all in The Life

Patience, loyalty, and a rare international spirit for high-quality Thoroughbred racing are hallmarks of George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable, and Strawbridge has reaped the benefits of all three traits this summer on both sides of the Atlantic.

Triple Crown winner Justify had a homecoming on the early afternoon of Aug. 1 at WinStar Farm, where the 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy arrived to begin his transition to a stud career at a farm yet to be announced.

Everyone knows that Saratoga is the ultimate stylish summer destination for the horse racing set; but in another part of New York, fashionable fans flock to Long Island to experience the Hampton Classic.

Well into its third decade, the Hampton Classic Horse Show has become equally renowned as an institution of the New York social calendar, attended by high-profile celebrities and socialites who sip, stroll, shop, and spectate at one of the biggest highlights of the Hamptons social season.

“A good farm to know” is the motto of Hurstland Farm in Midway, Ky. That’s been true for almost a century since the farm, owned by the Nuckols family throughout its existence, began breeding and raising Thoroughbreds.

Jose Ortiz, on a fast track to superstardom at age 24 after winning his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading jockey, is taking followers of America’s Best Racing along for the ride this year by writing a diary with Tom Pedulla.

Here is the eighth installment as he begins pursuit of his third consecutive riding title at the always-competitive summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. His primary challenger is expected to be his older brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., 25.

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