Lady and The Track | October 18, 2017

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Breeders’ Cup

Stallion Stories: Remembering The First Breeders’ Cup Classic – Wild Again And Slew O’Gold

October 17, 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, […]

Lookin’ Good: OTTB Follows Yellow Brick Road to New Career

October 17, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue In April of 2016, a 6-year-old New York-bred gelding by Disco Rico set the pace throughout much of a starter allowance at Aqueduct going 1 1/16 miles on the turf, but faded in the stretch to finish fifth. It turned out to be Goodtolook’s last race; the hearty bay had compiled 33 […]

Heading for Home: Off-Track Thoroughbreds Excel at 2017 Makeover

October 17, 2017 |

by Mary Perdue What do a gelding who raced 50 times over seven years, a bay mare who finished dead last in her most recent race at Turf Paradise, and a 5-year-old who still hadn’t broken his maiden after 18 tries have in common? One word: success. Off-track Thoroughbreds Bowdrie, Dreamsicle and Uncle Silas were among […]

Eight Silly Superstitions Horseplayers Have

October 13, 2017 |

By Ray Wallin As kids, we all grew up singing about them. You didn’t dare “step on a crack” for fear that you might “break your mother’s back.” You were careful to never break a mirror for fear of getting seven years of bad luck. Famous sports figures have had well-documented ones as well. After […]

JC Thoroughbreds Keeps It In The Family

October 12, 2017 |

By Ben Baugh A little encouragement can go a long way. JC Thoroughbreds has consistently produced results for more than a decade. The father and son team of Juan and Jose Chavez are based at the Oak Ridge Training Center in Williston, Fla. Graduates from their program have gone onto be Grade I winners and […]

Will Keen Ice Add His Name To List Of Legends In JCGC?

October 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The prominence and reputation of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI), set to be contested at Belmont Park Saturday, almost goes without saying. Any racing fan, from the newbie to the professional, knows what winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup means to the career of a handicap star, as well as his […]

Breeders’ Futurity Draws Nearly Full Field

October 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In a month from now, a full field of juveniles will race in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Del Mar in what will likely be the contest that decides who the division’s Eclipse Award winner will be. The reality, though, is that the race starts the incubation period for full-on Kentucky […]

Alcibiades Lures Ten Searching For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Berth

October 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 66th running of the Alcibiades Stakes (GI), the signature fall destination race for 2-year-old fillies at Keeneland. Always a major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), it now serves as the second-to-last Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event for the juvenile fillies division and runners hoping to guarantee a spot […]

Keeneland Handicapping Primer: Fall Stars Weekend And Beyond

October 4, 2017 |

By Noel Michaels Keeneland Racecourse is ready to open for its three-week, 17-race day, boutique meet that runs from Friday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Oct. 28. And since Keeneland’s fall meet is front-loaded with stakes, now is the time for handicappers to start brushing up on some of the things they need to know to make […]

Elate Takes On Elders In Beldame

September 29, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon With Abel Tasman’s loss in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) last Saturday, the 3-year-old filly championship could still be up for grabs. Elate will look to add to her credentials for that award by facing her elders for the first time in the Beldame Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park this Saturday. Elate comes […]