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Vox Populi Award ‘Born Of The Heart And Not The Statistical Sheet’

“If racing is going to capture the imagination of the public in years to come, it will (be) because of the horses that touch the heart,” writes Steve Haskin in his blog at bloodhorse.com. Penny Chenery created the Vox Populi Award in 2010 to acknowledge a horse whose “popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the […]

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Hunt Just Able To Hold On For Seabiscuit Victory

Michael House’s Irish-bred Hunt, off at 3-1, was all-out late to hold off the closing rush of He Will by a nose in Sunday’s G2 Seabiscuit Stakes. The 5-year-old son of Dark Angel, ridden to victory by Flavien Prat, stalked the early pacesetters and took over the lead in the stretch to earn his eighth […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Juvenile, Classic Hopefuls

This week, we’ll be counting down to the Breeders’ Cup world championships with a mix of history about first-time host Del Mar, behind-the-scenes perspectives about getting ready for a big race, stories about connections, handicapping info and more. Juveniles Keep Romans On His Toes, Hopeful — Natalie Voss Two-year-olds aren’t just puzzling to handicappers – […]

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Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he’d pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He’d forego the reserved boxes and the company of Broadway stars and slip in with the masses through […]

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Ridgewood Ranch, Home Of Seabiscuit, Features New Additions

Another season of guided historic walking tours are offered at Seabiscuit’s home, Ridgewood Ranch, a few miles south of Willits where Hwy 101 bisects the 5,000-acre property. “We are very grateful for our newest additions,” said Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation President, Jacqueline Cooper. Seabiscuit descendant, Bronze Sea, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare, for one is in foal. […]

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Author Laura Hillenbrand Finally Made Her Pilgrimage To Ridgewood, Home Of Seabiscuit

Fulfilling a long-held dream, best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit; An American Legend and Unbroken) arranged a private visit to Ridgewood Ranch, the home of the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit, the subject of five years of research. After a serious illness prevented Laura from leaving her hometown of Washington, DC for twenty-five years, an improvement in her […]

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Online Holiday Auction Lasts Through Dec. 5

Items celebrating the racing careers of such Thoroughbreds at Triple Crown winners Secretariat, American Pharoah and Affirmed, as well as legends like Man o’War and Seabiscuit will be offered during the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Annual Online Holiday Auction fundraiser that begins Monday, November 21st at 8 a.m. concluding Monday, December 5th at 10 p.m. […]

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Fact And Fiction: Reality And Embellishment In Favorite Racing Films

It isn’t hard to ruffle feathers among horseplayers and racing fans; they argue about which horse is most likely to win a race, which issues the industry should be most concerned to solve, and who should be Horse of the Year. Get them going on movies, though, and you may well discover even deeper rifts […]

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Famous Footsteps: ‘Chrome’ One Of Nine Horse Of The Year Champs To Run At Del Mar

Look through the past performance lines of Horse of the Year honorees. Look down the left-hand column which lists the dates and the tracks of their races. You’ll find Del Mar in that column, at least once, for nine of those champions. And California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, all-time leading North American […]

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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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