Claire Crosby

Claire Crosby

Editor, BloodHorse Daily

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Claire Crosby, editor of BloodHorse Daily, has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at BloodHorse.com in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on ESPN.com, among others. She is the winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary, the 2013 Joe Hirsch Memorial Award (feature/advance division), and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing. She is an avid equestrian and therapeutic riding instructor.

  • Something Awesome wins the Charles Town Classic

    Something Awesome Stretches to Charles Town Classic Win

    Stronach Stables' homebred Something Awesome came to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on a roll, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado arrived on a mission, and the two brought home the money April 21 in the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2). 

  • Peter Brant (right) leads Sistercharlie to the winner's circle after her Jenny Wiley Stakes score at Keeneland

    Sistercharlie Fresh Off Bench in Jenny Wiley

    Her last start was a runner-up finish in the July 8 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1T) at Belmont Park, but Peter Brant's Sistercharlie was primed for a big effort April 14 in the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) at Keeneland.

  • (L-R): Enzina Mastrippolito, Anne Eberhardt Keogh, and  presenter Anita Cauley at Keeneland

    Engelhard Award to Eberhardt Keogh, Mastrippolito

    BloodHorse Visuals Director Anne Eberhardt Keogh and longtime freelance photographer Enzina Mastrippolito were honored April 11 with the Charles W. Engelhard Award at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Kentucky-bred champions awards.

  • Tom and Gayle Benson

    Prominent Owner Tom Benson Dies

    Tom Benson, a Louisiana sports icon who took his football and his basketball with a healthy side of horse racing, died March 15 at Oschner Medical Center in Jefferson, La., with his wife Gayle Marie Benson at his side. He was 90.

  • Daddys Lil Darling wins the 2017 Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs

    Daddys Lil Darling Set for Hillsborough Season Debut

    The strong-galloping filly all but put herself in the entry box for the $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes (G2T) with the way she trained in Florida the past few months for Ken McPeek, who will send her out to her first start as a 4-year-old March 10.

  • Sir Dudley Digges (right) and Shining Copper finished 1-2 in the Barbados Gold Cup

    Ramseys Go 1-2 in Barbados Gold Cup

    The Ontario-bred son of Gio Ponti gave the owners a 1-2 finish in the Barbadian group 1 and became their third Gold Cup winner in the past five years—all trained by Mike Maker—when he ran down stablemate Shining Copper to secure a half-length win.

  • Conquest Tsunami wins the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita Park

    Conquest Tsunami Leads Miller Sweep in Daytona

    The 6-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding led a charge of Peter Miller trainees through the stretch of the turf sprint and held off stablemates Stormy Liberal and Calculator to claim his first graded stakes victory.

  • Caledonia Road trains before her Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies victory at Del Mar

    Caledonia Road Gets Back to Work in Florida

    The 2017 champion 2-year-old filly has been on the muscle with trainer Ralph Nicks in Florida, and finally was able to stretch her legs for the first time this season with a three-furlong move in :38.45.  

  • Highway Star (inside) turns back eventual Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold to win the 2017 Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park

    'Gutsy' Highway Star Set for Barbara Fritchie

    Highway Star has been assigned as the 124-pound highweight, and was given the outside post in a field of 11 older fillies and mares for the Barbara Fitchie, facing a tough task off the layoff in her 5-year-old debut against some sharp rivals.

  • 2018 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Recap

    Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale Recap

    BloodHorse Daily editor Claire Novak recaps the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale, including comments from Codee Guffey, Glenn Brok, and Boyd Browning. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Hugh Bowman and Winx are an inseparable team

    Winx to Bypass Apollo as Bowman Serves Suspension

    The champion racemare will wait for her partner and chase the AU$600,000 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) March 3 at Royal Randwick rather than racing Feb. 17 in the Apollo Stakes (G2) without him, trainer Chris Waller announced Feb. 5.

  • Itsinthepost (inside) holds off Hayabusa One in the San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita Park

    Itsinthepost Takes San Marcos by a Whisker

    Coming off a win in the Jan. 6 San Gabriel Stakes (G2T), 4-5 favorite Itsinthepost hit the front with a quarter mile to run in the 1 1/4-mile San Marcos, and somehow repelled the late challenge of longshot Hayabusa One.

