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The celebrations knew no bounds when Triple Crown's Redzel won the world´s richest turf race, The Everest, at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Oscar Colman. Courtesy of Racing NSW.

The sport of Kings & Mortals

It is not without reason that horse racing is often referred to as ‘the Sport of Kings’. Due to the prohibitive costs involved in purchasing and keeping ...
Ride a race horse on the beach!
Haras du Morne on the spectacular Le Morne peninsula on the southern tip of the island.

Mauritius – the racing island in the sun

Imagine a tropical paradise, far from everything. A place where almost everybody speaks both English and French, where beaches look like they come out of lottery ...

Things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a tiny island, far away from everything. But is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you're a racing fan. Here are a few ...
Lillie Langtry was the Kim Kardashian of her era.

Femme Fatale

Now and again the name Lillie Langtry pops up in various contexts. A mare by that name is the mother of Coolmore’s fantastic filly Minding, and ...
Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more or less a straight line until it approaches the Gulf of Mexico where it begins to twist, turn and fold back on itself like the lower intestinal tract of the human body.

Post cards from – Cajun Country

Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more ...
Arrogate, the steel-grey son of Unbridled’s Song.

THE RISE of ARROGATE

A 100-foot statue of the mythical equine Pegasus looms over the Florida landscape, crushing into submission a writhing steel dragon. With no hint of understatement, this ...

THE MAN, who changed the racing world

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, gave an exclusive interview to Gallop Magazine. On June 20, 1977, a six-year-old mare named Hatta won a race in ...
Del Mar, the beautiful track at the edge of the Pacific Ocean or, as it says in the song, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.”

Where the Turf meets the Surf

In May 1936, in the aftermath of the American Depression, a hastily convened meeting took place at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California. The reason ...
On June 6 2015, a talented bay colt went to the front of the 1 ½-mile contest and never looked back. With his victory, American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

The Triple Crown

In the world of horse racing, the Triple Crown is the title awarded to a racehorse who wins the biggest three races on the flat for ...

The Triple Crown Winners

Each year in May, the racing world is asking the same question: Will we have a Triple Crown winner this year? Will one three year old ...
Grand National - Fences.

THE FENCES

The Grand National fences have been altered substantially in recent years. In some cases the height has been slightly reduced, in other cases the drop on ...

The GRAND NATIONAL from the back of a horse

The start of the Grand National. The Grand National is probably the most well known horse race in the world. Controversial. Loved by some. Hated by ...
Ascot Grandstand.

Royal Ascot in numbers

30 – minutes: the time between each race. Royal Ascot is legendary in the horseracing world. Never is the United Kingdom so British. Nowhere else are ...
An early August morning in Newmarket. Ed Dunlop’s string is on its way to Warren Hill.

Newmarket, a town that is all about horse racing

It’s early morning in Newmarket, 60 miles from London. The town is awakening. Hardly any traffic – maybe one or two garbage trucks. And a couple of ...
JetBoat Xtreme in Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast is the kind of place where racing lovers can take their not-so-racing-loving family members for a week of racing events without creating trauma. ...
Turfers Paradise The Magic Millions Carnival starts with a party on the beach—with horses.

Turfers Paradise

Australian horse racing is more than just the Melbourne Cup. At the Gold Coast in Queensland, you can experience racing in an environment that at first ...

Welcome to Florida

Birds fly south for the winter in the USA, and so do people. Often, many of the best race horses, trainers and jockeys find themselves in ...

BEING AP

Making a living from a sport where breaking your body is part of the game, AP McCoy might not strike you as a man of fear. ...

Lucky until The End

[dropcap]In 1834, [/dropcap]at the age of 6, Elias Jackson Baldwin and his mother, father and three siblings moved from Hamilton, Ohio, to an 80-acre farm in ...
Morning exercise at Meydan.

The guy with the golden smile

The best-kept secrets are often hiding from the spotlight. The Guy with the Golden Smile is one of them. We’ve met Dihigi Gladney, the exercise rider ...
Victor Espinoza dips down his ten-million dollar winning whip.

The Espinoza revolution

The winning jockey in the 2016 Dubai World Cup was Victor Espinoza. A 44-year-old rider recognized as one of the world’s best. “Why do you guys ...
Dubai and Burj Khalifa.

Turning sand into GOLD

Twenty-five years ago, the United Arab Emirates was like a desert flower in the sand waiting patiently for the rain to make it blossom. In 1996, ...
Melbourne Cup 2015.

