nack, ESPN books, Spring 2007 After his serendipitous entrance into racing journalism – precipitated by his recital of every Kentucky Derby winner while standing on a desk at a Newsday Christmas party – William…