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Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: The Almost-Crown

In this week’s edition of his column, Bill Rawlings, coach driver for the America’s Best Racing RV, recalls his first Belmont Stakes experience. This was my second trip to Belmont Park, after ABR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: Triple Crown Fever

This week, we debut a series that shares insights from the perspective of someone who is just learning the sport of horse racing. Bill Rawlings is a relative newcomer to the game and will be touring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Post Positions Drawn for 146th Belmont Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 months ago
Post positions for Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes (G1) were drawn today, and Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner California Chrome drew post position No. 2. Looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome is unbeaten this year, and his connections report that the 3-5 morning line […](Read more...) Read More...

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Training for the Triple Crown: How Times Have Changed

Trainer Art Sherman said he plans to breeze Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome one time during the three weeks between the May 17 Preakness and June 7 Belmont Stakes. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

With ‘Nasalgate’ Over, Time to Focus on What’s Important

Thankfully, the three stewards in New York – one employed by The Jockey Club, one by the New York Racing Association, one by the New York State Gaming Commission – have saved horseracing from further... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

How Heavy a Load Can California Chrome Carry?

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will tote 126 pounds to the post in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Pimlico racecourse in Maryland, but the California-bred colt is carrying so much more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Next Question? Intense Media for California Chrome, Preakness Challengers

While almost nothing in racing is a certainty, it’s pretty much a lock that the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections will be swarmed with media attention in the days leading up to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Reviving the Triple Crown

The concept took a hit when speed replaced stamina in European pedigrees but its recent resurgence is welcomed more » Read More...

Derby Fever Strikes Again: $15 Million for an Allowance Winner?

Today is the day Ronald Sanchez said he’ll decide whether or not to sell Social Inclusion, the unbeaten 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who carried his Rontos Racing Stable silks to a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Risen Star starter Gold Hawk’s Winchell links

Here’s some background on G2 Risen Star Stakes entrant Gold Hawk’s pedigree. He’s from the last US crop of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold to Japan for the 2011 breeding season. Empire Maker is a son of Derby winner Unbridled and is the sire of 45 black type winners to date, including […] Read More...

Risen Star starter Gold Hawk’s Winchell links

Here’s some background on G2 Risen Star Stakes entrant Gold Hawk’s pedigree. He’s from the last US crop of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold to Japan for the 2011 breeding season. Empire Maker is a son of Derby winner Unbridled and is the sire of 45 black type winners to date, including […] Read More...

Tapiture’s pedigree reeked of failure until Tapit injected class

Tapiture defeated the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Strong Mandate in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn today, and that’s a good entry point for discussing the colt’s fairly weak and speed-oriented pedigree. Lukas may not know that Tapiture’s 3rd dam is Debs Angel, but he purchased and trained Debs Angel for Lee and Debi Lewis many […] Read More...

Tapiture’s pedigree reeked of failure until Tapit injected class

Tapiture defeated the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Strong Mandate in the G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn today, and that’s a good entry point for discussing the colt’s fairly weak and speed-oriented pedigree. Lukas may not know that Tapiture’s 3rd dam is Debs Angel, but he purchased and trained Debs Angel for Lee and Debi Lewis many […] Read More...

Who gets the Triple Crown trips?

I was on Steve Byk’s radio show At the Races yesterday discussing Triple Crown colts. These conversations—if you’ve listened over the last year or so, you know this—are unscripted and can meander all over the place,  mostly because Steve is up on pedigree and turf history and has the ability to swim to depths most […] Read More...

Who gets the Triple Crown trips?

I was on Steve Byk’s radio show At the Races yesterday discussing Triple Crown colts. These conversations—if you’ve listened over the last year or so, you know this—are unscripted and can meander all over the place,  mostly because Steve is up on pedigree and turf history and has the ability to swim to depths most […] Read More...

Snapshot of Triple Crown winners by percentage of imported or foreign-bred ancestors could lead to conclusions

The 11 US Triple Crown winners spanned the time frame from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978, roughly about 60 years. Each is listed below by year of classic wins, name, the number of generations to the first imported or foreign-bred ancestor in the pedigree (in parenthesis  after name; if a sire or […] Read More...

Parlaying the Triple Crown: Time for a Change?

As usual the week after the Belmont Stakes, I’m suffering from Triple Crown Letdown. I always enjoy the time of year when our sport is most in the mainstream spotlight. Friends and family tune... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Weekend Recap: Palace Malice Stuns in Belmont Win

This weekend put closure on the 2013 triple crown with yet another year gone by without a triple crown winner. 36 years and counting. This year, we didn’t even have a horse with a chance at claiming the elusive prize. Not all was bad news.... Read More...

Palace Malice, Persistence Make ‘Great Moment’ for Campbell

Pete Vuckovich will never make the Baseball Hall of Fame for what he did on the playing field: 93 wins, 69 losses, a career earned run average of 3.66. But he’s already in the sports cliché Hall of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pedigree is Key to 2013 Belmont Stakes Success

Over the last 13 years, 10 Belmont Stakes winners had sires who won or placed well in a 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 miles during their careers. It’s not rocket science to determine that pedigree is essential to the success in this sport, but to... Read More...

