Ireland’s beloved Shergar was stolen by masked gunmen on the night of Feb. 8, 1983, never to be seen again. With the anniversary of that crime comes the story of a heist that fascinates conspiracy theorists to this day.
Ireland’s love for the horse simply always has been
The Irish have developed a unique understanding of the horse, one passed from generation to generation along with a relationship fused through time to form the bond of mutual dependency that exists today.
One couple’s fight to enforce federal law in pursuit of humane treatment of animals
Keith and Sonja Meadows infiltrate livestock auctions and slaughterhouses, recording animal abuse and posting the videos on the Internet along with investigative reports. Their work has made them key figures in the emotional debate over horse slaughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.