One Man’s Ambition to Change TB Racing in Britain

July 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

It is the brainchild of Mehmet Kurt, a Turkish businessman with a passion for thoroughbred racing. The Kurtsystem aims to revolutionize training methods eliminating breakdowns caused by human error and to help young horses develop stronger joints, bones and muscles for their racing careers. Kurt was inspired to find a better way to train young thoroughbreds [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

All the Queen’s Horses – a Week of Indulgence

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Surely the Queen’s cup runneth over when it comes to horses, particularly this week. In a seven-day window the Queen has indulged in horses as she celebrated Trooping the Colours last Saturday, a hack through the grounds at Windsor Castle on Monday and is spending Tuesday through Saturday afternoons at the Ascot Racecourse. It really is [...]

The Man Versus Horse Marathon Results 2017

June 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales bills itself as the smallest town in Britain with about 900 residents. Each June the population nearly doubles as competitors journey from near and far to compete in the town’s famous race. A race that strives to answer the question, “can a man outrun a horse over a long distance?” A pub bet [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

Equestrian Sports You’ve Never Heard of – Pack Burro Racing

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , , |

Written by Kristen Kovatch, Managing Editor, HorseNation.com and intrepid driver of Percherons. Originally published June 6, 2017.  Part marathon, part in-hand endurance racing, 100% awesome. It’s an official Colorado summer heritage sport. It has a Triple Crown. It has its own “ass-ociation” (its phrasing, not mine) and members and by-laws. It’s pack burro racing, and it [...]

The Derby’s First Female Jockey – Diane Crump

May 5th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Someone was going to be the first, the first woman jockey. In 1964, a petite 16-year-old dynamo received her license to gallop thoroughbreds at Sunshine Park (now Tampa Bay Downs). It was never her intent to break down sexist’s barriers, she just wanted to race horses. Diane's first race (center) By 1969 Diane Crump [...]

Kangaroo Races TBs at Aussie Track

May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Kangaroos hanging trackside are not an uncommon sight in Australia. Most of the time they move away from the racing horses as they pass. Most of the time but not THIS time. Earlier this week an intrepid kangaroo decided to show his stuff when he joined a horse race at Cessnock Race Course in NSW, Australia. [...]

Dancer’s Image Won the Derby then Lost the Derby

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

In 1968 Dancer’s Image won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ½ lengths guided by jockey, Bobby Ussery. Three days later he was disqualified and the second place horse, Forward Pass, was deemed the Derby winner. It was the first time in the Derby’s 133-year history that a winner was disqualified. So what happened? Was it Professor [...]

One-eyed Horse Will Race in the Derby

April 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The Kentucky Derby is next Saturday, May 6th at Churchill Downs. This year’s field includes a unique character in many respects; 1) that he is one of only 21 horses to qualify for the prestigious race and 2) because he has only one eye. Patch is owned by Calumet Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher. As [...]