Category Archives: History

Some Legends are Made One Loss at a Time

Grantland Rice, the great early-20th Century American sportswriter once wrote, "For when the One Great Scorer comes, To write against your name, He marks—not that you won or lost—But how...

The Legend of Smarty Jones

One of horse racing's most beloved modern stars is back in the news this week. 2004 dual classic winner Smarty Jones is leaving his native Pennsylvania to stand at Kentucky's...

Ruffian’s Last Dance

The horse who could not lose strutted onto the track at Belmont Park on a hot July day, 40 years ago. The eyes of all 50,000 in attendance, and tens...

A Visual History of the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is like a tattoo on Uncle Sam—it's loud, proud, and permanently American. What's so unique about the Kentucky Derby is how little has changed since the inaugural Run...

The Legend of B.F. Wano

Baseball, boxing and horse racing. At the turn of the 20th century they were the big three of American sports. And clearly the most favored of all was horse racing,...

The Picture of Exquisite

War Admiral's owner, Sam Riddle, initially disliked the foal for being too small—certainly not like his majestic father, Man o' War. The colt, however, proved to be the best of...

Top 10 Presidential Horsemen

There are but three Constitutional requirements to become President of these United States: must be a natural born citizen, must have lived in the country for no fewer than 14...

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