The Churchill Downs match still in doubt after a century

Wed Nov 15 2023Vance Hanson

Match racing in the United States has a spotty history, but one of the few that (mostly) lived up to the hype occurred 100 years ago this week at Churchill Downs.
Tall Tales of the Track: Kingston Goes the Distance

Sun Aug 13 2023Jennifer Kelly

Bred by a Pillar of the Turf in James R. Keene, Kingston’s longevity on the racetrack comes in not only in the number of times he raced but in the wins he accumulated over his nine seasons, his greatness sealed in the record books and the Hall of Fame for all time.
Horsey History in the Tar Heel State: Where Breeding and Racing Have Surprising North Carolina Roots

Fri Jun 23 2023Jennifer Kelly

Though live racing has not been part of the sporting landscape for generations, North Carolina has deep roots in the early history of both Thoroughbred racing and breeding, roots even older than the United States itself. 
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Ascot winners

Sun Jun 18 2023Vance Hanson

A ubiquitous presence at the Royal meeting until the last few years of her life, Elizabeth II enjoyed a fair amount of success at the fixture.
A King's Coronation on 2000 Guineas Day at Newmarket

Sat May 06 2023Kellie Reilly

While much of the racing world’s attention on Saturday is focused on the Kentucky Derby (G1), earlier in the day, an heir to a centuries-long legacy will be crowned at a venue rich in tradition.
Top 10 fastest Kentucky Derby times in history

Sat May 06 2023Ashley Anderson

From a legendary Triple Crown winner to a high-priced yearling who stole the heart of a Japanese racing enthusiast, here are the 10 horses with the fastest winning times in Kentucky Derby history.
The 10 best Kentucky Derby winners of all time

Sat May 06 2023Kellie Reilly

The greatest Kentucky Derby winners didn’t just run the race of their lives as three-year-olds on the first Saturday in May. They built resumes, often as older horses, that stand the test of time.
Kentucky Derby scratches that changed history

Thu Apr 27 2023Vance Hanson

While a comprehensive list of Kentucky Derby scratches since 1875 is not possible, these four withdrawals perhaps were the most significant.
Tall Tales of the Track: I Am Woman, Watch Me Win!

Mon Apr 17 2023Jennifer Kelly

In the first years of the 19th century, Alicia Meynell rode in not one but two match races against a man on an English racecourse, demonstrating that same self-assurance and drive that many a woman, including Annie Oakley, would need in their male-dominated pursuits.
Seabiscuit: 10 interesting facts about the legendary horse

Thu Apr 06 2023Alastair Bull

Here are 10 interesting facts about America's favorite equine underdog.
Top 10 best racehorses of all time

Wed Apr 05 2023J. Keeler Johnson

Ranking the greatest racehorse of all time is an exercise fraught with challenges and subjectivity. But I'm going to give it a try.
Tall Tales of the Track: And the Winner Is…

Sun Mar 12 2023Jennifer Kelly

Rumor had it that it was not Bend Or who ran down Robert the Devil at Epsom, but a horse named Tadcaster, an accusation of mistaken identity that was resolved more than a century later.
The Heart that Wears the Crown: Gallant Fox

Sun Mar 05 2023Jennifer Kelly

Gallant Fox’s victories in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes were the first to come with the name “Triple Crown,” as those intervening years saw the three races enter the sport’s consciousness with that sobriquet attached.