Lady and The Track | December 12, 2017

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Stallion Stories: The Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable Cigar

December 2, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A racing fan to the core, there hasn’t been an important race that well-respected Kentucky horseman and stallion manager Wes Lanter hasn’t watched, especially if it included any children or grandchildren belonging to one of his boys. But in 1994, Lanter was card-carrying bandwagoner for reigning Horse of the Year Holy Bull, who […]

Cigar Mile Offers Last Chance For Grade 1 Win In New York

December 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom There’s a saying in racing that goes something like this: “Great milers make great stallions.” When it comes to the Cigar Mile Handicap (GI) at Aqueduct, it’s ironic that one of the most important one-mile dirt events in the country is named after a horse who, despite a legendary career, did not make a […]

From Monster To Magic: One Gelding’s Journey From Ugly Duckling To Gutsy Goober

November 25, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In 2002, trainer Donna Keen (then Donna Gowdy, as she’d yet to marry husband Dallas Keen) was early into what is now known as her passion — saving discarded and slaughter-bound former racehorses from kill pens in Texas, rehabbing them and finding them new homes with second careers. Long before she founded […]

Breeders’ Cup Saturday Photo Gallery – 11/4/17

November 5, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon and Jim Safford

Arrogate Seeks Racing Immortality In Breeders’ Cup Classic

November 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate heads postward for the final time in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Del Mar, he will do so as the richest horse to ever grace thoroughbred racing’s world championship event with $17,302,600 in earnings so far. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song currently ranks as […]

Talented Euros Invade for Breeders’ Cup Turf

November 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A full field of older turf stars will race the 1 1/2 miles over the Del Mar turf in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (GIT), including a sea of strong contenders from Across the Pond and the best based in North America, which makes for an interesting and compelling race, […]

Breeders’ Cup Friday Photo Gallery – 11/3/17

November 4, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon and Jim Safford

Eight Set For Competitive Distaff

November 3, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) drew an all-star field of eight representing the best of the older fillies and mares division. Seven of the eight set to go postward in the nine-furlong main track test are Grade 1 winners, including two champions. Last year’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly Champagne Room […]

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Draws Deep Field

November 3, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) marks the 11th running of the $1 million main track event. And while it doesn’t carry the star-making power — or rich $6 million purse — of its chief rival, the 1 ¼-mile Classic, that’s not to say the Dirt Mile has suffered from […]

Stallion Stories: Remembering The First Breeders’ Cup Winner Ever

November 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom 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 Chimneys and Overbrook Farm, […]