White Lightning

SODASHI became the first pure white horse to Win a Japanese Grade 1 race when the 2-year-old daughter of the gray American-bred KUROFUNE Won Sunday’s 72nd running of the $1.3-million Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse. Ridden by Hayato Yoshida, and trained by Naosuke Sugai, she nosed out SATONO REINAS and CHRISOPHE LEMAIRE. SODASHI covered the one mile turf course in 1:32.40. The Win … Continue reading White Lightning

A Classic New York Bred

Nick Zito grew up near Aqueduct Racetrack. His father would take him to the track as a young lad. But back in the day there were age restrictions on admission to the track. So the elder Zito would leave young Nicholas with a friend of his, who just happened to be a security guard at the Big A. It was there and then that Zito … Continue reading A Classic New York Bred

Mr. Bill Mott

As teenagers, some youngsters tend to think the world is theirs for the taking. Not so for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Mr. Mott did not dream big as a youth. “I was 18 years old and hauling horses around in a two-horse trailer to the bush tracks,” recalled the native of Mobridge, South Dakota. “I never imagined training for anybody else other than … Continue reading Mr. Bill Mott

Hi-Yo SILVER

There are numerous reasons to explain why a long list of outstanding horses were thwarted in their bid to become a Triple Crown Champion. Some are predictable; others are surprising. Premature moves, suicidal paces, injuries, medications, exhaustion and bad trips have all played a role in the Triple Crown drought that stood at 37 years until AMERICAN PHAROAH completed the sweep in 2015. There was … Continue reading Hi-Yo SILVER

Triple Crown Mystique

There is at least one racing term that immediately inspires respect, and even awe, from people within the racing industry, long-time railbirds, and even from those with little knowledge of the sport – the Triple Crown. The difficulty of capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, at three different distances, on three tracks, all in the span of five weeks can not be … Continue reading Triple Crown Mystique

The Man Who Saved The Derby

The history of horse racing is filled with stories of improbable, against-the-odds triumphs and legendary heroes who made the seemingly impossible, possible. It’s hard to imagine that the Kentucky Derby – as iconic a sporting event as you’ll find – was once in danger of fading into history due to financial difficulties. Fortunately, a businessman and racing fan named Martin Joseph Winn, better known as … Continue reading The Man Who Saved The Derby

Second Best

The Kentucky Derby is a career-defining race. When a horse secures a Victory in the Run for the Roses its place in the annals of racing history is etched in stone. While fame and glory are bestowed upon the Winners, in many cases forgotten runners-up have turned in efforts almost or equally as gallant as the champions. In homage to TIZ THE LAW and his … Continue reading Second Best

Back On The Air

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that America’s Day at the Races returns this week on FOX Sports and MSG Networks to provide coverage and analysis of thoroughbred racing from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Delaware Park. After a nine day hiatus, the show resumes on Thursday (tomorrow) with live racing from Churchill Downs and Delaware Park. The show then transitions on Friday (Opening … Continue reading Back On The Air

On To The Preakness

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has said that Kentucky Derby (G1) Winner AUTHENTIC as well as his other (late-scratch) Derby entrant THOUSAND WORDS are ready to move on to Maryland for the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, October 3rd at Pimlico Race Course. AUTHENTIC became Baffert’s record-tying sixth Derby Winner on September 5th with a 1 ¼-length Victory over Belmont Stakes (G1) Winner TIZ … Continue reading On To The Preakness

Very AUTHENTIC Kentucky Derby

In an unprecedented year such as this one, it should come as no surprise that the 146th Kentucky Derby was marked by stunning twists and turns as AUTHENTIC upset TIZ THE LAW last Saturday to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying 6th Derby Triumph. Baffert equaled a mark set by Ben Jones that was once thought to be unattainable. “Here we are, … Continue reading Very AUTHENTIC Kentucky Derby