Issue 3 / 2017

Cirrus des Aigles and Christophe Soumillion's daughter.
Cirrus des Aigles and Christophe Soumillion’s daughter.
  • Cirrus des Aigle – from globetrotting racing star to family pet
  • Girl Power & Power Girls, female jockeys on the rise    
  • The gray Ghost – Native Dancer
  • California Chrome goes breeding  

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  • Cirrus des Aigles

    What makes a champion? Number of victories? An unbeaten record? Longevity? Versatility? Popularity? This is one of racing’s eternal debates. Yet certain horses receive unanimous approval. Cirrus des Aigles is one of them.

    by Alex Cairns photo Frank Sorge

  • Girl Power & Power Girls

    Horse racing is one of the toughest sports on the planet. You must be strong, lightweight, completely fearless, and have the desire to compete seven days per week. So its only natural that this is one of a handful sports where men and women compete against each other on equal terms.

    by Mats Genberg photos Magnus Östh, Elina Björklund/Svensk Galopp

  • The Grey Ghost – NATIVE DANCER

    He was 20 for 21. The one race he lost was the Kentucky Derby. After his loss in the Derby he went on to win both the Preakness and the Belmont and for good measure he threw in a win in the Withers between them. He was Native Dancer—or The Grey Ghost—an equine star in the 1950s. What he achieved is really out of the ordinary.

    by Camilla Osterman  photo Getty Images, Zoe Metz

  • Why California Chrome is getting top marks for his work in the breeding shed

    The soft sounds of song warm the chilly air of a late spring morning. Stallion groom Jose Cruz is singing along with a chorus of birds as the first rays of the sun reach over the horizon, and the blaze-faced chestnut waiting at the gate pricks his ears at the sounds.

    by Michele MacDonald photos Laura D Richard, Michele MacDonald

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