Lady and The Track | June 28, 2017

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Diamond Jubilee Stakes Highlights Royal Ascot Closing Day

June 24, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday marks the final day of the prestigious annual Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse outside London and after a week of fallen records, both in temperatures and course records, only one Group 1 race remains on the six-race closing day card. The weather has returned to more typical London-type conditions and […]

Dartmouth Seeks to Defend Title in Hardwicke

June 23, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 14 will go postward in the third race on closing day at Royal Ascot — the 1 ½-mile Hardwicke Stakes (GII) for 4-year-olds and upward. The Queen’s Dartmouth, who won this event last year, is back to defend his title off a win in the Yorkshire Cup (GII) at […]

Highland Reel Proves Best in Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot

June 22, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Magnier, Tabor and Smith’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) hero Highland Reel, who may be the most well-traveled racehorse in the world, having been to America, the Far East and Australia, returned home to Great Britain and captured the richest race of the current Royal Ascot meeting, taking top honors by 1 […]

Breeders’ Cup Champs Take Spotlight in Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

June 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The heat and firm course conditions continue at Royal Ascot for Wednesday’s six-race card, which features four group events and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (GI) as the main event of the day. The 1 ¼-mile affair, named in 1892 for the Prince of Wales and now run in honor of the […]

Royal Ascot Opening Day Sees Records, Local Favorites Fall; American Favorite Wins

June 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Day one at Royal Ascot brought out all things for the racing fan — from course records, to the best miler in Europe winning in record time, to the American Lady Aurelia returning to England, and the upset of Europe’s reigning king of the turf. And, for the first time, American racing […]

Gun Runner Wins For Funner in Foster

June 18, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner broke alertly from the gate, sped straight to the lead and never looked back en route to an impressive seven-length romp in Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs. With regular jockey Florent Geroux in the irons, the chestnut son of Candy […]

Gun Runner, Bird Song Lead Foster Field

June 16, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs marks the last grade 1 of the rich spring meet at the Louisville oval, but it also represents one of the last true handicaps left in North America. This year a field of eight will race the nine furlongs, with all of them […]

Tapwrit Closes Out 2017 Triple Crown Trail With Belmont Score

June 10, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Tapwrit closed out the 2017 Triple Crown series in style, capturing the $1.5 million NYRABets Belmont Stakes (GI) by two lengths over a field of nine sophomores that mostly represented a group of what amounted to the last men standing after a grueling sophomore […]

Songbird Soars in 4-Year-Old Debut

June 10, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Seven months after suffering her first defeat by a short nose to the great mare Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), two-time champion Songbird returned to the races brilliantly, cruising to a deceivingly easy one-length victory in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (GI). After her heartbreaking loss at the Breeders’ Cup, Songbird […]

Born for the Belmont Stakes

May 31, 2017 |

By Derek Simon When American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes in 2015, he did something that had been accomplished just eight times since 1941. No, I’m not talking about winning the Triple Clown — that’s statistically easy by comparison. I’m talking about annexing the Belmont Stakes as a February foal. A dozen horses have won […]