Scandals, Vagabonds, Horses, and Charles Dickens

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 certainly got that one right. In The Olde Curiosity Shop, the orphaned adolescent Nell…

Sophie Doyle: Flying High in America

On the Friday of Breeders’ Cup weekend, Sophie Doyle was enjoying a rare recreational day at the racetrack. She’d been out in the morning as usual to work horses at Keeneland, then traded her riding clothes for a dress and heels to watch her brother James ride Birchwood in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for…

The “forgotten story” of Onion

On Sunday at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, will race for the first time since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 8. If Pharoah wins, he’l be the seventh Triple Crown winner to win his first race after capturing thoroughbred racing’s biggest prize. Among the horses that won that…