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"The big horse is coming.” The whispers began at 6:30 a.m. on a quiet June morning at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Some professional racing photographers and a few fans stood at clockers’ corner near the racetrack’s southwest edge....
The Tweedy family announced today that Helen "Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died yesterday. She was 95. pic.twitter.com/JNp91XS3RI — Secretariat (@SECRETARIATofcl) September 17, 2017   Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, died on Saturday, September...
  Just 50 meters into the sixth race of the day at Australia’s Tweed River Jockey Club Murwillumbah Racecourse last Friday, things went very wrong for jockey Laura Cheshire. "I felt my right rein go and I thought, OK, I’ve broken...
Photo by Dave Cooper on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Congratulations are in order for 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who just welcomed a bay filly with a round star. The unnamed foal was born at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May...
By Maryland GovPics (2015 Preakness Stakes) , via Wikimedia Commons It’s been a little over a year since 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran his final race. After winning the Breeder’s Cup Classic that same year, Pharoah was retired...
Thoroughbred registries don’t restrict horses based on color. All that matters is bloodlines and speed. But selective breeding can lead to a limited pool of colors, which is why most Thoroughbreds are bay, chestnut or gray and the occasional...
For recreational riders and competitive equestrians, buying a horse is like searching for a long-term friend or athletic partner. They likely intend to have that horse be a companion and a big part of their day-to-day life for years...
139th Preakness Stakes by Maryland GovPics on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Until last weekend, only John Henry and Native Dancer had won two nonconsecutive Horse of the Year titles at the Eclipse Awards, the American Thoroughbred racing industry’s most prestigious awards...
He’s less than a day old, but expectations are already high for a little bay colt at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky. The foal is believed to be the first born of American Pharoah’s first foal crop. With a sire who...
Over the past fifteen years, fans of Thoroughbred horse racing have had the good fortune to watch dozens of champion horses showcase their talent at racetracks across the United States. While they have all been amazing to watch, some...
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