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Golden Anniversary: ‘The Healer’ Behind ’63 Derby/Belmont Winner Chateaugay

The 2013 Triple Crown not only marked the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s memorable performances as he marched to glory in 1973, it also was notable for also being 35 years since Affirmed and Alydar dueled through the three classic races. One other important, although not as well-known, observance was that it also marked the 50th […]

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ThoroEdge: ‘Why Does the Belmont Keep Getting Slower?’

In a new post on the ThoroEdge Equine Performance website, Bill Pressey wonders if winning the Belmont Stakes in a time of 2:30+ is now the “new normal”. In the article, Pressey studies the figures and times of the Belmont over several decades. Not only have the winning times gotten slower, they are the equivalent […]

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Relatively Clever: Owners Having Fun Naming Einstein Offspring

Part of the joy in breeding or owning horses is choosing their names. J.J. Hysell of In The Money notes that owners of Einstein offspring have been having fun thinking up clever names for their horses. Einstein stands at Adena Springs Farm for a 2013 fee of $7,500. A few of our favorites include: E […]

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Joao Moreira, seen riding at Churchill Downs in 2013
Champion Singapore Jockey Enjoys Time in U.S.

Jockey Joao Moreira, a three-time champion rider in Singapore, capped off his whirlwind U.S. tour at Churchill Downs on Monday, where he rode Judy the Beauty to a second-place finish in the G3 Winning Colors Stakes. Moreira traveled to the U.S. to ride for trainer Wesley Ward, riding at Arlington Park on Saturday before heading to […]

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Shanklin: ‘Why Seth Hancock is Going Against His Own Best Business Interests’

The Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm has had a long and successful association with both the Phipps and Janney families. Countless champions and Grade 1 winners that have been bred by the Phippses and Janneys were born and raised at Claiborne. That friendship will be put to the test on Saturday when Departing, owned in partnership […]

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Orb with Well Well (aka Wellie) Derby week
‘Reluctant Star’: Off-Track Thoroughbred is Always by Orb’s Side

As a racehorse, Well Well didn’t show much talent, only earning around $18,000. Once retired, the gelding embarked on a foxhunting career, where he excelled, until partial blindness in his right eye slowed him down. Now, a few years later, Well Well has a new home and career – as the ‘go-to’ pony for Kentucky […]

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Rosy Future: Former Derby Contender Enjoying New Life After Racing

During his racing career, Steppenwolfer was a very talented and competitive Thoroughbred, earning over $650,000 during a career that spanned six seasons. The grey gelding was second in both the G2 Arkansas Derby and Southwest Stakes before finishing third to Barbaro in the 2006 G1 Kentucky Derby. Since he’s been retired, Steppenwolfer continues to find […]

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Q & A on Racing’s Future, Unwanted Racehorses with Ray Paulick

In a recent interview with Susan Salk for her website, Off Track, the Paulick Report’s own Ray Paulick sat down with Ms. Salk to discuss the current state of the racing industry, the growing awareness of the ‘unwanted’ racehorse, and Paulick’s love of the sport of racing itself. Read more at Off Track Thoroughbreds […]

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‘True Believer’: Soledad O’Brien Rekindles Love of Riding With Off-Track Thoroughbreds

Most know Soledad O’Brien from her work as a journalist/television news anchor on NBC and CNN. She is also a mother of four children, and an avid horse lover. O’Brien’s two daughters share their mother’s passion for horses. When searching for horses for herself and her daughters, O’Brien somewhat inadvertently discovered two horses that have […]

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Fort Larned sprints ahead of the field in the Gulfstream Park Handicap
ABR Blog: ‘So How Fast Did Fort Larned Run?’

The eagerly-anticipated debut of Breeders’ Cup champion Fort Larned ended before it began on Saturday, as the Ian Wilkes-trained horse stumbled out of the starting gate and lost rider Brian Hernandez Jr. Fans could only watch helplessly as Fort Larned zipped past his rivals and soon opened up a big lead on the field, as […]

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