The Santa Anita Handicap became the West Coast's most prestigious racing event by consistently bringing out the best people and horses. The race's history has been dotted with gritty campaigners who just don't give up.
Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, and John Henry starred in the golden era of the Santa Anita Handicap (1979-89). View Slideshow
by Anne Peters
It's unusual when a turf horse gets recognition beyond his favorite surface, so for Wise Dan to be voted champion turf male of 2012, champion older male, and Horse of the Year shows how dominating he is.
Top 10 geldings of the past 75 years have provided some of racing's top thrills. See our full feature in the August 11, 2012 issue of The Blood-Horse! view slideshow
Lewis Cenicola, a California-based trainer perhaps best known as the exercise rider for the legendary John Henry, died Jan. 8 at 66.
Baron Thierry von Zuylen, who raced 1982 Eclipse Award winner Perrault, died Jan. 2 in London.
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- By Jon White
Jon White remembers John Henry, 25 years after his retirement. Read Blog
A new documentary called "John Henry: a Steel Driving Racehorse" has been rolled out by Open Sky Entertainment, in cooperation with Launchpad Releasing.
Crowd of 35,292 takes in two grade I races; Breeders' Cup Classic winner paraded and John Henry statue unveiled.
Santa Anita Park, which opened on Dec. 25, 1934, will celebrate its 75th anniversary season beginning with opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, with a special early first post time of 11:30 a.m. PDT.
A life-sized bronze statue of the legendary John Henry will be unveiled by his Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally at Santa Anita Park's picturesque paddock gardens Dec. 26, opening day of the track's 75th anniversary meet.
Two-time champion and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba returned to his Kentucky roots Oct. 31 and took up residence at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions, where he will be admired by the fans he thrilled in his Hall of Fame career.
When Shelley Hunter was asked by officials at the Kentucky Horse Park to create a sculpture of legendary racehorse John Henry earlier this year, she not only felt honored, but a strong sense of karma.
In an attempt to improve the unwanted horse situation, the Kentucky Horse Park will host the first annual John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair June 28, named for the late champion who passed away at the park last fall.
ReRun, the Thoroughbred adoption group, is having a Moneigh auction on Ebay that ends the day after the May 3 Kentucky Derby.
By Bruce Greene - I have been to the racetrack thousands of times. From Churchill Downs on Derby day, to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Marathon day. I have memories of tracks and champions that no longer exist.
The Kentucky Horse Park, longtime home of the late John Henry, has been honored with the 2007 Special Eclipse Award, presented by the National Turf Writers Association, Daily Racing Form, and the NTRA.
John Henry garnered nearly 4,000 votes in a poll held by www.kentucky.com and the Lexington Herald-Leader, narrowly defeating pastor Jon Weece to win the "Most Intriguing Kentucky Newsmaker of 2007," it was announced Dec. 28.
Kona Gold has been invited to live the rest of his life at the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, according to a release from his co-owners Andrew and Irvin Molasky.
One of the last "Moneigh" paintings done by the late John Henry is up for bids in an eBay auction held by ReRun, the ex-racehorse adoption program.
- By Dan Liebman
By - Dan Liebman It was a routine early December night in Kentucky, when suddenly residents of South Frankfort were startled by late night fireworks. The pyrotechnics display from near the state capitol could mean only one thing -- Kentucky's first female governor had closed the deal to land the Toyota manufacturing plant.
The legendary John Henry was remembered at a memorial service Oct. 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he lived the last 23 years of his life.
HorseRacing TV will present live coverage of the public memorial for the great John Henry from the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Oct. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. (EST), the network announced Oct. 18.
HorseRacing TV's weekly "Across The Board" show will deviate from its customary half-hour format to present a one-hour edition saluting the career of the legendary gelding John Henry.
By Amy Zimmerman - There are other places in this magazine where you can read about John Henry's humble beginnings, his legendary racing career, and his wonderful retirement. This is not about that.
