This is Horse Racing

Subscribe to This is Horse Racing feed
This Is Horse Racing – Original news/feature content about Thoroughbred racing from the team behind The Saratoga Special and more.
Updated: 47 min 56 sec ago

Garrett Gomez through the years

December 15, 2016

Thoroughbred racing learned of the loss of one of its brightest stars Wednesday with the news of the sudden passing of champion jockey Garrett Gomez.

'A Hummer and a Ferrari'

December 13, 2016

Three-star event rider Maya Simmons spent her Thanksgiving like mothers all over the country – welcoming family into her Southern Pines, N.C., home to splurge on turkey and stuffing while reminiscing on the past year’s blessings. While most mothers returned to their desk jobs Monday morning, Simmons traded her apron for a helmet, heading to Half Pond Farm to ride her two upper level Thoroughbred geldings Ill Conceived and Archie Rocks.

'A Hummer and a Ferrari'

December 13, 2016

Three-star event rider Maya Simmons spent her Thanksgiving like mothers all over the country - welcoming family into her Southern Pines, N.C., home to splurge on turkey and stuffing while reminiscing on the past year's blessings. While most mothers returned to their desk jobs Monday morning, Simmons traded her apron for a helmet, heading to Half Pond Farm to ride her two upper level Thoroughbred geldings Ill Conceived and Archie Rocks.

Here & There – December 12

December 12, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing, 2016 is coming to a close soon and racing rolls on, the seemingly never-ending game for all four seasons.

Here & There - December 12

December 12, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing, 2016 is coming to a close soon and racing rolls on, the seemingly never-ending game for all four seasons.

Saturday Special – December 10

December 9, 2016

Grade 1 stakes in Southern California, Louisiana Champions Day in New Orleans, juvenile stakes in South Florida and a stakes-packed card at Laurel Park provide a sweet alternative to Christmas shopping as the first full week of December comes to a close. This week’s Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal, previews all that and more.

Saturday Special - December 10

December 9, 2016

Grade 1 stakes in Southern California, Louisiana Champions Day in New Orleans, juvenile stakes in South Florida and a stakes-packed card at Laurel Park provide a sweet alternative to Christmas shopping as the first full week of December comes to a close. This week's Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal, previews all that and more.

Lacey Gaudet & Smarty Jones

December 8, 2016

The attraction to Smarty Jones was nearly unavoidable in 2004. Even if you tried it was next to impossible not to root for the Pennsylvania-bred colt with the catchy name, humble connections and powerful running style.

Lacey Gaudet, who saddled Marabea to victory in last weekend’s $125,000 Claiming Crown Tiara at Gulfstream Park, grew up in a racing family in Maryland and was very much caught up in the craze for Smarty Jones.

Lacey Gaudet & Smarty Jones

December 8, 2016

The attraction to Smarty Jones was nearly unavoidable in 2004. Even if you tried it was next to impossible not to root for the Pennsylvania-bred colt with the catchy name, humble connections and powerful running style.

Lacey Gaudet, who saddled Marabea to victory in last weekend's $125,000 Claiming Crown Tiara at Gulfstream Park, grew up in a racing family in Maryland and was very much caught up in the craze for Smarty Jones.

Champion Jockey: Kieran Norris

December 7, 2016

Paddy Young walked that familiar walk, from Cathie Jackson’s clipboard at the scales in front of the Springdale Racecourse grandstand, through the narrow passage along the side, winding through the pine trees and back to the cold confines of the Camden jocks’ room.

The five-time champion has won titles here, he’s lost titles here.

On Nov. 19, Young had clawed his way back to even with Kieran Norris with a score in the Raymond G. Woolfe. Norris, 0-for-2 on a day when he needed it most, was already back in the jocks’ room after finishing seventh aboard second-time starter Etched In Time.

Champion Jockey: Kieran Norris

December 7, 2016

Paddy Young walked that familiar walk, from Cathie Jackson's clipboard at the scales in front of the Springdale Racecourse grandstand, through the narrow passage along the side, winding through the pine trees and back to the cold confines of the Camden jocks' room.

Saturday Special – December 3

December 2, 2016

The signs of the pending winter season are everywhere. Leaves are gone from the trees, Christmas trees are being toted around town on the roofs of cars and in the beds of pickups, holiday lights are up or going up, Black Friday is in the books and public tree lighting events going on from coast to cast.

Saturday Special - December 3

December 2, 2016

The signs of the pending winter season are everywhere. Leaves are gone from the trees, Christmas trees are being toted around town on the roofs of cars and in the beds of pickups, holiday lights are up or going up, Black Friday is in the books and public tree lighting events going on from coast to coast.