billy turner

Time Passages: 40 Years Later, Turner Has Fond Memories Of Seattle Slew’s Wood Memorial

Bill Turner will shake his head in disbelief when it is mentioned to him that 40 years have passed since Seattle Slew’s spectacular Triple Crown season of 1977. “It is amazing to think about that. That’s a lot of time,” he said with a slight laugh. Yet Turner will happily embrace any chance to once […]

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Seattle Slew’s Trainer Hopes American Pharoah Joins ‘Triple Crown Club’

At age 75, Billy Turner is certainly ‘one-of-a-kind’. As Bob Ehalt writes in his latest column for ESPN.com, Turner is the “only person on Earth who can say he has trained a Triple Crown winner.” Turner trained the mighty Seattle Slew, who captured the Triple Crown in 1977. The colt remains the only horse to […]

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Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile as he gears up to run for the Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes. Jockey Martin Garcia, who is typically aboard […]

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Triple Crown-Winning Trainer Turner Stresses Importance of Pace in Belmont

Billy Turner, who trained Seattle Slew through a sweep of the 1977 Triple Crown, briefly handicapped this year’s Belmont Stakes this morning outside his barn. “I think it’s going to be a great race, I really do,” said Turner, currently the only living trainer who has won the Triple Crown. “California Chrome is the outstanding […]

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‘Tarnishing’ the Crown: Past Winners Oppose Making Changes to Elusive Accomplishment

Almost every year, throughout the spring, the discussion of making changes to the Triple Crown – whether it’s the distance of the races or the spacing between them – always seems to come up. In some years, the conversations are forgotten rather quickly. Other times, though, the discussions gain more traction, with more opinions being […]

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Training for the Triple Crown: How Times Have Changed

Trainer Art Sherman said he plans to breeze Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome one time during the three weeks between the May 17 Preakness and June 7 Belmont Stakes. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit had no timed workouts between the May 3 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Since winning the Grade 2 San […]

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Belmont 144 Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 30

I’ll Have Another’s trainer Doug O’Neill recounts conversation with Triple Crown winning trainer Billy Turner; Team O’Neill to attend Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Romans consults with Jerkens on preparing a horse for a 1 ½-mile race; Dullahan gallops 1 ½ miles Guyana Star Dweej turns in four-furlong breeze Fans can enter drawing […]

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JOE HIRSCH REMEMBERED …

The death of Daily Racing Form’s longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch has brought an outpouring of tributes from people throughout the Thoroughbred industry who remembered him for his dedication to the sport and to his profession, and for his friendship. “Joe Hirsch was much more than just the dean of American racing writers for […]

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CONFUSING WEALTH WITH VISION

By Ray Paulick This Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Ogden Mills Phipps  — better known as Dinny throughout the Thoroughbred world – will preside over the 56th Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. For those who have never attended, there is no “round table” at this annual throat-clearing exercise for many […]

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