Category Archives: Horse Racing

A few things to know about racing legend John Nerud (The Associated Press)

In this undated photo provided by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), trainer John Nerud poses with his great champion Dr. Fager. Nerud, a thoroughbred racing pioneer who trained the great Dr. Fager and helped create the Breeders' Cup, has died, the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. He was 102. (NYRA via AP)

Think about this: John Nerud was around for every single Triple Crown winner, from Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah. The thoroughbred racing pioneer, who trained the great Dr. Fager and co-founded the Breeders’ Cup, died on Thursday at the age of 102 at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y. ”Mr. Nerud leaves a remarkable legacy, and all of us who love racing mourn his passing,” Breeders’ Cup President Craig Favel said in a statement.

Honor Code rallies to win Whitney at Saratoga (The Associated Press)

Four weeks after becoming a Grade 1 winner with a last-to-first effort in the Met Mile at Belmont Park, Honor Code came up with an even more impressive encore performance Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Trailing by as many as 19 1/4 lengths, the 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy closed with a dramatic surge in the final sixteenth of a mile to catch Liam’s Map and win the 88th running of the Grade 1 $1.25 million Whitney by a neck. As a Breeders’ Cup ”Win and You’re In” Challenge race, Honor Code earned an automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland in Kentucky.