Thoroughbred racing history

Santa Anita To Air Newly-Discovered Seabiscuit Footage On Big ‘Cap Day

Santa Anita Park has announced that four minutes of recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit’s legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap will be shown between races six and seven Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Originally shot on 35 mm film, the video was discovered and edited by longtime Hollywood Park Television Department producer, […]

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A Bittersweet Tribute To The Last Days Of Hollywood Park

As with all endings, the memories have begun to fade with the closure of Hollywood Park more than a year ago. But that doesn’t mean people have forgotten. This week, the Inglewood, Calif., city council unanimously approved an 80,000 seat stadium that could become home to the St. Louis (formerly known as Los Angeles) Rams. […]

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Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a dozen candidates can make a logical claim to this season’s top honor. Will voters side with the […]

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Where Are the Robots? Looking Back at 1940s Plans for Mechanical Riders

In a recent post on Gizmodo, writer Matt Novak took a look back at an article from the 1940s which suggested robotic jockeys might be the next big thing in horse racing. The historic article suggested that robots would be the best way to counteract the oft-publicized issue of race fixing. The idea was to […]

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Bowen: Racing History on Display in Big ‘Cap

As race watchers gear up to watch the “big three” square off in the Santa Anita Handicap next Saturday at Santa Anita Park, horseracing historian and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation President Ed Bowen looks back at the famous race’s origin for America’s Best Racing. When the Big ‘Cap splashed onto the racing scene in 1935 […]

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Derby time machine: radio broadcasts through the decades

Racing history buffs, find a good set of earbuds and get comfortable–the racing history blog Colin’s Ghost unearthed clips of Kentucky Derby radio broadcasts last week which date as far back as 1936. Among the favorite calls for Colin’s Ghost authors are the 1936 call, for which the blog also links to some pre- and […]

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Call to Post: Parole and the 1877 Great Sweepstakes at Pimlico

Blood-Horse and contributor Terry Conway is taking us back in racing history with his new blog, Call to Post.  In his latest posting, Conway revisits the 1877 Great Sweepstakes at Pimlico: “When the flag dropped Ten Broeck immediately shot to the lead, pressed by Tom Ochiltree. Known for his lazy starts, Parole, the youngest […]

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