Admirals War Chest & Victor Carrasco take the Maryland Million Turf. Photo Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

Older, Braver Phlash Phelps Takes the Maryland Million Turf

When Rodney Jenkins’ Phlash Phelps got headed in the stretch of the Maryland Million Turf by veteran Roadhog, the trainer said to himself, having watched his horse get discouraged in previous races, “Let’s see what he’s made of.” The four-year-old gelding had sat comfortably behind pace-setting longshot Jo Way Java before sprinting to the lead…

Photo credit Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue

Ovechkin’s Equine Namesake, Eighttofasttocatch Retires A Millionaire

On Saturday, December 6, a few hours before Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals buried their Metropolitan Division rivals the New Jersey Devils 4-1, Ovechkin’s equine namesake became a millionaire in the last race of his seven-year career. Eighttofasttocatch was purchased in 2007 for $47,000 by former Capitals co-owner Arnold Heft, who died earlier this year.  Heft…

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…