Slide Shows

Remembering Better Talk Now: 1999 - 2017

Trainer Graham Motion's 18-year-old gelding, who competed for parts of nine seasons while winning 14 of 51 starts and earning $4.3 million, including the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications from colic. Owned by Bushwood Stable, the turf warrior had been retired with honors at Fair Hill Training Center since his racing career ended in 2009. Photographer Tod Marks has a look back at the son of Talkin Man's New York races. Click the photo below to launch slideshow.

Mell Boucher’s Thoroughbred slideshow

Mell Boucher, the 14-year-old daughter of horsemen Lilith and Richard Boucher, took her camera to the farm and to Delaware Park recently and sent us a few shots. She will be a freshman at Camden High in South Carolina in September, but will spend her summer with her parents in Pennsylvania. The photos here are from the farm in Unionville and a trip to Delaware Park. Boucher still holds out hope of becoming a jockey, like her father, but is “kind of tall.” Horses will always matter to her, however. “I love horses. Everything about them. I kind of have no choice, but I like riding and being around them. They're friends.” Click the image below to launch the slideshow. 

Belmont Day Photo Gallery: Songbird and more

It was a huge day for California at Belmont Park Saturday as shippers took home many of the prizes on the Belmont Stakes Day card. Tod Marks has part one of the photo recap, which includes the Easy Goer, Brooklyn, Acorn, Phipps, Jaipur and Woody Stephens stakes and plenty of success by Mike Smith and Bob Baffert. Click the photo to expand.

Maryland Hunt Cup Memory Lane

Eclipse Award-winning photographer Douglas Lees has shot dozens of Maryland Hunt Cup races over a long career. He will be there Saturday and, while gearing up for the day, took time out to send us some of his favorites from the archives. There are great photographs here, covering some of the race's all-time greats. Take a ride back through time and enjoy.

Tepin calls it a day

Two-time champion turf mare Tepin didn't show much interest in training anymore, so owner Robert Masterson and trainer Mark Casse decided to retire the 6-year-old, who ends her career with 13 wins in 25 starts and earnings of $4.4 million. Her victories include the Woodbine Mile, Jenny Wiley, Just A Game and Breeders Cup Mile in addition to a win in the Group 1 Queen Anne at England's Royal Ascot in 2016. Tod Marks has a photo look back at her time in New York. 

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. 

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