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By Susan Salk on September 24, 2012
Dancin’ Renee, the 1997 New York Horse of the Year, and Racketeer, the hard-knocking progeny of Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, who earned more than $400,000 in his lengthy track career, have retired at Old Friends in Kentucky. Both horses arrived this month at the Georgetown facility for pensioned ex-racehorses, founded by Michael Blowen. Dancin’ Renee arrived Sept. 14, after earning her place in the sun during a valiant career that garnered 14 wins in 21 starts. Among her career highlights, the mare won seven consecutive races in 1997, including the GR3 Honorable Miss at Saratoga, the Broadway Handicap […]
By Susan Salk on September 21, 2012
Author’s note: This week, I am re-running earlier stories, which were favorites among readers. Off-TrackThoroughbreds will resume its regular publication cycle on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Rebecca and Robert Anderson don’t wear masks and capes when they saddle up and head to work. But when they swoop in to stop a runaway racehorse, or save a jockey from hitting the dirt, they appear to whoosh in like a superhero come to save the day. In seconds, something can go wrong on a racetrack. It did in Race 5 on Aug. 21, 1998 at the former Bay Meadows racetrack. Immediately after the starting gate […]
By Susan Salk on September 20, 2012
Author’s note: This week, I am re-running earlier stories, which were favorites among readers. Off-TrackThoroughbreds will resume its regular publication cycle on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. In her professional portrait at the University of Southern California, economist Caroline Betts looks every inch the polished academic. A keen intelligence seems to radiate from her level gaze; and, it’s not hard to imagine this woman earning her doctoral degree in economics from the University of British Columbia, and the years of research and grueling publishing cycle to follow. What can’t be guessed at by examining her academic credentials and course schedule is […]