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)
Eddie Plesa wasn’t about to take complete credit for one equipment change making all the difference in one race.
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.
Photographer Tod Marks looks back at the stakes races he covered on this spring's NSA circuit.
Charlie LoPresti stood at the big screen TV in the clubhouse, surrounded by Wise Dan’s team. Owners Morton and Elaine Fink waited to LoPresti’s left, assistant Reeve McGaughey and exercise riders Damien Rock and Kelly Wheeler stood in front of LoPresti as Wise Dan warmed up on the main track, minutes to post for the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, the fifth race on the afternoon but the feature of the year.
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.
Photographer Tod Marks shares memories of Belmont Stakes Day. This is part 1. Stay tuned for part 2.
Lagniappe. It’s a Creole word used frequently in Louisiana to mean “a little something extra.” Mark Twain wrote about it in the 1800s. Eric Guillot talked about it Thursday morning.
The stressors were adding up as the days clicked by for Charlie LoPresti during his annual stay here in Saratoga and an incident last weekend involving a horse he had no association with helped put his 2014 meet in perspective.
The NSA spring season came to a close with the Fair Hill race meet on Saturday, and it went out with a bang for jockey Ross Geraghty, who won four races -- three over jumps. It also was a boon for leading owner Irv Naylor, who stretched his advantage over nearest rival Bill Pape by capturing three victories. Tod Marks (www.todmarks.photoshelter.com) has the recap.