For the second time in nine months, Old Friends plans to welcome a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner as War Emblem is scheduled to join the Thoroughbred retirement farm in September.
Since Affirmed swept the Triple Crown in 1978, there have been a total of 13 horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Of those, 12 failed in the Belmont Stakes and one was scratched the day. read blog
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
The top three Kentucky Derby finishers have only all hit the board in the Preakness twice since Affirmed, Alydar, and Believe It filled the frame in both races in 1978.
A celebration of the career of Gary Stevens on the occasion of his 5,000th North American victory. View Slideshow
- By Steve Haskin
Many racing fans today who have lived through nine Triple Crown sweep attempts since 1997 take for granted the 3-year-old media star who reaches out to mainstream America to capture the attention and the hearts of the public. read blog
Lenny Shulman sits down to ask Old Friends Farm founder Michael Blowen how he became interested in horse racing. Lenny also comments on Kentucky Derby prep implications with Keeneland's move of the Blue Grass Stakes. watch video
Will Take Charge, Mucho Macho Man, Silver Charm, Gulfstream Park, Los Alamitos, & More view slideshow
Champion Silver Charm was bright-eyed and settling in well at Old Friends Farm Dec. 2 following a long journey home to Kentucky from Japan.
- By Claire Novak
Listen to Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as newly returned Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm greets fans Dec. 2. The 20-year-old champion returned to the U.S. after standing in Japan. watch video
The date for Old Friends' open house to welcome Silver Charm has been changed from Monday, Dec. 1 to the following day.
Old Friends will hold a special open house for champion, dual classic winner, and Hall of Famer Silver Charm, who is to arrive this week at its Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky.
Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), is returning to Kentucky to retire at Old Friends near Georgetown after serving stud duty in Japan since 2005.
The Arcadia Historical Society, City of Arcadia, and Santa Anita Park will open a "Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions" at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Ave. between Wheeler St. and Huntington Dr.
If anyone knows how tough it is to sweep the Triple Crown, it's Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer came within a heartbeat of winning it twice, with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998.
Real Quiet, the horse denied the Triple Crown by the smallest of margins, again came up just short in a fantasy Belmont Stakes race won by Empire Maker.
Since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is synonymous with parties, it's your obligation as a racing fan to recreate (most of) the experience at home.
Shakin It Up's early career has parallels to another Bob Baffert runner, 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm. read blog
Though trainers David Hofmans and Elliott Walden ended historic bids, they'll be rooting for I'll Have Another to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The Triple Crown drought lives on; which horses should have made history? read blog
Reports from different areas of Japan have so far indicated no major farm damage on Hokkaido as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Tracks and OTBs in the Northeast district have been damaged.
When it comes to finding Derby winners, the best prospects are in other places... Read Blog
Case Clay answers questions about the economy, Three Chimneys, Silver Charm, and more. Listen Now!
- By Esther Marr
Charming Jim, a beautiful gray son of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Silver Charm is special in the fact that he has managed to be successful both on and off the track. Read Blog
Bonnie's Poker, dam of Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner and Hall of Fame member Silver Charm, was euthanized Aug. 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Silver Charm is the winner of the 2010 March into May!
With the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on February 6, we honor Bob Lewis by ranking some of the best horses he raced. Rank Them
Frank Stronach, owner of Adena Springs and chairman of Magna Entertainment, paid $1.085 million for Miss Isella, a grade II-winning daughter of Silver Charm and a half-sister to grade II winner Sir Cherokee.
Newest Hall of Fame inductee, trainer Bob Baffert has dominated on horse racing's biggest stages since 1997.
- By Esther Marr
With both his parents by his side, Bob Baffert, the sixth winningest trainer of all time by money won, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga Aug. 14. A three-time champion trainer, Baffert, who has three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) wins, four Preakness (gr. I) victories, and seven Breeders' Cup titles under his belt, enthusiastically reflected on his experiences in the industry during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Aug. 11.
Miss Isella defeated race favorite One Caroline in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 1.
Trainer Mark Casse will enter the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park as the defending champion, having won the 2006 and 2007 editions with Top Notch Lady and Sealy Hill, respectively, and owning a total five victories in the race. This year he saddles the lightly-raced Clearly Foxy, whose last start was a solid sixth-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Silver Charm has not been as dazzling a sire as he was a racehorse. Still, the son of Silver Buck is proving he can produce top-notch runners, such as Rampart Handicap (gr. II) winner Spring Waltz. The 4-year-old filly is apparently drawing her racing prowess from the same genetic well as her sire -- inbreeding to the great mare La Troienne.
Making her stakes debut, Stronach Stables' homebred Spring Waltz split rivals at the furlong marker, surged to the lead at the sixteenth-pole, and romped to the wire under Javier Castellano with an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 on the Gulfstream Park dirt.
Graded stakes winners Tessa Blue and Golden Velvet will take on impressive allowance winner Spring Waltz in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 at Gulfstream Park. A field of seven has been entered for the main track event.
Silver Buck, a grade I winner and sire of champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm, was euthanized Oct. 4 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Eight legendary figures from the Thoroughbred industry were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Aug. 6, as University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino gave the keynote address at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
With wife Beverly and son Jeff at the helm, surviving family members of the late Robert Lewis say they are happily fostering the ebullient owner's passionate flame for racing.
- By Steve Haskin
By Steve Haskin - When the doors of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., open for Silver Charm Aug. 6, there will be no one blocking his way, and he will take his rightful place among the greats of the sport.
Five persons and three horses will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 6, in the largest induction since 1978.
Two track records were set May 10 at the first training preview for the 2007 Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
Seven horses, three jockeys, and three trainers have been selected as the 2007 finalists for nomination to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced May 29, with the ceremony slated for Aug. 6.
Fifi's Fancy, a colt by Gulf Storm consigned by agent Elysian Bloodstock, was purchased by Excel Bloodstock for $67,000 to top the final open session Friday of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 August Yearling Sale.
Although Todd Pletcher has the two favorites, according to the morning line, for Saturday's 138th running of the Belmont Stakes, a veteran of the Triple Crown races is lurking right behind him.
The Bob Baffert-trained Preachinatthebar took command on the final turn in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and held on to beat Stockholder by a neck in front of 14,437 fans.
If it is true that history repeats itself, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands has plenty of historical trends to follow. However, the fact that it has a varied history makes it hard to pick exactly which trend to follow.
Preachinatthebar, a Triple Crown hopeful for trainer Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Mike Pegram two years ago before being sidelined by knee problems, won his first graded stakes race since the 2004 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday when victorious in Santa Anita's $110,600 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III).
Six horses, three jockeys, and three trainers have been selected as the 2006 finalists for nomination to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The 12 finalists were announced Wednesday by Stella F. Thayer, president of the Hall.
Bob Lewis, whose upbeat personality in winner's circles nationwide showed Thoroughbred racing in its best light throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home Friday at 2 a.m. PST. Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. conducted the second and final under tack show Sunday for its February select sale of 2-year-olds in training in weather conditions that were "ideal," according to the auction firm's director of sales and general manager, Tom Ventura.
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