Slide Shows

Good Night Shirt: Hall of Famer

Good Night Shirt, who carved out a career on the heels of the retirement of another star McDynamo, is the latest member of the National Racing Hall of Fame. Owned by Sonny and Ann Via, trained by Jack Fisher, and ridden for much of his career by Willie Dowling, Good Night Shirt won 12 races over hurdles between 2005 and 2009, including seven in a row and eight Grade 1s. Photographer Tod Marks has a look back at his monumental career in photos.

Tom Voss: Hall of Famer

Trainer Tom Voss, who won stakes on the flat and over jumps, will be part of the National Racing Hall of Fame's class of 2017. Voss, who amassed 706 winners from 4,773 starts with earnings of more than $17 million. He trained such good ones as John's Call, Dreadnaught, Slip Away, Planets Aligned, Guelph, Anofferucantrefuse, Quel Senor, Florida Law, Welter Weight, Party Airs, Left Unsaid, Dynaski, Paris Vegas and Always First. Tod Marks has a photo look back of some of Voss' training highlights. 

Visiting greatness in Middleburg

You never know what – or who – you might find on a trip to the horse country around Middleburg, Va. Photographer Maggie Kimmitt checked in on retired turf star Main Sequence, retired steeplechase star Sur La Tete and retired flat star Researcher plus Sophie the Labrador, some ducks (or are they geese?) and a few others.

Horses with a Heart

On Valentine's Day what better way to celebrate than with a gallery featuring horses with a heart. That is, Thoroughbreds – and one person – whose names evoke amorous feelings on Cupid's special day. Photographer Tod Marks has the look back at the group. 

Remembering Royal Delta: 2008 to 2017

Three-time champion Royal Delta, who won 12 of 22 starts including two Breeders' Cup Distaffs and nearly $5 million, died this week in Ireland from complications associated with the foaling of a filly by Galileo. The foal survived. Bill Mott trained the 9-year-old for several Besilu Stable and Palides Investments. Royal Delta was 9 when she died. Photographer Tod Marks has a photo tribute.

Foul Weather Friends

Photographer Tod Marks took a snow day – or a storm day – as the East Coast got hit with a winter storm Thursday. Though the accumulation wasn't all that much, Maryland saw its first real snow of the season while New York took more of a direct shot from the Nor'Easter. That's enough weather, here's Tod's look at some stormy-sounding racehorse names.

California Chrome works for career finale

The richest American Thoroughbred ever worked for the final time of his career over the weekend, in preparation for the final start of his career in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Florida. 

Timber star Grinding Speed calls it a career

So long, Grinding Speed. After 36 starts, 10 wins, seven seconds, and two thirds, the Maryland-bred son of Grindstone out of the Cozzene mare Cozelia retires to a life of leisure with owner Michael Wharton, who bought the eventual timber champion for the paltry sum of $2,000.

Closing Day at Saratoga Race Course 2016

Saratoga Race Course's final racing day of 2016 happened on Labor Day, more than two months ago, but the track's "offical" closing day is Tuesday - the final day of training at the Oklahoma Training Track for the year. Horses, trainers, grooms, clockers and everyone else closes up for the year and won't be seen until spring. If you're in town, stop by and say goodbye. If not, photographer Maggie Kimmitt offers a farewell of sorts with images of Songibrd, Arrogate and more. 

Catching up with Fair Hill's Breeders' Cup horses

Fair Hill Training Center has a little bit of Breeders' Cup fever thanks to the presence of A. P. Indian, Dancing Rags and Miss Temple City. Each brings a strong chance to their respective championship races - the Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies and the Mile. They'll stay at Fair Hill for another week, before flying to California Tuesday, Nov. 1. Photographer Maggie Kimmitt stopped by to see them. Click on the photo below to launch slideshow.

Rawnaq's grandest win

With a gallant victory in the Grand National at Far Hills, America's most important jump race, Irv Naylor's stable star Rawnaq remained unbeaten in three 2016 starts and all but locked up the Eclipse Award as champion jumper. Photographer Tod Marks has the recap of the $350,000 race. Click on the image below to launch slideshow.

PA Derby slideshow: Connect conquers big names

The $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx was supposed to be a dry-dirt showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and his rival, Preakness hero Exaggerator, who  defeated his nemesis on a sloppy track at Pimlico and in the Haskell at Monmouth Park. But neither was a factor as 11-1 Connect, owned by Paul Pompa and trained by Chad Brown, held off Steve Asmussen's Gun Runner. Connect's win, his fourth in six lifetime starts, further muddled the 3-year-old championship picture, making spectacular Travers winner Arrogate look even better heading into the Breeders' Cup. Photographer Tod Marks was at Parx with the recap.