Jim McKay was a devoted friend to horse racing. For all of the major sports and events he covered, the one that was dearest to his heart was the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contested at Pimlico Race Course in McKay's home state of Maryland.
- By Tom Pedulla
Lady's Secret, an eventual Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame inductee, strung together multiple stakes wins at the highest level. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas described her as an overachiever that "you never got to the bottom of."
Whittingham was such a dominant force on the racing scene that even today, over 15 years since he last saddled a horse, he is still 13th on the all-time earnings list.
He received numerous awards and accolades, and was dedicated to the future of the sport and mentoring upcoming journalists in the racing industry.
Trainer Woody Stephens often said that winning five consecutive editions of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) was the biggest accomplishment in his Hall of Fame career.
Sunday Silence and Easy Goer carried their rivalry through each Triple Crown race, much as Affirmed and Alydar had done years earlier.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
The Maryland farm produced a string of great champions, from Gallant Fox to Omaha and Nashua.
A daughter of Caro out of All Rainbows, Winning Colors had been purchased as a yearling for $575,000, with leading trainer D. Wayne Lukas buying her on behalf of his client Eugene Klein.
In a career that would land her a spot in the Racing Hall of Fame, Davona Dale enjoyed the kind of 3-year-old season that even Affirmed had to admire.
He raced for New Orleans, becoming the pride and joy of anyone who called the bayous home and making Louisiana the capital of the horse racing industry for a brief yet unforgettable period of time.
Jockey Calvin Borel said the key to their success together was to allow Rachel Alexandra to be the boss. She knew she could handle fractions that often seemed impossibly fast. His biggest job was to stay out of the way.
Few people in the sport have ever been as genuinely beloved and admired as Bob and Beverly Lewis.
"Of the horses I'm familiar with," trainer "Buddy" Delp said in a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, "only Citation and Secretariat would have run with the Bid."
A career launched with modest expectations led to almost surreal accomplishments for Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Standing together in the annals of Derby history are the two jockeys who have won five editions of the Derby each: Eddie Arcaro and the legendary Bill Hartack.
Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable has appointed Stacy Schanher Berge as director of investor relations.
Eight Hall of Fame jockeys - with combined earnings of over $1.5 billion from 49,163 victories - will compete in a pari-mutuel wagering event, "The Living Legends Race," on Oct. 18 during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet as a prelude to the following weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay have signed on to participate in an international promotion of the horse racing industry known as "Legends on Tour." The tour kicks off May 2, the night before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a gala at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
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