Joe and Jack Clancy stopped off at Northview Stallion Station and Heritage Stallions on the way to Salisbury University (where Jack is a freshman) Sunday afternoon. The stallions looked great, the people were optimistic, the food was great and the weather was superb. Taken with an iPhone, these photos won't rival Tod Marks any time soon, but they are a glimpse at some of the happenings at the two farms near Chesapeake City. Click on the photo to launch the slideshow.
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.
It’s official. Icabad Crane is “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.”
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.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, out of action since undergoing ankle surgery last fall following an abbreviated 2014 campaign, takes it easy at Charlie and Amy LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm in Lexington. Photos by Sean Clancy. Click on the photo to launch the slideshow.
Icabad Crane is continuing his steady progress up the ladder in three-day eventing. He makes his debut at training level today at the Fair Hill Summer Horse Trials with Olympian Phillip Dutton in the saddle. During a recent visit, Dutton had plenty to say about Icabad Crane – his education, his work ethic, and his ever-burgeoning fan base.
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.
At this reflective time of the year, photographer Tod Marks looks back at the 2014 steeplechase season, meet by meet, starting with the March 22 opener at Aiken in South Carolina, featuring the $50,000 Imperial Cup Hurdle Stakes (Grade 3). Click on the image to launch gallery.
Just back from international competition at the Luhmuhlen CCI four-star in Germany, Phillip Dutton was admittedly pleased and impressed with Icabad Crane’s progress over the past few weeks.
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.
Around the Fair Hill office, we're selling calendars – fast and furiously – as one year ends and another begins. No matter who you like in the race for Horse of the Year for 2014, chances are there's a month for you as Bayern, California Chrome, Main Sequence, Shared Belief, Untapable, Wise Dan and all the rest are featured.