TIHR’s 15 for 2015: No. 5

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The early portions of the Triple Crown trail are filled with ups and downs, tests and obstacles, rewards and validations. Ralph Evans experienced plenty of those emotions and even more during the early part of the year with his Upstart, who won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes in January.

The longtime owner from Connecticut soaked in every moment and provided readers with a taste of the trip in the story titled “Evans enjoys the ride with his ‘fluke,’ ” published Jan. 28 and This Is Horse Racing’s fifth most read story of 2015. He understood the odds of getting to the spring classics – which Upstart did, finishing a disappointing 18th in the Kentucky Derby – and was realistic in his approach.

“I understand the vicissitudes of the game,” he said. “When there are 30 or 40,000 yearlings a year and you buy two or three, it’s pretty much a longshot you’re going to get anywhere, so I take the good with the bad very well.”


Check out No. 5 on our 15 for 2015 list of popular stories

5: Evans enjoys the ride with his ‘fluke’


Other stories in the 15 for 2015

No. 6: Hello friend: Visiting Wise Dan

No. 7: A man in the crowd, with a horse

No. 8: Motion appeal concerns responsibility, guidelines

No. 9: Icabad Crane shines in prelim debut

No. 10: Lexington’s hot ticket

No. 11: Rage for the sake of the sport

No. 12: Funerals and Field Trips

No. 13: The ultimate workhorse

No. 14: Horse racing in Georgia?

No. 15: Savoring the moment at the Triple Crown