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How American Pharoah Could Become A $100 Million Horse

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 11.06.2015 | Sports

American Pharoah burst to international fame in the spring when he won horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years, but he's not done yet. Racing in...

Shades of Zenyatta: Another Male-Female Match

Mary Lou Simms | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports
Mary Lou Simms

Gary Stevens won the 1988 Kentucky Derby with the brilliant three-year-old filly, Winning Colors. Now he hopes to make racing history with another female, the splendid five-year-old mare, Beholder.

Sport and Society for Arete -- Triple Crown

Richard Crepeau | Posted 06.05.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

By late Saturday, the Sports world will know if there is a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 37 years. The last winner was Affirmed in 1978. No one could have guessed that it would be this long before another horse would accomplish this feat again.

Jockey Club Shakes Off Cobwebs

Liz O'Connell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Three years ago, a McKinsey & Co. report gave thoroughbred racing a wake-up call: If the Jockey Club and its kin didn't address the main issues facing racing, the sport would decline, becoming marginalized and moribund.

New Belmont Gold Cup and Belmont Oaks Races Test For Distance

Liz O'Connell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Under the guidance of Martin Panza, the New York Racing Association is premiering two new distance races during Belmont Park's Spring/Summer meet. Pan...

The Dream Team

Lolly Daskal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

He was a retired jockey, an old soul who was deeply passionate about his sport. She was a horse trainer who came to the edge of death, but never let go of her dream. Then there was the horse who brought together the soul of his jockey and the heart of his trainer.

Mike Smith: Ready for the Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's not always been like this for Smith. When he was 11, he got his start riding Quarter Horses at bush tracks around Roswell, N.M.

Let's Talk Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The Breeders' Cup is more than two days of elite international horse racing, it's a gathering of racing's tribe. This week, horses, trainers, owners, ...

Welcome Back, Paynter

Liz O'Connell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Racing fans, horse lovers, everyone who loves a great comeback story are also enjoying the "little bull" of a horse. To echo the message that was used in social media to support Paynter's team through their most difficult days ... Power-up Paynter!

A Disappointing Show at the Breeder's Cup

Daniel Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Daniel Ross

Horse racing is a peculiarly insular sport, and the people in it can be as equally myopic in their view of the sport they love. But the Breeder's Cup has supplied them with the perfect opportunity to illustrate that not everyone as callously motivated as the ones that make the headlines.

Breeders' Cup Rolls Out 2012 Challenge In North America With The Met Mile

Liz O'Connell | Posted 07.24.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The North American roll out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge kicks off on Memorial Day, May 28 2012, with the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park Race Course, Elmont, New York.

Zenyatta and Her Handsome Colt

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.15.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta, the eight-year-old iconic racemare and 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year, delivered a strapping 130 pound baby boy.

Zenyatta Is Due

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta is due to foal today. A maiden mare giving birth for the first time hasn't read What to Expect When You Are Expecting, gone to a Lamaze class or consulted with a doula.

2012 in Under 365 Words

Liz O'Connell | Posted 02.20.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

May: Starts with the Derby, ends with the Met Mile. After watching Shackelford's gritty run in the 2011 Derby, he was my 2012 Met Mile horse. I haven't changed my mind. Hope it happens.

I Don't Think So ...

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.14.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

After placing third in last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile, some racing analysts are bemoaning that Goldikova lost her shot at immortality. Excuse me? I don't think so.

Zenyatta's Having a Party!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A year has gone by since we were all on edge - was Zenyatta going to make it three Breeders' Cup victories in a row? It wasn't to be.

A Pair of "Neighborhood Kids" to Run in the Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 12.05.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

In New York's upper Hudson Valley, it's high-five time for Giant Ryan and Weemissfrankie. Both horses were bred just up the road, both have won "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge races and it looks like both are going to the Breeders' Cup!

The Upcoming Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational & The Goodwood Stakes. Where Being Virtual Can Be Rewarding!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.26.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

There are two more chances for everyone attending "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup qualifying races, to have an ownership interest in a horse running in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.

2011 Breeders' Cup Shaping Up With 35 Challenge Winners

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.14.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Fields for the 2011, at Churchill Downs on November 4th and 5th, are starting to fill. Thus far, 35 horses have qualified by winning races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.

Not Furlong: Anti-Bleeding Medication Banned

Posted 10.13.2011 | Sports

The United States is one of the last places in the world where horse trainers can treat their horses with the anti-bleeding medication Furosemide, kno...

Meet Uncle Mo

Liz O'Connell | Posted 06.07.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Thoroughbred racing sensation Uncle Mo arrived in New York this week to prep for his run in the 2011 Wood Memorial, Saturday April 9 at Aqueduct Race ...

Six Horse Racing Highlights From 2010

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

This year, advocates for the welfare of horses stepped up their game. And as for the sport? Some relatively new, relatively young race horse owners' commitment to the sport paid off.

Zenyatta's Last Dance

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Over 1500 fans turned out on a blustery winter night to both greet and say farewell to the great champion race mare, Zenyatta. This would be the final gig of this rock star's farewell tour.

Happy Trails, Zenyatta

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's just a month since Zenyatta ran her final race -- the Breeders' Cup Classic. We all know she lost by a nose. When Blame edged her out of the win, the race was over, the horses galloped out unharmed and the crowd was not ready to let Zenyatta go.

Zenyatta's Walk of Fame -- Racing Cinéma Vérité

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

With hand held video camera, Frances J. Karon joined Zenyatta's entourage, covering the big mare's race prep and the race -- from on the race track!