horse racing history

What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders’ Cup officials hoping for safety.” A short item from writer Ed Schuyler Jr. detailed the organization’s response to a series of five high profile equine […]

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Carter, Last Man To Ride Man o’ War, Dies At 93

Eugene Carter, Jr., the last man alive to ride Man o’ War, has died at the age of 93. The Kentucky Horse Park, where Carter had worked for more than a decade, confirmed his passing on social media late Tuesday. Carter was at work at the Park through this past weekend, showing retired greats Point […]

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Thirty Years Later, Sunday Silence’s Brilliance Still Shines

It’s been 30 years since Charlie Whittingham’s brilliant Sunday Silence parlayed victories in Santa Anita’s San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Derby to victories over eastern-based rival Easy Goer in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic, but even though three decades have passed, his achievements continue to rank as some of the most […]

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How The First Horse Van Shocked The Public And British Bookmakers

The thresholds of Keeneland’s property will be tread upon by an endless stream of horse vans during the two weeks and change of its September Yearling Sale, effortlessly bringing horses in from around the country and redistributing them to destinations around the world. It’s easy to take for granted a van hauling several horses at […]

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The Story Behind Sea Hero’s Presence In The Saratoga Paddock

When the Turkish Jockey Club announced the death of classic winner and stallion Sea Hero in mid-July, the statue of the horse that resides in the Saratoga Race Course paddock was adorned with a blanket of flowers in the colors of owner and breeder Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables. Social media was filled with pictures of […]

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The Last Man To Ride Man o’ War Looks Back On A Lifetime With Horses

Of course it all started as a love story.  Until 1940, the Maddoxtown Colored School just north of Lexington, Ky., served a small community of a few dozen families off Huffman Mill Pike. As many as 100 people lived in the predominantly black neighborhood of Maddoxtown in the early 1900s, but over the decades, many […]

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A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him

One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs’ near-four decade training career was all […]

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Gate Dancer: The Derby Disqualification Everyone Saw Coming

Maximum Security’s disqualification in this year’s Kentucky Derby was one of the most significant in the sport’s history, but the ground the situation covered before and after his number came down was not completely uncharted. Objections and inquiries are incredibly rare in the Derby, with this year’s race being the sixth instance in 145 runnings, […]

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Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

At the time, a young Sunday Silence going through the ring and back to owner Arthur B. Hancock III under his reserve at the California sale of 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park was anything but notable. In retrospect, it was history being written. The son of Halo’s ascension from an unwanted youngster into a Horse of […]

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National Museum Of Racing Opens ‘Fabulous And Fast’ Exhibit Dedicated To Great Fillies And Mares

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Fabulous and Fast: The Female Horses of the Hall of Fame, is now open in the Museum’s Contemporary Racing Gallery. This spotlight on the 66 Hall of Fame fillies and mares features photographs, art, artifacts, and multimedia from the Museum Collection. Race footage, Hall […]

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