Sailor’s Valentine continues to thrive in Kentucky

Eddie Kenneally checked on the next set and Sailor’s Valentine cooled out under the shade of the shedrow as Kelly Wheeler zipped her vest, adjusted the chinstrap on her helmet and pitched a question to which she likely already knew the answer.

Event rider Brannigan tackles Hunt Cup

Frank Chapot, world-class show rider, took a swing at the Maryland Hunt Cup. So did world-class event riders Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb and Kevin Freeman.

Senior Senator grabs Grand National

Look out timber horses, Senior Senator may have learned to harness his energy – relax a little even. Saturday, he delivered a polished victory in the $30,000 Grand National timber stakes at Butler, Md., and the seemingly perfect prep for defense of his 2016 Maryland Hunt Cup score.

Perfect Balance

“It’s a dream come true.”

That’s how race chairman Roger Smith described the Tryon Block House Races at its new course in Columbus, North Carolina. Held April 15, the six-race card delivered for horsemen, fans and, certainly, the Tryon community.

Sharp waits it out at Keeneland

Two works or one work; such was the quandary and the central question bouncing around Joe Sharp’s brain these last few days as the serious countdown to Kentucky Derby 143 is in full swing here in the Bluegrass.

The Saturday Special – April 22

The serious countdown is on and by about 6:30 p.m. Saturday it will officially be just 14 days until the Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile the show goes on elsewhere, with the final Saturday cards of the spring at Keeneland and Aqueduct and the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic, Federico Tesio at Laurel, Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and a marathon turf fixture at Santa Anita.