Saw Jim Gagliano and Eric Hamelback on the same day at Saratoga

You can sit on a bench between the paddock and the grandstand at Saratoga and observe a lot. That’s where I was last Wednesday morning before the races, sitting with Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer magazine, when we saw owner Peter Brant, daughter in tow, walking back and forth about a dozen … Continue reading Saw Jim Gagliano and Eric Hamelback on the same day at Saratoga

Big Saturday for Darley stallions

Darley had a weekend to remember with top stallions Medaglia d’Oro, Teofilo, Dubawi, Shamardal, Hard Spun, and Bernardini represented by notable Graded winners around the world on Saturday, March 5. Songbird remains unbeaten in the Grade III $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes! #SantaAnitaPark pic.twitter.com/2dZY43oYNi — Santa Anita Park (@santaanitapark) March 5, 2016 At Santa Anita yesterday, Medaglia … Continue reading Big Saturday for Darley stallions

Karakontie, from Japan to USA via Europe

The number of new foreign-bred and/or primarily foreign-raced stallions standing in Kentucky keeps increasing incrementally each year, it seems. At the moment the only two active leading sires bred or raced abroad on the Top 40 General Sire list of 2015 are Lane’s End’s Candy Ride, bred in Argentina; and Ashford’s Giant’s Causeway, raced in Europe. Darley’s … Continue reading Karakontie, from Japan to USA via Europe

Who are the Derby contenders plucked from 2-year-old sales?

The Derby preps starts to heat up concurrently with the 2-year-olds-in-training sales, and trainers, like college coaches, are on the recruiting trail for next year’s prospects while preparing this year’s athletes. It all starts in Florida (Fasig-Tipton’s sale pictured above; photo by Frances J. Karon) in late February/early March, first at Fasig-Tipton’s “The Florida Sale,” … Continue reading Who are the Derby contenders plucked from 2-year-old sales?