Summer officially arrived earlier this week and the serious countdown is on for Opening Day at Del Mar and Saratoga. First things first, however, with one last weekend in June and another edition of Saturday Special presented by Pin Oak Stud, home of Alternation, Broken Vow and Cowboy Cal.
Pick your cliché, any cliché, when talking about the fickle, walking-on-eggshells nature of raising young Thoroughbreds and it might not be far off base.
Surely you’ve heard or read the one from the late Charlie Whittingham, about how “horses are like strawberries … they can spoil overnight.” Then there’s the opposite, more conventional and less etched-in-stone mantra that basically says trees and flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in the spring in Kentucky, that horses flourish in the bluegrass in the best season in the Commonwealth.
Another Triple Crown season in the books, Royal Ascot past the halfway point, summer racing underway and a serious countdown to the start of the Saratoga Race Course meeting. If you’re counting – and who isn’t really? – it’s just five weeks away.
Even though there was no Triple Crown on the line, the 148th Belmont Stakes will go down as highly memorable renewal as Todd Pletcher's Destin and Steve Asmussen's Creator dueled down the stretch in front of 60,000 fans and finished inches apart. At the wire, of course, it was WinStar and Bobby Flay's Creator the victor by a nose. Photographer Tod Marks has the photo highlights.
Nicolette Merle-Smith stared at her phone, reading and rereading the text message she just received from her father.
“David O’Connor wants to know where are you and why you are not here.”
ST Publishing, publishers of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special and the racing website This Is Horse Racing, will team for the third consecutive year with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to produce a commemorative program for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet this spring.
With 30 horses during the recently concluded meet at Saratoga and 40 at Belmont Park, Rudy Rodriguez was busy. Asked about making an appointment for a Stable Tour, Rodriguez laughed, “I’m here all day.”
ST Publishing Inc.’s co-founders and co-editors Joe and Sean Clancy were honored during the American Horse Publications’ annual awards dinner last weekend in Orlando for their editorial material published in 2015.
It’s Friday, jump on over to the beach. Or more appropriately, the Shore, as the summer steeplechase schedule kicks off a few days before actual summer with two races at Monmouth Park.
Wesley Ward didn’t hesitate when asked about his horse who changed everything.
“Unfinished Symph,” Ward said, a week before his annual assault on Royal Ascot. “He was awesome.”