Maybe not as strong as any of the four grade Is on Belmont's Oct. 8 program, but the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) is an intriguing one-turn mile with a field of seven.
From Citation to California Chrome, read who has led in earnings over the decades.
Preparing for a probable start in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) on Oct. 3 at Belmont Park, multiple grade I winner Honor Code breezed five furlongs in :59.45 Sept. 12 over the Belmont main track.
Grade I winners Honor Code and Tonalist remain on target for races on Belmont Park's Oct. 3 "Super Saturday" card.
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, 85, died March 18 in Aventura, Fla. He had been hospitalized for several weeks with an infection.
- By Steve Haskin
Why is Shared Belief beginning to remind me of a pint-sized Forego, a Black Stallion version of Kelso, and a warrior that rivals John Henry? read blog
Fifty years ago Kelso rallied late in the season for his fifth Horse of the Year crown. Read more in the September 27, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Fifty years ago Kelso rallied late in the season for his fifth Horse of the Year crown. Read more in the September 27, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse.
- By Tom LaMarra
Here's a look at where Horses of the Year earned their first victories. read blog
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown, blows by Shackleford in the stretch of the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II). Favored To Honor and Serve finishes fourth.
You missed the worst million-dollar race I have ever seen (the Pennsylvania Derby), and one of the best races with a four-horse field that I can remember (Questing vs. My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion). read blog
To Honor and Serve and Shackleford renew their one-turn rivalry at Belmont Park in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II) as part of "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont.
Top 10 geldings of the past 75 years have provided some of racing's top thrills. See our full feature in the August 11, 2012 issue of The Blood-Horse! view slideshow
Carl Hanford, the trainer of five-time Horse of the Year (1960-64) Kelso who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2006, died at his Delaware home Aug. 14 at the age of 95.
The simple fact of the matter is that, one way or another, there will always be a Monmouth Park, because the state of New Jersey needs Monmouth Park. Read Blog
The downgrades of three stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 4 that were switched to the main track from the turf course will be maintained for this year, according to the American Graded Stakes Committee.
The ageless Commentator will try to stand alongside the great Kelso as the oldest horse ever to win the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I), a race he will also attempt to capture for a record-tying third time.
Austin Delaney, who raced five-time New York champion Irish Linnet, died May 15.
Jack Dreyfus Jr., who owned Hobeau Farm in Florida and whose horses twice defeated Secretariat, died Friday at a New York City medical center.
Turning into Woodstock Farm, visitors are greeted by a canopy of towering sycamores and pines lining a road that slopes down to the original training barn and track, all the way to the tranquil beauty of the Bohemia River.
Unable to travel to Saratoga Springs for the national Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4, retired jockey Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela will receive his commemorative jacket and plaque on Sunday in a special induction ceremony at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Inside Information features the gate crew, rider Milo Valenzuela and vet Jeff Blea
- By Claire Novak
BloodHorseNOW.com staff writer Claire Novak chronicles the racetrack career of 72-year-old Charlie Camac, who found his greatest success in the starters' stand by showing empathy and concern for the fields of Thoroughbreds he controlled.
Art Master, the second choice at 9-2 in the morning line for the Sept. 29 Kelso (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, will not run, according to his trainer. Bobby Frankel said Sept. 28 that graded winner Art Master suffered from a quarter crack that was discovered after he was entered on Sept. 27 to run in the $250,000 Kelso.
Delaware Park announced July 10 the selection of five inductees into its newly established Wall of Fame. The inaugural class of inductees consists of Kelso, Henry Clark, Willie Shoemaker, Jane and Henry Lunger's Christiana Stables, and William DuPont, Jr.
Juddmonte Farms' Art Master makes his first American start for trainer Bobby Frankel in Saturday's $250,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Belmont Park turf.
- By Steve Haskin
When the dust settles following Saturday's major stakes, we could be saluting the geriatric set if 8-year-old The Tin Man and 7-year-olds Perfect Drift and Meteor Storm come away with victories in their respective races.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - Even Carl Hanford, on the day of his induction into the Hall of Fame, said the reason he was selected for membership was because of one horse. He's right, but is that necessarily a bad thing?
It took seven decades for Carl Hanford to make it back to the Derby. The trainer of the legendary Kelso turned up this year when his youngest brother, Ira "Babe" Hanford, was honored as the oldest living jockey to have won the Run for the Roses. Babe piloted longshot winner Bold Venture to victory in 1936.
Allaire C. du Pont, whose Bohemia Stable raced five-time Horse of the Year Kelso, died Jan. 6 at her Woodstock Farm in Chesapeake City, Md., at the age of 92.
Artie Schiller, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships points leader in the Mile division, will not be making the trip to Woodbine to contest Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I).
Skeedattle Stable's Mr O'Brien found his closing kick again after four straight losing races, taking Saturday's $270,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at a mile on the Belmont Park Widener turf course.
Stroll, who finished second in his first start after three months on the sidelines, heads a field of eight in Saturday's Kelso Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont. For 3-year-olds and up, the race is a mile on the Belmont turf and carried a $350,000 purse.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel loves the position he is in with Juddmonte Farms' multiple grade I winner Sightseek. After 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri had her 11-race win streak snapped last weekend in California, the case could be made that Sightseek is better.
By Bud Lamoreaux -- Funny Cide can give racing an ingredient that has been lacking for 25 years.
By Joe Hickey -- Out of the loop for too many years now, his hair is as white as a Lukas bridle and his titanium knees are more attuned to WD-40 than Absorbine. But at 85, he's still trim, alert, and enjoying life with Millie, his bride of 44 years. That grin--as wide and warm as a Nebraska prairie under an August morn--is still his trademark.
Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Forbidden Apple collared pacesetter Affirmed Success in the stretch en route to winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) by a neck Sunday at Belmont Park.
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