Lady and The Track | March 29, 2017

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A Quiet Home of Racing Champions in Aiken

March 22, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Many racing fans might be surprised to learn that 40 champions have spent significant part of their training career in historic Aiken, SC. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum, located inside the city’s historic Hopelands Gardens, features trophies, photos, news clippings and other memorabilia from noteworthy greats, including 2013 Belmont Stakes (GI) winner […]

Racing For the Fun of It: A Day in Aiken, South Carolina

March 20, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue For decades, Aiken, South Carolina, has been the winter home of many famous race and sport horses, as well as their connections. Since 1942, the Aiken Training Track located on on Two Notch Road has hosted annual “March Trials” where unraced youngsters have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a country […]

Gunnevera: The Hope of a Nation

March 17, 2017 |

By Ramon Brito When Gunnevera stormed home in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII), exultation was the feeling a few minutes later in the winner’s circle at Gulfstream Park. It was the same feeling among several hundreds of Venezuelans present at the Hallandale track. A horse with all-Venezuelan connections had just reached the top […]

From Hot Dogs to Hip Numbers: One Woman’s Journey Into Racehorse Ownership

March 16, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue How to go from knowing nothing about horses to owning a Keeneland September yearling in less than eight months It’s a chilly Monday morning in January, and my friend Marilyn Soelter and I are lost in the middle of Florida horse country. After watching Arrogate win the Pegasus World Cup, we drove up […]

Jockey Profile: Dylan Davis

March 14, 2017 |

By Steve Rapoport I spoke with Dylan Davis, a second-generation jockey, who, at age 23, is making his mark on the New York racing scene. We spoke about his family and, particularly, the three other family members who have put their feet in the stirrups on the NYRA and northeastern circuits. Q: When did you […]

Special Full Card Analysis for Saturday’s Big ‘Cap Program at Santa Anita

March 10, 2017 |

By John DaSilva FIRST RACE 6 – St. Reno – has raced well in all three starts since breaking maiden in debut, despite being disqualified and placed fifth this distance and level three starts back. Breaks from an outside post position and should be the main pacesetter of the race 5 – Hook ‘Em Kurt […]

How Garrett Gomez Transformed My Life

March 8, 2017 |

By Cindy Trejo As the momentum of Kentucky Derby fever builds like a huge tidal wave, racing fans have the potential to encounter new superstars.  Stunning, three-year-old equine athletes coming on to the national scene vie for top honors and their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home the roses. The most exciting two minutes in sports […]

The 2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes: One Race, Three Moves

March 5, 2017 |

By Jonathan Stettin It was a sunny, cool and windy day at Gulfstream Park for the 71st running of the Fountain of Youth Stakes. It was good racing weather and the cooler air and lack of humidity saw all 10 starters go to the gate without incident and without any of the hopefuls getting hit […]

Catching Up With Mohaymen; Colt Readies for Return at Camden Training Center

February 18, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue The talented but puzzling Mohaymen returns to his roots and readies for his 4-year-old campaign at  Camden Training Center in Camden, SC. When now 4-year-old Mohaymen stepped off a van in Camden, South Carolina in early January, trainer Kevin Kahkola couldn’t help but wonder if the fancy gray colt knew he was home. Kahkola is responsible for […]

The Intriguing Story of Catire Bello

February 17, 2017 |

By Ramon Brito Quick, who was the last winner of a Triple Crown to race in the Florida Derby? If you guessed it was Affirmed in 1978, you guessed wrong. The year was 1992, and that colt, who finished sixth in Hallandale, Florida, went on to win a Triple Crown — in his native Venezuela. […]