A tribute to horse racing legend Mike Becker
By: Vonda J. Sines
If you passed Mike Becker on the street, you wouldn't guess he was a philanthropist in any sense of the word.Philanthropists come in many shapes and sizes. The most common image we have is of a wealthy, aging donor who supports the arts or...
Commentary: Big Brown and the triple crown
By: James Gerard
"Big Brown": Please Don't Tell Me How to be Me." And here's why.I perceived the recent Big Brown Belmont fiasco as an exhibition of truth and in this case, some untruth in the pro-sports world.Probably through its entire life, that animal was...
Commentary: Big Brown and the triple crown
By: Josh Komon
Last summer, I was fortunate enough to see Big Brown in his first race. I was reading the race entrants, and had a little chuckle about what a blunt name this one horse had. Big Brown was not the favorite, not by a long shot...
Legendary horses: War Admiral
By: Vanessa Macleod
War Admiral was a thoroughbred race horse that lived in the 1930's.He is perhaps best known for being the 1937 Triple Crown Winner. His life started out, as many thoroughbreds do, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. It is here at Faraway Farm that he was...
The history of women in horse racing
By: Rena Sherwood
Women have played a vital role in horse racing in all of its forms in all civilizations, whether it was chariot racing in ancient Britain to Quarter Horse racing in America's dusty back tracks. Women make up a large percentage of the workforce employed by...
Legendary horses: Snowman
By: Rena Sherwood
Snowman was the ultimate Cinderella story of the show jumping world. An obscure mixed breed gelding on his way to the glue factory, he was discovered by American horseman Harry deLeyer and bought for a mere $80. Even back in 1956, $80 is dirt cheap...
A look at the great geldings in horse racing
By: Kate Manning - 435267
When the horse racing industry produces a champion, that horse is usually not much older than 4 or 5 years old when they retire to stud, to hopefully breed some more champions. But perhaps the real champions of racing are the geldings. Often, racehorses start...
By: D Server
Before the arrival of Secretariat in the early seventies, the two racehorses almost always mentioned as the greatest ever were Man O' War, who was born in 1917, and Citation, a foal of 1945. There is no definitive way to judge those two against each...
The best breeds of horses for harness racing
By: Brenda Nelson
Many breeds have been used for harness racing, although one breed stands out from the others and is the one that most harness races now feature. That breed is the Standardbred. Other breeds are raced to lesser extent and mostly only in their countries of...
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
The horses used in harness racing are Standardbred. Only registered Standardbreds are allowed to complete in sanctioned harness racing.The origins of this specific breed traces its roots back to England. Messenger was an English Thoroughbred foaled in 1780. The horse was exported to the...

 

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