It’s official. Icabad Crane is “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.”
It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, the second-to-last Saturday before New Year’s, it’s time to make the money to buy the presents to keep your family and friends joyous and fulfilled. Racetracks should offer gift certificates for future bets…$50 gift certificate for a bet of your choice at Aqueduct…Turfway…Parx…Golden Gate…we’d be finished with our shopping, “Here, Grandma, bet 50 bucks when you feel like it.”
Headed to the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in a few days, Hardest Core put in his last proper work before the Grade 1 stakes Sunday in Pennsylvania for trainer Eddie Graham. It's a unique workout, requiring two trips up a hill on a turf gallop at Fat Chance Farm. Photos by Nolan Clancy.
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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.
It should come as no surprise that the days leading up to, including and immediately after the Kentucky Derby are some of the best at generating reader interest.
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.
Crestwood Farm’s promising first-crop stallion Tizdejavu got on the board with his first stakes winner and Medaglia d’Oro was represented by a pair of stakes winners last weekend.
Ron Winchell's star filly Untapable, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in May, made her New York debut in smashing style on Saturday, taking the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose by 9 1/4 lengths for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey John Velazquez, subbing for injured Rosie Napravnik. Photographer Tod Marks has the day in pictures (www.todmarks.photoshelter.com)
Willie McCarthy earned his first jockey championship this year. The 31-year-old Irishman won 23 races from 91 rides, stamping a nine-win margin on former champions Paddy Young and Ross Geraghty.
Photographer Tod Marks looks back at the stakes races he covered on this spring's NSA circuit.