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 [...]

Pharoah’s First Foal

January 9th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The first foal born to 2015 Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah was born January 3 at Brookdale Farm. Born at 12:30 a.m., the bay colt is also the first foal for mare Kakadu. “It’s very exciting,” said Fred Seitz Jr. of Brookdale Farm. “For the first foal, he’s very nice, very attractive type. Personality wise, I [...]

Monies for Munnings

November 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sir Alfred James Munnings loved horses and the English countryside. He made a successful career painting them. His worked differed from other sport painting of the early 1900’s, his work was more realistic and natural. In short time his equestrian paintings propelled him to the pinnacle of the sporting art world. “His horses are very naturalistic,” [...]

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program Introduces Recreational Riding Program for OTTBs

November 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

To showcase Thoroughbreds that are not competing in shows but are still successful in a second career as recreational mounts, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program. The program is designed for Thoroughbred owners who spend most of their time outside of the show ring, whether on trails [...]