Good News Friday

Court Battle Sullies Feel-Good Story of Rescue Racehorse, Magna Fortuna

What began as the well-publicized story of a miracle foal that made it to the winner’s circle in support of responsible ownership has turned swiftly into a cautionary tale featuring court hearings, allegations of trespassing, and bitter infighting between some of the horse’s connections. At the center of the dispute is a 4-year-old gelding named […]

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The Tale of Good News Friday

Five years ago I ran into a former colleague from Blood-Horse Publications who had found a calling in life that was higher than the study of pedigrees, racing results and Thoroughbred auction trends. Catesby “Chris” Clay Jr., whose family has owned and operated Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., since 1867, left the world of Thoroughbred racing […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Breaking the Advertising Mold

What would horse racing in the United States become if some 22 percent of the population placed a bet each year? In a world with increasingly diverse entertainment and gaming options and the sport’s fan base shrinking by 4 percent annually (according to the 2011 McKinsey Report), the Jockey Club and American racetracks are struggling to […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: CANTER Kentucky Making New Strides

The Communication Alliance for Networking Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses’ Kentucky division took its operation to a new level this month when it opened its first official retraining facility in Georgetown. For both CANTER Kentucky executive director Amanda Graham and trainer Stephanie Calendrillo, the event marks the realization of long-term goals. Graham has been saving money to open the […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Injury Research Pays Dividends

Thoroughbred injuries are clearly an ongoing and major concern for the sport of racing. Scientists around the world have been studying the issue for decades, and in recent years, have seen significant progress towards a better understanding of why certain injuries occur and what can be done to prevent many of them. At the University […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Taking the Long Way to Breeders’ Cup

While flying at 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains it occurred to me that taking a jet from Kentucky to California for the Breeders’ Cup is a lot faster than driving to the Golden State. But for the Paulick Report’s fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser on behalf of Breeders’ Cup Charities, we couldn’t […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Secretariat Lives On … in the Showring

As the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown run has come and gone, Big Red’s blood seems to fade further into the distance of today’s Thoroughbred breeding. But in the sport horse world, that blood is still very much in demand. In 1988, the Mr. Prospector mare Sue Babe foaled a strapping bay colt by […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Finding Hay While the Sun Shines

Nieema Thasing wasn’t about to let anything, including the government shutdown, rain on her parade. “I want to be able to be a ray of sunshine,” she said. “If it’s too much sunshine, then I can get you a pair of sunglasses. I do the best that I can with what I have.” Thasing is […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: The Most Patient of Rides

Any good jockey knows horse racing isn’t just about speed. Often, the race goes to the rider who shows the most patience. John Morris isn’t a jockey – he’s well over six feet tall – but every day of his life is now an exercise in taking things slow.  The 24-year-old was paralyzed last year […]

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