Monmouth Park, Battleship, and countdown to the Preakness

May 11th 2013 11:55 am |

Happy opening day to Monmouth Park – one of our favorite tracks here at the home office. I came across the ad above in the July 1950 edition of Turf & Sport Digest that I thought would be appropriate to post today.

I am currently reading a new book from Dorothy Ours, author of the stellar Man o’ War: A Legend Like Lightning. In her second major work about racing, Battleship: A Daring Heiress, A Teenage Jockey, and America’s Horse, she focuses on the first American winner of England’s Grand National steeplechase. I don’t know much about the history of jump racing so its an interesting look into that world but its also a compelling story that includes some familiar local history for me. I’m about halfway through it and its one of those books that I look forward to picking up again and will no doubt be sad when its done. The book was released last week and is available via Amazon

We have one week until the Preakness Stakes. While I didn’t pick Orb in the Derby, like anyone with a heart not made of stone, I was ecstatic with his win. It would be fitting if Orb’s connections were the ones to finally break the long Triple Crown drought. I will be in the house at Pimlico on Saturday and am really looking forward to it — the folks at the Maryland Jockey Club always put on a good show for Preakness weekend. Hope to have a new history article ready to go this week — in the meantime, in case you missed it, this Preakness article is one of my all-time favorites here at Colin’s Ghost: “The Preakness and Revisionist History”

Our friend Frank Vespe wrote an outstanding article about Orb’s Maryland connections for his new website.  The article, “Orb’s ‘Maryland story’ a tale of validation”, is well worth a look – I loved it!. Frank’s new site, The Racing Biz, focuses on Mid-Atlantic racing and has gotten off to a great start. Here is a link to the homepage…check it out:

Thanks for reading…enjoy the weekend!

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