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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]