Good Times

Takaya Shimakawa bought Si Que Es Buena last year in Peru as a prospect to join his select broodmare band in Japan.

TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 1

Story of the year? Like it or not – strangely some don’t seem to admit it – came and went in a pretty short stretch of time from February 18 to June 9. That’s exactly the stretch of time Justify went from unraced maiden looking to defy history to undefeated and dominating Triple Crown winner.

TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 2

And then there were two. We’re down to the final pair of most popular stories according to you, our valuable readers, here at This Is Horse Racing. Any guesses what they’ll be? Certainly you’ve formulated an opinion following along for the better part of a week.

TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 3

We said it a few days ago on the countdown, remarking that 2018 will be remembered for everything from Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl, Diversify, Mind Your Biscuits and other stars of the sport. Sadly the year will also be remembered like many others for the losses the sport endured, from some notable pillars of the game to those behind the scenes but not less heartbreaking.

TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 4

Gun Runner dominated racing in 2017, winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic and three other Grade 1s and his brilliant run stretched into the start of 2018 with a Horse of the Year title and one final victory in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.

TIHR Top 10 for 2018: No. 5

The year will be remembered for many things, from Justify’s odds-defying run through the Triple Crown, Monomoy Girl’s definitive campaign and Accelerate’s door-slamming dominance at the classic distance.