Lady and The Track | June 19, 2018

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Chocolate Martini Headlines Summertime Oaks At Santa Anita

June 15, 2018 |

  Six Set for Santa Anita Sophomore Filly Feature By Margaret Ransom The $200,000 Summertime Oaks (GII) will be run for the fifth time at Santa Anita Park on Saturday after being transferred from Hollywood Park when it closed in 2013. Formerly known as the Hollywood Oaks, the race kept its 1 1/16-mile distance as well as […]

Justify Achieves Immortality As Racing’s 13th Triple Crown Winner

June 10, 2018 |

  Chestnut Colt Joins Exclusive and Legendary Club By Margaret Ransom There was a good reason why there were only 12. Since Sir Barton in 1919 became the first winner of the three races now known as horse racing’s Triple Crown – The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes – only 11 […]

Gomez ‘Touching The Sky’ With Justify

June 9, 2018 |

Longtime Exercise Rider Living His Dreams With Special Colt By Margaret Ransom The truth is, exercise riders are oftentimes among the unsung heroes of the racing game. While the owners pay the bills and stand proudly in the winner’s circle, the trainers receive the praise for expert conditioning and the jockeys book endorsements and bask […]

Nine Try To Deny Justify A Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes

June 8, 2018 |

Dual Classic Winner Looks To Become 13th Triple Crown Winner By Margaret Ransom It hardly seems like three years since the world witnessed American Pharoah capture the first Triple Crown in 37 years, but here we are again with Justify, as he attempts to become the 13th horse in history to win all three jewels — […]

Why Breeding Doesn’t Mean A Thing In The Triple Crown Races

June 7, 2018 |

  Dosage Not A Predictable Factor For Belmont Winners By Derek Simon Almost since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated by artificial selection — the idea that through careful manipulation of the breeding process, one can achieve a more desirable result, whether that be a better-tasting broccoli, a fatter cow or a seedless […]

Ransom Notes: All Aboard The Justify Bandwagon, I Am Honored To Be Your Driver

June 6, 2018 |

  Who is Ready For a 13th Triple Crown Winner? I Am! By Margaret Ransom I confess, I’m pretty excited. I am excited to think that Justify may be the next Triple Crown winner. And I really believe it, so much so that I am to the point that — against my better judgment and […]

Justify: The Evolution Of A Champion

June 5, 2018 |

  Scat Daddy Colt Went From Maiden to Dual Classic Winner in Three Months By Jim Safford Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify’s evolution from an unraced 3-year-old to dual classic winner has been nothing short of remarkable. Following is a photo collage of his evolution from before his first start through his last […]

Stallion Stories: Silver Charm

May 26, 2018 |

  Bob and Beverly Lewis Colt Is Perhaps The Most Beloved Dual Classic Winner (Originally published April 4, 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 […]

Justify Justly Favored In Preakness

May 19, 2018 |

  Kentucky Derby Aims To Put Dual Classic Winner on Resume in Historic Race By Margaret Ransom Though the Kentucky Derby (GI) has officially been run one more time than the Preakness Stakes (GI), Maryland’s most prestigious race is actually older than it’s red-rose-adorned counterpart and, to many, carries it’s own prestige. In fact, one […]

Justify, Good Magic Headline Preakness

May 17, 2018 |

  Top Pair Will be Joined By Six Others In Pimlico’s Starting Gate By Noel Michaels The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, will be run Saturday, May 19 — in its usual spot two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. With the Derby winner and runner-up heading to Baltimore for the […]