Before Secretariat…Cicada

Before Secretariat, there was Cicada. A decade before Secretariat became the first colt in 25 years to win the Triple Crown, Christopher Chenery, father of Helen, campaigned a filly who was setting her own records. At two, Cicada started 16 times, winning 11 races and never finishing worse than third; among her victories that year…

Correction, a mare who sparked controversy

The child, sitting down with the old man close behind…had been thinking how strange it was that horses who were such fine honest creatures should seem to make vagabonds of all the men they drew about them… Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens couldn’t possibly have been thinking of Correction when he wrote those…

Busher: “Among the great fillies of racing history”

It should be clear by this time … that Busher has as good a chance to take the best three-year-old colts as Gallorette. “The Deadly Demoiselles” by Tasker Ogle, Turf and Sport Digest, September 1945 Before those words were written, the three-year-old Busher, bred by E.R. Bradley’s Idle Hour Farm, had already beaten not only…

Celebrating racing history at the Harlem Derby

  The mint juleps were flowing, and the music, supplied by a jazz trio tucked into the dining room, was southern and sweet. Women in elaborately designed hats and men in snappy fedoras selected from a menu in which bourbon played a featured role, their Derby-best attire not deterring them from digging into the ribs…