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Taylor Made Podcasts Archives

Welcome to the new TDN Podcast page, which features a weekly racing discussion—the TDN Writers’ Room—along with stories from the TDN Look and longer stories in the TDN which have been made into podcasts.

Previous Podcasts

Keeneland Life’s Work Project: John Phillips

09.25.19

His grandfather’s greatest achievements, on the Turf, were all about looking outward; about opening minds and dismantling boundaries. Listening to John Phillips, however, you realize that the impetus for the whole adventure–for the mutual enlightenment, either side of the ocean, achieved by sending Roberto and Ribot in opposite directions–could not have been more definitively American.

The Man O’ War Project

09.17.19

Of all the terrible things that mankind has inflicted upon one another, there is none so terrible as war. Estimates of the total number of people killed in war in the history of the world range up to a billion lives, and for the combatants, oftentimes just surviving the conflict seems like the goal. But of

Horologist Owner Cameron Beatty is Getting a Second Chance at Life

09.16.19

Saturday, 27-year-old Cameron Beatty will watch his filly Horologist compete as one of the favorites in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx. Just eight years ago, however, he thought he had lost everything when a motorcycle accident cost him his college football career, and left him seriously injured. We talk to Beatty about his

The Curragh: Ireland’s Bedrock of Champions

09.06.19

The Curragh has recently undergone a much publicised €80 million redevelopment, but it is much more than just a racecourse. Set in Ireland’s Thoroughbred heartland of Kildare, it is home to the country’s largest training centre and more than 800 racehorses. Listen as Emma Berry talks to some of the industry icons who call The

Keeneland Life’s Work Project: Seth Hancock

08.30.19

“You ever see me around the sales wearing short pants, you better run for cover-because the world’s getting ready to come to an end.” Seth Hancock is remembering Swale. Bittersweet animal! He slaked Claiborne’s ancestral thirst for a Kentucky Derby, trained by the great Woody Stephens. A week after Swale added the Belmont, Hancock was back

The Incontri: A Magical Meeting in Siena

08.16.19

The experience of sitting in a semi-darkened church overlooking the Val d’Orcia, one of Italy’s most beautiful vistas, with just around 200 other people and listening to this music is so profound, and such a rare chance to focus in today’s world full of distractions, that leads me to start thinking about all of the

Magic In Chile: Taking a Wine Tour on Horseback

08.06.19

It is easy to think of ‘The Cowboy’ as an American entity, but plenty of other cultures have their own equivalent. As part of the celebration for the G1 Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano—which was won by Ya Primo (Chi), who since ran second for Chad Brown in the GII July 27 Bowling Green at Saratoga-huasos

David Burke: A Celebrity Chef with Racing Connections

07.26.19

Not unlike the rise of supertrainers in racing, the last decade has given birth to the rise of the super celebrity chef-restaurateurs who operate in multiple locations, compete in televised competitions, and have their own shows on the Food Network. David Burke currently operates 10 restaurants, has a line of cookware, has appeared on numerous t.v.

Serena’s Song: Still Going Strong at Denali at 27

07.23.19

There were few people more visible in the highest echelons of the sport of horse racing in the 1990s than Bob and Beverly Lewis. The California couple spent large sums at the yearling sales and were rewarded with six champions-including two Kentucky Derby winners-in the span of 10 years. But it is likely they are

Newmarket: A Place of Wonder for the Racehorse

07.16.19

It has been 400 years since the first Spring Meeting was run at Newmarket, during the reign of James I, in 1619. While racing took place in different guises and at other locations around the world before that time, the formalised sport of horseracing as we now know it began in the small East Anglian town

King Leatherbury

01.02.19

King T. Leatherbury is a horse racing legend, but not in the manner of a Bob Baffert or a Wayne Lukas. Leatherbury has been grinding it out since with 1958, primarily with claiming horses. But the 85-year-old trainer has been so good at what he does that he’s the fifth-winningest trainer of all time in

Chuck Zacney

12.06.18

Owner Chuck Zacney had quite the run in 2005 when Afleet Alex (Afleet) won the GI Preakness and GI Belmont and was named champion 3-year-old male. He’s had a good horse here and there over the next many years, but nothing like the duo he’s ready to launch in the major races for 3-year-old fillies and colts

John Gosden

11.16.18

Not that anyone necessarily needed reminding, but John Gosden proved at this year’s Breeders’ Cup that not only is he one of most gifted trainers in the sport, he is among the most durable. Way back in 1984, the then-33-year-old trainer won a race at the inaugural Breeders’ Cup with Royal Heroine (Ire) (Lypheor {GB}).

John Sadler

11.07.18

After he won the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic with Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky) John Sadler said the story wasn’t about him. He wanted all the glory to go to the horse. But he was only partially right, as Sadler was widely admired for how he guided Accelerate’s year and for how he withstood the scrutiny

Oisin Murphy

10.18.18

It’s not the least bit uncommon for European jockeys to win a Breeders’ Cup race, but the names are usually familiar ones…like Frankie Dettori, or Ryan Moore. But this year it could be that the star among the European jockeys in the Breeders’ Cup is a 23-year-old baby-faced jockey from Ireland who you may not