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Father and son racehorse owners – Balkrisna Sukharan and Jason Totaram

Balkrisna Sukharan grew up in Guyana and starting race riding as a jockey when he was 12 years old. Sukharan talked about how different racing is in South America: “over there you don’t have to be 21. You can race at 10 years old.” Coming to America in 1994, Sukharan knew he wanted to be […]

Finally, A Triple Crown Winner

A majority of the 12,226  in attendance Saturday at Canterbury Park came to watch a simulcast of the Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah become the 12th thoroughbred in history to win the Triple Crown, but the 10-race undercard of live racing provided its share of, if not history, thrills and generous pari-mutuel payouts. The only […]

14,455 Enjoy Father’s Day Card

There is nothing like horse racing for destroying a person’s spirit one instant and then restoring it a few minutes later. These are the vicissitudes of a sport that can present more ups and downs, more highs and lows, than the Wild thing at Valley Fair. You can be a dejected loser one moment and an […]

Brooks Fields Stakes on Tap

When you walk into Churchill Downs the history of its most famous race is displayed along the upper reaches of the grandstand outside the paddock, one Kentucky Derby winner after another, starting with Aristides in 1875. Thoroughbred racing is empty without its history, without the stories of its great horses, sires and broodmares, jockeys, trainers […]