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Transcript of Mary Lou Whitney's Eclipse Award of Merit Speech

Mary Lou Whitney's acceptance speech upon receiving the 2010 Eclipse Award of Merit, Jan. 17, 2011, Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel: I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. I have loved the sport of Thoroughbred racing ever since Sonny Whitney introduced me to it in 1958. I am grateful for the honor—in a small way—to carry on the traditions of the Whitney family who have... Read More

Moments in Time - By Evan Hammonds

Though we don’t begrudge the continued, passionate interest in the outcome of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) or the ongoing, sometimes vitriolic debate over who should be Horse of the Year, the other Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 5-6 produced some fine—and not so fine—moments.... Read More

Head Turner - By Eric Mitchell

Following an emotionally charged Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), the question for those deciding Horse of the Year comes down to this: On what side of the “head” do you stand?... Read More

Give Bute the Boot - By Eric Mitchell

Few issues in horse racing fire up people's emotions like medication. A couple of years ago the target was anabolic steroids, and the industry reacted quickly. By Jan. 1, 2009, most U.S. racing jurisdictions had adopted rules banning the use of anabolic steroids.... Read More

Fair-to-Good - By Evan Hammonds

Changes to Keeneland’s September yearling sale aside, it’s hard to get a good angle on the yearling market as the first week of the auction went into the books. Has it been a good sale to this point, or a bad one? Where’s the bloodstock market headed? It depends on whom you ask. ... Read More

Keeping Our Place in the World

Keeneland has successfully developed the September sale into the largest international marketplace for Thoroughbred yearlings. But whether the sale will continue offering the kinds of horses European buyers want is up for debate.... Read More

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