September132014
1PM

horsesfuckyeah:

Black Caviar and her newborn Exceed and Excel filly

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She’s so fucking cute!!!

1PM

railraptor:

Black Caviar becomes a mum

Video of the special event :)

*Flailing forever*

(Source: youtube.com)

September112014
"A well-authenticated bitch"
Jane Gail was, first and foremost, the maiden name of radio commentator Edwin C. Hill’s wife. It was also the name of a chestnut daughter of *Blenheim II, foaled at Calumet Farm in early 1944. Her dam had been a hard-working and honest mare named Lady Higloss, but without a doubt Jane Gail took after her sire. She was, in polite company, simply “crazy”. But her trainer, Jimmy Jones, was much more blunt when he described her as “a well-authenticated bitch”. In any event, Jane Gail was not much of a racer, which may have had to do with her unpredictable nature. She raced at 2 and 3, and won a credible 4 of her 8 starts, though none of them were stakes. She was retired at the end of 1947, sent back to Calumet, and duly mated to the farm’s prized stallion, Bull Lea. From that mating came a finely-formed bay colt that the farm originally intended to be called Gail Hill (a continuation, as it were, of his dam’s name). The Jockey Club objected to the name on the grounds that it “sounded more like a name for a filly”. Calumet settled for reversing it, and the colt hit the track in 1951 under the name Hill Gail. Today, Hill Gail is chiefly remembered for winning the 1952 Kentucky Derby, but he also took the Santa Anita Derby and San Vicente Stakes, and set or equaled two track records (in the Phoenix Handicap and Derby Trial)Jane Gail was sent to imported British stallion *Alibhai for her second mating, and produced a filly named Jana. This filly, like her mother, was unsuccessful on the track. She was sold to W.W. Naylor, and sold again to Mrs. M. E. Lunn in 1955, with her filly Princess Jana by her side. Jana produced only two fillies before fading into obscurityJane Gail’s final foal was Hardwicke, a full brother of Hill Gail. He was still nursing when his 8-year-old mother died of unknown causes. She lived long enough to see her fist son win the Kentucky Derby, dying on May 30, 1952(Photo by J.C. Meadors)

"A well-authenticated bitch"

Jane Gail was, first and foremost, the maiden name of radio commentator Edwin C. Hill’s wife. It was also the name of a chestnut daughter of *Blenheim II, foaled at Calumet Farm in early 1944. Her dam had been a hard-working and honest mare named Lady Higloss, but without a doubt Jane Gail took after her sire. She was, in polite company, simply “crazy”. But her trainer, Jimmy Jones, was much more blunt when he described her as “a well-authenticated bitch”. 

In any event, Jane Gail was not much of a racer, which may have had to do with her unpredictable nature. She raced at 2 and 3, and won a credible 4 of her 8 starts, though none of them were stakes. 

She was retired at the end of 1947, sent back to Calumet, and duly mated to the farm’s prized stallion, Bull Lea. From that mating came a finely-formed bay colt that the farm originally intended to be called Gail Hill (a continuation, as it were, of his dam’s name). The Jockey Club objected to the name on the grounds that it “sounded more like a name for a filly”. Calumet settled for reversing it, and the colt hit the track in 1951 under the name Hill Gail. Today, Hill Gail is chiefly remembered for winning the 1952 Kentucky Derby, but he also took the Santa Anita Derby and San Vicente Stakes, and set or equaled two track records (in the Phoenix Handicap and Derby Trial)

Jane Gail was sent to imported British stallion *Alibhai for her second mating, and produced a filly named Jana. This filly, like her mother, was unsuccessful on the track. She was sold to W.W. Naylor, and sold again to Mrs. M. E. Lunn in 1955, with her filly Princess Jana by her side. Jana produced only two fillies before fading into obscurity

Jane Gail’s final foal was Hardwicke, a full brother of Hill Gail. He was still nursing when his 8-year-old mother died of unknown causes. She lived long enough to see her fist son win the Kentucky Derby, dying on May 30, 1952

(Photo by J.C. Meadors)
2PM
September82014
Hedevar"In a racing career which included 54 starts, he won 19 races from a distance of 6 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, retiring as a sound horse after four years of campaigning with earnings of $164,294. Hedevar made his mark in the racing world when he equaled the world record of 1:33.1 for a mile in the Equipoise Mile Handicap, the new record presently being held by the great Dr. Fager. In addition to his record win in the Equipoise Mile, Hedevar also finished second in the Metropolitan Handicap, the Arlington Handicap, and others. Hedevar is by Count of Honor - Creme Brulee, by Double Jay. Hedevar’s second dam, *Desert Sun II by Hyperion, is the dam of Desert Way and Desert Vision (dam of Desert Law, over $88,000, and Desert Love, $169,200). Hedevar’s third dam is Brulette, one of the great classic race mares in French racing history.”Hedevar was also known as the infamous rabbit stablemate of 1967 Horse of the Year Damascus. He set blazing early paces in the ‘67 Woodward Stakes, the “Race of the Century”, which helped tire out front running Dr. FagerAt stud, Hedevar was best represented by 1976 Spiral Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby starter Inca Roca(Quote and photo from stud advertisement in December 1970 issue of Horseman’s Journal)

