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The Life and Times of Monarchos and Charles Nuckols III

Monarchos-&-CharlesNuckolsIIINestled among the rolling hills of Woodford County in Central Kentucky are some of the most prestigious Thoroughbred farms in the world. Farms like Lane's End, Three Chimneys, Airdrie Stud and WinStar all call Woodford County home. There are also many smaller farms that call Woodford County home, and as you drive the beautiful fence-lined back roads of the county you will see their horses grazing in pastures that stretch as far as the eye can see. As winter melts away and spring brings warmer weather, many of those...

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The Great Races: Phar Lap – The Agua Caliente Handicap, 1932

PharLap1On March 21, 1932, every major newspaper in the world ran a headline announcing the smashing triumph of ‘the Big Red Train from the Antipodes’ in Tijuana, Mexico. Not only was the purse $50,000, making it the richest race on the planet, but the Agua Caliente Handicap, contested at a mile and a quarter, was the North American debut of the Australian superstar Phar Lap. “Today he is the ‘big news,’ wrote Bert Wolfe on that day. “They are saying that Phar Lap and his connections made American trainers and jockeys look like ‘suckers.’ They are lauding Woodcock to the skies for his cleverness, Elliot is being described as the Tod Sloan of Australia and owners are being advised to send to Australia for a shipload of trainers and jockeys."

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The Great Races: Seabiscuit and War Admiral

SeabiscuitWarAdmiralIt has been nearly a century since that November day, but even Google search engines reveal the popularity of the contest between Seabiscuit and War Admiral has yet to wane. More than 40,000 raucous fans witnessed the race live and it is estimated more than 40 million people around the globe, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, ceased their daily activities to listen to the radio broadcast.

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Thoroughbred People’s Equine Legends Series: Kentucky

Clifton Anderson CollectionHis biography for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame calls him the horse that “time forgot”, as Kentucky was not inducted into this beloved shrine until 1983. It also claims he is “arguably the greatest son of Lexington ever inducted into the Hall.” Though that is certainly a matter up for debate, especially with Lexington’s prowess in the breeding shed, it cannot be denied Kentucky is a well-deserving member of this select circle of Thoroughbred icons.

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Remembering a Champion: Gulch

Gulch-2aOn Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, news spread early from Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, that Gulch, the oldest living Breeders' Cup winner, had been euthanized due to complications from cancer. He was 32 years old.

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Thoroughbred People’s Legends Series: Man o’ War vs Sir Barton

ManowarAs he stood there with nostrils quivering, coat glistening with a thin sheen of perspiration from his recent exertions and the crowd of 30,000 strong absolutely roaring, Man o’ War only had one thing on his mind: to slake his thirst. Samuel Riddle, witnessing his colt staring like one that was starved at the champagne flowing in the $5,000 championship trophy designed by Tiffany and Co., commanded the track employees to immediately bring him water and that it better “not be too cold.”

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