Step Aside Spielberg! Horses Film New Hit Ads!

June 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

We’re not horsin’ around, the horses actually filmed several new commercials promoting Lexington as “the Horse Capital of the World.” And why shouldn’t they, who would know better than the horses, right? That’s exactly what Lexington marketing firm, Cornett decided while developing a new campaign for VisitLEX, Lexington’s public service organization which promotes tourism and growing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Tale of Three Twinkies

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

April 6, 2017 is National Hostess Twinkies Day, a salute to the cream filled cake invented in Illinois in 1930. When we were young, Twinkies were standard store in our kitchen cupboard. When we did our homework, made our beds mom rewarded us with Twinkies.  Good memories. Twinkie? A silly name for a kids snack. But [...]

NOTHING LIKE HIM BEFORE OR SINCE – MAN O’ WAR

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Man O’ War was born 100 years ago today, March 29, 1917. Unquestionably the greatest Thoroughbred through his accomplishments on the track and as a stud. A century later “Big Red” remains the benchmark by which all American thoroughbreds are measured. He was a bold chestnut, 16’2 ½ hands, with one of the longest strides measured [...]

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere – Haru Urara

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Kristen Kovatch, Managing Editor HorseNation.com, has a knack for finding great stories. Today she introduces us to Japan’s beloved loser, Haru Urara, the TB who saved a struggling race track by never winning a race. The horse world is familiar with the story of Seabiscuit: a scrappy little mud-colored horse who had floundered around in the [...]

You Can’t Keep a Good (Looking) Man Down

February 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Jockey Gary Stevens is not ready to hang up his racing silks. Faced with hip replacement surgery last year, Stevens was uncertain of his future. But last week his doctor gave Stevens the OK to start training again in March. Stevens, 53 years old, retired in 2005 and enjoyed a second career acting and as a [...]