Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

All traffic this way . . . out of town, that is. It's not just the birds that travel south, it's the horses. And with the horses go the trainers, and with the trainers go the barns and all their trappings. Here at Saratoga, the migration south (mainly to Florida) begins just after Labor Day, … Continue reading Migratory Patterns: Following the Horses, Following the Sun

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. He's known as the Chief. Sometimes, he's called the Giant Killer (which he does not like, by the way). Otherwise, it's just Mr. Jerkens. Whatever you call him, he is a Thoroughbred racing legend--2011 marks his … Continue reading The Proust Questionnaire, Racing Edition: H. Allen Jerkens – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. One of the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred breed, the Godolphin Arabian was not an “overnight success.” The path to glory was long, and adventurous, and came complete with a curious cast of characters. … Continue reading Foundation Sire, Foundation Story: The Godolphin Arabian by Eugene Sue – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Saratoga Special, "View Points," by Melaina Phipps September 3, 2011 A View from the Backstretch, photography exhibit currently on display at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, brings together more than a dozen amateur photographers to share their firsthand views of life behind the racing scene. The exhibit will be on display at the … Continue reading A View from the Backstretch, photography at the National Museum of Racing

The Travers Stakes: A Trove of Traditions, Old and New – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

The Travers Stakes: A Trove of Traditions, Old and New - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation.         How does Saratoga celebrate the Travers Stakes? Here are some of the local customs that surround this illustrious racing tradition.

Good God, Good Geldings! – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation

Good God, Good Geldings! - Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps - Horse Racing Nation. As Gio Ponti gets attempts a second Arlington Million win to follow in John Henry's footsteps, let's remember the gutsy geldings that have won the hearts of racing fans everywhere. Click on the link above for the latest installment of … Continue reading Good God, Good Geldings! – Around the Oval with Melaina Phipps – Horse Racing Nation