Citing a problem determining accurate withdrawal dates for the controlled therapeutic medication methylprednisolone acetate, the National Steeplechase Association reversed two stewards’ rulings from this spring – eliminating $1,000 fines to two trainers from spring violations and following a similar decision by the Virginia Racing Commission.
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.
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.
Malibu Moon shined brightest during last weekend’s stakes action with a pair of new stakes winners and another out of one of his daughters.
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.
What a run for our great game of Thoroughbred racing. A thrilling Triple Crown series is always a good thing; the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years something we only dreamed about back in May.
Photographer Tod Marks had American Pharoah covered, including a shot of the future Triple Crown winner as a yearling at Saratoga in 2013. The rest in this gallery are a bit more recent, taken last week at Belmont Park as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner added the Belmont Stakes to complete racing’s toughest triple.
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.
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.
Bob Feld starts with the oldest line known to the tellers of horse tales. “It’s a long story, but I can shorten it for you.” And thus begins the fable of Miss Temple City, an American hopeful in Friday’s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in England.