John Henry is remembered by those who knew him best throughout his racing career and during his retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, announced the Thoroughbred retirement facility would partner with Bill Oster and the Kentucky Horse Park to create a privately funded memorial for John Henry, who was euthanized Oct. 8 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 32.
Celebrate the life of John Henry with our slideshow presentation of his career on the racetrack and as a beacon for the sport at the Kentucky Horse Park.
It was a shock to hear John Henry had died, even though he had been in ill health and was 32 years old. Some things, like the mighty Redwoods, seem eternal, and John always was eternal in my mind. Or perhaps that feeling was more rooted in my heart. I always believed that John would not die until he was good and ready. It was apparent upon hearing the news that this was that time.
John Henry, the 32-year-old legendary gelding who has been at the Kentucky Horse Park since 1985, was euthanized at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
By Eric Mitchell - It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen the Old Man, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a visit was essential.
John Henry, the 32-year-old Thoroughbred who is the richest gelding in history, has had several good days following a tentative period at the end of last week.
If you've visited the Kentucky Horse Park sometime in the past few months, you might have noticed a small, dark brown gelding, utterly unremarkable apart from his obvious age, walking with purpose with bright eyes and pricked ears among the sleek and shiny show horses. Step a little closer and read the engraved plate on his halter: you're looking at John Henry.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The Tin Man and John Henry have more in common than grade I victories at the ripe old age of 9.
ReRun's selection of Moneighs by classic contenders and champions will appear on eBay beginning May 20. The popular paintings created by famous racehorses including John Henry, Victory Gallop, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners Giacomo and Gato del Sol are sold to benefit ReRun's retired Thoroughbreds in need of second careers.
HorseRacing TV will re-air its original presentation of "John Henry: Standing Tall at 30" Friday, Mar. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The gelding is the nation's oldest champion and will celebrate his 32nd birthday in early March.
Twenty-five years after legendary John Henry became the first two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Santa Anita will mark the occasion by honoring the great gelding, along with retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who rode John Henry to his first Big 'Cap victory in 1981.
ReRun, a 501(c)(3) non-profit adoption organization, announced April 24 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners and other notable racehorses are now available on eBay.
Two internationally known jockeys, Steve Cauthen and Chris McCarron, will help open an exhibit at the Lexington History Museum as a part of the "Best of the Bluegrass" celebration leading up to the 2006 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Sam Rubin, who raced two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, died Feb. 13 in Palm Beach, Fla.
With 7,141 wins, and more than $264 million in purses, retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron knows something about the craft of riding horses. Speaking as a guest of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Club Tuesday, McCarron said it was time to pass this knowledge on.
The Oak Tree Racing Association, internationally acclaimed equine artist Fred Stone, and a number of the nation's top jockeys will join forces at Santa Anita Oct. 1, to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
A crowd of more than 200 fans and friends of John Henry gathered Wednesday afternoon to wish the five-time Eclipse Award winner a happy 30th birthday at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
HorseRacing TV will celebrate the 30th birthday of the five-time Eclipse Award winner John Henry with a one-hour special presentation of the gelding's record 12 stakes victories at Santa Anita. "Standing Tall: John Henry at 30," will air at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) March 9 without commentary and will feature the dozen stakes wins wire-to-wire with the original track announcers' calls.
The 30th birthday of two-time Horse of the Year and five-time Eclipse Award winner John Henry will be celebrated Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Ky.
Godolphin's Sulamani has been nominated to defend his title in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), it was announced today by the Arlington Park racing office. He headlines a group of 97 international runners nominated the signature event of the Chicago racing season. This year's Million will be run Aug. 14.
A film crew for 60 Minutes II film crew visited the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions Friday to capture footage of jockey Jerry Bailey's annual visit with the legendary Cigar.
Retired New York trainer V.J. "Lefty" Nickerson, a huge influence on the career of Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella, died March 26 in his sleep at his Smithtown, N.Y., home.
Age hasn't slowed With Anticipation one step. The 9-year-old gelding drilled five furlongs under jockey Pat Day in 1:00 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's main track Thursday for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. With Anticipation was tuning up for the Feb. 22 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT).
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