Lady and The Track | May 23, 2017

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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, […]

Stallion Stories: Silver Charm

April 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom “Racing is a funny, interesting sport,” Lanter observes. “It has to be the only sport where you can go to the farms, or the Kentucky Horse Park, or the track and see the athletes and spend time with the athletes, both before and after their careers. I mean, you can’t go to […]

The Adventures of Canonero II, Part 2 – From Caracas to Louisville

April 18, 2017 |

By Ramon Brito The trip from Caracas, Venezuela to Louisville, Kentucky, was not the first travel back to the United States for Canonero II. After a successful debut as a two-year-old at La Rinconada Racetrack on Aug. 8, 1970, the bay colt was sent to Del Mar in California to participate in the Futurity, a […]

The Adventures of Canonero II, Part 1

April 14, 2017 |

By Ramon Brito The tale of Canonero II’s adventure in the 1971 Triple Crown is one of the most intriguing in North American racing history. How could a $1,200 horse with a rather obscure pedigree come all the way from Venezuela and defeat the best three-year-olds in the United States? Well, it been said that […]

Stallion Stories: Grindstone

April 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brad Grady’s Girvin, who won the Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, will head to Louisville as one of the top contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI). However, the Joe Sharp-trained son of Tale of Ekati has some history going against him, as only two winners of the Louisiana Derby have […]

Is Bob Baffert Right About Arrogate?

March 30, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Following a performance in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup (GI) so impressive it gave goosebumps goosebumps, it’s not surprising that many racing fans were raving about Arrogate after the race. What was surprising, however, was the fact that Bob Baffert, a four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer with 2,733 wins (and counting) and former pupils […]

Stallion Stories: Affirmed

March 22, 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, […]

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 […]

California Shippers Hold Favoritism in Oaklawn’s Rebel

March 17, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Trainers Bob Baffert and John Sherriffs have tasted plenty of success when shipping horses into Oaklawn Park. Baffert, in particular, has won six of the past seven editions of the Rebel Stakes (GII) and has this year’s favorite in American Anthem. Winning will be no easy task, though, as John Sherriffs has […]