From around 2008 to 2012, Miguel Treviño Morales, a leader of the infamous Los Zetas cartel, spent and made millions of dollars buying, breeding, and racing American quarter horses, with help from his law-abiding American brother and a wealthy young Austin rancher. This excerpt from Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels,…
The Royal Ascot, the most prestigious meet of Britain’s horse racing season (yes, the one with the hats), begins next week. And if you’re going to attend, the organizers want to make sure that they’ve got your title correct. Wouldn’t do to be rude.
There were no surprises in Louisville as one of the morning favorites, Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming, took the 143rd Kentucky Derby with a waterlogged unofficial time of 2:03.59.
The Washington Post ran a nice horse racing feature yesterday, which served as a preview for the 2017 Kentucky Derby. For the second year running, that preview wasn’t written by Andrew Beyer.
Patch, the one-eyed thoroughbred racing in the the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, is this year’s lovable underdog. He’s also a horrifying, part-Nazgûl-looking beast.
President Trump was getting hard to manage so his handlers went and lopped off his testicles.
California Chrome co-owner Perry Martin began his acceptance speech for Horse of the Year at last night’s Eclipse Awards with a modest declaration: “Everyone told me I did a wonderful job, so I’d just like to say, ditto.” He then rambled on for nine minutes of complaints and odd stories before being forced to leave.
Exaggerator this afternoon became the first Kentucky Derby runner-up since 1993 to win the Preakness, angled out wide from the rail on the final turn to chase down Nyquist, the Derby winner and heavy favorite.
This fine animal, name of Homeboykris, won the first race at Pimlico today, hit the winner’s circle, and then flat-out died on the way back the barn, probably of a heart attack. He was 9 years old, and has won 15 races in his career. Three races later, in the final turn, a 4-year-old named Pramedya broke her…
At this Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, the bros in attendance were feeling feisty.
The favorite Nyquist ran a smooth, fast race in a dampened Kentucky Derby, breaking on the outside and holding off Exaggerator down the stretch to win in 2 minutes, 1 second and change. He’s the clean horse in the photo there, sailing along and blasting crudlets of mud over the rest of the field, remnants of a…
Kasaqui and Triple Threat got tangled up on the final turn of today’s Kentucky Derby national broadcast undercard race, with the former taking an ugly spill and both horses losing their jockeys. The horses and jockeys were all fine, somehow, NBC reported. But one horse, Grand Tito, was scratched before the race even…
For the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, John Clay at the Lexington Herald-Leader caught up with last year’s winner, American Pharoah. That colt went on from Churchill Downs to win the Preakness, the Belmont, and the Breeder’s Cup, the only horse ever to do so. Having achieved all a horse cares to achieve on the…
The Grand National in Liverpool, England, is a horse racing institution nearly 200 years in the making, full of pageantry, glitz, drama, and horses getting killed. That tradition continued this week, when the fortuitously named 33-to-1 shot Rule The World emerged triumphal in the featured race—“a fairy-tale result,” …
A groundsman attempts to tackle a streaker during the Gold Cup Day of Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse on March 18, 2016 in Cheltenham, England.
Horse racing had a fantastic 2015. Every leg of the Triple Crown was must-see TV, and the end of the Belmont Stakes made history. The year’s events breathed new life into the sport of horse racing, and we have these amazing, newsworthy horses to thank for that.
American Pharoah completed a stunning 2015 season by adding a Breeders’ Cup Classic victory to his previous Triple Crown. The stallion crushed the world’s fastest horses en route to a six-and-a-half length win.
Fast horse American Pharoah is still fast, as the Triple Crown winner walked away with another win—this time in the Haskell Invitational, claiming a winner’s share of the $1.75 million purse. Call us when he’s been entered into the Breeder’s Cup.