Archive for Thoroughbred Racing

How Do You Pick A Kentucky Derby Favorite?

Apr 15, 2009 5 Comments by

It’s 17 days until the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby and the internet is afflutter with discussion on which horses will be in the field, who the favorite will be, and who is going home with the roses. There are videos galore, contradictory predictions, and Twittering horses and jockeys. It’s a whole new world […]

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Safety From Start to Finish: New Measures To Protect Race Horses and Jockeys

Mar 10, 2009 6 Comments by

Thoroughbred racing is an incredibly high-risk sport. A crowd of young, energetic, flighty, half-ton animals careen around an oval at speeds sometimes in excess of 40 miles an hour with lightweight humans perched precariously on their backs. The impact contained each time a hoof hits the ground at that speed carrying that much weight is […]

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Horse Racing’s Greatest Rivalry: Affirmed vs. Alydar

Feb 25, 2009 28 Comments by

Two chestnut colts made history in 1978. Affirmed, the last horse to win thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, and his arch-rival Alydar whose unmatched feat was to run second in all three Triple Crown races. I wasn’t around yet in 1978, so I had never heard of Alydar until I got Ace last summer and checked […]

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Great Races: 1938 Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral Match Race

Feb 18, 2009 4 Comments by

After the 2003 blockbuster film, Seabiscuit, these two horses grew to be house-hold names nearly 70 years after their time. Most of you have probably seen the cinematic version of this race. But it can’t hold a candle to watching the real thing. War Admiral was a 15.2 brown thoroughbred, son of the legendary Man […]

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Will You Watch The Kentucky Derby This Year?

Feb 16, 2009 9 Comments by

2008 was a rough year in the equestrian industry. A series of high-profile accidents and deaths across several sports got national attention and brought to light key problem areas in the respective disciplines. The tragic death of the filly Eight Belles, who was euthanized 10 minutes after running second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and […]

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Big Brown Out Of The Breeders’ Cup And Retiring Early

Oct 14, 2008 3 Comments by

After much early speculation about a match-up with defending champ Curlin and horse racing’s all-time leading money winner, Big Brown is officially out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and retiring for good following a hoof injury during a routine workout at Aqueduct. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has been plagued with hoof problems for […]

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Big Money, Big Matchups In Thoroughbred Racing’s Breeders’ Cup

Oct 08, 2008 6 Comments by

While the Kentucky Derby is the most widely known, and viewed, event in American thoroughbred racing, the fall Breeders’ Cup is the biggest money event. In fact, it comes up second on the list for most money awarded in a sport during one day … behind racing’s Dubai World Cup and just ahead of the […]

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