Sunny’s Halo

Cross, Trainer Of Derby-Winning Sunny’s Halo, Dies At Age 84

David Cross Jr., lifelong horseman, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer, and trainer of 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo, died this week at the age of 84, according to the Daily Racing Form. Cross had battled a series of health issues in recent years and had been in hospice care in Lexington, Ky., according […]

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Copper Bullet, Coal Front Stretching Out In Crowded Field For Razorback Handicap

Among the most notable horses to win from a far outside post position at Oaklawn was Sunny’s Halo, who wired the field from the 13 hole in the 1983 Arkansas Derby and would capture the Kentucky Derby three weeks later. Coal Front may have to go one better because he is scheduled to break from […]

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Jockey-Turned-Steward Larry Snyder Passes At Age 76

Retired jockey Larry Snyder, a longtime steward at Oaklawn, died Monday, Oct. 29 after a brave battle with cancer. He was 76. Snyder, whose death comes just days after Oaklawn dedicated its new Winner’s Circle to him, was born June 29, 1942 in Toledo, OH. He enjoyed a 35-year career as a jockey that began […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Thirty-Five Years After Sunny’s Halo, Cross Is Back To The Beginning Again

With each passing day in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the Churchill Downs backstretch buzzes louder. It seems the reporters, broadcasters, cousins of neighbors of friends of horse owners – all of them multiply, parking wherever possible and snapping photos of horses eating, working, and bathing. For the locals without a horse […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Speaks Volumes

Much like not seeing the forest for the trees, sometimes we don’t see the horse for the pedigrees. Seldom has that seemed more significant than with the 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence. The tall, dark, handsome son of leading sire Halo was not on anyone’s list of “must-have” yearlings when he went to […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: GOOD TIME CHARLIE

  By Ray Paulick He is a combination of P.T. Barnum, Perle Mesta and Frank Sinatra—an innovative promoter, unmatched host and fiercely independent man. He rules over one of the last family-owned racetracks on the American landscape. He is Charles Cella, the longtime president of Oaklawn Park, and if anyone is going to lure Rachel […]

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