Racing History Tout Sheet for 11/26/2011

Nov 27th 2011 08:00 am |

Hello all….it’s been awhile since I checked in here.  The Breeders’ Cup wraps my racing season and I usually take a respite from doing any significant historical posts for Colin’s Ghost. In the meantime, I’m launching a new feature called the Racing History Tout Sheet, where I will feature articles, websites, and other racing history related content on the web:

* My inaugural tout goes to a site I have been meaning to mention since it launched back in the summer. Antebellum Times focuses on racing in America prior to the U.S. Civil War. It is well researched and written and is a must follow for anyone interested in the early history of racing in the United States:

* Our friend Teresa at Brooklyn Backstretch posted a story about Firenze, the great race mare who won 47 times from 82 starts against the best of her generation.

* This one isn’t racing related but worth mentioning, the American Indian Museum in Washington D.C. has a new exhibit about the impact of the horse on Native Ameican life.

* This past week, Rapid Redux made history with his 20th straight win. Jon White looks at the horse’s next goal: Twenty wins in a single calendar year (he has won 18 of his 20 straight in 2011), a record held by the great Citation.

Photographer Barbara Livingston has put together a collection of her Gio Ponti images — a wonderful tribute to one of my recent favorites by the best photographer in the business.

Heritage Auctions has an interesting collection of racing history for sale related to a horse named Bric a Bac. The site describes Bric a Bac as “one of the great race horses in the history of the sport,” a claim only a marketing clown could love. Ignoring that dubious claim, the description and images of the items in the auction is worth a look. It’s a pretty awesome collection but, with an opening bid of $15,000, I’m going to have to pass.

* I’m not sure how I managed to miss a site titled Call to Post that has been around since last year. The site from writer Terry Conway, who has an impressive resume including work for the Bloodhorse, is all about racing history and he is a Delaware guy! Here is a link to his main page, be sure to check out the archives.

* Finally, the Prescott News had an article about the sale of Yavapi Downs in Arizona. We don’t hear too much about racing there, but the Yavapi site has hosted racing for nearly a century.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading and good luck!

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