Zenyatta’s New Foal, Triple Crown News, and More Must-Click Links of the Week

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Welcome to our link roundup, where we share our favorite stories from around the Internet! Know a link that should be included? Email it to americasbestracing@gmail.com!

You guys!!! Zenyatta has a new baby – an adorable daughter sired by Candy Ride. (BloodHorse)

This is a great read about how sports-starved bettors made Fonner Park in Nebraska one of the biggest shows in the country. (New York Times)

TVG and NBC are teaming up to provide fans with outstanding horse racing TV coverage. (Associated Press)

OK, this is adorable: Allegro II (a very famous dressage horse) is helping raise money for Britain’s NHS through the auction of a hobby horse in his likeness. The best part? The hobby horse is described as an “exciting FEI pony prospect”! (Horse and Hound)

Meet Adam Hollingsworth, a.k.a. the Dreadhead Cowboy, who’s bringing cheer to Chicago neighborhoods by riding his horse through town. (WBEZ)

Here’s why Man o’ War, perhaps the best racehorse in history, missed the Kentucky Derby 1200 years ago.  (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Did you hear that the Preakness Stakes will run on Oct. 3 this year? That’s the first time since World War II that the race has taken place outside of May. (Baltimore Sun)

Horse racing is scheduled to return to New York on June 1! I am SO excited, gang, even if I can’t be at beautiful Belmont Park to see it in person. (NPR)

This is the correct way to spend lockdown time if you own a light grey miniature horse:

The return of fan-less horse racing is primed to help the people in the sport who really need it – the trainers and owners with smaller stables. (Telegram)

Oooooh! Almond Eye, the super mare who’s taken Japanese racing fans by storm, just won a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race. (Brisnet)

Holy moly, did you know that jockey Flavien Prat won six of Sunday’s ten races at Santa Anita Park? That’s amazing! (Los Angeles Times)

Shecky Greene, legendary Rat Pack-adjacent comic, is spending his Las Vegas lockdown playing the ponies. Good man! (New Yorker)

The article says that the report a Redditor put together about all of the horses available in Red Dead Redemption 2 is “too detailed,” but I am here to disagree. A horse lover *and* a stats nerd? This person is awesome! (ScreenRant)

Speaking of Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m here for the player who spent two whole hours just petting his horse. Honestly, I’m so starved for time with horses right now that I’m about to buy the game just so I can do the same thing. (VG24/7)

A Cornell University clinical radiologist has created “brain atlases” for horses, dogs, and cats. (Cornell Chronicle)

My heart goes out to everyone who loved Oakhurst In the Spotlight, a.k.a. Spot, the incredible jumping pony who passed away this week due to a stroke. (Horse and Hound)

Cloud Dancers, a group that offers equine therapy to people with disabilities, put on a horse parade so that their riders could see horses during the pandemic. (KRQE)

This woman just became my hero:

This is a lovely photo retrospective of Queen Elizabeth enjoying the Royal Windsor Horse Show through the years. She looks so very happy in all of them. Queens: they’re just like us! (Hello!

Speaking of Queen Elizabeth, she’s been spending her quarantine on horseback. Lucky woman! (Harper’s Bazaar)

In absolutely lovely news, an 80-year-old U.K. woman who had her childhood dream of riding a rocking horse dashed by a World War II German bomber just got her wish fulfilled. (Cornwall Live)

Hey, if you have between $5 million and $10 million to spare for a four-acre equestrian property in Wellington, Fla., do I have some great news for you! (Robb Report)

How does horse racing behind closed doors work? This article looks at examples from around the world. (BBC)

Harley the horse is visiting Virginia rehab centers to lift patients’ spirits. (WTVR)

The biggest estate in Westchester County, New York is Stonewall Farm, a Thoroughbred operation that’s for sale for a cool $100,000,000. (Westfair Communications)

This is a wild story about how a rejected My Little Pony fighting game saved a huge video game tournament. Seriously, read this one even if you’re interested in neither My Little Pony nor video games. (ARS Technica)

Frost, a *very* well-dressed Shetland pony, is visiting seniors through the windows of their Troy, NY nursing home. Good boy, Frost! (News 10)

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