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Stories about the spring classics always rank high on our annual Top 10 of most read stories and 2017 proved no exception. Irish War Cry trained in our backyard at Fair Hill in preparation for his victory in the Wood Memorial and later for his run through the Triple Crown series and we were there for several of his key moments.

Joe Clancy’s story “Along for the Derby ride with Irish War Cry” reported on the Curlin colt heading to post for the Kentucky Derby two days later but also Ellie Glaccum’s journey with the chestnut New Jersey-bred. The story went straight to the point from the start.

“When Irish War Cry made off with the Wood Memorial in April, Ellie Glaccum thought of her great aunt Isabelle de Tomaso and smiled,” Joe wrote. “De Tomaso, 86, had just landed her biggest prize as an owner/breeder while also earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby four weeks in the future.

“Representing her aunt along with a small, giddy group of relatives, Glaccum headed to the winner’s circle. Out on the track at Aqueduct, groom Francisco Mundo Garcia collected the colt and handed the shank to Glaccum – who immediately went into defense mode.”

Posted May 4, “Along for the Derby ride with Irish War Cry” is No. 3 on the countdown of the 10 most popular stories of 2017 at thisishorseracing.com.

No. 3: Along for the Derby ride with Irish War Cry

Check out the first seven in the TIHR Top 10 for 2017:

No. 4: Guest column: Unbreakable Bond

No. 5: Event rider Brannigan tackles Hunt Cup

No. 6: My summer rental with Penny Chenery

No. 7: Jumping Around Podcast: The Senior Senator story 

No. 8: Parker barn rolls to quick start in 2017

No. 9: The Outside Rail: Stopping by the farm

No. 10: DiSanto's death a loss to New York racing