Tag Archives: Racing History

Three Great Moments: Breeders’ Cup Classic

Considering a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has not gone on to win Horse of the Year since Curlin in 2007, it may be hard to remember that the race has served as a de facto championship for the gold statuette in many of its editions.

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Three Great Moments: Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Until 2007, the best sprinting fillies & mares competed on equal footing with their male counterparts in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Needless to say, that has resulted in some memorable finishes that have, unfortunately, faded a bit from our minds.

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Horse Profile: Better Than Honour

Forget that old adage that great race mares don’t produce as broodmares. The daughter of a Kentucky Oaks winner, she was Grade 1-placed, having never finished out of the money in eight lifetime starts. She is also the only mare in history to produce back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners, Jazil and Rags to Riches.

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Horse Profile: Afleet Alex

Described as an ugly duckling by his breeder, he went on to win eight races from twelve starts and 2.7 million dollars during a career shortened by injury. His win in the Preakness will be long remembered for a near disaster when he almost fell at the top of the stretch.

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Horse Profile: Azeri

She won 11 straight races, all of them graded stakes. She hit the board in 18 straight races. She earned more than $4 million dollars. She was champion older female for three consecutive years and Horse of the Year in 2002.

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Horse Profile: Silverbulletday

A spur-of-the moment impulse purchase as a yearling, this two-time champion reeled off an eight race winning streak that included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, the Ashland and Kentucky Oaks.

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Reading List: History

From recent history to the origin of the breed, this collection of books offers a wide range of historical reference material and enjoyable reading.

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Horse Profile: Invasor

Argentinean-bred Invasor was one of the best racehorses of the century’s first decade. In his 12 starts on three continents, he won the Uruguayan Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup. In 2006, he was named Horse of the Year.

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Horse Profile: Sky Beauty

A New York favorite and practically unbeatable at Belmont Park, she won going short, and she won going long. She was voted a champion in 1994, and this year, she joins her trainer in the Hall of Fame.

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Racing’s Greatest Rivalry

One of racing’s greatest trainers called them the greatest act horse racing has ever had. And 23 years later, no horses have come close to duplicating the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar.

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Oaks Winners in the 3-year-old Classics

Think Rachel Alexandra and Rags to Riches are the only Oaks winners to go on to win 3-year-old classics? Guess again! History is resplendent with top 3-year-old fillies, and specifically Oaks winners, who have performed exceedingly well in open company during their 3-year-old campaigns.

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Derby Favorites

Usually reserved for human folly, this installment of Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda looks at how Derby favorites have fared throughout the years.

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