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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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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 Equine Legends Series: 1840s Racemare – Reel

reelHer presence has been a fixture on the Jockey Club’s boardroom wall for more than a century and her blood coursed through the capillaries of none other than champions Tim Tam, Two Lea, Chris Evert, Winning Colors and Chief’s Crown. Her name was Reel and although this horse’s name may not leap to mind when discussing Thoroughbred pedigrees, this daughter of Glencoe was not only a fantastic race mare, but one of the most outstanding broodmares ever to live on American soil.

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The Great Races: The 1984 Breeders’ Cup Classic

WildAgainOn Monday (October 26) morning, a small select group of admirers, family and media gathered around a freshly constructed plaque that was to be unveiled at Thoroughbred Park in downtown Lexington. Although a decade has passed since John R. Gaines passed, his imprint on the legacy and direction of Thoroughbred racing will forever remain. On a day that would commence the countdown to the 32nd edition of the Breeders’ Cup that would be hosted by Lexington for the very first time, it seemed the perfect tribute to the man responsible for the event’s existence.

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Thoroughbred People’s Equine Legends Series: Fashion

Fashion and PeytonaOn the authority of Spirit of Times, Fashion, one of America’s first great race mares and a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame “is a rich, satin-coated chestnut, with a star, and a ring of white above the coronet of her left hind foot: on her right quarter she is marked with three dark spots, like Plenipo, and other “terribly high-bred cattle.” While the beginning of the unknown author’s description sounds less than flattering he or she states, “her great excellence consists in the muscular developments of her quarters, thighs and gaskins.

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Thoroughbred People’s Equine Legends Series: Flying Childers

FLYING-CHILDERS.3Established in 1967 as the Norfolk Stakes, the Flying Childers Stakes was renamed in 1973 when another race attained the aforestated moniker and it remained a British Group I until 1979 when it transitioned to Group II status. Contested over five furlongs at Doncaster on the third day of the St. Leger Festival, the event is restricted to 2-year-olds and pays homage to the horse that is...

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