Northern Dancer

Gwen Reardon, Well-Known Sculptor Of Thoroughbreds, To Sell Personal Equine Art Collection

Gwen Reardon, the sculptor and artist responsible for the spectacular bronze horses at Lexington’s Thoroughbred Park, will sell over 60 pieces from her personal collection at auction on November 8, 2019 conducted by Bluegrass Auction, Appraisal & Realty LLC. Reardon, 87, is well known for her life-size bronze sculptures of famous equines, which have been […]

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Winx To Be Bred To Record-Setting Sire I Am Invincible

Australian super-horse Winx – whose 33-race win streak ran from May 2015-April 2019 – has settled into her new surroundings and seems very content in her retirement but as one chapter closes, another opens as Winx now embarks on her career as a broodmare. The ownership group of Peter and Patty Tighe (Magic Bloodstock), Richard […]

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Bloodlines: Living In Galileo’s World

Another day, another Galileo classic winner. With 12 of the 13 racers in the 2019 Derby Stakes at Epsom tracing to Galileo as a son, grandson, or great-grandson, there was little doubt that more good news was brewing for the sire in the English classic. This year’s Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is by Coolmore’s […]

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El Gran Senor, Caesar’s Wish Selected For Maryland Thoroughbred Hall Of Fame

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees are European champion El Gran Senor and the brilliant filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and Maryland Racing Media Association (MRMA). El Gran Senor was a champion in England and […]

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Bloodlines: Diana Winner Sistercharlie Awash In Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector Influences

Over lunch with John Clark at the Thoroughbred Club some years ago, the sage horse trader and pedigree reader gave me a pop quiz. When he asked, “What’s the most important nick in breeding?” I launched into an esoteric discourse on Nijinsky and Blushing Groom, the marvelous match of Buckpasser and Northern Dancer, and then […]

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Bloodlines: Tracing The Origins Of Justify’s Triple Crown Stamina

Fifty years ago, Stage Door Johnny (by Prince John) saved us from having an asterisk-laden Triple Crown. In the Kentucky Derby five weeks earlier, Peter Fuller’s highly talented gray colt Dancer’s Image (Native Dancer) had defeated Calumet’s Forward Pass (On-and-On), then had been disqualified due to the presence of a metabolite of bute in the […]

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Bloodlines: Win The War Primed For Battle

Now unbeaten in two starts, Win the War (by War Front) drew off to a thunderous 11 ¼-length victory in the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 19 for owners Gary Barber and John Oxley. The powerful bay filly was bred in Kentucky by Tada Nobutaka and sold at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga auction […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: The Man Behind Storm Cat

Ric Waldman has devoted his life to understanding Thoroughbred bloodlines, what it takes to make a great racehorse and how to manage top sires. Waldman had the privilege of being connected to two of the most popular sires in history. As syndicate manager for E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm, Waldman oversaw the retirement of the legendary […]

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The Pizza Man To Vie For Second Arlington Million Title

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man is on track to contest his third Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 12 at Arlington International Racecourse. In 2015 the son of English Channel became the first Illinois-bred to win Arlington’s centerpiece race, bringing home the trophy for Chicagoland residents Richard and Karen Papiese. “We’re really excited to have […]

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From Aintree to Fort Erie, McComb’s Life In Racing Has Been Grand

At 87, Sam McComb hasn’t lost a step. Dressed in a tidy suit, ready with the Irish gift of the gab, mischief up his sleeve, he’s an easy raconteur of a past life that sniffs of high adventure. “Sitting here is like a river flowing backwards,” he said, rather poetically, during a long chat about […]

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