Wednesday, May 25, 2016

HRN: Photo Blog: A Visit to the Bluegrass

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Photo Blog: A Visit to the Bluegrass

"More than 20,000 foals are born each year  more than 7,000 of which breathe their first breaths of life in the Kentucky bluegrass. Spring in the Lexington, Kentucky, area is a magical time  a time when the pastures of green rolling hills are full of mares whose foals nap or romp alongside them.

But just how many of those youngsters go on to be champions? A numbered few. 
Those who do achieve such greatness on the track or in the breeding shed have their names etched in the books, garnering awe and respect.


While on a brief visit to Kentucky last week, I was able to see Thoroughbreds in each stage of their life – from young foals to retired warriors. The Bluegrass is unlike any other place, and is home to some of the world’s most elite Thoroughbreds – whether they be on a farm or at the track. . ."

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

HRN: Racing's Future: Tyler Rotstein

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Racing's Future: Tyler Rotstein

""Racing’s Future" is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon. 

From Ocala, Florida, 20-year-old Tyler Rotstein has been in horse racing since he was six years old. He currently work as a stable foreman for trainer Kenneth Marshall at Thistledown and is planning on getting his assistant trainer’s license soon. He also plays college football at Bluffton University. . ."

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Friday, May 6, 2016

HRN: Taking a Look at the Kentucky Derby 2016 Pedigrees

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"In a 20-horse race like the 2016 Kentucky Derby, many handicapping strategies are utilized in hopes of selecting the one horse that will emerge the winner. Past performances, track conditions, pedigrees, training – you name it and someone has used that method to handicap. While I believe that, given enough talent and heart, a horse is capable of outrunning its pedigree – both in terms of the quality and stamina within its lineage – pedigrees always seem to be a talking point as these three-year-olds make their first attempt at a mile and one-quarter. Listed below are brief analyses of each Derby entrant’s pedigree, primarily from a distance-focused standpoint. . ."

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

HRN: Ponies of the Track - Slinger: More Than Just an Outrider

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"Sedona Cole is horse-crazy like many little girls, but she also owns a horse that is just as crazy about her as she is about him. That horse – a handsome AQHA palomino gelding named Sixshootingunslinger, or simply, Slinger – has also captured the hearts of many fans in attendance at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, where Sedona’s father, Scott Cole, is an outrider.

“That is her horse,” Scott said. “She just lets me ride him.”

But Sedona is Slinger’s little girl just as much as he is her horse. It was clear from the moment the two crossed paths seven years ago that their partnership was something special – and it all happened by chance. . ."


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

HRN: Racing's Future: Julie Witt

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Racing's Future: Julie Witt

""Racing’s Future" is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon. 

Originally from Freehold, New Jersey, 18-year-old Julie Witt has been hooked on horses for as long as she can remember but her love of racing started about twelve years ago. She is currently spending most of her time in Lexington, Kentucky – where she attends the University of Kentucky. She plans to graduate in May 2019 with degrees in Equine Science/Management and Animal Science with a Pre-Vet concentration and her Honors certificate. She has interned during Monmouth Park’s race meets for the past three summers with North Atlantic Equine Associates, a veterinary practice, and plans to continue that when she returns home this summer. In addition, Julie started prepping broodmares for James B. Keogh of Grovendale LLC. in October of 2015, and continued doing so until the end of the sales in Kentucky. She worked several days at the 2016 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale and will continue working with Keogh for this upcoming sales season. She is planning to prep yearlings in the morning, broodmares in the evening and work as many sales days as her class schedule allows. At the beginning of April, she began working weekends for Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud as a mare and foal groom, and is hoping to continue that as well when she returns to Kentucky for school in the fall. She is also a volunteer for Old Friends, and while she mostly works with the farm staff to take care of the horses, she has been shadowing to become a tour guide as well in the future. . ."

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Monday, April 11, 2016

HRN: Opening Weekend at Keeneland: A Photo Essay

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"All elements of the weather were present on opening weekend at Keeneland: rain, wind, sun, and even a wintry mix of snow, sleet and hail. The spring meet was beckoned in with winter-like weather, but signs of springs were present at the Lexington, Kentucky, track nonetheless. The turf course and infield were a deep, bright green and the trees dotting the racecourse were beginning to bloom, boasting their attractive flowers to provide for a beautiful backdrop. . ."

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Friday, April 1, 2016

HRN: Racing's Future: Amy Nesse


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Racing's Future: Amy Nesse

"Racing’s Future" is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.
Meet Amy Nesse

18-year-old Amy Nesse, from Rockford, Illinois, has been a fan of racing for over ten years. She is currently involved in racing on social media and writes horse racing articles for Jon Stettin at pastthewire.com. . ."

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