Santa Anita News
A STATUE HONORING A RACING LEGEND, THE UNIQUE MCGAUGHEY-PHIPPS BOND, AND AN INTERESTING STALLION EXERCISE PROGRAM ARE FEATURED ON HRTV'S "INSIDE INFORMATION" THIS SUNDAY
Arcadia, CA, Dec. 31 -- The creating of a John Henry statue by the gifted Nina Keiser, a profile of training great Shug McGaughey's longtime relationship with the renowned Phipps family, and the Three Chimneys Stallion Exercise Program, will be the featured segments when HRTV's (R) debuts a new episode of its "Inside Information" show this Sunday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The show, hosted by HRTV's Jon White, will spotlight John Henry, one of racing's most dominant, and revered, forces during the early portion of the 1980's. He was also one of sport's most beloved stars, annexing two Horse of the Year titles in 1981 and 1984, and seven Eclipse Awards, after climbing the unlikely route from claiming horse to the pinnacle of the game.
Much of his career brilliance was crafted at Santa Anita Park, where he raced 20 times, winning 11 graded stakes, eight of those Grade 1 triumphs. It was only fitting that the statue was unveiled in the Santa Anita paddock on Opening Day, December 26, by an outstanding artist.
"He was an all-time favorite, an all-time champion, and he (had) to be out in that paddock," emphasized George Haines, vice president and general manager, of the "Great Race Place."
A respected, and highly-successful trainer, Shug McGaughey was likely destined for greatness. However, an enduring relationship he forged with the excellent Phipps racing family may have hastened his ascent. Working with the Phipps Stable, Shug made a major imprint over the years, handling such greats as Easy Goer, Personal Ensign, Inside Information, among others, while winning nine Breeders' Cup races.
Personal Ensign went undefeated, winning 13 straight races, and capped her career with a win in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff, besting Derby winner, Winning Colors. A year later, the Phipps/McGaughey stable star, Easy Goer, waged memorable battles with the great Sunday Silence on the Triple Crown trail.
Another show segment will highlight the stallions residing at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, KY, and an innovative exercise program for the retired residents. Stallion manager Sandy Hatfield and Brian VanSteenbergh believe that being turned-out in the paddock for a few hours isn't sufficient for competitive Thoroughbreds who are used to being galloped, hot-walked, and under tack everyday as racehorses. Exercising the stallions that still enjoy the activity, includes galloping around a quarter-mile track, usually for a mile. Among those partaking in the exercise program are high-profile former stars, Big Brown and War Chant.
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