Hedevar

"In a racing career which included 54 starts, he won 19 races from a distance of 6 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, retiring as a sound horse after four years of campaigning with earnings of $164,294. Hedevar made his mark in the racing world when he equaled the world record of 1:33.1 for a mile in the Equipoise Mile Handicap, the new record presently being held by the great Dr. Fager

In addition to his record win in the Equipoise Mile, Hedevar also finished second in the Metropolitan Handicap, the Arlington Handicap, and others. 

Hedevar is by Count of Honor - Creme Brulee, by Double Jay. Hedevar’s second dam, *Desert Sun II by Hyperion, is the dam of Desert Way and Desert Vision (dam of Desert Law, over $88,000, and Desert Love, $169,200). Hedevar’s third dam is Brulette, one of the great classic race mares in French racing history.”

Hedevar was also known as the infamous rabbit stablemate of 1967 Horse of the Year Damascus. He set blazing early paces in the ‘67 Woodward Stakes, the “Race of the Century”, which helped tire out front running Dr. Fager

At stud, Hedevar was best represented by 1976 Spiral Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby starter Inca Roca

(Quote and photo from stud advertisement in December 1970 issue of Horseman’s Journal)

September72014
1894 Epsom Derby winner Ladas II poses with his connections. Far left is his owner, Lord Rosebery, who became Prime Minister the year his horse won the Derby. Next is trainer Mathew Dawson, and riding is jockey John “Jack” Watts 
Ladas II was undefeated in four starts as a juvenile, but he won the first three while still unnamed. Known as “The Illuminata Colt” after his dam, he won the Woodcote, Coventry, and Champagne Stakes before “Lord Rosebery bestowed on the colt the name of Ladas”. With that name, he took both the Epsom Derby and Two Thousand Guineas Stakes in 1894

1894 Epsom Derby winner Ladas II poses with his connections. Far left is his owner, Lord Rosebery, who became Prime Minister the year his horse won the Derby. Next is trainer Mathew Dawson, and riding is jockey John “Jack” Watts 

Ladas II was undefeated in four starts as a juvenile, but he won the first three while still unnamed. Known as “The Illuminata Colt” after his dam, he won the Woodcote, Coventry, and Champagne Stakes before “Lord Rosebery bestowed on the colt the name of Ladas”. With that name, he took both the Epsom Derby and Two Thousand Guineas Stakes in 1894

September22014
Lestor Piggott and champion miler Royal Academy, winners of the 1990 Breeder’s Cup Mile at Belmont Park 

Lestor Piggott and champion miler Royal Academy, winners of the 1990 Breeder’s Cup Mile at Belmont Park 

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Juvenile filly Jill the Queen wins her maiden race at Aqueduct on October 28, 1970, carrying jockey Ron Turcotte and 119 pounds to victory from Maid of France
Jill the Queen was a daughter of Spendthrift stallion Clem Pac and the broodmare Flavored Best. She was a half-sister to 1969 Fair Ground Oaks winner Royal Fillet. While Jill was only able to win 8 minor races from her career 56 starts, she was better as a broodmare. Her daughter Koluctoos Jill was a two-time Grade 2 winner (1985 Ashland and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes)

Juvenile filly Jill the Queen wins her maiden race at Aqueduct on October 28, 1970, carrying jockey Ron Turcotte and 119 pounds to victory from Maid of France

Jill the Queen was a daughter of Spendthrift stallion Clem Pac and the broodmare Flavored Best. She was a half-sister to 1969 Fair Ground Oaks winner Royal Fillet. While Jill was only able to win 8 minor races from her career 56 starts, she was better as a broodmare. Her daughter Koluctoos Jill was a two-time Grade 2 winner (1985 Ashland and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes)

September12014

With under a month left before her expected delivery date, let’s check in with Black Caviar!

The 8-year-old mare is looking healthy and huge, tucked away in a secret location, as the entire racing world eagerly awaits the birth. Her foal, sired by Australian stallion Exceed and Excel, is due on the 11th.

