Lady and The Track | June 23, 2017

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Gun Runner, Bird Song Lead Foster Field

June 16, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs marks the last grade 1 of the rich spring meet at the Louisville oval, but it also represents one of the last true handicaps left in North America. This year a field of eight will race the nine furlongs, with all of them […]

Tapwrit Closes Out 2017 Triple Crown Trail With Belmont Score

June 10, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Tapwrit closed out the 2017 Triple Crown series in style, capturing the $1.5 million NYRABets Belmont Stakes (GI) by two lengths over a field of nine sophomores that mostly represented a group of what amounted to the last men standing after a grueling sophomore […]

Songbird Soars in 4-Year-Old Debut

June 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Seven months after suffering her first defeat by a short nose to the great mare Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), two-time champion Songbird returned to the races brilliantly, cruising to a deceivingly easy one-length victory in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (GI). After her heartbreaking loss at the Breeders’ Cup, Songbird […]

Twelve Take On Last Triple Crown Jewel in Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown and the oldest of the three races. This race is known for a lot of things — from being the crowning glory of a grueling five-week race series to being a crushing spoiler for runners […]