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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 […]

Gunnevera: The Hope of a Nation

March 17, 2017 |

By Ramon Brito When Gunnevera stormed home in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII), exultation was the feeling a few minutes later in the winner’s circle at Gulfstream Park. It was the same feeling among several hundreds of Venezuelans present at the Hallandale track. A horse with all-Venezuelan connections had just reached the top […]

From Hot Dogs to Hip Numbers: One Woman’s Journey Into Racehorse Ownership

March 16, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue How to go from knowing nothing about horses to owning a Keeneland September yearling in less than eight months It’s a chilly Monday morning in January, and my friend Marilyn Soelter and I are lost in the middle of Florida horse country. After watching Arrogate win the Pegasus World Cup, we drove up […]

In the Breeding Game, Sometimes Love Is More Important Than Money

March 15, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Sam Britt and Mike House’s grade 1 winner Gabriel Charles was retired late last year after re-injuring a tendon that previously kept him sidelined for more than a year and is now standing his first season at stud at Dave and Sommer Smith’s Nexstar Ranch near Temecula, CA, for a fee of […]

Jockey Profile: Dylan Davis

March 14, 2017 |

By Steve Rapoport I spoke with Dylan Davis, a second-generation jockey, who, at age 23, is making his mark on the New York racing scene. We spoke about his family and, particularly, the three other family members who have put their feet in the stirrups on the NYRA and northeastern circuits. Q: When did you […]

How Garrett Gomez Transformed My Life

March 8, 2017 |

By Cindy Trejo As the momentum of Kentucky Derby fever builds like a huge tidal wave, racing fans have the potential to encounter new superstars.  Stunning, three-year-old equine athletes coming on to the national scene vie for top honors and their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home the roses. The most exciting two minutes in sports […]

Jockey Juarez Working His Way to the Top

February 17, 2017 |

By Ryan Dickey Those who know Nik Juarez well probably weren’t surprised when he won his first career race aboard his first career mount. But, on Dec. 14, 2013, the Maryland native did just that at Laurel Park, bringing $5,000 claimer Love Heart to the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Cherylwithans in race […]