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Smith, Arrogate magnificent in Pegasus

January 28, 2017

Mike Smith told us. The Hall of Fame jockey explained exactly what he would do on Arrogate in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Saturday afternoon. In systematic, logical, predictable steps – Smith laid out 9 furlongs like Emeril lays out a menu.

Smith comes full circle with Arrogate

January 27, 2017

The first was Bat Prospector.

Mike Smith had arrived in New York earlier that year. I hadn’t arrived anywhere. It was 1990. In the jocks’ room to ride a no-hoper in the opening jump race, I worked up the nerve to introduce myself to Smith, who was due to ride Mike Freeman’s Bat Prospector later that afternoon. I had galloped the filly a couple of times, figured it was an icebreaker, a conversation starter. We shook hands, talked about the filly and became fast friends. I was in awe of the New Mexico kid who had come to New York with finesse and flare.

Saturday Special – January 28

January 27, 2017

Rare is the day when you get a rematch of the first two finishers from the previous year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Even more infrequent is the chance it occurs within just a few months’ time. Racing fans enter a whole new world Saturday with the chance to see such a rematch, between Arrogate and California Chrome, in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

Noble Bird gets his chance in Pegasus

January 27, 2017

Mark Casse watched the chestnut 2-year-old work out, and immediately picked up the phone to call owner John Oxley. “We’re going to win the Kentucky Derby with this horse,” Casse said.

Throwback Thursday: Northern Baby

January 26, 2017

Northern Baby died 10 years ago next month, and held the distinction of being the greatest sire in American steeplechase history (modern-day anyway). The success was somewhat accidental, because few – if any – North American Thoroughbred breeders aim for steeplechase success. But he had something, and passed it on to his sons and daughters. The following Throwback Thursday comes from the March 2007 edition of Steeplechase Times, which tumbled off a shelf around here recently.

Arrogate Arrives: A Travers win for the ages

January 26, 2017

Dr. John Chandler stood alone. Facing away from the racetrack, across from the finish line, Juddmonte Farm’s president gazed from the step of the front-row box, mouth agape, smiling but silent, like he had heard a good joke but wasn’t sure he could tell it. 

So you want a new website...

January 25, 2017

Our first website was supposed to be a steeplechase portal, before anybody knew what a portal was. We called it horsesjump.com or some such thing. It was awful.

Pegasus Preview Bucket: Baffert back on the scene

January 25, 2017

(Editor's note: The days are ticking away until the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup, which packs a powerful purse and plenty of star power. The publicity staff at Gulfstream Park is churning out plenty of preview copy about the world’s riches race and we’re pleased to provide a venue for it to be read. The following is a piece written by Mike Kane about Bob Baffert, who will saddle Arrogate in Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup.)

Songbird sings and soars at Saratoga 2016

January 24, 2017

Songbird kicked dirt in the face of the Graveyard of Favorites by winning with devasting ease the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday. Now 9-for-9, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro has moved into rare air as an appreciative crowd at Saratoga Sunday can attest. Photographer Tod Marks has the highlights.

Injury costs Rawnaq chance for Cheltenham

January 24, 2017

Eclipse Award winner Rawnaq incurred a soft-tissue injury Friday morning and will miss the entire 2017 season. The Irish-bred 10-year-old was preparing for a trip to Britain in pursuit of a $500,000 bonus for winning the Iroquois Steeplechase and the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham.

California Chrome works for career finale

January 24, 2017

The richest American Thoroughbred ever worked for the final time of his career over the weekend, in preparation for the final start of his career in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Florida. 

Champ Rawnaq eyes English trip

January 22, 2017

Rawnaq won the Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser of 2016 Saturday night to elevate his trainer Cyril Murphy into a rare class.

Champ Rawnaq eyes English trip

January 22, 2017

Rawnaq won the Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser of 2016 Saturday night to elevate his trainer Cyril Murphy into a rare class.

California Chrome leads Eclipse winners

January 22, 2017

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Saturday evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the Year, an honor which he also won in 2014, at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

California Chrome leads Eclipse winners

January 22, 2017

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Saturday evening that California Chrome, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the TVG Pacific Classic, and North America’s all-time leading money earning Thoroughbred, was voted as Horse of the Year, an honor which he also won in 2014, at the 46th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Saturday Special - January 21

January 20, 2017

Center stage this week belongs not to Washington, D.C., no, no, that whole deal is done and it’s all over but the crying. No, this week belongs to South Florida and New Orleans, which both host signature events at this early point of the New Year. One gives a glimpse at the future, another celebrates a state’s breeding program and the third closes the book on 2016.

Saturday Special – January 21

January 20, 2017

Center stage this week belongs not to Washington, D.C., no, no, that whole deal is done and it’s all over but the crying. No, this week belongs to South Florida and New Orleans, which both host signature events at this early point of the New Year. One gives a glimpse at the future, another celebrates a state’s breeding program and the third closes the book on 2016.

Rawnaq on course for Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

January 19, 2017

(Editor’s note: The following is an edited press release.) U.S. challenger Rawnaq features among 47 entries, the third-highest level in the last 11 runnings, for the £300,000 Grade 1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on the third day of The Festival, St. Patrick’s Thursday, March 16.

Rawnaq on course for Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

January 19, 2017

(Editor’s note: The following is an edited press release.) U.S. challenger Rawnaq features among 47 entries, the third-highest level in the last 11 runnings, for the £300,000 Grade 1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on the third day of The Festival, St. Patrick’s Thursday, March 16.

DiSanto’s death a loss for New York racing

January 17, 2017

Glenn DiSanto walked into the office at ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption just off Waters Road in East Greenbush, ever-present smile on his face, light in his eyes and not a hair out of place on a sunny but windy afternoon in upstate New York. DiSanto greeted Lisa Molloy, ReRun’s executive director sitting behind her desk, and me, leaning against the wall between the door and sunlit windows.