Alphabet Soup

View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It’s been 23 years since the Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the most about that 1996 Breeders’ Cup was Alphabet Soup’s upset of Allen Paulson’s Cigar in the Classic, with Chris McCarron guiding […]

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Pumpkin Rumble Eclipses Course Record In Alphabet Soup Handicap

Canadian shipper Pumpkin Rumble surged from off the pace to win the $104,850 Alphabet Soup Handicap by a half-length in course-record time under Luis Saez Saturday at Parx Racing. The 8-year-old gelding by English Channel, making his first start in the U.S. for trainer Kevin Allard in the first of seven stakes on the Pennsylvania […]

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Old Friends’ ‘Homecoming’ Event Scheduled For Sunday, May 6

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its 14th Annual Homecoming event, sponsored NTRA Advantage, Daily Racing Form, Hagyard Pharmacy, and Red Brand Fence, on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for Old Friends “Clubhouse” members (children 12 and under are […]

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Barn Buddies: Alphabet Soup’s Donkey

Old Friends is home to the first two companion animals ever featured in our Barn Buddies series – Yahoo and Google, the goats who keep Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer company. In October, the retirement home added another four-legged species to its ranks: a donkey by the name of Gorgeous George. Old Friends Founder Michael […]

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Arthur’s Pass By A Nose In Inaugural Color-Restricted Grey Handicap

The sun was out for Grey Day at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday creating a dazzling sight in the first ever all-grey race on the Toronto turf course. The aptly named Gray Phantom and Arthur’s Pass emerged from the cloud of runners in the stretch with the latter ultimately edging out the former in a photo finish to […]

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Old Friends’ Annual ‘Homecoming’ Fundraiser Scheduled For Sunday After Derby

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its Annual “Homecoming” sponsored by Red Brand, Daily Racing Form, and NTRA Advantage, on Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event is an open house and fundraiser and 2017 marks its 13th year. Tickets are $25 for the general […]

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Scrambled: Little Red Feather Purchases G1 Winner Egg Drop’s First Foal

Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of the Little Red Feather Racing ownership group, purchased a feisty gray daughter of Alphabet Soup at the 2010 OBS Yearling Sale. Named Egg Drop, she would go on to become the partnership’s second ever Grade 1 winner (following Singletary, 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile). When Koch and the group […]

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Alphabet Soup: Cancer Treatment Demonstrating ‘Shrinkage’ Of Melanomas

The 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, pensioned to Old Friends Farm in 2015, has been undergoing a series of technologically-advanced cancer treatments over the past several months. As is common in gray horses, Alphabet Soup had developed melanomas, or areas of skin cancer, around his tail. According to bloodhorse.com, the treatments have resulted […]

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Melatonin ‘Peaking At The Right Moment’ For Classic

Meet David Hofmans, the Giant Killer of the Breeders’ Cup. Consider the fact that he saddled Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board, to win the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; Desert Code at 36-1 with Richard Migliore up to win the 2008 Turf Sprint; and Alphabet Soup to upset two-time Horse of […]

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After 13-Month Layoff, Calculator Makes Successful Return To Racing

Richard Pell’s Calculator made a successful return to the races on Saturday, winning his comeback race at Santa Anita in a gutsy effort over well-regarded Bob Baffert trainee Fusaichi Samurai. The 4-year-old gray colt was an early leader on last year’s Kentucky Derby trail until he was sidelined by an ankle fracture. Before that, the […]

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