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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.

More Than One Way to Wear Roses
More Than One Way to Wear Roses

2021-04-29T19:42:22.048ZJennifer Kelly

Ron McAnally built a Hall of Fame career training superstars like John Henry and Bayakoa and sent 10 horses to the Kentucky Derby over his 50-year career. Though fourth place is his best finish as a trainer, as co-breeder of leading contender Rock Your World, McAnally is a rarity Derby history. He follows in the footsteps of another legendary breeder/trainer - the “Wizard of the Turf,” John E. Madden.
One Hundred Years Ago, Colonel Bradley Goes for the One-Two
One Hundred Years Ago, Colonel Bradley Goes for the One-Two

2021-04-27T00:54:38.285ZJennifer Kelly

A century ago, the Kentucky Derby was blossoming into the Run for the Roses, America’s most famous horse race. Names now iconic in Derby history contributed to its growing popularity, these humans and horses synonymous with cascading blankets of roses and icy cups of mint juleps: Regret and Exterminator, Harry Payne Whitney and Colonel Matt Winn. In the 1920s and 1930s, another Kentucky colonel added his name to that list, Edward Riley Bradley.
Some Things Stay the Same: One Hundred Days, One Hundred Years Ago
Some Things Stay the Same: One Hundred Days, One Hundred Years Ago

2021-01-21T11:30:53.000ZJennifer Kelly

A century ago, January 21st saw racing in the midst of its yearly changing of the guard, the champions of 1920 giving way to their successors.
So Nice He Did It Twice: Carry Back’s Two Careers
So Nice He Did It Twice: Carry Back’s Two Careers

2021-01-11T17:03:52.000ZJennifer Kelly

Carry Back’s tenacity and toughness showed us all why he was such a beloved figure in horse racing in the 1960s and beyond.
A Grand Plan: The Short Life of Michigan's Pinnacle Race Course
A Grand Plan: The Short Life of Michigan's Pinnacle Race Course

2020-12-09T15:45:35.000ZJennifer Kelly

Enter Pinnacle Race Course; By 1936, racing in Michigan was thriving, Seabiscuit ran his first race for Tom Smith there. Fast forward 70 years and MI tracks were floundering.