Pegasus Preview Bucket: Corrales takes long, winding road

At the height of his career as a jockey, which included more than 1,000 wins during stops and starts between 1981 and 1998, Jose Corrales never earned more purses in a single season than the $972,180 his mounts banked in 1988.

Pegasus Preview Bucket: Fipke mines for success

Gulfstream Park’s publicity staff churns out solid work, especially during the Championship Meet and leading up to some of the South Florida track’s signature events like Saturday’s $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. We’re again pleased to present some of it here at This Is Horse Racing in what we call the Pegasus Preview Bucket, in a nod to the Preakness Preview Bucket we post every spring. Here’s a piece from Monday on Chuck Fipke and Seeking The Soul.

Justify vs. Accelerate for Horse of the Year

The votes are in and the finalists for the Eclipse Awards are out with few surprises in the categories honoring racing’s best performers of 2018.

Harper earns Eclipse Award of Merit

Joe Harper, who has led the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club over the past 40 years and enabled Del Mar to become one of North America’s most successful racetracks, has been selected to receive the Eclipse Award of Merit in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

Glorious Empire does it again, eyes turf title

After watching stable star Glorious Empire finish last in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in November, trainer Chuck Lawrence turned away from the track and offered the only excuse he could come up with at the time.

“Well, he must have bled again.”

The Saturday Special – Dec. 22

The final Saturday before Christmas brings another light slate of racing here in the U.S. – just a single graded stakes to go with a six-pack of stakes at Fair Grounds – with everyone settling in for an extended Christmas weekend.