  • Owner Chris Wilkins gives Wilbo a kiss after his King Cotton Stakes win at Oaklawn Park

    Wilbo Clears Ivan Fallunovalot in King Cotton

    Wilbo got the early jump on even-money favorite Ivan Fallunovalot for a second straight race and drew off to win by two lengths over the two-time King Cotton Stakes winner in the 68th renewal of the $125,000 sprint stakes Feb. 3 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Private Zone wins the 2014 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Multiple Grade 1 Winner Private Zone Dies

    A four-time grade 1 winner who first raced in Panama before he achieved top success in the United States, Private Zone was euthanized Feb. 3 in Kentucky after multiple weeks of treatment for a form of colic.

  • Always Dreaming is gearing up for a return to the races in 2018

    Always Dreaming Returns to Work Tab in Florida

    2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming has members of his jam-packed partnership looking forward to a 4-year-old campaign, and took strides toward fulfilling those dreams Jan. 29 when he returned to the work tab in Florida.

  • Bigger Picture makes his season debut a winning one with a title defense in the John B. Connally Turf Cup at Sam Houston Race Park

    Bigger Picture, Hogy Take Texas Turf Stakes for Maker

    Hogy and Bigger Picture teamed up to give Maker and jockey Jose Ortiz a stakes double—Hogy won the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint going five furlongs, while Bigger Picture took the 1 1/2 mile John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (G3) for the second year.

  • 2018 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale Recap

    Keeneland January Sale Recap

    Claire Crosby recaps book 1 of the the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from agent Steve Young and Geoffrey Russell of Keeneland. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Keeneland January Sale Preview

    Keeneland January Sale Preview

    Claire Crosby previews the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from Bill Farish of Lane's End regarding offspring selling by Honor Code, Liam's Map, Tonalist, and Mr Speaker. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency

  • Sharp Azteca wins the Cigar Mile Handicap by 5 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Sharp Azteca Rolls to Cigar Mile Score

    Ivan Rodriguez's 4-year-old son of Freud landed his first top-level score for trainer Jorge Navarro with a 5 1/4-length victory over Mind Your Biscuits in the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) Dec. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Analyze It soars clear under Jose Ortiz to win the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar

    Analyze It Impresses in Cecil B. DeMille

    His stablemate may have won the grade 1, but Analyze It put forward an impressive flourish on a strong day for trainer Chad Brown when he cruised home an easy winner of the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) at Del Mar.

  • Scuba runs down Futile to win the Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne Racecourse

    Scuba Surges to Hawthorne Gold Cup Win

    One year after winning the Marathon Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park, the 6-year-old Tapit gelding once again found his way to the winner's circle—this time in the $150,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3) at Hawthorne Racecourse.

  • Road to Victory puts away 4-5 favorite Monomoy Girl to win the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs

    Road to Victory Determined in Golden Rod Score

    Mark Casse sent Road to Victory down from Woodbine to find out if she was a quality dirt horse, and the 2-year-old filly answered that question with an emphatic performance Nov. 25 in the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (G2).

  • Mike Smith returns aboard Manitoulin after winning the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar

    Survivor Manitoulin Lands Hollywood Turf Cup

    A fighting spirit enabled the fiesty runner to thrive, but it took patience, gelding, 17 starts, a trip to California, and the faith of his Phillips Racing Partnership connections to unearth the talent they knew ran in his veins.

  • El Padrino (outside) earned his greatest win when he edged Mark Valeski to take the 2012 Risen Star Stakes

    El Padrino Dies After Colic Surgery

    According to Equineline reports, El Padrino had 22 foals born this year from his total 133 foals from three crops to date. As of Nov. 24, he bred 55 mares during the 2017 season.

  • 2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 4 Recap

    2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 4 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 4 of the Keeneland November sale with a look at the top hips of the day, as well as comments from John Sikura, Matt Lyons, and Michael Hernon. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • 2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 3 Recap

    2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 3 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 3 of the Keeneland November sale with a look at the top hips of the day and comments Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud and Yukio Shimokobe of Shimokobe Farm. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • 2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 2 Recap

    2017 Keeneland November Sale Day 2 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps the second day of the Keeneland November sale with a look at the top hips and comments from Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud, Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm, and Fernando Diaz-Valdes. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency.