The Holiday Spirit Thrives at Mid-Atlantic Tracks

The holiday season can bring out the best in us, and racetracks are no exception. Though philanthropic initiatives proliferate throughout the year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, racing people, both front side and back, make extra efforts to help those less fortunate. The holiday work of the Central Pennsylvania Racetrack Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) Council and…

Maryland’s Gabby Gaudet Is Ready For Her Close-Up

Gabby Gaudet grew up almost literally on the racetrack.  Her father, Eddie, trained horses in Maryland for more than 50 years; her mother, Linda, has saddled her own horses since 1996 and has 11 top-three finishes from 17 starts this year; and her sister Lacey started training in 2007. Until eighth grade, Linda home-schooled Lacey…

Bullet Catcher: Guts & Glory?

On the morning of January 11, Gina Rosenthal was in Florida with her children, celebrating her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. She usually stays close to her Maryland home to monitor her horses, but on this morning, she was waiting for a call from her trainer, John Robb, for an update on a horse. Robb phoned…

Sagamore Farm: Honoring The Past, Not Living In It

The name “Sagamore Farm” recalls racing royalty, both human and equine. Given to Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Jr. in 1933 by his mother, Sagamore bred and raced such equine luminaries as Native Dancer, Bed o’Roses, and Discovery; Vanderbilt himself served as president of Pimlico and chairman of the board of the New York Racing Association. The…