Girls – Rule the world

In its 155-year history, the Melbourne Cup has been won by female owners, trainers and horses. And now, finally, by a female jockey. When a 100-1 ...
You can almost see how quiet it is…

Swedish racing

Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the northernmost racing cities in the world. Unlike how it’s done in many other countries, Sweden does not have a system ...
The mafia boss Al Capone, whose interest in gambling and horseracing made lasting marks on the sport in the Chicago area.

CHICAGOLAND RACING

When I first found myself in Chicago, back in the autumn of 1987, it was by pure chance. The first of many on my racing travels. ...
Roccam Shots.

ELINA BJÖRKLUND

Once in a while you just fall upon photos that won’t let you go. That is what happened when we were invited to like the Facebook ...
Sunday Silence

SUNDAY SILENCE

Twenty five years after his greatest moments on the racetrack, Sunday Silence remains a cautionary tale about bias and a story of triumphant victory. The near black ...
Happy colours and happy mascots everywhere.

Go racing Gangnam style

South Korea is small — only about the size of Maine or Ireland — but it is home to some 50 million people. Of course, 75% ...
Horse Racing Kenya

Racing in Kenya

The sport of horse racing knows no borders. It does not relate to GNP or religion. Where there are people and horses, there is horse racing. It’s as ...
Black Type.

BLACK TYPE

Horse racing is full of its own special words and expressions. Sometimes it’s hard to understand. What does ”Group Races” mean? And what is a ”Black ...
The Epsom Derby (1851—Jean Louis Théodore Géricault. Painting at Le Louvre in Paris.)

The Classic Races

In racing, you’ll often hear expressions like “The Classics” or “the Classic races.” To be a Classic winner is extremely meriting to a racehorse and has a huge ...
Photo Special: Jon Franklin

JON FRANKLIN

In the summer of 1994 Jon Franklin and three work colleagues from a William Hill betting shop drove down from London to the Glorious Goodwood race ...

Northern Dancer

When you talk about horses that make history, Northern Dancer has a place of his very own. Standing a mere 14.3 hands tall (150 cm) and ...

How to be in big races

Highclere is a name that has a certain ring to it. Highclere Castle is one of the truly classic British homes, located just outside the racing ...

BLACK CAVIAR – the wonder mare

Her name is Black Caviar. During the four years between April 18, 2009 and April 17, 2013, the wonder mare affectionately known as Nelly left her mark not just ...

Things to do in Saratoga

Saratoga might be one of the few places anywhere in the world that gets so many visitors in spite of a total lack of beaches. Saratoga ...
With 12 rocking chairs, one wouldn’t mind to sit here in the company of old friends.

SARATOGA – history, health & horses

A small town. A three hour drive from New York City. 150 miles from the coast. Forty minutes from Albany. This is where you find a ...
3-time winner of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, Mid Dancer with rider Sylvain Dehez at Auteuil finishing 2nd on his seasonal reappearance April 2012. This is one horse I think I would have enjoyed riding! Photo: Richard Dunwoody

RICHARD DUNWOODY

Richard Dunwoody has been in more photos than most. Winners photos that is. During his career as a jockey he rode 1,699 winners in the UK ...
A quarter horse can do 0-400 m in just over 20 seconds. Compare it to a powerful car that might do it in about 13 seconds, and you get the idea…

QUARTER HORSE RACING – American speed

Drag racing on horse back. Pure speed. All horse. If you are looking for the fastest equine on Earth, look no further than the quarter horse. ...
Even the tack used in the race reflects which Contrada a horse is running for.

Palio di Siena

Two times per year the medieval city of Siena in Italy explodes in a symphony of horses, riders and colors in a way that can make ...
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Being the best. The most prestigious. The most seen. That’s what every race meeting in the world wants to be. But only one race can claim what is ...

The KING & QUEEN

Royal Ascot is always that … Royal. But never was it more Royal than 2012. We don’t talk about the fact that Queen Elizabeth II celebrated ...
Elizabeth Arden, ”Silent Tom” and Jet Pilot.

Elizabeth Arden

Almost everyone knows Elizabeth Arden as the woman behind a brand of cosmetics. But in the 1940s and ’50s USA she was almost as famous because of her ...

From WAR HORSE to RACE HORSE

It all started in the Middle East. The bedouins there had a different kind of warfare. Something the crusaders from Europe soon discover – the hard way. ...
true colours

TRUE COLOURS – your design on your horse

Formula 1 cars. Soccer teams. Corporations. Everyone’s got identifying colours today. But the tradition of colours may be the oldest in horse racing. Racing authorities require ...
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John Henry

Many contemporary equine heroes are the inspiration for sentimental  movies and posters on little girls’ boudoir walls. John Henry, on the other hand, was the archetype, the encouragement, ...
English bookies.

