Lady and The Track | June 19, 2018

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Fleur De Lis Ladies Dreaming Of Breeders’ Cup Flowers

June 16, 2018 |

  Nine To Race Under The Churchill Downs Lights By Margaret Ransom North American-based distaffers get their first crack at qualifying for the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) on the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) undercard on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. This year’s Breeders’ Cup will, […]

Chocolate Martini Headlines Summertime Oaks At Santa Anita

June 15, 2018 |

  Six Set for Santa Anita Sophomore Filly Feature By Margaret Ransom The $200,000 Summertime Oaks (GII) will be run for the fifth time at Santa Anita Park on Saturday after being transferred from Hollywood Park when it closed in 2013. Formerly known as the Hollywood Oaks, the race kept its 1 1/16-mile distance as well as […]

Justify Achieves Immortality As Racing’s 13th Triple Crown Winner

June 10, 2018 |

  Chestnut Colt Joins Exclusive and Legendary Club By Margaret Ransom There was a good reason why there were only 12. Since Sir Barton in 1919 became the first winner of the three races now known as horse racing’s Triple Crown – The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes – only 11 […]

Gomez ‘Touching The Sky’ With Justify

June 9, 2018 |

Longtime Exercise Rider Living His Dreams With Special Colt By Margaret Ransom The truth is, exercise riders are oftentimes among the unsung heroes of the racing game. While the owners pay the bills and stand proudly in the winner’s circle, the trainers receive the praise for expert conditioning and the jockeys book endorsements and bask […]

Nine Try To Deny Justify A Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes

June 8, 2018 |

Dual Classic Winner Looks To Become 13th Triple Crown Winner By Margaret Ransom It hardly seems like three years since the world witnessed American Pharoah capture the first Triple Crown in 37 years, but here we are again with Justify, as he attempts to become the 13th horse in history to win all three jewels — […]

Ransom Notes: All Aboard The Justify Bandwagon, I Am Honored To Be Your Driver

June 6, 2018 |

  Who is Ready For a 13th Triple Crown Winner? I Am! By Margaret Ransom I confess, I’m pretty excited. I am excited to think that Justify may be the next Triple Crown winner. And I really believe it, so much so that I am to the point that — against my better judgment and […]

Stallion Stories: Affirmed

June 4, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom (originally published March 22, 2017) Lexington, Kentucky native Wes Lanter has spent most of his life surrounded by some of the best thoroughbreds of the last generation. The veteran horseman served as both stallion groom and/or stallion manager at the most successful and popular breeding farms in the Bluegrass, including Spendthrift Farm, […]

Three Grade 1 Winners Highlight Beholder Mile

June 2, 2018 |

  Short Field Set For History-Rich Race At Santa Anita By Margaret Ransom This year marks the second official running of the Beholder Mile (GI) at Santa Anita, a race named for B. Wayne Hughes’ four-time Eclipse Award winner and fan favorite Beholder after her victory in the 2016 edition, then known as the Vanity […]

Stallion Stories: Silver Charm

May 26, 2018 |

  Bob and Beverly Lewis Colt Is Perhaps The Most Beloved Dual Classic Winner (Originally published April 4, 2017) By Margaret Ransom “Racing is a funny, interesting sport,” Lanter observes. “It has to be the only sport where you can go to the farms, or the Kentucky Horse Park, or the track and see the […]

Two Down, One To Go For Justify

May 20, 2018 |

Baffert Colt Will Seek Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes After Derby, Preakness Victories By Margaret Ransom By the time the Kentucky Derby (GI) winner makes it to the second jewel of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes (GI) every year, it’s no secret he wears a giant bullseye on his back — the target […]