Cold-weather Racing With Championship Implications

Mainstream media’s attention to horse-racing ended with the Breeders’ Cup earlier this month, but Thoroughbred racing—and important Thoroughbred racing—continues this weekend, with significant races with championship implications happen today and tomorrow at Churchill Downs and Aqueduct respectively. While the value of an Eclipse Award is debatable, the honor is nonetheless coveted by owners and breeders,…

Benjamin Leon’s $8.5 Million Mare

In November 2011, Benjamín León went to Lexington, Kentucky to buy a racehorse. Not just any racehorse—he had his eye on one in particular, and he was, he said last weekend, determined to get her no matter what. He actually bought nine horses at the Keeneland November sale that year, spending $22.4 million on fillies…

With BC Win, Jim Rome Joins Racing’s Elite

Jim Rome’s “clones,” as his impassioned listeners are called, often don’t take kindly to when the radio and television sports-talk host brings up his racehorses, preferring to engage in conversation about more mainstream sports. They better prepare themselves for this week, because after Rome’s Mizdirection won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday…

Zenyatta special to air on HRTV tonight

The last time the Breeders’ Cup was at Santa Anita, Zenyatta made history, becoming the first filly or mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita this year, and tonight, HRTV will broadcast a 30-minute special about the mare, celebrating her career and the effect that she had…