THE DAY THE BOOKIES CRIED

When Milan-born jockey Lanfranco Dettori arrived at Ascot racecourse on 28 September 1996, he was quite well known in the British domestic racing scene and had ...
The celebrations knew no bounds when Triple Crown's Redzel won the world´s richest turf race, The Everest, at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Oscar Colman. Courtesy of Racing NSW.

The sport of Kings & Mortals

It is not without reason that horse racing is often referred to as ‘the Sport of Kings’. Due to the prohibitive costs involved in purchasing and keeping ...
Read More
Ride a race horse on the beach!
Haras du Morne on the spectacular Le Morne peninsula on the southern tip of the island.

Mauritius – the racing island in the sun

Imagine a tropical paradise, far from everything. A place where almost everybody speaks both English and French, where beaches look like they come out of lottery ...
Read More

Things to do in Mauritius

Mauritius is a tiny island, far away from everything. But is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you're a racing fan. Here are a few ...
Read More
Lillie Langtry was the Kim Kardashian of her era.

Femme Fatale

Now and again the name Lillie Langtry pops up in various contexts. A mare by that name is the mother of Coolmore’s fantastic filly Minding, and ...
Read More
Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more or less a straight line until it approaches the Gulf of Mexico where it begins to twist, turn and fold back on itself like the lower intestinal tract of the human body.

Post cards from – Cajun Country

Take a quick look. See for yourself. A map of the United States shows the Mississippi River flowing north to south. The downward descent is more ...
Read More
Arrogate, the steel-grey son of Unbridled’s Song.

THE RISE of ARROGATE

A 100-foot statue of the mythical equine Pegasus looms over the Florida landscape, crushing into submission a writhing steel dragon. With no hint of understatement, this ...
Read More

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©Japan Racing Association

The Peoples Race

Japan’s season-ending race, the G1 Arima Kinen, is set to be run…

Beyond the racetrack

Beyond the racetrack

Retraining of thoroughbred racehorses has become a topic of increasing importance in…

Photo: Alex Cairns

2 OF A KIND

 Gazwan and Maxime Guyon (blue cap) galloped to victory in the G1…

Michael Owen

CAREER CHANGE

Former professional footballer Michael Owen is one of England’s most successful strikers…

Maroon & White

HH Sheikh Mohammed’s legendary maroon and white colours have been carried to…

The $9.5 million dollar mare

Horses like Songbird don’t come around very often. When the two-time champion…

Photo: James Boardman/Alamy Live News

NEXT GENERATION MOORE

Toby Moore is only eight years old, but is already following in…

Carry all in a Cary All

The James River Carry All ~ from Tucker Tweed is a generous…

Art by a Champion rider

Jens Fredricson won a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics and individual…

Pickup X-travaganza

So one side of your brain says a pickup truck is what…

Navy SEAL’s don’t wear jewelry.

A cool watch is not primarily a statement. It’s an instrument to…

Sneakers for real horse life…

So, you’re a sneaker-kind-of-guy and you’re into horses. Good luck with keeping…

©Japan Racing Association

The Peoples Race

Japan’s season-ending race, the G1 Arima Kinen, is set to be run…

Beyond the racetrack

Beyond the racetrack

Retraining of thoroughbred racehorses has become a topic of increasing importance in…

Photo: Alex Cairns

2 OF A KIND

 Gazwan and Maxime Guyon (blue cap) galloped to victory in the G1…

Michael Owen

CAREER CHANGE

Former professional footballer Michael Owen is one of England’s most successful strikers…

Maroon & White

HH Sheikh Mohammed’s legendary maroon and white colours have been carried to…

The $9.5 million dollar mare

Horses like Songbird don’t come around very often. When the two-time champion…

Photo: James Boardman/Alamy Live News

NEXT GENERATION MOORE

Toby Moore is only eight years old, but is already following in…

Carry all in a Cary All

The James River Carry All ~ from Tucker Tweed is a generous…

Art by a Champion rider

Jens Fredricson won a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics and individual…

Pickup X-travaganza

So one side of your brain says a pickup truck is what…

Navy SEAL’s don’t wear jewelry.

A cool watch is not primarily a statement. It’s an instrument to…

Sneakers for real horse life…

So, you’re a sneaker-kind-of-guy and you’re into horses. Good luck with keeping…