Celebrating the fillies

This year’s Hall of Fame class is a celebration of the distaff side. Announced last Friday, this year’s inductees are Jerry Hollendorfer, Safely Kept, Open Mind, and Sky Beauty. Oh, sure, Hollendorfer’s a male, but the first question that he took during the teleconference following the announcement was about which of his three Kentucky Oaks…

Remembering Sky Beauty…at Aqueduct

Today’s running of the ungraded, overnight Sky Beauty Stakes at Aqueduct seems, in some ways, to reflect Sky Beauty’s legacy: kind of a big deal, but maybe, not really. The race kind of honors her, and kind of doesn’t. The Sky Beauty was run at a mile over the inner track and as – ugh…

Allen Jerkens’ Shuvee winners

Over the last couple of years, the Shuvee Handicap at Belmont has offered the occasion to consider the magnificent horse who, en route to winning handicap mare honors in 1970 and 1971, twice won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, back when it was a two-mile race.  In 2008, we could talk about Shuvee in the…