Novak at the Track

Claire Novak takes you behind the scenes with Thoroughbred racing’s greatest stars

Road to Derby Retrospect

Catching up with the winners of last year's Kentucky Derby prep races -- including returns for Vyjack, Itsmyluckyday, Super Ninety Nine, and more.... Read More

What Makes Us Thankful

Yes, I'm from one of those families where we have to go around the table and say at least one thing we're thankful for before we're allowed to eat (shout-out to Mom Novak).... Read More

BC Friday: Why We Do What We Do

I was looking for something beyond the b.s., something more than "he couldn't be training any better" and "it was exactly what we wanted." Because when you look back to where you came from and remember how much you wanted to be here, it helps you appreciate where you are. ... Read More

Point of Entry Comes Back Strong

Five-time grade I winner Point of Entry sailed along his road to recovery from a condylar fracture suffered in early June, and is on track for a comeback in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).... Read More

Solitary Ranger: a Breeders' Cup Connection

When Wayne Catalano saddles Solitary Ranger in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) on Oct. 5 at Keeneland, the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event will be the next part of a plan that included the World Championships long before the talented juvenile runner broke his maiden.... Read More

No Breeders' Cup for Princess?

The best 3-year-old filly in the country might run the race of her life next time out, but even if she does, her connections don't plan on sending her to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.... Read More

Arlington Adventure

Arlington Park, a pristine mothership of a racetrack planted firmly in the middle of Northwest Chicagoland, is host once each year to the grand and glorious sort of event the place was made for. ... Read More

A Heart The Size of Texas: Texas Bling

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and if that's the case it is easy to imagine that the heart of a Thoroughbred named Texas Bling is biggest of all 3-year-olds competing on the early trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). ... Read More

Shackleford Calls it a Career

I remember Shackleford... poking his handsome head out of a stall at Churchill, Pimlico, Santa Anita...rolling in the sand pit outside a Saratoga barn...bouncing along like a helium balloon on the end of a lead shank in photos snapped by racing paparazzi.... Read More

Breeders' Cup Morning with The Fugue

John Gosden, who has bypassed several tempting race opportunities in his native country to target the Breeders' Cup with The Fugue, strolled along with the cheery but watchful disposition of a man in charge of a very good horse...... Read More

The New Kid, Pataky Kid

When a horseplayer by the name of Andrew Pataky reads of a horse named Pataky Kid, it is of interest to him to discover if this horse will represent the name with dignity and good standing. The Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 6 seems like a good start.... Read More

A Horse For Any Course: Wise Dan

Early morning at Keeneland Race Course, a hint of rapidly-approaching autumn in the mid-September air. One chestnut gelding saunters through a low-key gate-schooling session. One kind trainer, fingers crossed, counts down the hours until raceday. One thing we know about the horse they call Wise Dan: "He can run on anything," Charles Lopresti remarks.... Read More

Macho's The Man

Winner of four of his five starts for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing in recent times, Mucho Macho Man is finding his best stride this year.... Read More

Point of Entry, Photo Tease

Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) contender Point of Entry knew how to turn on the racehorse pose - eventually. But first he had to be bribed to come to the front of the stall, and then... ... Read More

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