Sports Illustrated

Conquest Stables’ Semersky ‘Having So Much Fun’ With Racing

Two years ago, Ernie Semersky purchased his first horse, a colt named Gunderman. Now, his Conquest Stables, owned in partnership with Dory Newell, campaigns horses pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup, including graded stakes winner My Conquestadory, who runs in Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Oaks. Semersky, 64, is a Chicago-based venture capitalist, futures trader, and owner […]

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Layden: California Chrome Continues Triple Crown Quest

“Think of the Triple Crown as a quest. That’s what it is for the breeders, owners, trainers, bloodstock agents, jockeys and bettors who participate,” wrote Tim Layden in a piece for Sports Illustrated. California Chrome has put in a steady training regimen on the road to the Belmont Stakes and possible Triple Crown glory. It’s […]

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Layden: History Awaits California Chrome At Belmont Park

“Is this the one? The answer, for now is the same as always, hopeful yet cautious, excited yet defensive. A dream at arm’s length. Maybe. Just maybe,” writes Tim Layden in a column for Sports Illustrated on California Chrome’s bid for Triple Crown history. If he wins the Belmont Stakes, the Cal-bred fan favorite will […]

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Layden: Preakness a Race of ‘Validation and Truth’ for Derby Winner

In a column for Sports Illustrated, Tim Layden illustrates what the middle jewel of the Preakness means for the winner of the Kentucky Derby two weeks previous. “It is the Preakness that decides whether a horse — and that horse’s story — will be given life beyond a single weekend,” Layden writes. “And it is […]

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California Chrome Makes Magic in Derby Win

Late Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, California Chrome made a lot of people happy. His romp in the Kentucky Derby solidified his position as one of the top horses in the country, and he fulfilled the expectations that many had for him – and silenced the doubters, as well. And, as Tim Layden wrote of […]

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Three Horse Races Make Sports Illustrated’s ‘Pictures of the Year’

A year-in-review photo collection from Sports Illustrated includes three horse racing scenes from 2013. The image gallery includes memorable moments from professional and college sports, and even one from a professional bull-riding competition. Only one American race made the cut—Orb’s Kentucky Derby victory. Also featured was the Sportingbet Handicap, won by Planet Voyage and Jason […]

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GONE BABY GONE?

By Ray Paulick Ten years ago many of the grand poobahs of American racing gathered in Tucson, Ariz., for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program’s 25th annual Symposium on Racing. There was great anticipation of the event, in large part to get an update on the fledgling National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s efforts to organize […]

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