NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Jimmy Toner: From the DMZ to the Diana

Jimmy Toner might keep a low profile, but his horses are easy to spot, especially in the morning. Just look for those bright orange bandages. Long before trainers began equipping their exercise riders with distinctive vests for easy identification during morning training, Toner was wrapping his horses’ legs in those bandages, mirroring the orange “JJT”…

Tapit. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred, June 9th – July 30th 2016.

“My whole goal was to capture the essence of the Thoroughbred.” Neil Latham’s American Thoroughbred

At the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea, the exhibitAmerican Thoroughbred features some of this country’s most famous racehorses: last year’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra; 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. The horse that inspired the exhibit boasts a far more modest résumé. Several years ago, photographer…

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Did Racing Need A Triple Crown Winner?

As the drought stretched on, as years passed and horse racing faded in popularity, it became a commonplace to hear that the sport “needed a Triple Crown winner”. A horse that could win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont would invigorate the sport, some thought. It would bring much-needed attention from casual fans,…