all in The Sport

When Glorious Song started her career at Greenwood racetrack in Canada on Nov. 20, 1978, few could have expected how high the bay filly would rise. Bred by the legendary Canadian horseman E. P. Taylor, Glorious Song won her debut by three lengths and never looked back.

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track.                  

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Even as a teenager, when some youngsters are inclined to think the world is theirs for the taking, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott did not dream big.

“I was 18 years old and hauling horses around in a two-horse trailer to the bush tracks,” recalled the native of Mobridge, S.D. “I never imagined training for anybody else other than myself.”

More than 250 years ago, a total solar eclipse swept across Great Britain. It was on that day — April 1, 1764 — and during the eclipse itself that a horse was born at Cranbourne Lodge. Arriving as he did during such a rare, celestial event, the horse was named Eclipse, and through his achievements on the track and at stud, he would ensure that the name Eclipse would never be forgotten.

For those who appreciated how special Arrogate was, the Breeders’ Cup Classic was painful to watch as he finished in a dead heat with Gunnevera for fifth place in the finale of a career that will very likely baffle historians.

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