Heat Rises for Freshman Sires at Fasig-Tipton July

The heat of July ushers in the annual Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale. The prestigious auction saw an increase of over 22% over last years sale for 196 horses that went through the ring this year versus the 172 that went through last year. While the RNA rate rose from 29.5% to 30.5%, there was growth […]

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A Horse and His Crown

  On Saturday, the racing world got it’s answer to the question of whether two Triple Crown winners were possible in a four-year span. Our second Triple Crown winner in a decade. After a 37-year-drought that was ended by American Pharoah, another Triple Crown winner wasn’t even conceivable until Saturday night. The author grew up […]

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The Legacy of Outstanding Sires

  All eyes are understandably on tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes, a race that is held at a track sitting amidst the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps, New York. It is about as removed as you can get from the quiet bluegrass mornings of slopping pastures and morning mist rising with the sun, revealing […]

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Justifying Greatness

Mike Smith spoke these words long before his Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo. He said this year’s before Arrogate or Songbird ever graced a track and years before Zenyatta would ever dance. We think its fair to say that the 51-year-old jockey has had a spectacular career. ‘Big Money Mike’ walked on to his first track […]

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Out of the Mists and on to History

On May 19th, looking like ghosts in the mist, two horses emerged from the fog. Two white blazes battled side-by-side, matching stride for stride as both steeds tried to pull away. For the crowds that waited in the grandstand, watched in the Club House, stared from the infield, they were heart-wrenching, agonizing moments that seemed […]

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The Man and The Magician

  Usually a week after the Kentucky Derby, the dust has settled and most eyes will turn to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes with mild curiosity. Some Thoroughbreds bring a large following due to an impressive two-year-old campaign or impeccable breeding and connections. Some Thoroughbreds bring a rags-to-riches story that […]

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Rainy days and memories.

  It is the first Saturday in May. For Churchill Downs, it means that 150,000-plus people will be clamoring beneath its twin spires to get a glance of that year’s winner of the most prestigious race in North America, the Kentucky Derby. While racegoers and contenders alike might wish for sunshine, they will continue to […]

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