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Weekend Lineup: Gulfstream Swings Into Championship Meet With Pegasus Preps

The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet goes into full swing this weekend, with five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race New Year’s Eve program at the South Florida track. Several horses with designs on the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup day program will be competing. Saturday’s Gulfstream Park card gets under way at 12:10 p.m. ET. Out […]

Horowitz On OTTBs Presented by Excel Equine: Finding New Messages For Helping Retired Racehorses

If there’s one thing that’s predictable when it comes to horses, it’s that they’re unpredictable. And, that’s a big part of their intrigue and attraction. In 2022, a year when crowds returned to racetracks at full capacity, an 80-1 longshot won the Kentucky Derby and a once-in-a-generation star emerged that was worthy enough to be […]

Bloodlines: When The Herod Line Was King In America

The great proliferation of gray coloring in the Thoroughbred came through The Tetrarch, bred in Ireland by Edward Kennedy, who reportedly purchased Roi Herode because of a fascination with the Byerley Turk line through Herod. Although that color line has remained in racing and breeding at the highest level, the Herod male line is now […]

Barn Buddies Presented By Dapple Up: Jeffrey The Goat Goes Where He Is Needed

Given a large enough shedrow, it’s not uncommon to come across a racehorse who’s a little less self-assured than the rest. Sometimes they’re just a nervous personality; sometimes they have a particular trigger that makes them uneasy, like a recent move or a neighbor they can’t stand. Whatever the reason, these types often can be […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: More Derby Dreams Take Root In New Mexico, Iowa

Thirteen and a half years ago, the diminutive bay gelding named Mine That Bird was hauled over 1,000 miles from New Mexico to Churchill Downs by his trainer, Chip Woolley. His 50-1 upset will forever remain a legend in the history of the Kentucky Derby. This year, another trainer from New Mexico could be poised […]

Weekend Lineup: Malibu On Santa Anita’s Opening Day Could Decide 3-Year-Old Title

While much of the country is suffering through extreme cold and winter storms, officials at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., are preparing for their traditional day-after-Christmas opening on Monday, Dec. 26. Temperatures are expected in the upper 70s and there is no rain in the forecast for Monday, though a storm is expected to […]

Bloodlines Presented By Mishriff: Practical Joke And The Elite Eight

What difference a year makes! Or not. The Gun Runner Express keeps blazing along, and here at the tag end of 2022, the champion son of Candy Ride is the leading second-crop sire by a massive margin over his contemporaries: $14 million to $7 million , nearly double the earnings of the next-closest pair of […]

Bloodlines Presented By Mishriff: Why Do We Have Gray Thoroughbreds?

One inquiring mind asked, “Why do we have gray Thoroughbreds, and where do they come from?” Who can resist such a question? The first part is fairly easy. Gray Thoroughbreds are part of the breed because they have been here from the beginning, and the coat color is with us today because a gray parent […]