Robert Evan’s Tonalist rallied late to edge Commissioner to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). California Chrome, bidding for the Triple Crown, finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong behind Medal Count. The 1 1/2-mile distance of the Belmont at Belmont Park has been “heartbreak highway” for 3-year-olds since Affirmed last won the Triple Crown 36 years ago in 1978. The time for the 12 furlongs was 2:28.52. Tonalist, a son of Tapit –Settling Mist, by Pleasant Colony, was bred in Kentucky by Woodslane Farm. WinStar Farm’s Commissioner went for the early lead from post 8 [More]
This is Victory Gallop winning the Belmont Stakes by less than an inch over Triple Crown contender, Real Quiet. As a side note, I nearly fainted watching the…
Eadweard Muybridge had the idea to photograph a galloping horse, then by examining the frames of film, to see if when a horse runs, all of its feet are off t…
Bellamy, a 2009 Bellamy Road colt, one of West Point Thoroughbreds’ horse racing partnerships, is stabled in Ocala Florida going through his early training. …
Date: August 19, 2004 Track: Del Mar I’m happy to report no one was hurt. There are two parts to this video. First is a clip of the “head-on” camera shot, which clearly shows three maintenance workers diving as they realize the field is about to trample them. Notice the bucket that they leave on the course. The second part is the full race. At the 2:29 mark, you can see where the maintenance workers scramble, but it’s not nearly as clear as the head-on shot. From Steve Andersen’s report in the Daily Racing Form: “Three members of the Del [More]
Win at horse racing 85% of the time, Guaranteed… Loan-er.com Calvin Borel made the right choice and history was made May 16 at Pimlico, when for the first time, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner not only ran in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) but won the race in convincing fashion. Rachel Alexandra won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown by a length over Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird. The week following her win in the Oaks, Rachel Alexandra was purchased by Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick and transferred from trainer Hal [More]
Experience the power, beauty, and majesty of the phenomenal 3 yr old American thoroughbred, the legendary Secretariat, as he delivers his definitive performance! (more) You will not likely experience another similar inspirational performance of overwhelming ability and domination in your lifetime! Secretariat’s epic performance at Belmont Park June 9, 1973 with Chic Anderson’s historic call. Led out lightning quick by his season rival Sham over the first few furlongs, a majestic Secretariat seemingly “spreads his wings and takes flight” on the back stretch, sets the still-standing world record of 02:24:00 for 12 furlongs on a dirt surface, emphatically captures the [More]
History and the long, demanding stretch at Belmont Park had caught up with Spectacular Bid. With a short distance remaining in the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, he was leading, seemingly drawing away from his seven rivals. He was four lengths in front of 12-to-1 shot General Assembly and looking just as strong as he had while rattling off victories in 12 consecutive stakes races. Just 660 yards to go to the third Triple Crown in three years. But then Spectacular Bid began to behave like a very fat man trying to run up a very steep hill. In the stretch [More]
Donnaguska, a first time starter owned by Billy Hays and trained by Joe Woodard, makes a remarkable stretch run to win her debut by two and a quarter lengths at Hawthorne Race Course on October 23, 2008. As track announcer Peter Galassi noted, Donnaguska was “far, far, far, far back” early under jockey Israel Ocampo. The three-year-old daughter of Yonaguska was sent off at 17-1, the second longest shot in the field of nine. She is number three, but for most of the video that doesn’t matter because you won’t see her. According to the official chart she was about [More]
For some reason I find oddities like this May 16, 2004 race very entertaining. The Hasta la Vista Handicap at Turf Paradise in Arizona is run at what today is an unusually long distance of 1 7/8 miles. This requires two full circuits of the course, rather than the usual one time around in most races. Unfortunately for jockey Jorge Carreno, he forgets that minor detail, creating a very unusual sitation. On a personal note, in the early 1980s, I recall Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez falling victim to the same mental lapse in the 2 1/4 mile Display [More]
Horse race in Ireland. Dangerous horse race on wrong side of road interrupted by Police. Traveller horse race interrupted by Gardai (Police) in Ireland. Camera van continues driving on the wrong side of the road and nearly collides with another car.