Lamoreaux: Belmont Cause for Celebration, Not Despair

The theories abound, they are limitless really, of the failure for the 35th year in a row to have a Triple Crown winner.  They’re breeding for speed now — not endurance; the series has too... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

So Who Are the Top Three Year Olds in 2013?

It’s been an interesting ride from the beginning of the year, along the Derby trail and now 2/3 the way through the Triple Crown. With the incredible run by Orb in the Kentucky Derby, then the upset win by Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes it... Read More...

The Flying Orb: Hope, Disappointment, and the Triple Crown

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Preakness, Orb seemed to morph from Kentucky Derby winner into a mythical creature with wings. In the eyes of many, he would fly past the Preakness field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stevens, Oxbow Go Wire to Wire, Upset Preakness

There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2013. Under 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, Oxbow led the 138th running of Saturday’s $1-million Preakness Stakes throughout and defeated Itsmyluckyday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

2013 Preakness Stakes is Orb’s to Lose

Winning the triple crown has been a daunting task for any horse over the past 35 years since Affirmed won all three legs back in 1978. Several horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to be heart-broken in the Belmont Stakes. Three... Read More...

2013 Preakness Stakes is Orb’s to Lose

Winning the triple crown has been a daunting task for any horse over the past 35 years since Affirmed won all three legs back in 1978. Several horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to be heart-broken in the Belmont Stakes. Three... Read More...

Orb Gives Shug First Kentucky Derby Win

So let’s put this to rest that nice guys always finish last. Nice guys do finish 1st! Claude McGaughey, who many around the sport call him “Shug”, has been training horses for over three decades. He’s won every top graded stakes race imaginable except for... Read More...

Jockey Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

It’s amazing to see so many great jockeys from all over the country be humbled by one single race. Over their careers, top jockeys win multiple graded stakes races from various race tracks. However, as you will see, the same jockeys just can’t seem to... Read More...

Trainers Historical Stats at the Kentucky Derby

Here is a list of trainers who will have their horses ready for the 2013 Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at Churchill Downs. The 139th running of the “Run for the Roses“ will feature a select few hall of fame trainers, future hall... Read More...

Day 8: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Will Take Charge

The 8th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 is Will Take Charge. Will Take Charge – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas – Owner Willis Horton The chestnut colt by Unbridled’s Song... Read More...

Day 7: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Overanalyze

The 7th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Overanalyze. Overanalyze – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owner Repole Stable This Dixie Union colt had a successful debut to his career taking a five furlongs... Read More...

Day 6: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Vyjack

The 6th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Vyjack. Vyjack – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez – Owner Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld) Another son of Into Mischief comfortably won both of his starts as... Read More...

Day 5: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Java’s War

The 5th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Java’s War. Java’s War – Trainer Kenneth McPeek – Owners Charles Fipke The 2nd colt in this field is also from the late sire War... Read More...

Day 4: Kentucky Derby Feature – Revolutionary

The 4th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Revolutionary. Revolutionary – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Winstar Farms He finished 3rd in his debut at Saratoga last September after getting hammered at the... Read More...

Stats & History Go Against Two Year Old Champion

It’s an interesting phenomenon why two year old male Eclipse Award winners don’t experience similar success at three as they did at the age of two. Some go on to win graded stakes races, but it’s quite rare for them to win the Kentucky Derby... Read More...

The sideshow’s over, time for the main event

Camelot's Triple Crown bid falters but Frankel can still put the seal on a superb season more » Read More...

Union Rags Back on Top with Belmont Stakes Win

Union Rags wins the Belmont Stakes! Has he come full circle? Well, not quite. However it is very close. Last year, The Michael Matz trained colt broke his maiden first time out at Delaware Park. Won the Three Chimneys Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) at Saratoga... Read More...

Amid Drama, History At Stake for I’ll Have Another

The horse racing World talked about the potential for I’ll Have Another to capture the triple crown for the first time in 34 years after his improbable win in the Kentucky Derby on May 5th. His big run down the middle of the stretch to... Read More...

May 2012 Graded Stakes Winners Recap

The sport of horse racing got a much needed media boost in May with the emergence of Southern California colt I’ll Have Another. His winning streak of four which now includes the Kentucky Derby and Preakness is in the National spotlight as he put himself... Read More...

Portents good for Triple Crown bid

Camelot following in the footsteps of Nijinsky would be the perfect tribute to his late sire Montjeu more » Read More...

Remembering Secretariat’s Triple Crown of 1973

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Virginia-bred Secretariat produced a remarkable run through the 1973 Triple Crown,  not only becoming the ninth horse in history to do so but setting records in each leg of the prestigious series. Those that witnessed his Triple Crown run that year sa... Read More...

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winners, Triple Crown

Which Group Will I’ll Have Another Join? It’s a long line of horses who won just a single triple crown race. The line shortens quite a bit for those who have won two of the three. And as you know, the list of those who... Read More...

I’ll Have Another Impresses Again in Preakness Stakes

Despite winning the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another was still the second choice to the betting public for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes. Derby runner-up Bodemeister was bet down as the 8/5 favorite. Why? Bodemeister ran one of the... Read More...