all in The Life

Each year the spring meet at Keeneland brings together the best trainers, jockeys, and racehorses the sport of horse racing has to offer at one of the sport’s most iconic venues that creates this vibrant atmosphere I’ve never experienced at another track.

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 2020! Want to see cute foals in person? Be sure to visit Horse Country!

By Tom Precious and Bob Ehalt

New York state will build a 1,000-bed emergency hospital at Aqueduct racetrack in Queens to try to help the region accommodate an expected surge of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks.

Due to the construction announced March 28 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the remainder of the winter and spring meets at Aqueduct have been canceled. Racing was originally scheduled to conclude at the Ozone Park track on April 19.

Managing partner Jack Knowlton and his fellow Sackatoga Stable owners stepped out of a yellow school bus at Churchill Downs to gain an upset victory with New York-bred gelding Funny Cide in the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

As the planet learns to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, most are doing what they can to survive. Others are using creativity and innovation to help serve those in need.

The medical community — on the front line caring for those infected with the virus — is perhaps the most affected. Beyond the physical and emotional demands of their jobs, access to equipment and supplies is an ongoing struggle as state and local authorities scramble to keep pace.

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