Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Latest Magazine Article

My most recent magazine article was published in the May/June edition of American Racehorse (previously Southern Racehorse). It is an honor to have another magazine article published in this magazine.

I am very excited about the timing of this article, as it is about Secretariat - an always relevant champion who has been even more relevant with American Pharoah's Triple Crown triumph - and his first foal, an Appaloosa - just weeks before I compete at the National Appaloosa Show.

Read article - "Secretariat's Forgotten First Foal" - by clicking here.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

HRN: My First Triple Crown Winner

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .


"In a bedroom adorned with pictures of horses and cluttered with toy horses, I glued my eyes to the television as I watched the coverage of the Kentucky Derby. I was a horse-crazy, eight-year-old little girl who was relishing the world of horse racing for the very first time. Little did I know, by watching the 2004 Run for the Roses, my life was changing. I was finding my passion.

On that special day, Smarty Jones won me over. During the pre-race coverage, the colt’s story was shared. It was the colt’s near-death experience as a two-year-old – which occurred when Smarty Jones had reared and hit his head on a starting gate – that earned him a place in my heart.  To a young, horse-loving girl like me, the story of a horse escaping death and making it to the greatest race in America was the greatest story ever told. During the Derby undercard, I fled to a computer to learn everything I could about Smarty Jones.

As the horses loaded into the starting gate, I was already quite emotionally invested. Over and over, I muttered, “He has to win. Let him win.” These words continued throughout the race as I remained focused on the dark chestnut colt. When he galloped through the slop to victory, I leaped in the air, jumping up and down. I had just fallen in love with horse racing. And I didn’t look back. . ."

Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.

Friday, June 5, 2015

HRN: The Colt Who Would Be Pharoah

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .


"More than 20,000 registered Thoroughbred foals were born in the United States in 2012. Among them, thousands were sent to public auction as yearlings, primarily in sales held by large sales companies like Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland. At these auctions, bidders offered large sums of money to acquire unproven young Thoroughbreds in hopes of purchasing a future superstar.

Many buyers hope they are lucky enough to find a graded stakes winner, or maybe even a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner. And, maybe, if they are especially optimistic – and possibly crazy in the eyes of others – a Triple Crown winner.

To assist both sellers and buyers, various sales agencies exist within the industry. Among these sales agencies is Taylor Made, a family operation that has proven to be among the largest Thoroughbred sales agencies in the world. Since Taylor Made Sales Agency was launched in 1976, it has sold more than thirty winners of grade one stakes races, including champions Artax, Ashado, Folklore, Lookin At Lucky, and Speightstown.

But should American Pharoah find triumph in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, Taylor Made will have quite the claim to fame. A win by the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile would secure them a place in the history books as the yearling consignor of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. . ."

Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.

Monday, June 1, 2015

HRN: American Pharoah Prepares for Triple Crown Bid

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Photo Blog: American Pharoah Prepares for Triple Crown Bid

"Amid debates of “will he or won’t he,” Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner American Pharoah prepared for the final leg of the Triple Crown – the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) – at Churchill Downs. The bay Pioneerof the Nile colt attracted a swarm of media and fans each morning as the third jewel of the series grew nearer, causing the clicking of several cameras, the oohing and ahhing of admirers, and even the attention of racing fans across the country is they tuned in online to watch the live stream of American Pharoah’s morning outings.

Much to my excitement, I had the opportunity to watch American Pharoah train beneath the twin spires on three occasions within the past week – two of which were mornings when he breezed. . ."


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

HRN: Alsvid Tops a Big Day at Churchill Downs

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Alsvid Tops a Big Day at Churchill Downs


"Churchill Downs’ Saturday card featured ten races, including the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) and the $65,000 Opening Verse Stakes. Rain clouds came and went, occasionally releasing rain on the crowd gathered at Churchill Downs on the warm May afternoon. Nonetheless, it was a great day for live Thoroughbred action beneath the Twin Spires with a card that offered a variety of quality racing. . ."

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Friday, May 29, 2015

HRN: Photo Blog: Wise Dan's First Gallop of 2015

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Photo Blog: Wise Dan's First Gallop of 2015



"Three days after being cleared to resume galloping, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan headed to the training track at Keeneland to have his first gallop of 2015. Just before 9:00 a.m., the chestnut son of Wiseman's Ferry stepped onto the track - accompanied by trainer Charlie LoPresti's wife, Amy, and a pony. After jogging around the oval alongside the pony, Wise Dan and rider Kelly Wheeler broke away to complete one lap at a gallop. . ."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HRN: Wise Dan to Resume Galloping

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Wise Dan to Resume Galloping



"On a humid morning at Keeneland on May 27, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan stood in his stall in trainer Charlie LoPresti's barn at the Lexington, Kentucky track. He had been tacked up and was preparing to be walked along the shedrow - a routine he has followed every other day. The two-time Horse of the Year began tack walking in early March, when he returned to Keeneland to gradually resume training as he recovers from the non-displaced fracture at the bottom of his right front cannon bone that kept him from pursuing a third consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) win last fall. At the end of April, Wise Dan began jogging every other day, tack walking on days on which he does not visit the track.

But days will soon become much more exciting for the 8-year-old son of Wiseman's Ferry. . ."

Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.