Just how good is Samraat? It still remains to be seen, but so far it's impossible to fault the 3-year-old New York-bred son of Noble Causeway, who won a dogfight over Uncle Sigh and In Trouble in the $500,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct for trainer Rick Violette and owner Len Riggio, founder of Barnes & Noble and GameStop. The win was Samraat's fifth without a blemish. Also victorious in Saturday's stakes were Stonestreet Stable's Teen Pauline and Drawing Away Stable's Strapping Groom - tod marks
Few people know more about Icabad Crane than Adrian Rolls. Assistant to trainer Graham Motion since 1989, Rolls oversaw the horse’s care from his arrival at Herringswell Stables’ Fair Hill barn as a 2-year-old in 2007 until his retirement late last summer.
After posting a picture of Mabou on Facebook and wondering about his post-racing life, I thought it a great time to send a shout out to the Grade 1 winner of a quarter-million dollars and 10 of 38 career starts. - tod marks
Describing Icabad Crane’s daily training regimen, Phillip Dutton put things in simple layman’s terms: “It’s a bit like yoga for the horse.”
Stakes winner Icabad Crane's early lessons with Olympic Three-Day Event rider Phillip Dutton in West Grove, PA; November 2013.
On a balmy first weekend in February, photographer Tod Marks took a jaunt to hallowed Saratoga for the annual Chowderfest celebration. There were so many people, he thought it was a recreation of last summer's 150th anniversary celebration.
Life is richer with personalities like Tom Voss. He's impossible to forget. And that's a good thing. A man of many faces and moods, the veteran trainer left an indelible imprint on the game he loved. Once the initial shock of his untimely passing ( is there ever such a thing as a timely passing?) wears off, the stories will begin to pour out once again and all of us who knew him will surely smile at those memories. Here's my short salute in photos. – Tod Marks
At age 10 and after 39 starts, Divine Fortune, the Pennsylvania-bred son of Royal Anthem owned by Bill and Anne Pape and trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, was named champion steeplechase horse of 2013 at the annual Eclipse Awards. Photographer takes a look back at Divine Fortune's championship season.
Photographer Tod Marks takes a look at some of the tighest finishes in graded stakes events on the New York circuit in 2013, culminating with the race of the year, the Travers.
Photographer Tod Marks shares a smattering of the riderless horses who created their share of thrills - not spills -- in 2013.
Born in Britain, Graham Motion returned to Cheltenham with American champion Flatterer for the 1987 Champion Hurdle. The four-time Eclipse Award-winner finished second to three-time Champion Hurdle winner See You Then. Motion returned to America, set up shop as a flat trainer and won the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup with Animal Kingdom.