Posts Tagged ‘Jarrod Horak’

HRN Video Race of the Week: G1 Manhattan with Beach Patrol, Divisidero, World Approval

It’s Belmont Stakes Day 2017 and my video race of the week is the Grade 1 Manhattan featuring Beach Patrol, Divisidero, and World Approval.



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HRN Video Race of the Week: Elusive Quality Stakes from Belmont Park

Jarrod Horak analyzes the 2017 Elusive Quality Stakes from Belmont Park for Horse Racing Nation.

HRN Video Race of the Week: Charles Town Classic with Stanford and Imperative

Blast From the Past: Preakness 1991 Winner Hansel (Video)

I can check one item off my bucket list after finally getting to visit Hansel, the oldest living Preakness Stakes winner. It is hard to believe that Hansel is 27 and will turn 28 in a few weeks.

Photo by Stacy Edwards

Photo by Stacy Edwards

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was betting on Hansel in the Kentucky Derby and I did not lose faith after he finished 10th that day.

He came to my hometown of Baltimore for the second jewel of the Triple Crown and a funny thing happened on the way to the $50 minimum window. I attended the races on Black-Eyed Susan Day and made an advance wager on the Preakness…or so I thought!

As I was walking away from the window I noticed that my ticket was for a race run on Black-Eyed Susan Day, not the Preakness. I scampered back to the betting window and rectified the situation. One day later, Hansel romped home by seven lengths under Jerry Bailey and paid $20.20 to win. I doubled my win bet in the Belmont Stakes and he held on to beat his late running rival Strike the Gold by a head.


Later that summer, Hansel finished 3rd in the Haskell and 2nd in the Travers. He was named Champion American Three-Year-Old of 1991.

Hansel currently resides at Lazy Lane Farm in Upperville, Virginia and he still looks like a champion to this day. He is enjoying his golden years and happily accepted multiple head pats and carrots during my visit.

It was great to see a living thoroughbred legend and I am glad that I got to spend a beautiful December day with him.


Photos and Video by Stacy Edwards

Kentucky Oaks 2015 analysis featuring Stellar Wind (Video)

Stellar Wind is the tepid 7-2 morning line favorite in a competitive renewal of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 1.

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Maryland Horse Farms: Country Life and Merryland (Video)

I had the pleasure of visiting Country Life Farm in Maryland during a recent holiday visit to my hometown. Established in 1933 and best-known as the birthplace of the legendary Cigar, Country Life was also the starting point for successful Kentucky stallion Malibu Moon, sire of 2013 Kentucky Derby hero Orb.

A few miles down the road is Merryland Farm, a full-service breaking and training center purchased in 2001 and run by Mike and Josh Pons.

I would like to thank Mike and Josh Pons for their hospitality, and George Adams for graciously showing us the ropes at Merryland Farm.

Stacy Edwards photo - Country Life Farm

My first visit to Country Life Farm in Fallston, MD.

Cal Nation Country Life Farm

Distorted Humor’s son Cal Nation (above) stands at Country Life Farm.

Freedom Child Country Life Farm

G2 Peter Pan hero Freedom Child (above) struts his stuff at Country Life.

Friesan Fire Country Life Farm

2009 Kentucky Derby favorite Friesan Fire (above) is a stallion to watch.

Super Ninety Nine Country Life

Up close and personal with Country Life sire Super Ninety Nine (above).

Merryland Farm 2014

Scenes from Merryland Farm (above).

Horses training at Merryland Farm (video above).

Horses playing at Merryland Farm (video above).

Photos and video by Stacy Edwards.

Parx Racing Maiden Voyage

I grew up on the East Coast (Baltimore, MD) and have been following racing since Parx was Keystone. I somehow managed to avoid the Bensalem, PA oval until Tuesday, December 30, 2014, and I can now check it off my racetracks visited list.


I did not visit the casino but enjoyed watching the live racing, although it was quite cold outside.

Jarrod Horak at Parx

Here I am enjoying the Parx Christmas decorations – Happy New Year!

Adirondack King

Adirondack King (above) in the Parx winners’ circle following a dead-heat win with Sailor’s Revenge in the $75k Auld Lang Syne Stakes. I managed to hit the Superfecta and made a few bucks on the day…yay!


Praetereo after his 9-2 victory in the $75k Valley Forge Stakes. He was claimed for $40k on Nov 17 and was 0-for-10 on the year heading into Tuesday’s race.

Photos by Stacy Edwards