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First Blush - By Evan Hammonds

News came in around our 'hot stove' during the last week in the form of foal announcements from farms popping buttons over the initial reports on the first arrivals from last year's first-year sires.... Read More

Party On - By Evan Hammonds

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend offers us the opportunity to extend birthday wishes to a pair of pioneers and congratulations to a pair of new trailblazers in the Thoroughbred industry.... Read More

Best Friend - By Lenny Shulman

One thing about Charles Cella and his most accomplished racehorse, Northern Spur: They both loved running on wet tracks. Northern Spur won the 1995 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) for Cella and trainer Ron McAnally over a boggy grass course in New York. Cella, who died Dec. 6 at 81, never met a party he didn't like, and he himself threw some corkers, replete with orchestras and free-flowing refreshments.... Read More

Second Flight - By Evan Hammonds

The Pegasus' date on the calendar has a certain appeal. The late January date gives runners plenty of time to recuperate from their efforts in the Breeders' Cup, but allows them time not to miss the year's breeding cycle.... Read More

Owning Up - By Lenny Shulman

Partnerships have been slighted in the way their accomplishments have been presented to voters. The slightest change in the name or line-up of partnership entities causes each to be listed separately from one another, so that if a certain person is involved in multiple partnerships that each raced top-level winners, he or she would not be credited for the totality of those accomplishments.... Read More

Holding Court - By Lenny Shulman

Robert Courtney Sr., who left us last week at 96, is celebrated not only for his long and distinguished career as a breeder and horseman, but as somebody who was always willing to help the next guy. Courtney had a way with words, every sentence holding pearls of wisdom. ... Read More

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