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  • Hangin' With Haskin: Apple Blossom Time

    Oaklawn Park made all the right moves with their big Apple Blossom announcement. They put up the money, the changed the distance, and in short they dangled one heckuva carrot in front of Jess Jackson and Jerry and Ann Moss.

  • And They're Off: Feb. 3 Edition

    Lenny and Steve propose a racing schedule for Rachel Alexandra, take a look at what the entrants in the 2009 Kentucky Derby have done since that race, weigh-in on the Michael Gill situation, and more.

  • Could Christine be the Next Rachel?

    A filly like Rachel Alexandra comes around once in a blue moon. It is not reasonable to think that another 3-year-old filly will surface any time soon and do the things she did. But we can still hope, can't we?

  • Rachel Alexandra, 2009 HOY

    Relive Rachel Alexandra's historic year, from her first major win to being crowned 2009 Horse of the Year.

  • 2009 Eclipse Awards

    Recap all of the Eclipse Award winners with this photo slideshow featuring photos from throughout the 2009 racing season.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Champion Trainer: Steve Asmussen

    Back-to-back Eclipse Awards for trainer of Rachel Alexandra and grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy, Hot Dixie Chick; led nation with $21.8 million in earnings

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    Zenyatta to Run in 2010

    After conferring with owners Jerry and Ann Moss, a decision to run the champion mare Zenyatta will run in 2010, trainer John Shirreffs confirmed Jan. 16.

  • 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was in the mutuel field in each of the three future wagering periods. <br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Churchill Shortens Period for Future Wagers

    Churchill Downs will offer three Future Wager Pools for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and one Future Wager Pool for the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Each wagering period will be for three days.

  • Zenyatta's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic was voted the 2009 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
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    Zenyatta Wins NTRA 'Moment of the Year'

    The historic victory by the undefeated Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) -- the first in the race by a female -- has been voted the 2009 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.

  • Saratoga Welcomes Old Friends

    On Jan. 31, ThoroFan is partnering with the Union Grille at the Saratoga Hilton to conduct a fundraiser for the retired racehorses at Saratoga County's Bobby Frankel division of Old Friends.

  • Horse of the Year - Final Arguments

    With less than a week away before the winner is crowned, we're giving Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta fans a final opportunity to state their case.

  • The Race for Horse of the Year

    Female superstars Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta lead the list of finalists for the 2009 Horse of the Year, which will be announced on January 18th during the 2010 Eclipse Awards.

  • Female superstars Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta lead the list of finalists for the 2009 Horse of the Year.

    Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced

    Female superstars Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta lead an all-star cast of finalists for the 2009 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Leading Sires of 2009: Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro, leading second-crop sire of 2009, at Darley with commentary by Darley COO Oliver Tait. Sire of superstar Rachel Alexandra and nine other stakes winners for the year.

  • Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare to top the leading earners list.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Girl Power: Females Rule 2009 Earnings List

    For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company.

  • 2009 - Year in Review

    Lenny Shulman takes a look back at an exciting 2009, which can be identified as the year of the female.

  • Zenyatta finished second to tennis star Serena Williams as Associated Press' Female Athlete of the Year in 2009.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Second in AP Female Athlete Vote

    Zenyatta, who became the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) last month at Santa Anita, finished second to tennis star Serena Williams as Associated Press' Female Athlete of the Year in 2009.

  • Summer Bird sweeping of the Belmont Stakes, the Travers and the Jockey Club Gold Cup is one of the choices for NYRA's Story of the Year.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This</a>

    NYRA 'Story of the Year' Voting Now Underway

    Beginning Dec. 11 and through Jan. 15, 2010, fans can choose from among five compelling storylines some human, some equine and cast their ballots for NYRA "Story of the Year."

  • Rachel, Zenyatta Featured in Digital Magazine

    In celebration of the historic year by two of racing's great females, The Blood-Horse and will offer a digital edition Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta commemorative magazine titled "Queens of the Turf: Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta's Race for 2009 Horse of the Year."

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins

    Trainer Wiggins Goes Out a Winner at 26-1

    With his final starter as a trainer Nov. 27, Hal Wiggins watched as Robert V. Hovelson's High Spirit closed from far back to win Churchill Downs' 10th race by a nose and pay $55.60 under Terry Thompson.

  • Thiskyhasnolimit appears to have the edge in the Kentucky Jockey Club.

    Juveniles Headline Closing Day at Churchill

    It is doubtful another horse of Rachel Alexandra's caliber will come out of the 2009 "Stars of Tomorrow II" program, but one never knows, and that is good enough reason to watch the $150,000 Golden Rod and $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club, for 2-year-old fillies and 2-year-old males, respectively.

  • Zenyatta (left) and Rachel Alexandra (right) are the leading candidates for Horse of the Year.

    Change in Horse of the Year Voting Rejected

    Two of the three voting groups for Eclipse Awards have rejected a proposal to change this year's Eclipse Awards voting procedures to allow for a vote for co-Horse of the Year, a move that could have led to Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra sharing that top honor.

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    Rachel Alexandra Returns to the Track

    Superstar filly Rachel Alexandra jogged lightly once around the track at Churchill Downs at the end of training hours Nov. 23 with regular exercise rider Dominic Terry up accompanied by assistant trainer Scott Blasi on a pony.

  • Calvin Borel

    Churchill Dedicates Weekend to Borel

    Popular Churchill Downs-based jockey Calvin Borel, who swept this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively, will be honored at Churchill Downs Nov. 21-22 with a bobblehead giveaway, autograph session, roast and his very own drink special.

  • Zenyatta (left) vs. Rachel Alexandra (right) for 2009 Horse of the Year.

    Haskin on Horse of the Year: Stalemate

    These are the final words from here on the Horse of the Year debate between racing's two monarchs, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Unfortunately, only one likely will be crowned, but you can be sure both will rule in the hearts and minds of most racing fans.

  • Quality Road training at Santa Anita before the Breeders' Cup.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Breeders' Cup Wrap: Final Thoughts

    All the comments made about Quality Road being a rogue or crazy are way off base. Dr. Larry Bramlage called him a juvenile delinquent following his meltdown prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic. A juvenile, yes, in many ways, but being scared out of your wits does not make you a delinquent.

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    Sam Houston Offers Race for Zenyatta, Rachel

    Sam Houston Race Park and Gallery Furniture continue to step up efforts to bring super star females Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra together in a stakes race slated for Jan. 30.