A personal memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry, ‘master of sales party,’ who died Tuesday

In May of 2012, our then-regular columnist Robert Treadway wrote a terrific series of columns on the Kentucky horse industry as he lived it and remembered it. Among those was this memory of legendary horseman Tom Gentry. We are sharing it in the wake of Tom Gentry’s death on Oct. 31 at age 80. He was an owner, breeder, consignor and racing official over a long and celebrated career. He is...

Robert Treadway: As Breeders’ Cup nears, can’t help but think of ‘Gip,’ its first president

As this year’s Breeders’ Cup weekend approaches (Nov. 1-2), I think back to my last memory of the Breeder’s Cup’s first president, the late C. Gibson Downing.   We were at flamboyant horseman Tom Gentry’s last sales party, in 1991. Tom had a Secretariat foal to sell (it brought $2.1 million) and put on the dog – Neil Sedaka live and the Platters to dance to. Tom’s sales parties...

Robert Treadway: Along with producing lifelong racing fan, Secretariat changed a life

Forty years ago, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby, setting a record that stands to this day. This past year, we saw the Maryland Racing Commission revise its time for the 1973 Preakness, which had been in dispute all of those years, to a time of 1:54, a record for that race as well. Secretariat’s record time in the Belmont Stakes has never been approached. In that glorious spring of 1973,...