By Amanda Duckworth JULY 30, 2016 / BloodHorse.com
ITS ALL IN THE“ BLOOD”
Editor’ s note: The Bloodhorse is the world’s oldest and most revered racing and breeding publication still in existence, and was founded initially to showcase both activities in the United States.
Founded in 1916 as a monthly publication by the Thoroughbred Horse Association, the first edition was published on August 1 st 1916. The Bloodhorse was purchased in 1935 by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and in 2015, the Jockey Club purchased a majority share in the publication.
Summerhill’s own association with The Bloodhorse dates back to the era of Coastal, the only American Classic winner to stand at stud on the African continent. As a mark of the reverence in which Americans hold their Classic heroes, the Bloodhorse sent a journalist and a photographer all the way to Mooi River to cover his life in retirement, as the world’s oldest surviving winner of an American classic. Born in 1976, the former Belmont Stakes laureate, remembered for spoiling the Triple Crown aspirations of one of that country’ s greatest, Spectacular Bid in the final leg, had just celebrated his 30th birthday.