Big Targets For Sizing John In Retirement

Sizing John was a force to be reckoned with over fences having notably won three Gold Cups. Since retiring he has been retrained as a riding horse by Kate Harrington who assisted in his training. Kate tells us how he is getting on as a show horse and what his targets are.

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Hot Rod Charlie Carries Flag for Ever-Growing Hermitage Farm Legacy

Grade I winner Hot Rod Charlie was foaled and raised at historic Hermitage Farm, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, the farm has expanded its reach to a wider audience with the addition of Barn8 Farm Restaurant and Bourbon Bar. We stopped in for a visit.

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Bret Calhoun Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Bret Calhoun, trainer of this weekend's GIII Pocohantas-winning filly Hidden Connection, joined this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss his star juvenile, give his take on the rise of the super trainer and more.

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Destination Lexington: The Distillery District

The Lexington Distillery District is one of the city's up-and-coming hotspots that pays homage to Kentucky's signature bourbon industry.

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Destination Lexington: Classic Favourites

These Lexington culinary favourites keep their fans coming back for more.

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Destination Lexington: What's New on the Food Scene

In just a few weeks, horsemen and women from around the globe will all be heading to one place: Keeneland, for the 2021 September Yearling Sale. And while they will all be plenty busy scoping out their next future star amidst the thousands of yearlings on the sales grounds, they will also surely work up an appetite. In partnership with Keeneland and VisitLex, the TDN paid a visit to a few of the newest must-see restaurants in downtown Lexington to find out what was on the menu.

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Ned Toffey Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Spendthrift Farm's General Manager Ned Toffey joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to talk new sire Authentic, recent purchase Monomoy Girl and the farm's thriving operation. Business is booming at Spendthrift Farm. The once-defunct stallion station has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in the past decade, thanks in large part to a superstar stallion, a deep-pocketed owner and the steady hand of an experienced general manager. Ned Toffey has seen it all since B. Wayne Hughes purchased Spendthrift in 2004, and he joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday. Calling in...

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Star Mare Serengeti Empress Comes Home to Taylor Made

On November 16, Taylor Made Farm welcomed 2019 Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress. The two-time Grade I winner will be bred to Spendthrift Farm's Into Mischief. Serengeti Empress (Alternation-Havisham, by Bernardini), second to Gamine (Into Mischief) in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint S. Saturday at Keeneland, has been retired and will be bred to Into Mischief, according to a tweet from trainer Tom Amoss's daughter Hayley Amoss Wednesday morning. "Said goodbye to Serengeti Empress yesterday with plenty of peppermints," tweeted Amoss, with a photo of herself and the...

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Retired Thoroughbreds at Home in Senior Living Community

Well-regarded Thoroughbred aftercare organization Old Friends has partnered up with Ashton Grove Senior Living Community to form a relationship between senior citizens and equine retirees. Old Friends, the non-profit organization that cares for over 200 retired racehorses near Georgetown, Ky., has formed a unique arrangement with Georgetown's new Ashton Grove Senior Living Community, which is located a few miles from the Old Friends property. Equine retirees from Old Friends will live at Ashton Grove, which is positioned on approximately 40 acres of former Hill 'n' Dale Farm land. Ashton Grove...

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The Stage is Set for Phyllis Wyeth's Dancing Rags

Dancing Rags, the 2016 GI Alcibiades winner, is bound for the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The daughter of Union Rags represents one of the last broodmares owned by horsewoman and philanthropist Phyllis Wyeth. The mare is in foal to top sire Curlin, and already has an Into Mischief yearling filly and a War Front weanling filly on the ground. Wyeth grew up near her family's farm in Virginia, where their racing and breeding operation was most noted for Devil's Bag and Gone West. After marrying the acclaimed painter Jamie Wyeth...

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Reynaldothewizard In Retirement

Just the name Reynaldothewizard instantly conjures up an image of Meydan. The son of Speightstown became a standing dish at the Dubai Carnival, during which he made 25 of his 31 lifetime starts across seven seasons. He was the horse for whom the Emirates Racing Authority rewrote the rules, to allow him to race beyond his ten years, and rightly so. Reynaldothewizard finally bowed out from his long and honourable career in 2018, at the age of 12, with 11 wins to his name including the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen...

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Learn More About New Vocations

Though April 2020 was a month of social distancing and working from home, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program withstood the trend of solitude and sent 60 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses into new and loving homes. This is the largest number of April adoptions the program has ever accomplished since its inception in 1992. The program also received 225 applications from potential adopters, which is a 100% increase from months prior. "I'm very proud of our entire team for pulling together to ensure our mission is moving forward during the...

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