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The American Pharoah Story

The American Pharoah Story

Triple Crown hopes rode on the back of a mild-mannered colt and his veteran team

Thoroughbred racing once again pinned hopes and dreams upon the latest Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner heading into the Belmont. Finally, American Pharoah delivered, rolling to victory and becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

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Game as Dick Tracy: The Summer Squall Story

Game as Dick Tracy: The Summer Squall Story

Dogwood’s first classic winner upset the Triple Crown bid of Unbridled

On the 25th anniversary of their plucky colt’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) win, Dogwood Stable’s Cot Campbell recalls the thrilling highs and gut-wrenching lows of campaigning a top 3-year-old along the 1990 Triple Crown trail.

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Calumet Farm: The Rebirth of a Legend

Calumet Farm: The Rebirth of a Legend

A historic racing operation enters a new era led by billionaire owner Brad Kelley.

The extraordinarily reclusive new owner of this 91-year-old Thoroughbred nursery has revealed little about his plans since purchasing the most public of Lexington properties, but one goal is clear: to breed Triple Crown runners and, hopefully, winners.

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Todd Pletcher IS Funny… No, Really

Todd Pletcher IS Funny… No, Really

North America’s leading trainer reveals the drive behind his powerhouse operation

Rivals and racing fans may view top trainer Todd Pletcher as reserved and unemotional, but there is more to the dedicated horseman than meets the eye. A competitive nature, sly wit, and drive to succeed have carried him to the top of the game.

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Alydar's Final Hours

Alydar's Final Hours

Insurance adjuster Tom Dixon's account of a legendary racehorse's tragic demise

Tom Dixon, the insurance adjuster who gave the go-ahead to euthanize Alydar after he was found in his stall with a broken hind leg, provides his never-before-released recollections of Alydar's injuries, death, and the legal aftermath of the tragedy.

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Long Live The Queen

Long Live The Queen

Champion. Legend. Zenyatta.

The legacy of one of the modern era’s best-known Thoroughbred stars continues to this day as two-time Breeders’ Cup winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta maintains a devoted fan following.

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Man Behind the Million

Man Behind the Million

At 92, Richard Duchossois remains one steady factor for a struggling racing community

A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse – despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community.

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Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory

Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory

A generation repeatedly denied a Triple Crown winner looks to California Chrome

This generation is all too familiar with the bad-beat story when it comes to the Triple Crown. Delve into the history of failed bids, explore the challenge of winning the final leg, and relive stories of spoilers who have halted each quest for history.

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Memories of a Master

Memories of a Master

Recalling the determined life of Maryland trainer Richard “Dickie” Small

Maryland native Richard “Dickie” Small lived life to the fullest and remained sharp as ever until his death on April 4, 2014 – with an uncanny eye for talented runners and a storyteller’s gift for weaving together the threads of his fantastic past.

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Day By Day

Day By Day

Hall of Fame reinsman's greatest legacy is his personal testimony

Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career – but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony.

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Saving New Lives

Saving New Lives

Neonatal care is crucial to the survival of problem foals

More than 200 “problem foals” pass through the neonatal unit at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute from February to June, their chances at survival resting in the hands of an expert team. Lucky youngsters emerge with a happy ending.

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