“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…

A Summer Book for the Upstate Winter: Saratoga, 2009

In this historic summer at Saratoga, it is de rigeur to recall the memorable moments at the Old Spa: Man o’War losing the Sanford. Jaipur and Ridan’s Travers. Onion upsetting Secretariat. And of course, Rachel Alexandra. Her Woodward tops many lists, especially for those too young to remember some of those other races, especially for…

What should we know, and when should we know it?

Earlier this week, the internet lit up with the news of the birth of Rachel Alexandra’s first foal, a colt by Curlin.  Stonestreet Farm released a statement, photos, and video; good wishes, congratulations, and coverage exploded on news sites, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. On Friday afternoon, delight turned to unease as rumors began to surface…

The words of Mr. Wilkin

I didn’t think that I would write about Rachel Alexandra’s retirement. What was I going to say?  That I was surprised? (I wasn’t.)  That I found it odd? (I didn’t.)  That I disagree with the decision? (I don’t.)  That I’m disappointed? (I’m not.) Panegyrics have appropriately flooded the media, lauding the first three-year-old filly Horse…

The conversation continues…

On the Belmont backstretch on Monday morning, a blissful unawareness of the calendar might have led one to think that it was spring. Trainers, exercise riders, spectators—all gradually shed layers as the sun rose higher. “It’s HOT!” was overheard more than once. A lone horse trained on the turf course. But instead of the blue…