By Ray Wallin In 2008, three new Breeders’ Cup races were added — the Turf Sprint, the Marathon, and the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Marathon would be discontinued after the 2013 running. While the Juvenile Fillies Turf would feature dominant winners in its short history, the Turf Sprint would conversely show a lot of great finishes in the 11 runnings of this race. The total margin of victory in the 11 races is only 6 3/4 lengths, giving this short-lived BC race its own list of top finishes. So whether you are a casual racing fan or you make your
By Margaret Ransom California-based jockey Flavien Prat will be aboard the Korea-based grade 1 winner Blue Chipper for the Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (GI), agent Derek Lawson confirmed on Wednesday. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow will be the first horse based in Korea to have started in the world championships. According to Lawson, Prat was recommended by a fellow French jockey who is based in Hong Kong and who heard his connections were looking for a rider. “A French jockey who Flavien knows called him and told him this horse’s connections weren’t bringing his rider and
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By Maryjean Wall So, hey, we’re the Clydes. We’re at Keeneland and we’d like to say nobody gets it like we do when Willie sings “On the Road Again.” We put on miles and miles making public appearances. This week, rolling into Kentucky, we would agree it’s true that if you’ve seen one race track, you’ve seen them all. Well, not quite. All these tracks tickle our feet a bit differently. And we do have feet. Big, hairy feet four times the size of racehorse feet. We could stomp you if we choose. We don’t, though. We’re gentle giants. But
By John Furgele For the second time in three years, a horse from Italy is the Yonkers International Trot champion. In 2017, Twister Bi was scintillating with a 2:22.1 world record performance for 1 ¼ miles on a half-mile track, and this year, Zacon Gio prevailed in 2:24.1. It was not an easy trip for the colt based in Italy who has now won 12 straight races, but until last Saturday none away from his homeland. The horse was three-wide most of the race, but was able to get things going on the final turn to win by 3 ¼
By Ray Wallin Whether you are a casual racing fan or you make your living playing the races, the Breeders’ Cup offers great excitement and value. The Breeders’ Cup Turf may have produced the greatest finishes of the Breeders’ Cup races, including the only dead heat in BC history when High Chaparral and Johar hit the finish line together in 2003. Interestingly, there have been no winners of this race that were older than five years old. #1 The Lone BC Dead Heat In 2003, High Chaparral was back to defend his 2002 win. He would find himself hitting the
By Maryjean Wall He was blowing through nostrils that drew the air in and out with a furious rhythm that propelled his legs toward the finish line of the 1973 Kentucky Derby. Secretariat winning the race with Ron Turcotte riding is one of the sport’s indelible memories. Now the memory is captured for all time in a bronze monument, larger than life, unveiled Saturday at Keeneland. A crowd of about 200 reacted approvingly when sculptor Jocelyn Russell and others drew back a drape checkered in blue and white – the pattern and colors of Secretariat’s ownership, Meadow Stable. The statue
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By Ray Wallin Added in 1999, the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf became the eighth Breeders’ Cup race to complement the original seven. There has been only one repeat winner, Ouija Board, who won the race in 2004 and 2006. The last three contests have been won by European horses. In fact, European horses have won 13 of the 20 prior contests. Although it is the “middle child” of the Breeders’ Cup races, it has given us a couple of memorable finishes. So whether you are a casual racing fan or you make your living playing the races sit
By Mike Farrell While we normally focus on events along the Eastern seaboard, this time our attention shifts north of the border to Woodbine. This is the weekend when that track is front and center with a pair of Grade 1 turf stakes on Saturday: the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International and the $600,000 E.P. Taylor for fillies and mares. We are not overlooking the fact that Keeneland also has a Grade 1 turf event on Saturday, the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies. Let’s give our friends in the True North — strong and free — their
By John Furgele It’s a big week in as the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 24-25 nears with many horses making their final starts before the two-day extravaganza. First up is the Yonkers International Trot, which may not be as exciting as the Breeders Crown, but might be just as intriguing. Any time you have horses landing at JFK and heading to a harness track in Westchester County adds some panache. The International Trot features horses from the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The Trot flies under the radar in what some