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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 […]

A Tale of Two Taras

July 14, 2017 |

By Tara Cochran Just beyond the fields belonging to Godolphin and Adena Springs’ farms, I arrived at the gate of Barbara Banke’s and the late Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Farm. As I was buzzed in through the wrought iron gates that hang between two brick walls bearing the crimson and gold Stonestreet Farm sign, I felt […]

Breeders’ Cup Champ Better Talk Now Succumbs to Complications From Colic

June 28, 2017 |

Until We Meet Again (reprinted with permission from Herringswell Stables) By Maggie Kimmitt We begin this day with the heaviest hearts, so saddened to have to share this news. Our gallant, beloved Better Talk Now was euthanized late last evening at New Bolton Center. Complications from intestinal surgery had become too much to overcome. Blackie […]

A Yank’s Reflections on Royal Ascot

June 27, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Why American horse racing fans should make this a bucket list item and what to expect  For the first time ever, NBC Sports televised the entire five-day Royal Ascot meet June 20 through 24, giving American audiences a unique, in-depth experience of this annual one-of-a-kind event up close and personal. The on-site […]

A Visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum

June 8, 2017 |

by Mary Perdue Immediately adjacent to the Churchill Downs track entrance on Central Avenue in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Museum, a must for any racing fan. The museum is open even on non-race days and offers a comprehensive and entertaining view of thoroughbred racing, with a special emphasis on the history and splendor of the Derby. A good way to begin your […]

For Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown Success, Pletcher Holds the Key

May 19, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes of all time. In the 1912 Olympic Decathlon he placed in the top four in all 10 events and scored 8,413 points — a record that stood for nearly two decades. Thorpe played professional football, professional basketball and professional baseball. He was inducted into […]

Stallion Stories: Seattle Slew

April 30, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 40th anniversary of Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown. The big, black stallion was the first and remains the only undefeated Triple Crown winner in history and ranks as one of the most beloved racehorses and stallions of the past 50 years. Though purchased for just $17,500 as a yearling, […]