BackTrack

Stories and photos from BloodHorse archives, features on sport's history

  • Hip 62, a Too Much Bling filly that was co-sale topper at $100,000

    Too Much Bling Yearlings Top Texas Sale

    A colt and filly by perennial Texas leading sire Too Much Bling each brought final bids of $100,000 to share top billing at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's summer yearling and mixed sale that saw across-the-board gains for the yearling section.

  • Hollywood Wildcat in 1994

    Look Back: Hollywood Wildcat Wins 1993 Del Mar Oaks

    Hollywood Wildcat, the filly who stretch her winning streak to three races in the Aug. 22 Del Mar Invitational Oaks (G2T), seems to be the kind trainers and riders love most. She's mistake-proof.

  • Shuvee wins the 1969 Coaching Club American Oaks, completing a Filly Triple Crown

    Look Back: Shuvee Completes a Filly Triple Crown

    Big, powerfully muscled Shuvee, daughter of champions Nashua and Levee, won New York's Triple Crown for Fillies by taking the $100,000-added Coaching Club American Oaks. All she had to overcome was luck.

  • Ponder's record-breaking American Derby win in 1949

    Look Back: An American Derby to Ponder

    This week is a race recap of the 1949 American Derby at Washington Park won by Ponder written by Blood-Horse staff titled "Ponder: He Sprints to Conquer." The story ran in the Sept. 3, 1949 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.

  • Dr. Fager, under 134 pounds and on turf for the first time, guts out a victory in the 1968 United Nations Handicap

    Look Back: Dr. Fager Delivers on Turf in United Nations

    This week is the race recap of the 1968 United Nations Handicap won by Dr. Fager written by Dave Hooper titled "Dr. Fager Proving His Class; Rivals among those convinced after great duel with Advocator."

  • Skip Away, Jose Santos up, after his 1996 Ohio Derby win

    Look Back: Skip Away Found his Footing in Ohio Derby

    This week is a race story headlined, “Skipper Shipper,” written by Steve Hettinger recapping Skip Away's victory in the 1996 Ohio Derby (G2). The story ran in the June 29, 1996 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Street Cry overwhelms rivals in the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap

    Look Back: Street Cry Rolls to Stephen Foster Victory

    This week is the race recap of 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) won by Street Cry. The story, written by Lenny Shulman, carried the headline, "Street Song." The story ran in the June 22, 2002 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Tom Fool wins the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap

    Look Back: Tom Fool All Business in 1953 Met Mile

    This week is a column that included the headline, "A Low Curtsy for Tom Fool," written by George F. T. Ryall followed by a stakes report of the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap won by Tom Fool. Both stories ran in the May 30, 1953 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • New Audi Commercial Features Secretariat

    Forty-four years after setting records and dominating the 1973 Triple Crown, Secretariat's enduring appeal as an American icon will be evident this week with the debut of the latest Audi commercial.

  • Justakiss wins a division of the Bewitch Stakes, April 20 1965 at Keeneland.

    Look Back: Justakiss, Ole Liz Win Divisions of Bewitch

    This week is a stakes report of the 1965 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland, which was split into divisions won by Justakiss and Ole Liz. At the time, the Bewitch was for 2-year-old fillies. Following is a BloodHorse staff report from the May 1, 1965 issue.

  • Whirlaway winning 1941 Kentucky Derby

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Whirlaway

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of the Kentucky Derby won by Whirlaway that ran in the May 10, 1941 issue. The story, written by BloodHorse staff, carried the headline of, "No Doubt About It."

  • Sir Barton, after winning the 1919 Kentucky Derby, on his way to racing's first Triple Crown.

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Sir Barton

    A Thoroughbred Horse Association Bulletin recap of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes won by Sir Barton that ran in the May 1919 issue. The story is a staff report recap of Sir Barton's Derby and Preakness wins.

  • Secretariat defeats Sham in the 1973 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Secretariat

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of the Kentucky Derby won by Secretariat that ran in the May 14, 1973 issue. The story, written by Edward L. Bowen, carried the headline, "Resumption of a Legend."

  • Seattle Slew wins 1977 Kentucky Derby.

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Seattle Slew

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of the Kentucky Derby won by Seattle Slew that ran in the May 16, 1977 issue. The story, written by Edward L. Bowen, carried the headline of, "You Can't Run With That Horse and Beat Him."

  • Assault in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle

    Derby Wins of Triple Crown Victors: Assault

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of Assault's victory in the 1946 Kentucky Derby from the May 11, 1946 issue. The story, written by Alex Bower, carried the headline, "A Horse Race and a Picnic, the 72nd Kentucky Derby."

  • Calumet Farm's Citation

    Derby Wins of Triple Crown Victors: Citation

    A BloodHorse magazine recap of Citation's Kentucky Derby win from the May 8, 1948 issue. The story, written by Alex Bower, carried the headline, "Calumet, Jones, and Arcaro Pitch Another Shutout in the Derby."

  • Count Fleet

    Derby Wins of Triple Crown Victors: Count Fleet

    A BloodHorse magazine recap of Count Fleet's Kentucky Derby win that ran in the May 8, 1943 issue of BloodHorse. A staff report, the story carried the headline, "War Derby."

  • Omaha, Triple Crown winner of 1935

    Derby Wins of the Triple Crown Victors: Omaha

    A BloodHorse Magazine recap of the Kentucky Derby won by Omaha that ran in the May 11, 1935 issue. The story is a staff report that carried the to-the-point headline of, "The Kentucky Derby."

  • Noor at Belmont Park

    Look Back: Noor Edges Citation in San Juan Capistrano

    During the years that Webb Everett has been making weights for the Santa Anita Handicap, the closeness of the finishes has made him look like a man whose foresight closely matches his hindsight.

  • Ghostzapper also won the 2004 Woodward Stakes, earning affection from jockey Javier Castellano.

    Look Back: Ghostzapper Turned Heads in 2004 Debut

    This week is a recap of the 2004 Tom Fool Handicap (G2), run that year on July 4 at Belmont Park and won by Ghostzapper. Following is a short recap written by Steve Haskin followed by the stakes shell filed by Dan Liebman. 

  • Broad Brush wins 1986 Pennsylvania Derby after an eventful run.

    Look Back: Broad Brush's Wild Pennsylvania Derby Win

    Broad Brush seemingly had put away the rest of the field with a big move in the last turn, opening up some five lengths heading for the quarter pole, but then the race changed dramatically.

  • Rags to Riches would win five grade I races in her 3-year-old championship season including the Kentucky Oaks (pictured) and Belmont Stakes.

    Look Back: Rags to Riches Arrives in Las Virgenes

    When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.