Busanda in the 1951 Saratoga Cup. Bob Coglianese photo.

Remembering Busanda

Neither a champion nor a Hall of Fame inductee, Busanda nonetheless lives on in two ways:  through her bloodlines and one of those Aqueduct winter races that, when I first started following races, sent me to the archives to figure out who those eponymous horses were. I don’t know whose idea it was to name a…

Morris-Park-races

“The first stake of national importance for sprinters in America”: today’s 123rd running of the Toboggan

“Originally this race was run over the memorable six-furlong straight course at Morris Park, then the newest and most elaborate of Metropolitan racing plants—which was a bit down grade and for that reason nicknamed the “toboggan slide”. (sic) (Hervey) As racing historian John Hervey notes above, the name of the Toboggan has nothing to do…

Jerkens sign at Saratoga

The “forgotten story” of Onion

On Sunday at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, will race for the first time since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 8. If Pharoah wins, he’l be the seventh Triple Crown winner to win his first race after capturing thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize. Among the horses that won that…

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

For Alfred G. Vanderbilt III, A Year of Honoring Legacies

On May 7, Alfred Vanderbilt III was in Ireland, honoring the memory of his grandfather, a man he never knew, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, in which Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt perished, saving the lives of his fellow passengers. Exactly three months later, he will attend a happier event in Saratoga…