all in The Life

Mike Langford claimed his first horse in 1987. Since then, he has experienced success in Thoroughbred ownership on a modest budget.

Langford has owned two millionaires — Jonesboro and Carve. In 1999, he took a horse (Torrid Sand) to the Preakness Stakes, and Carve finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2014.

He grew up around horses and he’s learned from some of the most prominent horsemen in recent history — now, Kent Sweezey is taking his shot at the big time. Sweezey, 31, has spent the past several years as an assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens and recently started training a stable of horses on his own.

America’s Best Racing’s Dan Tordjman caught up with the young trainer about the big move from assistant trainer to trainer, and some of the challenges Sweezey is preparing to face.

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017!

Thoroughbreds in North America all celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1, so as soon as the New Year rolls around, so does “foaling season” – that magical time that lasts from the beginning of January through the late spring when racehorse babies are born. In this weekly piece, we’ll bring you the best of new arrivals to the Thoroughbred world. So sit back, relax, and take in the Cute Foals of the Week for 2017 –  Easter Edition!

In the early morning hours at Santa Anita, horses and exercise riders gather at the gap. As they wait, some horses are jumpy and anxious. They swirl and twirl as their rider whirls around to control them. One large, chestnut Thoroughbred stood calmly in the sunlight in front of me. With his left hand holding the reins loosely, the rider’s right hand slowly gave his horse a neck massage. He started at the poll and worked down the bridle path and mane.

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