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Breeding Watch: Trio for Darley's Medaglia d’Oro

8 hours 2 min ago

There were 24 black-type stakes events around North America last weekend and the progeny of white-hot Central Kentucky sire Medaglia d’Oro won three of them.

Evans enjoys the ride with his ‘fluke’

January 28, 2015

Ralph Evans counted himself lucky to get back to New England earlier this week after a short trip to South Florida over the weekend. Only a man riding the high from a win of a promising 3-year-old winning his seasonal debut can make such a statement, especially considering the trade was sunshine, ocean breezes and temperatures in the 70s for snow, huge wind gusts and temps below freezing.

Sky Classic earns retirement at 28

January 28, 2015

Sky Classic still lives in the stallion barn at Pin Oak Stud, still gets fed, still gets attention. But, starting next month, things will be different. The 28-year-old stallion has been retired, pensioned to a life of leisure after four seasons of racing, 22 years at stud and dozens of great moments.

Here & There: January 28

January 28, 2015

Snowstorms and blizzards, blizzards and snowstorms. That’s the buzz pretty much everywhere on the eastern side of the country, not counting those hardy souls gutting it out in South Florida.

Here & There: Jan. 28

January 28, 2015

Snowstorms and blizzards, blizzards and snowstorms. That’s the buzz pretty much everywhere on the eastern side of the country, not counting those hardy souls gutting it out in South Florida.

New stallion Tritap does breeder proud

January 27, 2015

Alina Muther accepted Tom Bowman’s introduction, stepped in front of the crowd, took the microphone and talked like a proud mother at a college graduation. Around her walked Tritap, a gray 6-year-old horse who joins the roster of Heritage Stallions this year.

The Special, NYTB team up again

January 26, 2015

ST Publishing, publishers of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special, will team for the second straight year with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to produce a commemorative program for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet later this spring.

Sunday (Recap) Special

January 25, 2015

In a first here at TIHR, we bring you the Sunday Special, a brief synopsis of the good, the bad and the ugly from our Saturday Special. We highlighted 37 races, then sat on the couch from 7:40 Saturday morning to 2:10 Sunday morning. It was a war.

Riding along with two champions

January 25, 2015

Not many jockeys can say they rode multiple champions in 2014. The easy ones are John Velazquez (Untapable, Main Sequence, Judy The Beauty and Dayatthespa) and Victor Espinoza (California Chrome, American Pharoah and Take Charge Brandi). But there's one more.

Saturday Special: January 23

January 23, 2015

Start in the Southern Hemisphere with 2-year-olds at Ellerslie, then flit across the world to multi-millionaires in Hong Kong, then jaunt over to Cheltenham for a stellar card (Richard Hutchinson, if you’re there, send some reports), then hunker down for an American smorgasbord with top 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park and a dinger of a card at Sam Houston Race Park. What did you do for the weekend? Um, well, I went racing.

Breeding Watch: Hardware time

January 22, 2015

The Eclipse Awards were handed out on a glitzy Saturday night at Gulfstream Park and several stallions were represented by their first North American champions.

Horse racing in Georgia?

January 21, 2015

Dean Reeves loves horse racing. He makes no bones about it and anyone who witnessed the hugely successful campaign of Mucho Macho Man, who carried the white, green and gold silks of his Reeves Thoroughbred Racing operation, knows how serious he is about the game.

Hello friend

January 21, 2015

I’ve heard all about it. The images etched in my mind. The plank fencing – painted black. The barns – classic Kentucky, nestled in the hillside. The indoor arena, where winter training begets summer champions. The whole picture played out in my mind, conjured on walks to and from the track at Saratoga, with the likes of Successful Dan, Turallure, Here Comes Ben and, of course, Wise Dan.

Here & There: Jan. 20

January 20, 2015

Spanning the globe – literally this week – to come up with the best quips and quotes from the world of racing.

Viewpoint: Rage for the sake of the sport

January 19, 2015

“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, RAGE against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas

Those who do not know and understand history, are destined to repeat its mistakes. There are lessons to be learned from the past, and I am not referring to an unmitigated glorification of the past, but rather an acknowledgement and examination of both the good and bad.

Monday Morning Trainer: The Champs

January 19, 2015

The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country not only means the closure of schools, government offices and some businesses but a larger than usual number of racetracks open for business on a Monday.

Monday Morning Trainer: The Champions

January 19, 2015

The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day across the country not only means the closure of schools, government offices and some businesses but a larger than usual number of racetracks open for business on a Monday.

Saturday Special: Jan. 17

January 16, 2015

Weeks of speculation and pontification come to an end as the hardware gets handed out during the 44th annual Eclipse Awards Saturday night at Gulfstream Park. Before those proceedings – which include our very own Joe Clancy picking up his Eclipse Award for writing – there’s plenty of action on tracks on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Return

January 16, 2015

One of the most anticipated comebacks in the world of sport is expected to go down when Sprinter Sacre faces the starter for the first time in more than a year Saturday at Ascot.

Here & There: January 13

January 13, 2015

Racing is off to its usual fast start to January and the New Year with early buzz for the 3-year-old division, optimism that last year’s sophomores will return to form in 2015 and anticipation for the 2014 Eclipse Awards this weekend at Gulfstream Park.