Lady and The Track | April 21, 2018

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Humility And Authenticity: Jockey Pablo Morales Turns A Dream Into Reality

April 17, 2018 |

Peruvian Immigrant Living The Racetrack Dream By Ben Baugh The footprint in the shedrow of a young boy literally following in the footsteps of his father provides insight into the life of someone who would pursue and realize his dreams. Those footsteps are leaving an indelible imprint in the world of thoroughbred racing — and […]

Kentucky Derby Road: Todd Pletcher’s Stock Quickly Rising

March 30, 2018 |

By Noel Michaels Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Kentucky Derby last year with Always Dreaming, is loaded again this year, as he goes for a third win in the Run for the Roses. Pletcher’s 3-year-olds have surged into the spotlight the last two weeks with victories in both the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Louisiana Derby at Fair […]

Ransom Notes: In Memory of Jose Flores

March 22, 2018 |

By Margaret Ransom Today I was writing an opinion piece about the Breeders’ Cup and how I think the event has changed — and not necessarily all for the better — when my Twitter feed showed the notification from Jim Dunleavy of the Daily Racing Form announcing that, this morning, jockey Jose Flores had succumbed […]

Road To The Roses: Lukas Looking For Another Derby Score

March 2, 2018 |

By Michael Dempsey No trainer in the history of the Kentucky Derby (G1) has started more runners than D. Wayne Lukas, and it looks as if the 82-year-old trainer will pad that total this year with a pair of promising 3-year-olds in his barn. The Hall of Fame trainer saddled Risen Star (G2) upset winner […]

The Michelle Nihei Story: From Neuroscientist To Racehorse Trainer

February 1, 2018 |

By Ben Baugh A western Canadian sunset, with the silhouette of a young girl on a horse, riding until the sun could no longer be seen and her parents beckoned her to come inside, perfectly captures what was a routine day in the life of a young Michelle Nihei. Passion, confidence and knowing who you […]

Gomez Family Gives Back to Thoroughbreds at 2017 Makeover

October 24, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Wife and daughter of champion jockey Garrett Gomez continue his legacy of love for the Thoroughbred and the sport of racing Outside stall number 523 on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, a 4-year old-grey gelding pokes his head out into the sun-drenched alley and nibbles at a paper flyer stapled to the adjacent […]

Stallion (Gelding) Stories: John Henry

August 12, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom When legendary gelding John Henry was finally retired in 1986 after amassing a career record of 83-39-15-9 and earnings of $6,591,860, he was the richest North American-based racehorse of all time. The then 11-year-old won the inaugural Arlington Million (GIT) in 1981, also known as the “Miracle Million” thanks to the fire […]

Cash More Winning Tickets in Some of Saratoga’s Most Difficult Races

July 27, 2017 |

By Noel Michaels Let’s look at some key elements that horseplayers will need to navigate successfully if they hope to have a winning season at Saratoga. The handicapping aspects this article will concentrate on are 2-year-olds, first-time starters, and horses trying turf for the first time — three very important, yet difficult, areas that players […]

The Pact: Garrett Gomez’s Greatest Legacy, Part 2

July 21, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In Part I of this story, Pam Gomez, wife of Hall of Fame jockey Garrett Gomez, discussed the early years of their marriage and Garrett’s ascent to riding superstardom. In Part II, she details his tragic fall and untimely death. Part II The Last Sober Day Pam and Garrett Gomez (photo courtesy of Pam […]

The Pact: Garrett Gomez’s Greatest Legacy, Part 1

July 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In three weeks, all eyes in the thoroughbred racing world will be focused on Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Hall of Fame Museum building located on Union Avenue just across from Saratoga Racetrack where a select group of the best of the best in the Sport of Kings will be forever […]