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Throwback Thursday: Good Night Shirt's climb to the top

Time flies. Or something like that anyway. Wednesday, two-time champion Good Night Shirt and trainer Tom Voss were announced as steeplechase inductees into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame. We covered both extensively in Steeplechase Times, The Saratoga Special and thisishorseracing.com

Michael O’Callaghan and Bogini

In 2011, my dad and I bought Bogini as a 2-year-old from Tracey Collins. I was 22, still preparing breezers and didn’t have a trainers license, so we left her in training with Tracey. She won an average maiden for us in Down Royal, which got her a rating in the low 70s, then I brought her home to Millgrove Stud, where I was operating at the time, and gave her the winter off.

Throwback Thursday: Mullinses storm Kentucky

Willie Mullins won four races at the Cheltenham Festival Thursday, which might be a career to some people rather than simply a day. But win four Mullins did. The Irish trainer sent out Yorkhill, Un De Sceaux, Nichols Canyon and Let’s Dance to victories, erasing a winless two days to start the world’s biggest steeplechase meet.

It certainly wasn’t the first time a Mullins did something improbable in racing, and won’t be the last.

Life on the Farm: Breeding season underway

As mid-February rolls around, love is in the air. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes fly off store shelves, oversized teddy bears stuffed into cars, rose petals littering kitchen countertops as the big day commences. For Thoroughbreds, a similar sense of love is in the air, as Feb. 15 marks Opening Day of the breeding season.

Throwback Thursday: Giant Oak

Grade 1 stakes winner Giant Oak died last week at Millennium Farm in Lexington. The towering son of Giant’s Causeway came to Saratoga in 2011 where he immediately became a favorite of The Saratoga Special and anyone standing at the Morning Line kitchen as the big chestnut trained every morning.

Throwback Thursday: Trevor and Michael McCarthy

It doesn’t seem possible that jockey Trevor McCarthy was embarking on his apprentice year just four years ago. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we bring you Sean Clancy’s profile on McCarthy, which appeared in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. McCarthy rides early Kentucky Derby contender El Areeb in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct this weekend.