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Cigar Raised the Bar

Cigar Raised the Bar

It was Tuesday, April 2, 1996. A cool afternoon breeze whipped through the Belmont Park backstretch. There was little activity at one o'clock on a dark day, so no one was around to notice a lone horse being led down Secretariat Ave. to barn 25.

Serena's Song: Winning Tune

Serena's Song: Winning Tune

It is small wonder too that Serena's Song was tabbed for induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year as top contemporary female. She was brilliant and she was hickory, starting 38 times in a 30-month racing career. It's one thing to race often, it's another to capture 17 graded stakes and hit the board in another 14. She faced the best in her division, butted heads with the boys, and never took a backward step.

Buddy Delp Looking Forward to Induction

Five weeks before his 70th birthday, Laurel-based trainer Buddy Delp prepares for one of the biggest days in his legendary career. On August 5, he will be inducted into Thoroughbred Racing's Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Museum Employee Key to Missing Trophy Recovery

When Lori Fisher was hired as the curator of collections at the National Museum of Racing last summer, there was no mention that her new position would involve intrigue, amateur sleuthing, and solving a mysterious 50-year-old theft.

Seabiscuit Trophy Donated to Hall of Fame

The trophy Seabiscuit won in the 1938 Agua Caliente Handicap, stolen in the early 1950s, was donated Thursday to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Stolen Seabiscuit Trophy Goes to Hall of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will announce June 27 the details of how a Seabiscuit trophy stolen in the 1950s was recovered. The trophy was stolen from the Howard family, which owned the famed Thoroughbred.

Stronach, Chief Bearhart Head List of Hall of Fame Nominees

Frank Stronach, one of North America's most influential people in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and Sam-Son Farm's Chief Bearhart, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf in 1997, head a list of six candidates for nomination into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

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New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund establishes new deadlines regarding stallion applications...Auction and fundraiser to benefit Betsy Wells scheduled for April 28...2002 Class of Hall of Fame inductees to be named April 30.

Cigar Among Nominees for Hall of Fame

Cigar Among Nominees for Hall of Fame

Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year (1995-1996) who won 16 consecutive races, is among the three horses nominated to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the Contemporary Male Horse category.

Six Crowns, Dam of Champion Chief's Crown, Dies at Age 26

Six Crowns, the stakes winning dam of champion Chief's Crown and multiple grade I winner Classic Crown, was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age on Thursday, February 14 at the age of 26. The daughter of Secretariat will be buried at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm next to her dam, Filly Triple Crown winner Chris Evert.

Baze Notches 400th Win -- For the 9th Time

Baze Notches 400th Win -- For the 9th Time

Jockey Russell Baze captured his 400th victory of the year Thursday, marking the ninth time he has reached that milestone. To put the achievement in perspective, no other rider has won 400 races more than three times in a career. Baze received a Special Eclipse Award after the fourth time he reached 400, in 1995.

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Here and There

Bits and pieces from the Thoroughbred industry.

Here and There

Bits and pieces from the Thoroughbred industry.

Deford Keynote Speaker at Hall of Fame Ceremonies

Frank Deford, himself a member of the National Association of Sporstcasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at this years National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame inductiion ceremony. The new members of the Hall of Fame will be enshrined at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Which 25 Years?

By Dan Liebman -- Let's face facts. Fact One: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame. Fact Two: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The only unanswered question is what year it will be when Baffert accepts his plaque in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Fires, Mandella Elected to Hall of Fame

Fires, Mandella Elected to Hall of Fame

Earlie Fires, who led all apprentice jockeys in 1965 and is one of only 14 North American riders to win more than 6,000 races, and trainer Richard Mandella, who won his first stakes in 1974, are among the newest members of the Hall of Fame. This year's equine inductees will be Holy Bull, Paseana, and Maskette.

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