“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…

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,…

Williams Wins, Twitter Erupts, and Racing Loses

The horse racing world erupted when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in June, and it erupted again on Monday morning when Sports Illustrated announced that Serena Williams had been chosen by the magazine’s editors as the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year. Funny that, Sportsperson. The day before, SI noted that American Pharoah had been…

A Purse Bump And a “Phan Phestival” at Monmouth Park

About 10 minutes before American Pharoah arrived at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ on Wednesday afternoon, the track announced that the purse for Sunday’s William Hill Haskell Invitational would be increased from $1 million to $1.75 million. While it’s not unusual for purse incentives to be added to big races to attract top horses, those…