Rachel Alexandra

Stallions Deep Impact, Galileo, and Tapit ruled 2016

In a year of international synergy in the ever-more-global Thoroughbred bloodstock industry, three stallions dominated their corners of the globe: Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact, the world’s leading sire due to staggering purses in his home country; the ineffable Galileo in Europe; and Tapit, who keeps setting the bar higher for himself in North America.

Asmussen shows vulnerable side during Hall of Fame induction

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Hall of Fame: Asmussen shows softer side
Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Steve Asmussen, posing with his family at the ceremony, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Steve Asmussen often exhibits a hardened exterior, never truly revealing what he’s thinking, to the point where sometimes it’s not easy to tell if he won or lost a race.

On Friday, however, Asmussen showed an emotional side rarely seen publicly as he was formally inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Asmussen got choked up sitting in the front row as Julie, his wife of 19 years, introduced him. Later, when talking about his parents, Keith and Marilyn, Steve Asmussen had to stop.

Forever linked, Rachel Alexandra and Asmussen enter Hall of Fame together

Barbara D. Livingston
Rachel Alexandra and trainer Steve Asmussen (center) will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame together on Friday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra posted a series of historic victories during an audacious sophomore campaign. Steve Asmussen, who saddled her for the majority of those, is one of the winningest trainers in the history of racing. The duo were seeming no-brainers for election to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year despite being on one of the deepest ballots in recent memory.

Dominguez enters Hall of Fame as part of elite class

Barbara D. Livingston
Ramon Dominguez rode 4,985 winners in a 17-year career from 1996 to 2013.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For the first time since his forced retirement in 2013, Ramon Dominguez has spent a large amount of time at the racetrack this summer at Saratoga.

His apprehension has been replaced by the realization that the track still has the comforts of home.

Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta: The debate rages on

Chocolate or vanilla? Ford or Chevy? Mantle or Mays? The Beatles or the Stones? These are topics that can be debated for hours, and of course there is no right or wrong answer; it’s mostly just a matter of personal preference. For horse racing fans in recent years, there’s a topic that has joined that list: Who was better, Rachel Alexandra or Zenyatta?

Sparkman: Streaking Songbird adds to Medaglia d'Oro's credentials

Barbara D. Livingston
Songbird, by Medaglia d'Oro, wins the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Last weekend provided something of a harmonic convergence for the stud career of Medaglia d’Oro. On the same day that the retirement of the only daughter of his first great champion filly Rachel Alexandra was announced, Medaglia d’Oro’s second great American champion filly Songbird soared to an emphatic victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.

Rachel's Valentina looking to follow in mom's footsteps in Oaks

Barbara D. Livingston
Rachel's Valentina is the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Though Rachel’s Valentina was born to run in the Kentucky Oaks, her connections claim it wasn’t always their plan to be in the race.

Yet seven years after Rachel Alexandra dominated the Kentucky Oaks like no one before or since, her only daughter, Rachel’s Valentina, is not only in the Oaks but is the 7-2 morning-line favorite.

Banke takes Stonestreet Farm to new heights

Barbara D. Livingston
Barbara Banke has overseen Stonestreet Farm since the death of her husband, Jess Jackson, in April 2011.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It would be off the mark to say that Barbara Banke simply “carried on” at Stonestreet Farm following the death of husband Jess Jackson five years ago.

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra top 2016 Hall of Fame class

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Hall of Fame: Zenyatta, Rachel top 2016 class
Barbara D. Livingston
Zenyatta in 2009 became the only female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. She was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with Rachel Alexandra, trainer Steve Asmussen, and jockey Ramon Dominguez.

Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta never met on the racetrack, but their Hall of Fame plaques will be alongside one another on Aug. 12, when those two outstanding female racehorses as well as jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen are inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Asmussen, Dominguez elected to Hall of Fame

Barbara D. Livingston
Zenyatta became the only female horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2009.

The outstanding female racehorses Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, both of whom were named Horse of the Year during their careers, along with jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen – who prepared Rachel Alexandra for her celebrated victories over males in the Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward – make up the 2016 induction class to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.

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