Evan Hammonds

Evan Hammonds is the Executive Editor for The Blood-Horse.

Articles by: Evan Hammonds

Tonalist Denies ‘Chrome’ Crown in Belmont

Robert Evan’s Tonalist rallied late to edge Commissioner to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes California Chrome, bidding for the Triple Crown, finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong behind Medal Count.

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Plum Pretty All That in Kentucky Oaks

John Fort’s Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty fought off a late charge by St. John’s River to win the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (the first jewel in the Filly Triple Crown) to win by a neck. Zazu rallied for third in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies

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Thoroughbred Tiz Chrome Breaks Down in Work; Euthanized

Tiz Chrome, a 3-year-old Bob Baffert-trained colt, broke down during a workout at Churchill Downs April 18 and had to be euthanized. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was aboard the son of Tiznow. She was not injured in the mishap.

According to John Asher of Churchill Downs, Tiz Chrome broke down while traveling around the the far turn, fracturing his left front sesamoid.

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Bone Chip Sidelines Kentucky Derby Contender

Odysseus, who finished last under Rajiv Maragh as the 5-1 co-third choice in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, has a bone chip in his left front knee according to owner Satish Sanan.

“It’s a bit unusual, it’s rare to have a chip in the back of the knee,” Sanan said. “He must have hyperextended himself in the race.”

Odysseus, whom Sanan p

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Rachel Alexandra Named Horse of the Year

In one of the most highly anticipated announcements in Thoroughbred racing history, Rachel Alexandra was named 2009 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards Jan. 18 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The announcement was made just before 10:30 p.m. EST by Alex Waldrop, head of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in front of a packed house at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and on live te

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Theatrical Pensioned From Stud Duty

Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms announced Oct. 13 that champion and leading Thoroughbred sire Theatrical has been pensioned from stud duty.

The 27-year-old son of Nureyev, out of the Sassafras mare Tree of Knowledge, was bred in Ireland by Bert and Diana Firestone. They raced Theatrical in Europe and the United States, and later raced him with the late Allen Paulson. After his stellar racing

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Win Willy Out of Derby with Possible Injury

Win Willy, fourth-place finisher in the Arkansas Derby, was declared out of the Kentucky Derby by trainer Mac Robertson on the morning of April 29, hours before entries were to be taken for the May 2 race at Churchill Downs.

Robertson said an X ray taken Tuesday revealed a “line” in the left front fetlock that could or could not be a problem. So, to err on the side of caution, the

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