all in The Sport

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track. Each week in this space we spotlight the most meaningful story of the past seven days, detailing a story that stands out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it generates.

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In this week’s story we’ll discuss the Eclipse Award that deserves the loudest round of applause at the Jan. 25 ceremonies.

After settling for second in a pair of stakes in Southern California to close out 2017, Mourinho found Oaklawn Park to his liking as he scored a clear victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 15.

King Leatherbury knows how he wants his training career to be defined. He knows how he would like to be remembered.

“If I wanted something on my tombstone,” he said, “it would just be, ‘He won races.’ “

Leatherbury, 84, has won races all right. He ranked fourth all-time with 6,455 victories when he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2015, the ultimate exclamation point to a career that has spanned parts of seven decades.

In a career that has seen Jerry Hollendorfer saddle more than 32,000 starters and more than 7,300 winners, new experiences within the sport of Thoroughbred racing are almost a thing of the past where the Hall of Fame trainer is concerned.

It took 12 days longer and a bigger effort than originally expected, but Firenze Fire’s weather-delayed 3-year-old season started on a winning note on the first full day of racing at Aqueduct in two weeks.

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