Monday, June 13, 2016

HRN: 2016 Belmont Stakes Weekend: A Photo Essay

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"As my plane prepared for landing on my first expedition to New York City, I kept my eyes on the sights below me from my window seat, anxious to catch my first glimpse of the world-famous skyline. But an unexpected sight caught my eye instead. Below me was Belmont Park, the ultimate destination for my trip.

I gazed at the track below me – in awe of its size even thousands of feet in the air. I imagined Secretariat “moving like a tremendous machine” as he powered around the far turn to turn in the most impressive performance in horse racing history, as well American Pharoah – the horse who, a year earlier, had become the first Triple Crown in my lifetime. In wonderment, I inwardly told myself that I would soon stand at that very track to attend a Triple Crown race for the first time in my life – the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). . ."

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

HRN: Jewels of the Third Jewel: My Favorite Editions of the Belmont Stakes

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"Less than a week from now, I will attend a Triple Crown race – and Belmont Park – for the first time when I stand amongst thousands to witness the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes. No Triple Crown is on the line, but I know my heart will be beating as the field breaks from the gate to commence their journey in the mile and one-half Test of the Champion.

Twelve years ago, I fell in love with horse racing as an eight-year-old horse-crazy girl – all because of the Triple Crown. Once my (sentimental) pick for the Kentucky Derby, Smarty Jones, won the first leg of the prestigious series for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, I was hooked. That day, I experienced for the first time the extreme elation horse racing can offer – a feeling that continued when Smarty Jones kept Triple Crown dreams alive with a smashing win in the Preakness Stakes. But when Birdstone passed him in the final strides of the Belmont, I faced the incredible disappointment the sport can also evoke. However, the devastating low could not overtake the overall experience. I had become a fan for life.

Since that fateful spring of loving Smarty Jones, I have not only passionately watched every single Triple Crown race, but I have delved into the sport entirely, making it my career. I have seen firsthand many top-class races in my twelve years as a racing fan – among them four Breeders’ Cups – but I have only ever watched Triple Crown races on a television screen. At last, that will change on Saturday.

In honor of attending my first Belmont, I thought I would take a look back at my top three favorite Belmonts since I have become a racing enthusiast – all of which I watched from the comfort of my own living room. . ."

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Monday, May 30, 2016

HRN: Cyrus Alexander Captures the Lone Star Park Handicap

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Cyrus Alexander Captures the Lone Star Park Handicap

"Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer and in the warm, humid air under the late May sun at Lone Star Park, this was apparent. The suffocating Texas heat is just around the corner but the racing action at the Grand Prairie, Texas, track is in the middle of its Thoroughbred season. The highlight of the meet, took place today before a sizable holiday crowd: the $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), and Cyrus Alexander stole the show. . ."

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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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