racing history

Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: A History Of International Influence

This weekend and over the coming month in racing, a consistent theme will be the variety and volume of international competition. Among countries sending horses to race in France for the Arc de Triomphe and other premier races, the Arc festival is one of the highlights of international racing, and next month, the United States […]

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Auld Lang Syne: A Look at Racing New Year’s Past

As we move forward into 2015, most of the racing world’s attention is on 2014 Eclipse Awards, track safety, and the ever-present medication problem. At a time that often brings reflections on the departing year and resolutions for the future, we wondered—what were racing fans of New Year’s past reading about the week the calendars […]

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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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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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Test your knowledge about marathons of yesteryear

Racing history buffs will love this historical trivia challenge presented by Ron Hale of the Daily Racing Form. Inspired by the 72nd running of the Gallant Fox Handicap Saturday at Aqueduct – the longest dirt race on the New York stakes calendar – Hale has come up with five questions to test your knowledge of […]

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SF Chronicle posts classic photos of Bay Area racing

In response to a reader request, the San Francisco Chronicle’s pop culture editor Peter Hartlaub sifted through more than a thousand old photographs of Bay Area tracks dating back to the 1940’s.  He found some real gems and has published several of them.  They include shots of famous jockeys, a beer-swilling horse and Tanforan, the […]

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Recalling the life of jockey Bill Hartack

By Bill Mooney The record books credit William John Hartack, Jr. with five Kentucky Derby victories, which tie him with Eddie Arcaro for the all-time lead in that department. Hartack’s overall statistics include 21,535 mounts, 4,272 wins and 3,370 second-place finishes, and he came in third 2,871 times. His mounts earned $26.5 million, and in […]

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Colin’s Ghost: Just who was Jim Dandy?

In anticipation of Saturday’s venerable Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, Colin’s Ghost digs around for the story of Jim Dandy, the horse who beat Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in the 1930 Travers at odds of 100-1: “By the end of the 1930s, Jim Dandy’s name had become synonymous with the possibility of the impossible […]

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Foolish Pleasure: Racing’s sweltering July 4th, 1919

At her blog, Foolish Pleasure, Valerie Grash takes us back to this day in racing history – July 4th, 1919 – with vivid descriptions of racing at Latonia and Aqueduct: In New York on that Fourth of July day, a “sweltering humanity invaded the Aqueduct course” fleeing record-high temperatures in the city that neared 100 […]

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