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Citing a problem determining accurate withdrawal dates for the controlled therapeutic medication methylprednisolone acetate, the National Steeplechase Association reversed two stewards’ rulings from this spring – eliminating $1,000 fines to two trainers from spring violations and following a similar decision by the Virginia Racing Commission.
The summer solstice came and went, graduations complete, the 4th of July is right around the corner and before you know it everyone will be off to Saratoga or Del Mar. But first the last weekend in June needs to go down and this week’s Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow, Cowboy Cal and the late Sky Classic features plenty of top-tier racing.
When you turn off the quiet country road of 71st Street Southeast onto the main street of Galchutt, N.D., you see a small church on one side of the road and a grain elevator on the other. Nestled beside the church is a farmstead tucked among the trees. As I pulled into the drive and stepped out of the car, I was greeted by an ecstatic young German shepherd cross, anxious to show me a stick he had found.
Malibu Moon shined brightest during last weekend’s stakes action with a pair of new stakes winners and another out of one of his daughters.
Kate Dalton goes to her barn at the Camden Training Center in South Carolina every morning and thinks about African Oil, the French-bred gelding who might be the best rookie hurdle horse in the United States.
Paddock time is first. Then comes training. If the trainer doesn’t get to either quickly, African Oil lets her know.
Royal Ascot has come and gone – Solow, Gleneagles, Ryan Moore, Undrafted ... five days of the best racing in the world. Here's the best quotes from the week. Enjoy.
Joe Clancy’s column “My sons want to go to a funeral,” the most heavily read piece at thisishorseracing.com in 2014, was honored as one of last year’s best pieces of equine journalism by the American Horse Publications at the organization’s annual awards banquet Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.
Five days have come to a close. Five days of drama. Five days of performance. Five days of sport. Royal Ascot finishes with its Saturday crescendo. World travelers – Australia, Japan, America, France …
Royal Ascot attracts most of the heat from the spotlight (read our separate feature about the final day of the Royal meeting) but plenty of stimulating action around the world. We’ve got you covered, from Ayr to Woodbine and everywhere in between, in this week’s Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow, Cowboy Cal and the late Sky Classic.
The unsung Birdstone sired another Grade 1 winner last weekend and the Scat Daddy juveniles continue to fly out of the sale ring, one right into the winners' enclosure at Royal Ascot.
And that makes eight. Jockey Ryan Moore engineered his sixth, seventh and eighth winners at this year’s Royal Ascot meeting, winning with Waterloo Bridge, Curvy and War Envoy Thursday. As for adding to it, well, that seems inevitable for the imperious jockey Friday.
Hello again, Monmouth Park. Friday, the summer steeplechase season goes to the historic New Jersey track for the second consecutive year after a break of three years. Headlines by the Midsummer Hurdle Handicap, Monmouth has hosted some of the sport’s all-time greats and was a regular stop on the circuit through the 1980s.
The days were counting down to Cash Crop’s first start over hurdles and Arch Kingsley Jr. identified a problem. He also came up with a solution, one that was as much about horsemanship as it was about improvisation and maybe even a little innovation.
Kingsley trains steeplechase and flat horses for the spring and summer months at Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga offers almost as much as any racetrack in the offseason, from the quiet and spacious setting to the useful and safe dirt track and soon-to-open turf course at the Oklahoma Training Track. The main track will open for training Monday, more than a month before the meet begins July 24.
One thing it doesn’t offer this time of year is any steeplechase schooling. There are no hurdles to be found.
Hump Day. Two days down. Three to go.
Acapulco put America on the board Wednesday, winning the Queen Mary Stakes. Bet into favoritism, the daughter of Scat Daddy led a group of 10 while her stablemate Bruised Orange led the other group of 10. Bruised Orange faded and Acapulco ran off the screen. Ryan Moore described her simply, “all speed.”
Jazz Napravnik laughs when people talk about a shortage of Thoroughbred racehorses. Yes, the trainer knows the foal crop is down and some racetracks struggle to attract full fields. But from where she sits, as a dual-purpose trainer based in Maryland, there are plenty of horses.
Day 1. The Queen wore pink on opening day, creating a carryover into Wednesday. Powder blue has some play. Yellow has support. Peach has taken late money. As for the racing, Solow and Gleneagles starred on Royal Ascot’s opening day.
Call in sick. Take the week off. It’s time for Royal Ascot. Five days of the best racing in the world.
The week before American Pharoah’s triumph in the Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert’s chief assistant Jimmy Barnes, alongside stable pony Smokey, walked American Pharoah off the track after a light clockwise jog. Every morning since his arrival to Churchill Downs several people from the racing press stopped by to get an update on how the Triple Crown hopeful was doing and would typically get the obligatory “he did very well this morning” response.
As the horses took to the track for the fifth race Saturday at Churchill Downs I started to get déjà vu. In the hundreds of races I’d seen under the twin spires, none pronged the attention of the loyal Louisville fan base quite like that of the Kentucky Derby. But this was different.
Bob Feld starts with the oldest line known to the tellers of horse tales. “It’s a long story, but I can shorten it for you.” And thus begins the fable of Miss Temple City, an American hopeful in Friday’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in England.