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Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

Famed horsewoman and Secretariat breeder Penny Chenery Tweedy dead at age 95 in Boulder

Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy (January 27, 1922 – September 16, 2017) was an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. She died September 16 at her home in Boulder, Colorado from complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old. Chenery had a love of horses from a young age, and learned to ride at age five. Believing her appreciation...

Billy Reed: Member of ‘Slew Crew’ has a favorite when discussion starts over racing’s greatest horse

LOUISVILLE – It still is difficult to understand Jean Cruguet’s thick French accent, and that’s too bad because he’s perfectly happy to discuss the memorable spring, now 40 years ago, when he rode Seattle Slew to thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. He is convinced, understandably, that Slew, the first colt and only colt to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont while still unbeaten, might...

Billy Reed: The jury’s still out over the impact of ‘Pharoah Effect’ on the racing game

A popular topic on the Churchill Downs backstretch this week has been the so-called “Pharoah Effect.” That’s the name that has been given to how much – or little – impact American Pharoah’s tour de force in last year’s Triple Crown will have on the sport/business of thoroughbred racing. On one side are the proponents who believe that racing will see an increase in attendance, racing and...

Lexington native Kiaran McLaughlin may have best Derby chance yet with unbeaten Mohaymen

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent (This story has been updated since it was originally posted on March 21, 2014) Kiaran McLaughlin clearly recalls when he became entranced with racehorses while watching television with his father in their Lexington home.
 
McLaughlin was 12 on that June afternoon in 1973 when the mighty Secretariat transcended sports and became legendary with his breathtaking...

Liane Crossley: Reduced foal crop could add up to Triple Crown for California Chrome

The question has been asked for a generation—will the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing ever be won again? The question might soon be answered.   On June 7, California Chrome could become the 12th winner of the elusive honor. Or his name will be on a longer list of runners that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but failed to capture the Belmont Stakes.   The most recent Triple...

Pioneer of equine sports psychology makes successful career in Thoroughbred industry

Kerry Thomas communicating with a horse. (Photo by Mary Buckland Photography)   By Natalie Voss KyForward correspondent   Kerry Thomas has grown used to being thought of as a little different. The easiest way to describe what he does is to say that he is the pioneer of equine sports psychology.   Thomas is not a horse whisperer—he isn’t going to train your horse for you, or tell...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn’t meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn't meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...

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,...