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Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly is a horse racing historian, writer, and author of Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown. When she's not writing about racing's past, she's watching and wagering on racing's present, eagerly awaiting our next Triple Crown winner.

The Science of Racing: The Photo Finish Camera
The Science of Racing: The Photo Finish Camera

2022-05-20T19:10:09.097ZJennifer Kelly

Learn more about this essential piece of racetrack equipment, from the pioneers working with single-exposure cameras and film baths to a filmmaker who developed the system we know today.
True Crime in Horse Racing: Phar Lap
True Crime in Horse Racing: Phar Lap

2022-05-15T16:04:02.923ZJennifer Kelly

Since his sudden death in 1932, Australian champion Phar Lap has remained ingrained in the consciousness of the sport, both in his native land and here in North America.
After the Racetrack: Betty's Bambino
After the Racetrack: Betty's Bambino

2022-05-07T12:13:00.000ZJennifer Kelly

Betty's Bambino has become an essential part of owner Allie Conrad’s life while also demonstrating how versatile a Thoroughbred can be.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Curious Case of the Missing Mare
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Curious Case of the Missing Mare

2022-04-22T18:29:26.934ZJennifer Kelly

Shergar's kidnapping is shocking but not unprecedented: a similar crime happened nearly six years earlier, when Canadian champion Fanfreluche was stolen from her paddock at Claiborne Farm.
After the Racetrack: Scorpiancer
After the Racetrack: Scorpiancer

2022-04-08T18:29:32.739ZJennifer Kelly

Like The Mean Queen, Scorpiancer, 2017’s champion steeplechaser, has won multiple graded stakes over the jumps at Belmont, Far Hills, and Middleburg, but now this newly retired jump specialist has moved on to a new career as a show jumper. With his new owner and trainer, Rachael Lively, Scorpiancer demonstrates the versatility of the Thoroughbred at any age.
The Science of Horse Racing: Changing Leads
The Science of Horse Racing: Changing Leads

2022-03-27T12:29:12.107ZJennifer Kelly

Horses can switch their leading leg, called changing leads, during every type of stride.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Real Peaky Blinders
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Real Peaky Blinders

2022-03-20T21:11:17.116ZJennifer Kelly

Whether they were bribing authorities or intimidating bookmakers, gangsters like the Shelby brothers of Peaky Blinders made the racetrack a dicey place to be for several decades.
After the Racetrack: Zivo and Cherie DeVaux
After the Racetrack: Zivo and Cherie DeVaux

2022-03-20T12:16:16.940ZJennifer Kelly

When you see a former racehorse back on the track with a new job, whether it’s as a public figure or ponying young horses, the versatility of the breed is on full display.
Secretariat's 10 Best Performances
Secretariat's 10 Best Performances

2022-02-28T17:56:54.345ZJennifer Kelly

Secretariat’s Ten Best Performances
Secretariat's 10 Best Broodmares
Secretariat's 10 Best Broodmares

2022-02-25T23:05:13.310ZJennifer Kelly

Here are 10 of Secretariat’s best broodmares, including two names that you will find in the bloodlines of two more recent champions.
Science of Horse Racing: The Stride
Science of Horse Racing: The Stride

2022-02-22T20:00:58.605ZJennifer Kelly

Let’s look at the particulars of the stride and how horses move at each gait.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Notorious Life of Arnold Rothstein
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Notorious Life of Arnold Rothstein

2022-02-15T15:53:59.254ZJennifer Kelly

From baseball to horse racing, Arnold Rothstein played a role in some of the more dubious sports moments of the early 20th century.
After the Racetrack: Whitmore
After the Racetrack: Whitmore

2022-02-14T17:20:41.048ZJennifer Kelly

Now retired, Whitmore is looking for a new job and trainer Ron Moquett and his wife Laura have plans for 2020’s champion sprinter.