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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 […]

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 […]

Belmont Stakes: Rested Horse Rubbish

June 8, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Mere moments after Tonalist thwarted California Chrome’s quest to become the 12th Triple Crown champion in thoroughbred racing history, Steve Coburn, one of the colt’s owners, blasted the Belmont Stakes winner. “It’s all or nothing,” Coburn said. “… It’s not fair to these other horses that have been running their guts out […]

Cloud Computing Proves Patience Is a Virtue With Preakness Win

May 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom During the springtime, Kentucky Derby (GI) fever is a real affliction. Ask anyone involved in racing. The connections of a handful of horses do their respective Derby points dances, say prayers to the Twin Spires Gods and perform all kinds of other odd behaviors, all in hopes of earning one of the […]

Ten Set for Racing’s Second Triple Crown Jewel

May 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Today, a field of ten 3-year-olds, including the reigning Kentucky Derby (GI) winner, will race 1 3/16 miles in the 142ndrunning of the Preakness Stakes (GI), well known as the second jewel to the coveted Triple Crown. Always Dreaming shipped to Maryland to prepare for Pimlico’s most historic and prestigious race two […]

2017 Preakness Stakes Field Owner Silks Colors and Patterns (UPDATE 5/17)

May 16, 2017 |

Following are the owners silks for the this year’s 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (GI), set to be held on Saturday, May 20 at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore, MD. Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Always Dreaming will be back to attempt to annex the second jewel of the Triple Crown and was labeled the […]

Stallion (Gelding) Stories: Funny Cide

May 13, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Fourteen years ago, a humble New York-bred gelding named Funny Cide burst onto the national racing scene with his mild upset victory in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (GI), becoming the first gelding to accomplish the feat since Clyde Van Deusen in 1929. Though Mine That Bird would go on to win the […]

Kentucky Derby Winner Living Proof ‘Dreams’ Do Come True

May 6, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boys Stables, Teresa Viola, St. Elias Stable’s and Siena Thoroughbreds’ Always Dreaming turned Kentucky Derby dreams into amazing realities on Saturday with his 2 ¾-length score in the $2 million running of the historic race held the first Saturday in May for 143 consecutive years under the Twin […]

Abel Tasman Squishes to Kentucky Oaks Victory

May 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman on Friday unleashed an impressive last-to-first performance over a main Churchill Downs track that can be best described as a quagmire to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI). The daughter of Quality Road defeated a field of 13 of the best in her […]