Galileo the great

By Frances J. Karon If Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the “father of modern astronomy,” the “father of modern physics,” and the “father of modern science,” his equine namesake Galileo (1998-2021) would have to be the all-encompassing “father of modern horseracing.” But some people just called him the GOAT. There were 16 known horses registered as Galileo … Continue reading Galileo the great

Navratilova serves up an ace for Humphrey and Arnold

By Frances J. Karon Whether you believe in nicks or not, it’s impossible to look at a cross that has produced 18% black type winners to foals and say that there’s not something going on that particular formula, and Navratilova, winner of the Tepin Stakes – the final race of Churchill’s spring meet, which ended on Saturday – is bred … Continue reading Navratilova serves up an ace for Humphrey and Arnold

A Derby postcard

By Frances J. Karon The Derby walkover began at 6:14 PM. O Besos, a chestnut son of 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, was the first to leave the chute, accompanied by his connections. Somewhere in that group leading the way was the colt’s breeder, co-owner L. Barrett Bernard, who had tucked a memento, given to … Continue reading A Derby postcard

Factor of two

By Frances J. Karon On a significant Saturday of stakes racing in the U.S., the sires of most of the Graded winners were not surprising: Bernardini, Candy Ride, Curlin (sire of a GSW on Friday, too), Distorted Humor, Into Mischief (also with a GSW on Friday), Speightstown and son Munnings, Tapit (two GSWs), Uncle Mo … Continue reading Factor of two

Mapping the way for Unbridled’s Song

By Frances J. Karon The best sons of the best stallions attract large, quality-filled first books of mares, and their first weanlings, yearlings, and 2yos are more than well-received in the marketplace. But for all the early gimmes, when it comes to performance, these young guys have more to prove. By the time their highly touted 2yos run, the stallions are almost at … Continue reading Mapping the way for Unbridled’s Song