all in The Sport

The great work by trainer John Veitch in revitalizing the fortunes of Calumet Farm is most commonly associated with the legendary Triple Crown runner Alydar.

Yet for all the fame generated by Alydar’s trio of runner-up finishes to Affirmed in the 1978 Triple Crown, Veitch enjoyed more success with three homebred Calumet fillies that he turned into champions.

Foremost among that group was a filly who gave Veitch a sweep of a series for 3-year-olds – times two.

The path to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on Nov. 6-7 is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 14 championship races and $35 million in purses and awards.

Saturday’s Central Bank Ashland Stakes will offer 3-year-old fillies a chance to qualify for the Sept. 4 Longines Kentucky Oaks, and it will be the first time the race has ever been contested in July.

Speed is the name of the game in horse racing, but fame and glory usually gravitate toward those horses with the stamina to negotiate longer distances of ground in two-turn classics.

Sprinters, the horses who can generate electrifying fractions,  are usually in the background, except for a handful of champions who possessed speed so dazzling it left a lasting impression on anyone who ever watched them rocket to the winner’s circle.

Housebuster was one of those brilliant sprinters.

Vekoma was an elite Thoroughbred racehorse as a 2- and 3-year-old, capable of winning a graded stakes in each campaign and earning his way into the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. In 2020, however, the Candy Ride colt has emerged as an Eclipse Award-caliber athlete.

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