After 29 starts, nine wins, 19 in-the-money finishes, and $3.65 million in purses, 7-year-old Flat Out is calling it in a career. The son of Flatter, and grandson of AP Indy, recently won the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in his swansong. Flat Out has the disctinction of being the only horse other than Kelso to win multiple runnings of both the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Suburban Handicap. Enjoy the next chapter, Flat Out; you've earned it. - tod marks
Racing all around the world Saturday. Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, Claiming Crown in Florida, the Hollywood Starlet in California and all kinds of action around the world. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for horses and races to watch. In race order, Eastern Standard Time. Send the kids to the Christmas parade, order presents on line and get on the couch. Great day’s racing.
Photographer Tod Marks watched ageless wonder Flat Out beat a star-studded field in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Saturday Nov. 30.
Set the alarm clock or stay up late, the choice is yours, but try to catch the four Group 1 stakes that make up the rich Longines Hong Kong International Races program Sunday at Sha Tin racecourse.
The Colonial Cup Races won't only determine horse of the year, but champion rider. With Darren Nagle and Paddy Young knotted for the lead, photographer Tod Marks looks back at the boys in action during 2013.
Larry Robideaux Jr. remembers the day well, gathered around the television set with other horsemen to watch the sixth running of the Marlboro Cup Invitational in 1978 at Belmont Park - a race memorable to many around the world because it marked the first meeting between two Triple Crown winners.
The announcement of champion Royal Delta's retirement stirred memories of the mare's dead-ringer of a mom, Delta Princess, whom The Saratoga Special caught in a feisty tantrum before the 2005 Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. That's one brave trainer in Bill Mott, who conditioned both mother and daughter. - tod marks
Well, it’s taken a few weeks but Joe and Sean have finally listened to their recorders and deciphered their programs from the Colonial Cup while Tom has offered insight of life at Saratoga in December. Here is your Here and There from Camden and Saratoga, with a quote from a Hall of Fame flat trainer in there, too.
After banking nearly $5 million in a 22-race career with 12 wins and two championships, Royal Delta sails off to become a broodmare. The 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker will reportedly be bred to Galileo. Tod Marks takes a pictorial look back.
Plenty of days remain on the calendar for the year – 29 in fact if Monday is counted – yet everyone is already starting to think about 2014.
The Grade 1 winning 6-year-old from trainer Charlie LoPresti's barn was euthanized Nov. 14 after breaking down during a gallop at Keeneland. We had the privilege of spending time with Turallure at Saratoga over the past few years. - tod marks