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

Gun Runner Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic in Decisive Fashion

November 5, 2017 |

By Derek Simon For much of the year, the Horse of the Year debate was no debate at all. It was Arrogate and everybody else. After a scintillating performance in the Dubai World Cup, Bob Baffert’s stable star was the horse that every other horse wanted to be when it grew up. He was American […]

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

Bolt d’Oro Looks To Cap Perfect Season With Breeders’ Cup Win

November 4, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Since the Breeders’ Cup was first held in 1984, 24 winners of the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) have been crowned Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse. Should Bolt d’Oro stretch his record to 4-for-4 in this year’s edition of the race, he would likely ensure himself the divisional championship. Purchased for $630,000 at the […]

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 […]