In the words of announcer Tom Durkin, Da Hoss made “the greatest comeback since Lazarus” to win the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Mile. He wasn’t just referring to how the horse dug in after being headed in deep stretch – Da Hoss won the race two years after his victory in the 1996 Mile, with one start and a series of complications between the two efforts.
Keeneland’s fall meet kicks off with Fall Stars weekend with some of the best horses in the nation competing at the storied Lexington, Ky. track. I’ve put together five looks perfect for a cool autumn day at the races that won’t break the bank.
There is no doubting that Todd Pletcher is bound for the Hall of Fame just as soon as he is eligible. With overwhelming success at the top level of American racing, Pletcher’s starters have earned more than $275-million from more than 3,600 wins. With just shy of 16,000 starters going to post in Pletcher’s name, his strike rate is an enviable 22-percent.
As we approach this year’s edition of the Breeders’ Cup (Friday, Oct. 31 – Saturday, Nov. 1), one of the key discussions that will begin to emerge is what style of runner is best suited to Santa Anita Park’s surfaces and distances.
I’d almost forgotten how much I absolutely adore going to Belmont Park in the fall, but when I arrived there yesterday for the Super Saturday festivities I was quickly reminded of what makes this place so wonderful in the autumn months. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was a picture-perfect day with some of the best horse racing in the nation planned for the afternoon!
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, a two-time Sovereign Award winner in her native Canada, take America's Best Racing's readers inside the jockeys' room in 2014. Stevens and Sutherland-Kruse will provide answers to all sorts of questions such as how jockeys get paid, what goes on between races, whom they admire and what type of music and fashion style they favor.
Throughout the spring, we all watch in earnest as the nation’s top 3-year-olds vie for a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
As spring turns to summer and then fall, a new target emerges for horses of all ages; sprinters, routers and turf horses alike.
Breeders' Cup winners and year-end champions are usually recognizable names, and Storm Flag Flying is no different. But even if she didn't have those accolades, her catalog page would still stand out - her first and second dams also brought home Breeders' Cup trophies.
First, they called it Keystone Racetrack, then Philadelphia Park, now they just call it Parx. It’s a thoroughly modern name for a thoroughly modern racetrack. Parx Casino and Racing is a massive facility in the quiet burg of Bensalem, Pa. Benefiting from Pennsylvania’s gaming expansion in 2009, Parx is now more than just a racetrack. It’s a racetrack with a 60-table poker room and an adjoining casino with more than 3,000 slot machines and table games.
Martin J. “Matt” Winn rarely took no for an answer. In 1902 the Churchill Downs racing facility was in serious financial trouble and in danger of closing. Winn assembled a group of local investors, bought the track, and the right to the name the Kentucky Derby.
Hello, fall! I always look forward to this time of year, the crisp breeze in the air, the changing of the leaves, and a month closer to Thoroughbred racing season in New Orleans! While I’m still wearing shorts and tank tops here in New Orleans, there’s something special about knowing my favorite season is upon us that inspires me to do a little refresh.
There are times when a small change can make a big difference in a horse’s racing luck.
North Slope is a 4-year-old gelding trained by Kiaran McLaughlin who was talented enough to finish second in the Grade 3 Hall of Fame Stakes last year, but came into this month with an 11-race losing streak.