Natalie Voss

Horses Escape Injury in Fire at Aiken Training Track

A fire wiped out part of the Dogwood Stable barn at the Aiken Training Track in South Carolina on Saturday, according to Dogwood Stable vice president and communications director Jack Sadler. All 21 horses stabled in the barn at the time were evacuated safely, and are being moved to alternate stabling nearby. “Arrangements for stalls […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Walking in Secretariat’s Hoofprints

Just off Interstate 95 in central Virginia is a place that any Thoroughbred fan considers hallowed ground. The Meadow, the farm where Secretariat was born and raised, has been in the news several times in recent decades, and the news hasn’t been very good—it’s been bought, and put up for auction, and up for sale […]

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Sixteen Years Later, Colonial Downs Still Fighting for the Lead

It’s 6:10 p.m. on Saturday at Colonial Downs, two hours before the post time of the track’s biggest race of the year, and from inside the press box you can tell there’s a crowd outside. Even when the band, which seems to be playing covers typical of wedding receptions, takes a break, there’s a buzz […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Horsemen in the Auction Ring

Californians will see some unusual hip numbers for auction in Del Mar on July 27. For one thing, these 16 sale entries only have two legs. The 2013 Horsemen of All Ages Sale will sell off dates with volunteer bachelors and bachelorettes for the benefit of the Race for Education and the Eddie Gregson Foundation. […]

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‘Miracle’ Maiden Is a Maiden No More

Spicer Cub, the 4-year-old gelding best known for his dramatic stretch run in a maiden claiming race at Pimlico Race Course earlier this year, broke his maiden in a one-mile special weight at Delaware Park on July 1. Rider Xavier Perez, who was aboard for Spicer Cub’s harrowing Pimlico race, piloted the gelding in his […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: ‘Stars That Last Awhile’

It’s fair to say that Ernie Semersky is a mysterious figure. The owner of Semersky Enterprises, which includes several high-end car dealerships in the Chicago area, told me straight away that he doesn’t talk to Forbes or Fortune, and doesn’t discuss business or family. Thoroughbreds, though, were a different story. Semersky, together with business partner […]

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Calidoscopio Retired Due to ‘Slight’ Tendon Injury

HRTV reported on Saturday that Calidoscopio (ARG) has been retired following a “slight” tendon injury, according to trainer Mike Puype. HRTV reporter Zoe Cadman tweeted that the injury will heal with time, but Calidoscopio’s connections opted to retire the 10-year-old. The bay son of Luhuk won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2012 and […]

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Disclosures At Auction: The Price Tag of Honesty?

The subject of veterinary disclosure has been the focus of much debate in recent years, particularly as sale companies have required greater disclosure from sellers to buyers in the last decade. Disclosing critical veterinary information about a horse is designed to reduce what economists call “asymmetric information.” The term describes a situation where one party […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Racing’s Jack Kerouac

When Tom Miscannon says he’s been around, he isn’t kidding. Miscannon is on a quest to visit as many racetracks as possible in his lifetime. So far his trek has taken him to 311 tracks on three continents. The project began when Miscannon was stationed in Scotland with the U.S. Navy in the 1980s. He […]

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