This is Horse Racing
Rest and recharge is an appropriate theme this weekend with a near dearth of Kentucky Derby preps and the lighter-than-usual jump cards overseas with the Cheltenham Festival bearing down next month.
America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred is back in action. With regular partner Phillip Dutton aboard, Icabad Crane graduated to the preliminary level at the Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials in Aiken, S.C. Feb. 25. The 10-year-old New York-bred finished a strong third with no penalties in the cross country or show jumping phases of the competition. This same farm was the site of Icabad Crane’s debut in eventing just 11 months ago.
Some of North America’s stalwart stallions and other up-and coming second-crop sires were in the headlines again last weekend.
Mike Penna and the team at Horse Racing Radio caught up with trainer Graham Motion last weekend before Main Sequence opened defense of his champion turf male crown with a victory in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The second month of the year is just about in the books with March barreling down this weekend and with it plenty of excitement in the world of racing.
A little more than a month removed from receiving the Eclipse Award for writing, ST Publishing’s Joe Clancy will receive the Touch of Class Award from the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland Horse Industry Board.
When Keri Brion got wind that Sportswriter was being retired, she jumped at the chance to play a role in his second career. Brion, assistant to Jonathan Sheppard, had kept her eye on the gray gelding ever since her fiancé, Andrew Wolfsont, had ridden him for trainer Kim Graci.
Somewhat lost in the hullabaloo of last weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races and the return of champion Main Sequence in Florida was a victory on the other side of the globe in a hugely rich race in the burgeoning racing nation of Singapore by an American expatriate
Wow, what a weekend of racing. We provided our weekly Saturday Special, previewing 38 races in 1,410 words. Cumbersome to write – perhaps worse to read – we covered most of everything Saturday. But then there was Sunday…
The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville is celebrating Black History Month and Sunday hosted former professional football player and current Emory University assistant professor of African American Studies Pellom McDaniels III for a signing of his book “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.”
Kentucky Derby preps, Queen Mother preps, a champion returning on the turf, stakes galore at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park. Send the kids to the neighbors and hunker down on the couch, this is a Saturday Special.
Thirty-seven minutes. That’s about how long it took for Rajiv Maragh’s dream to become a nightmare last year.
It’s been about five months since Darley’s exceptional homebred Street Cry succumbed to a neurological condition and left big shoes to fill. A pair of his Darley-based sons, Street Sense and Street Boss, are staking claim as his heir and furthered that cases last weekend by collectively siring a trio of new 3-year-old stakes winners.
It’s been a busy week as usual for our friends and allies at Horse Racing Radio Network. Not only did Mike Penna and his crew put together another set of strong episodes, they finalized a deal to partner with NBC Sports Group to provide live radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes for the first time on NBC Sports Radio. Last week’s interviews on HRRN’s various programs included one from the Lexus Equine Forum with Ron Moquett, trainer of Southwest Stakes contender Far Right.
Steam drifted off the top of his head as Kendrick Carmouche slowly caught his breath while working a white towel through his hands and talking about Misconnect’s hard-charging win in the General George Handicap at a frosty Laurel Park Monday.
Valentine’s Day is over and done, Laurel Park got its President’s Day weekend stakes programs in, Kentucky got buried under a blanket of snow and Mardi Gras kicked into full effect down in New Orleans and everywhere else they celebrate the holiday.
Valentine’s Day is in the books and we’re safely into the second half of February. Plenty of activity Saturday from the world of racing, nearly all of it previewed in last week’s Saturday Special.
It’s snowing. It’s not supposed to amount to much, but it’s snowing. It’s also cold and getting colder. In response, Laurel Park canceled Sunday’s racing – the bridge between stakes-laden Saturday and Monday cards.
Laurel Park stakes coordinator Coley Blind laughed and admitted the truth about California-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “No, he’s not on my hustle list.”
Blind might want to keep the Hall of Famer’s number handy, however, as Hollendorfer shipped three horses from the West Coast for President’s Day Weekend stakes at the Maryland track. Saturday, Grade 1 winner Sam’s Sister is the 5-2 favorite among a field of 11 in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. The 7-furlong Grade 2 lured a deep group split almost evenly between out-of-towners and locals.
Roses are red, violets are blue, they’re racing at Ascot and Laurel too. Happy Valentine’s Day. Red roses, Whitman’s Sampler, Victoria’s Secret, romantic dinners…predictable…take your partner to the races, hit the trifecta in the last, they’ll love you forever. Ascot offers Cheltenham clues, Laurel offers stakes for the boys and girls, and it’s Derby time at Golden Gate. Here’s your Saturday Special. Remember, don’t bet the romance money.