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Bloodlines: Sales Traditions Bend With the Times

One of the charms of Thoroughbred racing is its tradition. Like the cycles of the seasons or the orbits of the planets, Thoroughbred racing operates around a calendar. One season builds upon the preceding, and as we learn more about the sport, we too partake of its tradition and begin building some of our own. […]

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Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did: win three Grade 1 races – the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness – in a […]

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50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has spent decades watching the final jewel as a fan, analyst, and radio voice for CBS Sports. When he’s not on the […]

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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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The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth to their operation. Or maybe they aren’t. Popularity on the racetrack hasn’t always led to appeal in the breeding shed. While his humble beginnings […]

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California Chrome: A Message From Bud

A Message to California Chrome: “You think you’re the ‘people’s horse’? Well, don’t get too cocky. You’re no shoo-in.  You’re just the latest to get to the big dance at Belmont.” “I was a CBS News producer who covered a lot of Triple Crowns, starting with Majestic Prince in 1969 and Canonero II shortly thereafter. […]

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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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Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a victory in the Belmont Stakes, he might be viewed as silencing the notion that the series could be improved with more time in between […]

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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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