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50-Year Flashback: Arts And Letters’ Travers Makes Banner Year For New York Sports

As a 2-year-old, Arts and Letters was good but not outstanding, winning two of his six starts. It was as a 3-year-old in 1969-50 years ago this summer-that the chestnut colt bred and raced by Hall of Famer Paul Mellon, trained by Hall of Famer Elliott Burch and ridden by another Hall of Famer in […]

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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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Lamoreaux: The ‘Wonder Horse’ Who Launched 1989 Saratoga Season

The year was 1989.  That would be 30 years ago.  The date was August 2 to be precise.  It was opening day at Saratoga where a then record 30-thousand plus patrons showed up, brought by talk of a new “wonder horse.” It would be a Saratoga year that would see the last of  Angel Cordero […]

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Kentucky Derby Winner Sea Hero Dies In Turkey At Age 29

Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby, has died in Turkey from the infirmities of old age, according to a report from the Turkish Jockey Club. He was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at 29 years old. Born in Virginia the son of Polish Navy raced as a homebred for Paul Mellon’s Rokeby […]

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Catholic Boy Gives Up-And-Comer Jonathan Thomas ‘Monster Opportunity’ In Florida Derby

Jonathan Thomas will step onto Thoroughbred racing’s center stage Saturday when he saddles Catholic Boy for a start in the $1-million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1). Although the 37-year-old trainer may be regarded by many as a newcomer to the big time, it should be noted that he grew up among the Sport of Kings’ elite. […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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National Sporting Library & Museum To Host ‘Sea Hero Symposium’

On Saturday, May 30, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) will host a symposium and reception celebrating the recent gift of the bronze sculpture Sea Hero. Through the generous bequest of Paul Mellon, the large-scale bronze of the champion thoroughbred Sea Hero is now part of the NSLM art collection. The 1995 bronze is […]

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For Sale: Mellons’ Upperville Estate on the Market for $70 Million

Rokeby Stables, the 2,047-acre breeding farm owned by the late Paul and Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, has been listed for sale with Washington Fine Properties, according to an article in the Fauquier Now News. Asking price – a cool $70 million. The farm is located in Upperville, Virginia, and produced such standouts as Kentucky Derby winner, […]

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Orb Takes Flight in Artist’s Playful Painting

Last year, Orb seemed to take flight in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby. In a recently-commissioned painting, artist Louise Mellon imagined the horse’s journey quite literally. Mellon was commissioned to portray Orb by Howard Slatkin, a family friend of owners Ande and Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps. The portrait was intended as a surprise gift […]

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Grade 1 Winner Crusader Sword Dies

Crusader Sword, winner of the 1987 G1 Hopeful Stakes, died May 10 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in New York due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29. Crusader Sword, a son of Damascus, was bred and owned by the late Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables and was trained by Mack Miller. As […]

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