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Empire Maker Returning Home

For Bobby Frankel, he was to be the Messiah; the gifted regally bred racing machine that would be racing’s next superstar. He even had the appropriate name – Empire Maker. In the early 2000s, Frankel owned New York racing, winning some 25 grade I stakes at Belmont, Saratoga, and Aqueduct alone. In 2000, Frankel had a classy colt for Juddmonte Farms named Aptitude, who he firmly believed was going to... Read More

Frankel: the Horse, the Man, the Stallion

At first there were three, then one scratched and one failed to meet its reserve. That left one Frankel yearling in the Keeneland September sale. All three had been consigned to Book 1. The gray colt, Hip #571, walked into the ring with the swagger of his sire, and also his namesake. ... Read More

Loss Can't Derail Pharoah Phenomenon

The defeat hit like a ton of bricks. It was a crushing blow to the thousands who journeyed to Saratoga and those watching on TV. But the bottom line is that American Pharoah should not be blamed for this loss. He ran his heart out, having to withstanding pressure for a long way from a very talented colt in Frosted.... Read More

Travers Stakes: High Anxiety

All I can say, from past experience, is that this race scares the heck out of me, even though American Pharoah looks as if he could have everything his own way on the lead and could very well take the field on a merry romp. ... Read More

The 'Iron Lady's' Secret Garden

Watching Beholder decimate her male opponents in the Pacific Classic and the aftermath on TVG and social media, it made me realize how times have changed; how the great fillies of the past never received the national recognition of a Beholder, a Zenyatta, or a Rachel Alexandra, or even a Black Caviar and Goldikova.... Read More

Following Pharoah on the Derby Trail

What follows is a chronicle of American Pharoah's rise from an injured 2-year-old champion with a one-dimensional style of running to an icon; the personification of perfection--physically, mechanically, and mentally. In short, the ultimate racing machine.... Read More

The Day the Haskell Came of Age

As American Pharoah prepares for his assault on Monmouth Park in the Haskell Invitational, and with a record crowd projected, there will be electricity in the air unlike anything felt at the Jersey Shore in a century and a half.... Read More

From the Archives

With the announcement June 15 of Steve's resignation from Blood-Horse to pursue other opportunities, I found the first column he did for the magazine. In this "Final Turn" column from the Dec. 26, 1998, issue, Steve talks about his transition at the time from his longtime association with The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form. It seems appropriate to revisit this piece.--Eric Mitchell, Editorial Director... Read More

Belmont Analysis: Go With the Phlow

There are Triple Crown winners and then there is everyone else. We'll see if he belongs in the pantheon of immortals or in the chapters with all those who came so close and had to settle as footnotes of history.... Read More

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