Natalie Voss

Pletcher May Bring Girl Power to Belmont

In addition to three confirmed Belmont Stakes starters in Palace Malice, Revolutionary, and Overanalyze, trainer Todd Pletcher may be sending a filly to the 1 1⁄2-mile contest. Unlimited Budget remains unconfirmed for the Belmont, but if she goes, Pletcher said it is “very, very likely” jockey Rosie Napravnik will get the mount. Unlimited Budget would […]

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‘Racing is Cool’: America’s Best Racing Tour Exceeding Expectations

You might have caught a glimpse of America’s Best Racing’s brightly-colored RV at the Kentucky Derby, or stopped by the display to pilot an Equicizer along with other revelers on The Hill at Keeneland’s April meet. But if you’re not part of the twentysomething party crowd, chances are you haven’t encountered the ABRV or one […]

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Reflections on a First Derby Experience

I’m pretty sure I’ve been watching the Kentucky Derby on television my whole life. My mom plopped me in front of it as a toddler to keep me quiet, and had no idea what she started. The first one I can actually remember was 1994, when I rooted for distant sixth-place finisher Tabasco Cat to […]

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McGaughey: ‘I Can’t Wait For a Week From Saturday’

In a Preakness preview conference call on Thursday, Orb conditioner Shug McGaughey said that he remains confident about what he’s seeing from the Kentucky Derby winner. “Each day I get a little bit more confident. Just sitting here talking to you, I can’t wait to train him tomorrow morning,” he said. “As we know, anything […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Mylute

When Paul Bulmahn sat down to a business lunch at Maker’s Mark in May 2002, he had no idea how much the affair would change his life. Bulmahn, who was being honored for his accomplishments at the helm of ATP Oil and Gas Company, found himself sitting next to an affable lunch companion, and the […]

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White Thoroughbreds: Genetically Mutant Snow Drops

The fields at Patchen Wilkes Farm are once again filled with a dozen new mares and foals, and as usual, a few of the farm’s trademark white horses are standing out like snowdrops against the green grass. The farm welcomed a new white foal in March to white mare Spot of Beauty and Thunder Gulch, […]

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A (Not So Wild) Ride in a Jockey’s Stirrups

My favorite time of day at any racetrack has always been training hours. I’ve found myself in awe, if not plain envious, of the exercise riders and jockeys who pilot Thoroughbreds with apparent ease and, it would seem, nerves of steel. I have always suspected as a rider myself that the men and women galloping […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Goldencents

When Chuck and Lyra Miller retired to the heart of the Bluegrass in 2005, they decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition of starting a small Thoroughbred breeding operation. Only in their wildest dreams could they have imagined they’d be the breeders of a Kentucky Derby contender within just seven years. Now, the Millers will be […]

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‘Do You Believe in Miracles?’ Maiden Runner Takes Harrowing Route to Nose Defeat

Maiden claiming contender Spicer Cub took a rather unconventional route to the finish line on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course: after bolting at the 5/16 pole and again at the 3/16 pole, the 4-year-old gelding swung so wide that he veered between the parked starting gate and the outside rail. “I saw him heading right […]

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Hear the Ghost Off Kentucky Derby Trail

Co-owner Ted Aroney reported on Thursday afternoon that Hear the Ghost is off the Kentucky Derby trail with a “minor injury” to the right knee and will require at least a month off to recover. The son of Ghostzapper had been scheduled to make his next start in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby but […]

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