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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.