‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Racehorse Style
Liz O’Connell gives it a new spin.
California Chrome Takes 2nd in Dubai World Cup
When you’ve flown around the world to compete and there’s a $10 million purse at stake, that’s got to sting a bit.
The Unsolved Kidnapping of Irish Racehorse Shergar
The story of a valuable Irish racehorse who was abducted, never to be seen again, continues to baffle.
Tough Sunday: Last in the Cal Cup Derby, First in Our Hearts
Yeah, Tough Sunday may been a spectacular loser in Saturday’s California Cup Derby, but considering he was born blind and deaf he’s really doing alright.
Poll: Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year a Photo Finish or a Runaway?
Three horse are neck in neck for the coveted honor of American Horse of the Year: California Chrome, Bayern and Main Sequence. Want to wager a bet on who’ll win? (more…)
Top Female Jockey Rosie Napravnik Announces Retirement
Hey, if you’re gonna announce your retirement, might as well do it on national TV after winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff while pregnant. (more…)
These Photos of Winning 2014 Breeders’ Cup Jockeys Will Warm Your Heart
They are losing their minds completely, and it is adorable. From fist pumps to hugs to ear-to-ear grins, this is what it looks like when you’re having the best day ever. (more…)
Bayern Wins Controversy-Riddled Breeders’ Cup Classic, Chrome Finishes 3rd
The race started with a fumble and ended with 3-year-old Bob Baffert-trained Bayern stealing the win by a nose — although some argue he should have been disqualified.
Bode Miller, America’s Next Racehorse Trainer
Most folks take up a quiet hobby when they retire — like, you know, horse racing, for this Olympic gold-medalist skier. (more…)
British Champions Series Promo, Done Entirely in LEGOs
Guaranteed to be the best 90 seconds of your day.
Legendary Racehorse Cigar Passes Away at 24
Cigar passed away last night due to complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis, Kentucky Horse Park announced this morning. (more…)
California Chrome Gets Jock-blocked in Penn. Derby
In his first race since Belmont, the 2014 Double Crown winner (we’re coining all sorts of new racing terms today!) couldn’t get out from behind the heels of Bayern.
Chrome was the odds-on favorite in the field of eight and the grandstands were packed with fans eager to witness his comeback. As Kristen Kovatch noted last week in her preview of the race, hopes were high for the bright chestnut who grabbed the nation’s attention earlier this year: “Chrome has put back on the weight he had dropped in the grueling Triple Crown chase and recovered from his grabbed quarter out of the gate at the Belmont. When the colt returned to his old stall at Los Alamitos for training, crowds gathered just to watch his workouts, showing that the ‘Chromies’ still have faith in their horse.”
Unfortunately, victory wasn’t in the cards. After drawing the unfavorable No. 1 post position and finding himself boxed in for much of the race, he ran out of steam in the stretch to finish in sixth. Jockey Victor Espinoza said after the race, “They were like blocking in front of me, and it was hard to catch the other horse. Sometimes the other ones don’t ride to win, they ride to beat horses.”
Bayern, ridden by Martin Garcia, pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths and set a new track record
Watch the race:
JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Kristen raised the interesting question, “What do you think — is Chrome going to make a comeback this year or do you think he’s had his day?” in the Racing Forum over at Equestrians Anonymous. Check it out and weigh in with your opinion!
Remember California Chrome? He’s Ba-ack!
CalChrome is making his first racing appearance since his failed attempt at the Triple Crown this Saturday for the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby.
America’s favorite racehorse is returning to the track this weekend for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, adding some star power to what’s already going to be a huge weekend at Parx Racing outside of Philadelphia. On the card is both the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby as well as the Grade I $1 million Cotillion for fillies. Parx looks to be drawing one of the biggest crowds ever as it hosts a Kentucky Derby winner for the first time, aided in part by a $100,000 bonus for each owner just for California Chrome to start.
While California Chrome has fallen off the radar a little bit this summer after his heartbreaking fourth place dead-heat in the Belmont Stakes in June, the colt has been using his R&R wisely. Chrome has put back on the weight he had dropped in the grueling Triple Crown chase and recovered from his grabbed quarter out of the gate at the Belmont. When the colt returned to his old stall at Los Alamitos for training, crowds gathered just to watch his workouts, showing that the “Chromies” still have faith in their horse.
California Chrome is flying cross-country to Philadelphia on Tuesday with plans to work the Parx track later in the week in preparation for Saturday’s race. He’s drawn the rail and was listed on Monday as the even-money favorite. However, it’s not going to be a casual breeze to the winner’s circle: Bayern, who hasn’t seen Chrome since the Preakness, is coming off of wins in the Grade II Woody Stephens and Grade I Haskell (as well as a last-place finish in the Grade I Travers, but he seems to be in better form now.) Tapiture should also not be discounted with two wins in Grade III and Grade II races since his 15th place finish in the Derby.
Art Sherman is hopeful that a win in the Pennsylvania Derby will prepare the colt to take on the Breeders Cup Classic. While Sherman remains optimistic, he’s also nervously curious to see how California Chrome competes after coming off of the first real rest of his career. I think most of the nation is hopeful that Chrome is rested, ready and ravenous again for the winner’s circle. Time will tell.
Here’s a video of California Chrome’s last workout at Los Alamitos before traveling to Pennsylvania, including interviews with Art Sherman and some helmet-cam footage from his workout rider:
Nice Catch! A Day in the Life of an Outrider
Running down a totally fit racehorse that has dumped its rider and is careening down the track at 40mph takes a special kind of rider — like Robert Love. (more…)
Horse Wins Race, Joy Ensues
Horse racing, by its very nature, creates some of the highest of the highs and lowest of the lows when cheering on your favorite horse. And when some people win big, their joy knows no bounds. (more…)
An Off and On Again Relationship
Last Friday’s 8th race at Ellis Park in Kentucky had a little added drama when favored Firespike, with jockey Juan Saez aboard, decided to try a “seat check” in mid-stretch. (more…)
Win, Place, Bird?
You have heard of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and maybe even Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, but this bird doesn’t quite belong in the race! (more…)
Video: ‘Absolute Idiot’ Runs onto Track, Attempts to Race Horses
The incident took place on Saturday during the Cream Gorse Handicap in Leicester. Alcohol was involved, of course. (more…)
Tweet for OTTBs: #RideWithRosie
In case you needed another reason to root for Rosie Napravnik, check out her new fundraising campaign produced by her sponsors Wild Turkey. (more…)
5 Ways Chromies Can Console Themselves
Feeling down after another year without a Triple Crown winner? Horse Nation is here to help you wallow.
No Triple Crown This Year as Tonalist Takes the Spoils
There will be millions of broken hearts and a more than a few bruised egos tonight all over the world, as California Chrome was not able to seal the deal on a Triple Crown win. (more…)
Memory Lane: Revisiting the 11 Triple Crown Winners
It wouldn’t be a Triple Crown possibility day without paying our respects to the past winners of the elusive prize. (more…)