An excerpt from Missionville

Horseman Alex Brown (also an exercise rider, professor, writer and horse-welfare advocate) wrote a racing novel, Missionville, which was released last year. He sent us an excerpt and a little bit of the thinking behind the book.

California Chrome leads Eclipse winners

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Saturday evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the Year, an honor which he also won in 2014, at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

A.J. proves to be plenty awesome

Wendy Kingsley ransacked her vocabulary in a frantic search for enough superlatives to describe daughter Taylor’s horse, A.J. Awesome. Stopping just this side of supercalifragilisticexpialidocius, she finally conceded that the bay gelding’s name says it all.

Independent George thrives in new life

Six months after Better Talk Now’s upset in the 2004 John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf, owner Brent Johnson of Bushwood Stable went shopping. At Keeneland’s 2-year-old sale in April 2005, Johnson put up $160,000 for a burly gray son of Cozzene out of the multiple stakes winning Dayjur mare Daylight Ridge.

Dutton likes what he sees from Sea Of Clouds

When Sea Of Clouds showed – and earned – very little in his two lifetime starts on the racetrack, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar Racing wasted no time finding him a happy and suitable alternative career. He had the right connections.

Icabad Crane shines in prelim debut

America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred is back in action. With regular partner Phillip Dutton aboard, Icabad Crane graduated to the preliminary level at the Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials in Aiken, S.C. Feb. 25. The 10-year-old New York-bred finished a strong third with no penalties in the cross country or show jumping phases of the competition. This same farm was the site of Icabad Crane’s debut in eventing just 11 months ago.

People’s Choice: Icabad Crane wins crown

It’s official. Icabad Crane is “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.” Graham and Anita Motion’s up-and-coming event horse bested competitors from nine other disciplines Sunday at Pimlico Race Course during the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.

Rispoli riding on comeback trail

Two weeks shy of his 24th birthday, jockey Matt Rispoli is making a comeback – again. The Brick, N.J. native has been on the sidelines since a fall at Gulfstream Park Jan. 20.

New Challenge for Icabad Crane

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.