Posts tagged as: Racing

Orb Spins Derby Win

Jockey Joel Rosario raises his crop in victory as a mud-splattered Orb crosses the finish line at the Kentucky Derby.

Nineteen 3-year-olds entered the starting gate for the 139th Kentucky Derby, and it was the favorite, Orb, at 5-to1, who won the day on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The outcome wasn’t obvious for the first half of the race, as jockey Joel Rosario held back during the early part of the race, […]

Behind the Photo: Jean Cruguet

Jean Cruguet aboard a rearing Thoroughbred.

“Many people new to racing are unfamiliar with the name of Jean Cruguet, and this is a pity.  No, make that a sin,” began a 2009 Saratoga horse racing blog entry. Well, I saw this image, and loved it so much I had to get the story behind it. Look how the horse is lifting […]

HBO Cancels ‘Luck’

Nick Nolte pets a black horse in a barn.

HBO has canceled the horse racing series “Luck” after only one season on the air. The decision was made after a third horse died in the filming of the show, from Hollywood heavyweights David Milch and Michael Mann. R.T. Fitch, author of the blog “Straight from the Horse’s Heart”, on Tuesday broke the news that […]

Going to the Races with ‘Luck’

Close-up of Kerry Condon riding a Thoroughbred race horse.

Filmed at Santa Anita Park and locations around Los Angeles, HBO’s new series “Luck” tells the story of track rats hoping for a rocket ride to glory on the backs of their magnificent Thoroughbreds. The series’ premiere season kicked-off  Jan. 29 and runs through April 22. [Editor’s note: HBO on March 14 announced the cancellation […]

Santa Anita opens 2011 Season Sept. 30

Racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

Santa Anita Park’s 2011 Autumn Meeting begins Sept. 30, with 13 graded stakes, including six Grade I events to be run as part of Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup prep program that encompasses the first two weekends of the 24-day race meeting. The 2011 Breeders’ Cup will for the first time take place at Churchill Downs […]

Shear Heroics honored at Santa Anita


It was a moment right out of a Hollywood movie: 90-year-old man throws himself in front of a stampeding Thoroughbred to push a six-year-old girl to safety. But it happened for real, March 12 at Santa Anita Park, when paddock guard John Shear acted in the call of duty to maintain safety in the walking […]

Acclamation Overwhelms Del Mar Meet


It was a wire-to-wire victory for Acclamation at the 21st running of Del Mar’s $1 Million Pacific Classic on Aug. 28. The five-year-old California-bred horse was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela. “He’s a great horse. And it doesn’t matter – grass or dirt of Poly. He’s just a runner,” Valenzuela said. Overall, Acclamation’s stellar performance at […]

Chantal Sutherland Plays the Field

Jockey Chantal Sutherland

Jockey Chantal Sutherland veered from tradition when she decided to work the Del Mar meet this summer, rather than heading back to her native Canada to ride at Woodbine. But Sutherland isn’t one for following formulas. The only thing she likes to be predictable at is winning. “When you pick a meet, you kind of […]

Much Acclamation at Del Mar

The bay Thoroughbred Acclamation wins the Eddie Read Stakes turf race.

For the management team behind Acclamation, the choice was between the July 17 Grade III, $100,000 Sunset Handicap on closing day of the Hollywood Park meeting, or  the July 23 Grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Handicap on the opening weekend at Del Mar. The decision: scratch from the Sunset and gear up for the Read, […]

Belmont Crowns Ruler


The 2011 Triple Crown season was all about the underdogs, with yet another longshot, Ruler On Ice, winning the 143rd Belmont Stakes June 11. The 24-to-1 shot broke the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Stay Thirsty. Shackleford, who three weeks earlier won the Preakness Stakes as a 12-to-1 shot, finished fifth. Animal Kingdom, […]

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