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Thursday 28 October 2010
The management team at Churchill Downs were alarmed on Tuesday when a tornado warning was issued for the Louisville area. They did not like the idea of an 11th-hour repair job on the iconic twin spires, just 10 days before staging the Breeders' Cup. In the event, the epicentre passed to the north, and it might well be that the meteorologists had simply got their wires crossed with the local horsemen. For there is no mistaking the storm gathering over the Atlantic, with the three hottest favourites at the meeting – Workforce, Goldikova and Midday – all being flown across from Europe.
Thursday 16 September 2010
In the end, even their three-year-olds have redeemed themselves, Arctic Cosmos winning the final Classic of the season at Doncaster last Saturday. There was a time, however, when John Gosden and William Buick were especially grateful that Dar Re Mi had relieved their new partnership of any early pressure, with that spectacular success at Meydan in March. Gosden soon perceived that they would have to wait for the two-year-olds for any momentum on the home front, and told his new stable jockey to show due patience during the summer. Sure enough, the Clarehaven juveniles are now in rampant form, and yesterday he sent out four of them to win at three tracks inside 80 minutes.
Thursday 16 September 2010
A prisoner who has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits and targeted the famous, the infamous and even the long-dead, is now himself being sued by US officials who want him to stop.
Monday 13 September 2010
A man facing eviction over his hostile temper became enraged by how his wife cooked his eggs and killed her, his stepdaughter and three neighbours with a shotgun before shooting himself.
Harvey Fuqua: Singer, songwriter and producer who played a significant role in the rise of black music in the 1950s and '60s
Saturday 10 July 2010
Although not well-known to the general public, Harvey Fuqua was a significant figure in the rise of black music in the 1950s and '60s.
Wednesday 07 July 2010
A Kentucky man admitted writing and posting on a white supremacist website a poem threatening the assassination of US president Barack Obama.
Thursday 10 June 2010
It is the most fitting of races for those little acorns, sown by so many young trainers around the land, to take root. In recent seasons, the Oaks has announced the emerging talent of Andrew Balding, with Casual Look in 2003, and Ralph Beckett, with Look Here in 2008. Last Friday, admittedly, it required a second look to identify a parallel breakthrough for David Lanigan, in that his filly was run down by a neck close home. But nobody should mistake the significance of Meeznah's performance, on her first start outside maiden company.
Monday 03 May 2010
When Calvin Borel won the 2007 Kentucky Derby on Street Sense, it seemed an unfeasible and gratifying climax to the long, low-key career of a journeyman jockey. On Saturday, however, he won the race for the third time in four years on Super Saver, an achievement unmatched by all the ace riders of the previous 136 years. Moreover, the 43-year-old at last satisfied the Derby craving of a man to whom breaking records has been routine throughout his own career.
Monday 26 April 2010
if the Classic scene rumblings and tremors came at Longchamp yesterday, the full-scale eruption was on the other side of the Atlantic. Eskendereya, red-hot ante-post favourite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby after effortless wide-margin victories in his two races this year, was announced a non-runner during the morning by trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt, as short as 13-8 in some betting lists, has sustained an injury to his left foreleg and his enforced absence now throws America's most famous race wide open.
Friday 23 April 2010
British eventer Oliver Townend is a relieved man and happy just to be in Kentucky for his assault on the Rolex Grand Slam.
Tuesday 06 April 2010
Friday 02 April 2010
For those of us who love America but are dismayed by its imperial swagger, this is the perfect book. In 1953, Jan (then James) Morris spent a year travelling from New York to Los Angeles. The result is an outstanding work by our finest travel writer, a portrait of a nation that was still "bursting with bright optimism, generous, unpretentious... basking in its universal popularity".
Tuesday 01 December 2009
Monday 30 November 2009
Friday 27 November 2009
Domestic Manners of the Americans is a traveller's account of the newborn republic between the War of Independence and the Civil War. An enchanting blend of topographical description, social commentary and robust rebuke, the book fizzes with the energy, fun and righteous indignation of a dumpy, middle-aged Bristolian called Fanny Trollope.
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