Nelly’s gonna be a great mum ;)

(Photos are screenshots from the First On 7 report found here)

6PM
Hall of Fame jockey Earl Sande wears the familiar yellow-and-black silks of Glen Riddle Farm while astride 1926 Horse of the Year Crusader, the greatest of Man o’ War's early sons 

Hall of Fame jockey Earl Sande wears the familiar yellow-and-black silks of Glen Riddle Farm while astride 1926 Horse of the Year Crusader, the greatest of Man o’ War's early sons 

1PM
Let’s all give a shout out to itsmyluckyday, one of the toughest warriors around! He’s been on the comeback trail all year, after fracturing his pelvis last June, and he put his name back on top with a determined win in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga
Itsmyluckyday, who won the 2013 Holy Bull Stakes and finished second in the Preakness, has been steadily working his way back up the ranks all year. Four weeks ago, he lost the Whitney Handicap to Moreno by 1 1/4 lengths, but this time the finish was reversed. Moreno had the lead early on, but Itsmyluckyday wore him down in a stretch-long battle to prevail by 1/2 length. 
(Photo from and read more here)

Let’s all give a shout out to itsmyluckyday, one of the toughest warriors around! He’s been on the comeback trail all year, after fracturing his pelvis last June, and he put his name back on top with a determined win in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga

Itsmyluckyday, who won the 2013 Holy Bull Stakes and finished second in the Preakness, has been steadily working his way back up the ranks all year. Four weeks ago, he lost the Whitney Handicap to Moreno by 1 1/4 lengths, but this time the finish was reversed. Moreno had the lead early on, but Itsmyluckyday wore him down in a stretch-long battle to prevail by 1/2 length. 

(Photo from and read more here)

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It was a close one, but in the end reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap by a nose! It was his first race since undergoing emergency colic surgery in May
The 7-year-old gelding carried the top weight of 127 pounds, giving at least 8 pounds to every other horse in the field. Last year’s Fairgrounds Handicap winner Optimizer, carrying 116 pounds, came flying late and nearly caught the champion, but Wise Dan prevailed in a photo finish decision 
Next on Wise Dan’s agenda is the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in October, followed by his return to the Breeder’s Cup in November. He will attempt to win the Breeder’s Cup Mile for the third consecutive year, which will match champion French mare Goldikova's record
Trainer Charlie LoPresti: "Can you believe it? It’s incredible. He’s an amazing creature, I’ll tell ya. He seems fine. He ate everything up. We got him out and walked him and his legs looked great. I mean, he’s a little tired but that’s to be expected. He had to really show his heart and class, and that’s what makes him the horse that he is."
(Photo source and read more here)

It was a close one, but in the end reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap by a nose! It was his first race since undergoing emergency colic surgery in May

The 7-year-old gelding carried the top weight of 127 pounds, giving at least 8 pounds to every other horse in the field. Last year’s Fairgrounds Handicap winner Optimizer, carrying 116 pounds, came flying late and nearly caught the champion, but Wise Dan prevailed in a photo finish decision 

Next on Wise Dan’s agenda is the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in October, followed by his return to the Breeder’s Cup in November. He will attempt to win the Breeder’s Cup Mile for the third consecutive year, which will match champion French mare Goldikova's record

Trainer Charlie LoPresti: "Can you believe it? It’s incredible. He’s an amazing creature, I’ll tell ya. He seems fine. He ate everything up. We got him out and walked him and his legs looked great. I mean, he’s a little tired but that’s to be expected. He had to really show his heart and class, and that’s what makes him the horse that he is."

(Photo source and read more here)

August292014
3-year-old colt Oran working over the track at Gravesend on June 10, 1907. While prepping for the Brooklyn Derby, he went 1 1/2 miles in 2:35 2/5 
Oran was a son of a hardy racer named Ossary and a Hanover mare called Sloe. He won most of his races as a juvenile, taking the Foam and Great Trial Stakes at Sheepshead Bay. The Brooklyn Derby was his first race at three, and he was favored mostly on the strength of his fast workout times. The field also included future Ladies Handicap winner Yankee Girl and future Travers and Withers winner Frank Gill. But the star turned out to be Peter Pan, who was on his way to a Champion 3-Year-Old Colt title. He won easily, with the low-weighted Paumonok second and Yankee Girl third

3-year-old colt Oran working over the track at Gravesend on June 10, 1907. While prepping for the Brooklyn Derby, he went 1 1/2 miles in 2:35 2/5 

Oran was a son of a hardy racer named Ossary and a Hanover mare called Sloe. He won most of his races as a juvenile, taking the Foam and Great Trial Stakes at Sheepshead Bay. The Brooklyn Derby was his first race at three, and he was favored mostly on the strength of his fast workout times. The field also included future Ladies Handicap winner Yankee Girl and future Travers and Withers winner Frank Gill. But the star turned out to be Peter Pan, who was on his way to a Champion 3-Year-Old Colt title. He won easily, with the low-weighted Paumonok second and Yankee Girl third

3PM
Meeting on the Track
4-year-old Bold Ruler (left) contemplates his 6-year-old full brother Independence (center), held by jockey Thomas Walsh, at Saratoga in August 1958. Independence was a high-class steeplechaser who raced for eight years and twice set track records going 20 furlongs
(Photo by Bert Morgan)

Meeting on the Track

4-year-old Bold Ruler (left) contemplates his 6-year-old full brother Independence (center), held by jockey Thomas Walsh, at Saratoga in August 1958. Independence was a high-class steeplechaser who raced for eight years and twice set track records going 20 furlongs

(Photo by Bert Morgan)

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